IBM Intern Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1297 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1271 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 410 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 207 reviews)

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  1.  

    A fulfilling experience with great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    Large company with well established infrastructures, has useful global resources for all types of project
    Smart Co-workers and easy to communicate
    Flexible working hours and working place most of the time
    Not bad compensation

    Cons

    Potentially long and stressful working conditions
    Requires business trips sometimes frequently
    a number of requirements on employees outside of work itself which are just a hassle

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Intern work 3 years ago

    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    The good part of the personal experience: I started working there as a student intern who lacks working experience and truly learnt something during implementing the prototype they assigned me(java programming and j2ee architecture, database management, flex programming), relatively high salary, friendly workmate

    Cons

    The bad part of the experience: the particular location(Systems Center, Beijing) of the workspace is not convenient in terms of transportation(Shandi District in west Beijing)

    Recommends
  3.  

    Quite the experience

    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    Working with a different culture

    Cons

    You don't see woman working in this industry

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  5.  

    Engineering Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Albany, NY

    I worked at IBM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working with some of the best and brightest people
    Reasonable and understanding management
    Access to state of the art facilities and instruments
    Collaborative atmosphere

    Cons

    Fewer meeting would be better in my opinion
    Bureaucracy as expected with large company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer meetings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Internship Review

    Former Employee - Intern in Munich (Germany)
    Former Employee - Intern in Munich (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Very diverse job and internship opportunities, large network of experts on essentially all IT topics. Competitive internship compensation (top 1/3rd of companies), very nice office building, good department culture

    Cons

    Not very structured intern management process. No cross-department intern activities. Not very extensive post-internship networking program. No introductory week.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Exciting research place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Yorktown, NY
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Yorktown, NY

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

    Pros

    Many smart, self-motivated engineers, great place to research

    Cons

    Minimal communication between groups, collaboration challenging

  8.  

    great company

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

    I worked at IBM as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of intelligent people
    high-end instrumentation
    learning enviornment

    Cons

    no compensation
    less productive
    poor management
    food not good

  9.  

    good

    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

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

    Pros

    IBM has good hours and good culture. Each team is different so you might have a really good or really bad time, or get interesting or mundane work (as an intern)

    Cons

    Work and responsibility depends on the team you are in. Quite a big company and thus it is political. Pay isn't top gear and reputation is only strong in some areas

  10.  

    Working in the Marketing and Communications Lab in NYC was a wonderful experience.

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

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

    Pros

    -managers interested in your development
    -have contact with higher ups in the ocmpany
    -open office environment
    -casual dress except for presentation days

    Cons

    -interviewing for next steps after internship
    -hard to navigate the intranet system IBM has in place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good internship for students who want to work during their school year

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Intern in Prague (Czech Republic)

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

    Pros

    I liked the friendly culture in the office and colleagues willing to help. Also, outings organized for interns by interns were very good.

    We went through a lot of trainings which were very well structured and helpful. Work-life balance was without any problems. No one cared how much time you work the only thing is to get the job done.

    Paid internships were offered for selected interns at the end of the unpaid internship.

    Cons

    Internships are unpaid. On the other hand IBM is a strong one and attracts motivated crowd of students with various backgrounds.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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