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IBM Intern Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
12,361 Reviews
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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.  

    Very positive and fulfilling experience- never expected such a similar one for an intern

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Lots of challenging experiences, you are exposed to management and senior levels -and are given huge responsibilies from day one, the international and fast changing atmosphere is always very demanding but extremely rewarding also

    Cons

    It is a very huge company so it can result stressfull sometimes in order to get a smooth running -in terms of paperwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go on with the good job! Imo, you should consider to join more junior roles at their career first stages

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Like a dreamland!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Incredibly knowledgeable people
    Tons of resources available to explore and learn from
    All sorts of opportunities, if you look for them
    People are willing to help
    Loads of fun!
    Huge amounts of technical variety
    Very diverse workgroups

    Cons

    Intimidatingly large
    Managers are very needy
    Too much may be expected
    Bad teams get your credit shared to them
    You may just be mixed in with the rest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut back on the sheer number of manager titles out there, and let them know that they have weight to pull too!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IBM GBS Intern
    Former Employee - IBM GBS Intern

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    IBM has done a great job of investing money and resources into its internship experience (from which they make full-time offers). I would highly recommend IBM GBS for an internship as they treat interns with respect and assign challenging projects. Interns are also given opportunities to participate in social events and the compensation was more competitive than the other offers I received. IBM GBS hired around 50 interns nationwide in the summer of 2009, all of whom gave presentations to senior management.

    Cons

    There should be bonuses offered for high performing interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to offer this internship program to undergraduates. Continue to invest money and resources in recruiting students from leading US Universities. This will drive competitive advantage and help IBM GBS compete with other consulting firms (Accenture, Deloitte, Booz ,etc)

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worth the Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good resume booster
    Positive people to work with
    treated interns with respect and dignity

    Cons

    typical boring corporation, you feel a lot of mediocrity in-between the people that are trying to get stuff done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more google less microsoft

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IBM Intern
    Former Employee - IBM Intern

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to learn â?? Free in class training and online learning (Valued at $500 to $3000 for non IBMers), access to all IBM products, time given to learn new skills required for the job, on site library, online books.
    Great management â?? Smart, ready to give advice, interested in employees, no micro management.
    Good feedback system â?? Everyone you work with has an input and no ranking system with coworkers
    Tim Hortons on site and on site cafeteria (but its a bit pricy)
    On site gym and lot of extra work activities (outdoor sports, yoga, pool, ps3s, community events, etc)
    Great team environment and friendly coworkers.
    Competitive salary
     Discounted certifications
    Well respected company (Your experience will be valued)
    Interesting projects on world renowned products
    Company discounted tickets and vouchers

    Cons

    Depends on your team, but personally I found some senior management to be bad in project management and some low performing workers getting awarded for non work related tasks.
    Big company so some processes take much longer than they should
    Lack of communication/co-ordination between IBM groups â?? Sometimes the same work is done by 2 different groups and they start competing against each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont give awards to underachievers as it creates a bad team atmosphere. Better manage projects by understanding stakeholders and by having a fixed time for project deliverables.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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

    I have been working at IBM

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Very good management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Great Experience

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    • 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
  10.  

    Intern

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    • 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

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    • 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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