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IBM Intern Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1.  

    Internship

    Current Employee - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Intern in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Work is challenging and interesting. The mentoring program is very beneficial. I learned a lot from shadowing my mentor. As far as intern compensation goes IBM offers competitive pay.

    Cons

    No office culture. I can go a whole day without seeing or talking to anyone.
    My manager rarely reaches out to interns, my mentor was more like a manager

    Recommends
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    Not much fun, didn't enjoy the work or the environment all that much. Poor compensation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    You have people with experience to learn from, but certainly no better than you'd find elsewhere. Provides opportunities to grow as a person by presenting. Friendly workers. Talent isn't at the level the other big dogs are at.

    Cons

    Poor environment, low compensation, frugal company overall. I had a poor internship experience overall, but my judgement is somewhat biased because I was put on a team that I didn't gel with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would expect better compensation.

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

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Atlanta (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Intern in Atlanta (South Africa)

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

    Pros

    Good management. Slid working style

    Cons

    Hardwork. You have to commit your time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Stuttgart (Germany)
    Current Employee - Intern in Stuttgart (Germany)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Wonderful training program, caring mentors and management
    Overall and awesome experience and would do it all over again

    Cons

    So much red tape and bureaucracy, need more women in upper management, need better transparency with employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    great learning environment, good co-workers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    the company has flexible work schedules

    Cons

    nothing really, but improvement in the pay is necessary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow for overtime for interns

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

    IBM Extreme Blue is Top Notch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Extreme Blue Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Extreme Blue Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    - Present to the CEO
    - Submit Patents
    - High Pay
    - Housing was covered 100%
    - Full-time benefits (e.g. Airfare discounts and car rental discounts)
    - Austin, TX is nice

    Cons

    - Texas is hot I guess
    - People bash on building 45, and they're right, it is a bit ugly
    - The play feels empty
    - Workers are honest about IBM almost even to a fault (I kind of like this though)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Work on getting more people to come on campus to work--too many people working from home, makes the place feel empty. Although ~7,000 people work at IBM Austin, it only ever feels like 2,000 of them are on campus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intern in Markham, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot from my team and my boss. There was a lot of opportunity and a lot of insight.

    Cons

    It was very boring, not much can be innovated upon. Stuck in the 80s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel that IBM needs to adapt to the times. They are trying to leverage their patent portfolio, but are not failing to do so in execution.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Co-Op internship

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Federal Tax Intern in Armonk, NY
    Former Employee - Federal Tax Intern in Armonk, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people, great pay for an internship. Fun perks

    Cons

    Sometimes the job was tedious and consisted of a lot of copying.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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