IBM Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  • 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 is a great place to work, especially if you don't like a high-stress environment.

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    Current Employee - MBA Intern in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - MBA Intern in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flex schedules, name recognition, and global opportunities. IBM allows employees to work remotely if they so desire, which is hugely beneficial especially with gas closing in on $5/gallon. It is one of the most recognizable brands in the world, and is a definite resume builder. Finally, IBM has offices in just about every major market around the world, allowing employees a huge array of geographic work possibilities.

    Cons

    Massive corporation, with all the benefits and drawbacks that come with it. It can be difficult to work in some situations with so many co-workers working remotely.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible in approach to the market.


  2. Good company, very good collaboration environment.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It matches my interesting. It provide very good environment. We often have comping and play event. People often get back to home very early. Often have tea time and tech talk. The people are all very nice and like to share knowledge and experience in IBM. The collaboration is very good, we often use instant messenger to help each other even we are in different location.

    Cons

    The food in cafeteria is expensive. We often have tech talk in each Research Center, however, we cannot see all the talk on-line. It will be much better if IBM provide free drink and free food.

    Advice to Management

    Very good management.


  3. good stuff

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    Former Employee - Engineer Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Growth - it is a good place to start career as a student you get to spend a lot of time learning and people are willing ot guide you to go places.

    Cons

    Way its done - too much bureaucracy - red tape limits innovation and there is a set methodlogy of doing things - not very good for creative types who need independneence to guide what they do.' very slow growth path which limits the ability to retain and keep very taelented employees who otherwise feel that they are stifled in whta they can do and where they can go.

    Advice to Management

    cut down on the red tape so that you people can think outside the box


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  5. IBM from the lowest level

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    Current Employee - Extreme Blue Intern in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Extreme Blue Intern in Rochester, MN
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best reasons to work for IBM are the competetive pay, community, and flexibility. As an intern, I am paid far beyond what most others my age with similar education are being paid. Very far beyond. IBM strives to create a sense of community, especially with interns who are being evaluated for possible full-time hire. There are organized tours, classes, meetings, and events for interns and we are strongly encouraged to attend. IBM is also very fair and flexible when it comes to scheduled and unscheduled time off- even for employees who are being paid hourly. Illness and emergency days have never been an issue.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides of working at IBM are the "nerd factor," the cultish-ness and arrogance of some employees, and the fact that the attempts to build community are sometimes overbearing. Most people who work at IBM are very nerdy and socially awkward, which can make them uncomfortable to be around and hard to communicate with. IBMers also fully believe that they are the best and their company is the best and that just because they are working at IBM they are somehow better than any other people in the technology field. Another downside is that sometimes IBM doesn't realize that employees have their own lives and friend and don't want to go to lunch, happy hour, and paintball with co-workers. There is sometimes pressure to attend optional activities outside of work hours.

    Advice to Management

    The advice or feedback I would give to Senior Management would be to do more to open up the lines of communication from the lowest-level employees to the higher-level employees. I have never communicated with anyone more than one rank above me, and while this may change as time goes on, it is still a reminder of how low on the food chain I am.


  6. Summer internship

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    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.


  7. Intern's experience

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    Former Employee - Co-Op Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Co-Op Intern in Austin, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, and ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Responsibilities given were not related to my field of study.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire an intern/co-op, give them responsibilities that is somewhat related to their field of study.


  8. Helpful (2)

    IBM can be a good place to work or a bad place depending on luck, and what you make of it.

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    Current Employee - Co-Op Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Co-Op Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, interesting projects. Good place to get some experience under your belt.

    Cons

    Not a lot of transparency from upper level management. Job security is an illusion. Some managers are horrible, some are great.

    Advice to Management

    For whatever reason, employees no longer feel that Senior Management cares about them. Whether this is really true or not, it's hard to know for sure. I think Senior Management should work on this and focus more on long term success while worrying less about the current stock price.


  9. am I BLUE?

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    Current Employee - Co-Op Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Co-Op Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM offers individuals growth in many different areas within the organization. An employee is granted the ability to really seize control of his or her career and encouraged to take steps that will help him or her reach goals.

    Cons

    Because of the company's large nature individual employee contributions are generally used to benifit the company more than the individual. There should be a better method of employee recognition over and above a "small" bonus.

    Advice to Management

    A great leader knows to choose a sucessor. Ensure that you are constantly developing new talent within the organization.


  10. Good place to work if you can tolerate bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I can't say anything about the other areas of the company, but the research division (where I was working) had a very laid-back, academic atmosphere. The research staff members I worked with had a ton of freedom in setting their agendas, choosing what kind of papers to publish, etc. and seemed quite happy overall with their jobs. Lots of opportunities to collaborate with people inside and outside the company; many were involved in projects with Stanford, Berkeley, UCSC, and other universities in the area.

    Cons

    First, the bureaucracy was horrible, worse than I ever could have imagined. It took me almost two months to get my first paycheck because someone entered my address incorrectly into the payroll system. Nothing is handled locally- you have to call some faraway place to get help, going through layers and layers of people who are either incompetent or uncaring. I had the same problem with the IT support- I couldn't get into my email and was forced to spend 2 hours on the phone with a poorly trained, unintelligible support guy in India until I could finally talk to someone who was able to fix my problem. Second, the workplace had some serious deficiencies. The onsite cafeteria served nasty, low quality, unhealthy, overpriced food. The "gym" was about the size of a broom closet and had only two machines. These and other things made me feel that the company didn't care about the happiness of its employees and was willing to cut perks for the short-sighted objective of reducing costs.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on reducing bureaucracy, making workplaces healthier and happier


  11. Helpful (1)

    IBM is a fast-paced company that has highly-skilled employees that work on challenging tasks at a decent salary.

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    Former Employee - Intern Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intern Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Motivating job: IBM gives interesting challenges that you won't find in some companies * Flexibility: can work from home, or even from another country. * Collaboration tools: Working at IBM gives you the chance to use many collaboration tools such as Sametime, Rational Team Concert and e-Meetings. * Salary and benefits: decent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    * Lack of structure. Our team didn't apply most of the techniques proposed by agile and other processes. We didn't even had iterations. * Management is mostly composed of non-technical employees. * Lack of communication between management, marketing, development, user experience and testing. Every department is isolated from the other. * Microsoft offers a better salary.

    Advice to Management

    * Involve more employees in their decisions. * Talk more to employees. Get to know them. Rarely did I had the chance to see or talk to the senior manager.



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