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Updated Mar 28, 2014
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3.9 155 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(50 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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    It was an enriching experience

    Intern (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsFlexible Working hours
    Flexible leave system

    ConsLow Salary with contract based

    Advice to Senior Management-

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Intern (Former Employee) Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsGood work-life balance and opportunity to maintain focus in other things outside work. Opportunity to network with others within business also present

    ConsNo real opportunity to do anything tangible. Limited scope for application of university study unless studied IT. Although IBM is known as a consulting firm, it heavily relies on IT even in areas such as management consulting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide better opportunities for staff to develop. Improve standard of recruiting. Firm is struggling to keep certain employees and certain people should not be hired.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Graduate Intern (Current Employee) Delft (Netherlands)

    ProsIts a nice environment with no pressure at work

    ConsNo guarantee of getting permanent

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet more employees and the work would be done well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent experience in an industrial research lab

    PhD Research Intern (Former Employee) Yorktown Heights, NY

    ProsAccess to a vast range of resources (financial and otherwise) for research, excellent mentoring system for research interns and strong encouragement to be creative. Excellent pay for research interns, excellent benefits (housing) and relocation offered.

    ConsFew work related cons, except that I interend over the winter and no transport was available from housing unlike in the summer. TJ Watson is very isolated and impossible to reach by public transport. Taxis are not expensive though (Typ 15-20$ from TJ Watson to Mt Kisco)

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep running the research intern program, and perhaps consider a little closer how to coordinate interns who do not intern during the main summer block

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Strategic Consultant Intern

    Consulting Intern (Former Employee) Brussels (Belgium)

    ProsGood reputation of the company
    Adequate salary for interns (for foreigners only)
    Positive learning experience
    Availability of endless resources
    Very flexible daily working hours, you never exceed the 7,5 hours a day that you guarantee in the contract!

    ConsFrom the first day you arrive, you realize that IBM doesn't care of making you feel part of the whole team. There is no integration for interns, there is no program built around you and, moreover, there is no chance you will be hired at the end of your contract. Interns are merely a cheap labour resource for the company with an extremely high turnover.
    Interns don't receive any help from HR in terms of support for job finding at the end of the contract or relocation to other IBM offices. The only way of communication with the HR is through another HR intern, who is basically useless.
    The only way of being hired is through a Young Graduate Program but you must have strong recommendations in order to be hired. Meritocracy is sometimes an unknown concept.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Average internship experience

    Intern (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsLarge company, good opportunities after internship

    ConsMundane work, bureaucratic structure, unstructured internship programme

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    Great place to work

    Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsNice place to work and nice people

    ConsI do not really have any cons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing a great job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    MBA Intern (Former Employee)

    Pros- Leadership development
    - Intelligent people
    - Accessibility of management
    - Ability to work from home
    - Looks great on your resume
    - Lot's of interesting projects going to work on
    - Ease of moving within departments

    Cons- Lower salary than many other technology companies
    - Outdated desktop software
    - Feels like you are working at the CIA sometimes

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsolidate office locations. You sometimes have multiple offices very close to each other with lots of empty space..

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting

    ETI Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get to work with the best brains. There is ample freedom given and you have proper hierarchy to work with. Managers are usually helpful and you can Work From Home.

    ConsBecause of the hierarchy, the progress in any project is usually slow. It is not as competitive a company as it use to be before and is being overtaken by other companies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Enjoyable, flexible and rewarding

    Technical Specialist Intern (Former Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    ProsWorking with different types of technologies
    People were diverse and good to work with

    ConsWas unorganised at times
    Software was often bug-filled and unreliable

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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