IBM Intern Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1297 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1271 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 410 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 207 reviews)

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  1.  

    Bad Hiring experience

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

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

    Pros

    Easy access to get job

    Cons

    bad pay for their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't outsource the hiring process

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the greatest experience even at a big company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern

    I worked at IBM

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Faded glory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Winchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in Winchester, England (UK)

    I worked at IBM as an intern (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Strategic Consultant Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting Intern in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Consulting Intern in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at IBM as an intern (more than an 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Former intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at IBM as an intern (less than an 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    IBM is only a decent stepping stone.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern

    I have been working at IBM

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Madison, WI

    I worked at IBM as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people and great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Too busy at times, but eh.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't act like a manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I worked at IBM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Research is still very strong
    Work life balance, but only because there doesn't seem to be real pressure on pushing products to production.

    Cons

    Old work culture
    Benefits and pay are not competitive
    Lack top talent
    Employees do not seem optimistic about future
    Employees have a lack of motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to make dramatic changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Summer internship at IBM Dubuque

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at IBM as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I interned at the IBM Dubuque, delivery center in Iowa. Here are some of the things I liked about interning there.

    Good team mates.. I was able to shadow system administrators
    Great manager
    Good training from IBM in house training portal, I had a total of about 12 training throughout the 8 weeks I was there
    The name of the company on my resume

    Cons

    Not too many technical projects for intern to work on.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Software intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at IBM as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, some smart people

    Cons

    Bad management, many old crappy engineers, no value for work done

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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