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Updated July 14, 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. IBM Intern living in MA working for an Austin Team

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Littleton, MA

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I get to work from home, and yet still have amazing support from my team. When in the office there are programs for continued education, networking, and post graduation job placement. Its clear that IBM wants you to succeed, and they want to take care of you.

    Cons

    There are none that I have experienced.

    IBM Response

    Jul 15, 2015 – Social HR Development Manager

    One of the reasons why IBM is a great company to work for!


  2. Good place to intern

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good flexibility to work on things you want Good intern pay Good mix of older experienced folks and younger employees Lots of people got on full time after interning

    Cons

    Lots of self learning (a con if you don't take initiative) Office area is traditional, feels a bit claustrophobic


  3. In Transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Armonk, NY
    Current Intern - Intern in Armonk, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM is going through a huge transition with its business model, restructuring software into multiple units while pushing Watson. Lots of opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    While it stresses remote working, it basically expects employees to be 'on-call' from 6am to 10pm in terms of being on call. Not worth it, you're not Google so stop acting like you can retain talent like you are.

    Advice to Management

    Realize where you sit in the market from a talent and employer branding perspective. Don't keep thinking you're the top dog in the marketplace in terms of attracting talent, you're too big.


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  5. Overall Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Intern in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Intern in Durham, NC

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting Intern Seminars Ability to work from home and continue part-time during the school year Mentor program

    Cons

    Boring atmosphere Could use more intern seminars

    Advice to Management

    More intern seminars Job shadowing in other career areas


  6. Intern

    Current Intern - Intern
    Current Intern - Intern

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I love the people and the innovative culture. I appreciate the guidance from my managers. I feel fulfilled in my work.

    Cons

    I do not like only being an intern. It is a good program but it is hard to feel so new in such a big organization.

    Advice to Management

    I think a longer internship than 2 months might be helpful with greater emphasis on in person teamwork.


  7. Internship Program

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Armonk, NY
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Armonk, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. The projects that you'll be working are extremely important for the strategy of IBM.So you won't be sharpening pencils or making coffee. The projects can generate a bit of stress and anxiety, but the learning curve is very steep. 2. The exposure you have to top executives is amazing. Everyone will know who you are and they are very down to earth and approachable humans. 3. You have access to so many training opportunities that it can be overwhelming to decide which training do you want to take 4. The new hires will make you feel part of the team even before you start your internship 5. The best thing is the flexibility to work remotely as an Intern! Of course, you learn more if you work at an environment where you can constantly hear what IBMers talk about during lunch break.

    Cons

    1. I suggest you are prepared to deal with all the acronyms they use. There are a LOT. 2. Because a lot of employees work remotely, the offices might feel a little empty. Depending on the team you work with you might get more or less face to face interaction with your team. 3. They need to upgrade the work laptops assigned to interns...sometimes you could get a laptop that you need to restart once or twice a day...mine is fine but others have had a harder time with their laptops. Also, they can be quite heavy to carry around everyday. 4. They don't assign housing, so if you are in NY, make sure you start your housing search ASAP so you get a good location and price. 5. There is no free food in the cafeteria, and it can get pretty expensive if you don't pack your own lunch and eat everyday at the cafeteria...and food as good for the price they charge you

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if more social informal interactions were encouraged at Armonk because it makes the workplace more welcoming and friendlier. Also, It would be nice to see more remodeling of the older buildings at Armonk. A few buildings look like they were stuck in the 90s Also, If you want to encourage people to work at the office instead of remotely, I would at least subsidize the cafeteria food and put more interactive information flat screens in the Armonk Buildings. I would also add maybe a gym if possible!


  8. Laid back working environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work-life balance is great. The focus is on the work being done and not the arbitrary amount of hours that you need to spend in the office, so if you get all of your work done then you can go home. Keep in mind that I am doing a full-time internship and can only speak form that perspective.

    Cons

    The cubicles aren't necessary. There is not really a collaborative atmosphere at least for my project. People seem to be segregates. There needs to be more introduction across the teams to make the work atmosphere social and friendly.

    Advice to Management

    Create rooms where people can just go to work with other people, or to just sit and work while other people are working on other things so that people can get to know each other.


  9. Summer Intern Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Intern in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand name, Global Exposure, Challenging projects, Work culture and employee friendly

    Cons

    Slow pace of work. More people working from hoome


  10. Intern at IBM

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern
    Current Intern - Intern

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Great Place to Learn - Not A great Place to Stay

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of freedom, depending on your manager. Some people come at 10 AM and leave at 2 or 3. As long as you get your work done, and you are prioritizing projects correctly, you can have freedom to do a lot. Also, the building is being newly renovated so there are some cool rooms and team spaces

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there are many people who can not get over the "waterfall" development method, and there are a lot of people who are old. Also, there isn't much excitement in people's work. This job is meant to be for a family man, not really a college graduate.

    Advice to Management

    Hire fresh blood



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