IBM Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
218 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • intern
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset

218 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Intern at IBM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. 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


  3. Good Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Dublin, OH
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Dublin, OH

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work experience People are helpful and with good knowledge

    Cons

    No interactions with other interns No benefits other than salary


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. IBM summer internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Somers, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Somers, NY

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    Learning a lot. get to interact in an office environment. seeing what its like to work in the field i am studying. gaining real world experience. and most importantly having fun.

    Cons

    9-5 can be exhausting at the beginning and takes some time to get used to. there is a lot of passwords to keep track of.

    Advice to Management

    have the interns write down all of their passwords at first then they can destroy the paper later.


  6. Hardware Design Intern

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

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

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

    Pros

    The environment is nice. They really want interns to enjoy themselves and get good experience. Lots of interesting presentations to watch. Opportunity to work on different projects.

    Cons

    Pay, while pretty good for an intern, could be more competitive.


  7. Financial Analyst Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Financial Analyst Intern in Rochester, MN
    Current Intern - Financial Analyst Intern in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    The first 4 weeks are on site training, 2 with the co-op you'll be replacing then 1 week reviewing everything IBM to paint the big picture then the last week is specific training on the software you'll use on the job. One of the best things about the job is the time you have left over you can spend learning a new tools, six sigma, vba, etc.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, they don't encourage networking outside of the office, my boss laughed after asking for business cards. There can be inefficiencies in large organizations and you can easily be swept along with the wind however, for those who wish to swim against the current you'll certainly be noticed.


  8. IBM Intern (Poughkeepsie Branch)

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

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

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

    Pros

    The employees all seem to really enjoy working here and working with each other. All the newly hired employees were enthusiastic. It is a great supportive atmosphere for an intern. They have a New Hire Network which organizes multiple events a week for new hire employees as well as interns.

    Cons

    I got the feeling from other interns that many groups did not know how to handle having an intern. My manager was on the west coast so I had some trouble finding out about some of the general intern information.

    Advice to Management

    Make programs like the New Hire Network known early on. If a manager isn't local, provide the intern with a manager that is for questions about the local branch.


  9. Expect to Learn

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

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

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

    Pros

    IBM provides you with a great deal of information and its platform allow you to thrive. Because IBM has so many products, you can always find something that you want to work on that fascinates you. Many people here has been working for IBM for more than 10 years, and in some cases 20+ years, and they have huge insights about the industry and the future of computing. You not only can get real industrial experience and something good on your resume, but also see the future of computing and computer technology here at IBM.

    Cons

    The same problem to all tech giants, IBM's mentoring system is not as good as some smaller companies. Since they cannot care every single employee as individual, sometimes you feel you will never grasp the vast picture IBM has been painting for more than 100 years. You might never see your site leader or any vice presidents, not to mention Executives.


  10. A strong research institution, but needs to pay more attention to detail

    Current Intern - Intern in Yorktown, NY
    Current Intern - Intern in Yorktown, NY

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

    Pros

    There is a nice atmosphere of respect for a wide range of research, including research that is riskier or wouldn't be expected to pay off for a long time. And the natural, green setting is beautiful (in Yorktown Heights).

    Cons

    Please see 'Advice to Management' section.

    Advice to Management

    (A lot of this is specific to the Yorktown Heights location). I have several points of criticism. First, on several occasions someone who was clearly an important person in IBM stood up in front of a group of interns to talk about IBM, and each time, it was not clear who the person was, as they did not receive an appropriate introduction and did not introduce themselves. I think this is very important and should be paid attention to more closely. Second, I think the coffee/microwave/fridge setup could be much more convenient for the employees. There is a microwave somewhat close to my desk, but there is no sink, garbage can or paper towels near this, making the microwave practically useless. Just imagine not having a paper towel to cover your food, no way to wash the dish that was just dirtied, and nowhere to throw away any garbage related to what you just heated. There is also only one area (that I'm aware of) to get coffee or food in the entire building, and very few refrigerators. To me, these details reflect that your employees' needs should be thought about more carefully. In addition, I think some of the internal websites could be redesigned in terms of ease of navigation- for example I found getting setup with VPN to be unnecessarily confusing. Also, I am not aware of any sort of integrated calendar which could inform employees about all talks and seminars that are occurring on site- if such a thing doesn't exist, I think it would be much appreciated. Finally, if there would be a way to provide employees access to more academic/research journals, I believe this would make the research process much easier. Thanks for your time, and hope this is helpful!


  11. Verification Engineer -- Internship Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern Verification Engineer in East Fishkill, NY
    Current Employee - Intern Verification Engineer in East Fishkill, NY

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    There was certainly some stimulating, challenging, cool project work being done in the Verification department, as well as the logic design department. High speed serial/deserializer work. Wage was good. Learned/exposed to new skills like SystemVerilog/VHDL, see Cons.

    Cons

    Felt underqualified as an intern verification engineer, not sure why I was hired -- no Verilog/VHDL experience even though that's all I'm doing everyday. Electrical engineering major, but no classes in that area, so yes I was familiar with much of the content but ultimately was a fish out of water regarding the software machinery we were using. Management here was also very hands-off about the internship in a bad way, IMO. Little structure/focus/direction for me, was fairly out of the loop in terms of department meetings and project statuses, they were busy with their own projects and project setbacks (which is, of course, understandable to some extent). They were also swamped with transition logistics because Global Foundries bought the site and we were transferring over to them a third of the way into my internship, so naturally they were kinda preoccupied which definitely played a role in all I previously mentioned. Overall just didn't have much to do and didn't feel the most qualified for what there was to do.

    Advice to Management

    Stay more on top of internship program



Showing 218 of 15,304 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.