IBM Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. Bad Hiring experience

    Current Intern - Intern in Rochester, MN
    Current Intern - Intern in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy access to get job

    Cons

    bad pay for their employees

    Advice to Management

    don't outsource the hiring process


  2. Helpful (2)

    Not the greatest experience even at a big company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM is a big company that has a lot of financial support. The technologies used is good overall and the pay is decent.

    Cons

    I really did not like how my call was rerouted to India because of my questions regarding United States benefits. I felt the outsourcing is a tad bit too high.

    Advice to Management

    My biggest advice is simply that you need to really focus on your employees and how they can truly function in a big company.


  3. Intern at IBM

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern
    Current Intern - Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid pay and steady job. Management is flexible about hours and my managers are very welcoming, friendly, and willing to answer questions.

    Cons

    Work is not challenging or stimulating, not much overlap between teams, office life is not fun for young interns, often run out of things to work on, IBM clearly has trouble retaining young talent. Most of the interns I know in all departments are extremely bored and underutilized. If you are not tech and are not interested in sales, business opportunities are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you take advantage of your interns by giving them a chance to contribute with tangible projects. Maybe give them projects from multiple teams so they don't spend too much time on one area of focus, and the chance to work on projects with other interns.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    IBM is only a decent stepping stone.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It has a pretty good pay for their college interns. They also allowed me to work from my house 3 days of the week, saving me on gas and time in traffic. I also determined which hours I worked.

    Cons

    They only care about results at IBM. I, unfortunately, was working in a research position alone. My teammates were not programmers, and as a programming intern, I was isolated. Not only that, my coworkers were all at least double my age with families, further isolating me. My manager only cared about getting results as soon as possible and rushing the product I was working on. He put increased pressure when I was taking my finals, not understanding of the fact that I am a student first, employee second.

    Advice to Management

    Get a reality check. Not everything is about results. Treat your employees with respect -- not the fear of outsourcing their job immediately once their job is completed. Show some loyalty to your countrymen.


  6. Former intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Intern - Intern in Moscow (Russia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The only advantage is a decent office, and a big name. Even being an intern at IBM sounds good.

    Cons

    Extremely disorganized, sales driven company. Interested in innovation and making difference? IBM Russia has nothing to do with it.


  7. Strategic Consultant Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Consulting Intern in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Intern - Consulting Intern in Brussels (Belgium)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good reputation of the company Adequate salary for interns (for foreigners only) Positive learning experience Availability of endless resources Very flexible daily working hours, you never exceed the 7,5 hours a day that you guarantee in the contract!

    Cons

    From the first day you arrive, you realize that IBM doesn't care of making you feel part of the whole team. There is no integration for interns, there is no program built around you and, moreover, there is no chance you will be hired at the end of your contract. Interns are merely a cheap labour resource for the company with an extremely high turnover. Interns don't receive any help from HR in terms of support for job finding at the end of the contract or relocation to other IBM offices. The only way of communication with the HR is through another HR intern, who is basically useless. The only way of being hired is through a Young Graduate Program but you must have strong recommendations in order to be hired. Meritocracy is sometimes an unknown concept.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Faded glory

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Winchester, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in Winchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The letters 'IBM' look impressive on a CV but they shouldn't be. (Theoretically) you get to work on some fairly high-profile projects.

    Cons

    My department was disorganised and unmotivated. The staff seemed in no hurry to change or improve and were perfectly happy to do their 9-5 and keep their head under the radar. Few people showed initiative or took innovative risks. It seemed like the day job was a competition to see who could be noticed least. Morale was rock-bottom. The US management were threatening to lay people off because sales weren't good enough. Well, of course they weren't! Not with that attitude and lack of enthusiasm.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your staff better so you can exploit their talents. Otherwise they just get bored


  9. Helpful (2)

    Poor social life, Poor mentorship, didn't feel that i'm in a multinational company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Stuttgart (Germany)
    Current Employee - Intern in Stuttgart (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - good work life balance - no work stress

    Cons

    - Very poor Mentorship during my internship, in terms of requirements, or keeping up or things you learn during your internship. specially with interns if you are not self motivated you wont get any requirements nor guidance. - Very poor social life, i spend most of the days talking to no one, going to eat alone, working alone. no common activities, during my 6 month internship there was one social event, i got even invitation with an email in German language ( although my German is not that good and everyone knows about it) - Very common that in coffee breaks, people around speak in German and keep you totally isolated. - Although everyone knew that i don't speak German, i got a contract in German language, when i asked the HR for translation or even a pdf text copy of the contract so i use google translator !! , they said they don't have one !! - HR also refused to help me finding an apartment - Tons of Emails in German you get everyday, even direct emails considering issues in your laptop. - Catering machines don't have English labels - IBM buildings are getting very old and depressing, they are very far from stuttgart city. either to stay in beoblingen city or spend around 40 mins everyday to arrive to work Everymorning

    Advice to Management

    create better environment for students and interns. work to develop a better social life IBM Deutschland need a lot of work to be a real "multinational" company


  10. Internship

    Current Intern - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Intern - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many fellow interns and people to share drinks with.

    Cons

    Difficulty with managing expectations, depending on division there is either too much or too little work for the interns to do.

    Advice to Management

    Please give training to teams for how to treat interns, and give the teams an insight into the incentives as well as the difficulty in working full time prior to graduation.


  11. Summer internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Austin, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company should be able to weather most downturns in the economy

    Cons

    Might be too large, some jobs being outsourced. Internship didn't seem very rewarding as far as gaining experience.

    Advice to Management

    More feedback and interaction with interns.



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