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IBM Intern Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Faded glory

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Winchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in Winchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The letters 'IBM' look impressive on a CV but they shouldn't be. (Theoretically) you get to work on some fairly high-profile projects.

    Cons

    My department was disorganised and unmotivated. The staff seemed in no hurry to change or improve and were perfectly happy to do their 9-5 and keep their head under the radar.

    Few people showed initiative or took innovative risks. It seemed like the day job was a competition to see who could be noticed least.

    Morale was rock-bottom. The US management were threatening to lay people off because sales weren't good enough. Well, of course they weren't! Not with that attitude and lack of enthusiasm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your staff better so you can exploit their talents. Otherwise they just get bored

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was GREAT to work with IBMers.

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    Former Employee - Intern of Storage Systems Operation in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)
    Former Employee - Intern of Storage Systems Operation in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)

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

    Pros

    They would communicate with you patiently no matter what problems you met. You can share your idea freely and the atmosphere there is perfect!

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel working there is not very efficient and at a quite slow pace. There are some fixed steps to do things. Once you finished a project, you need to a lot of paper work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If possible, I think employees need some flexibility when they are working.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic place for people interested in Tech

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    Former Employee - Predictive Analytics Intern
    Former Employee - Predictive Analytics Intern

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

    Pros

    Exposure to multiple different fields, you can tap into a massive network of co-workers around the planet.

    Cons

    Red tape can seriously get in the way sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Old company feel with a very structured and rather bland culture.

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    Current Employee - Intern - MS Computer Science in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - MS Computer Science in Costa Mesa, CA

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

    Pros

    Get to work on very large scale projects that make a big impact on the world. Lot of career mobility in both location and category. Not a lot of overtime expected.

    Cons

    The epitome of a bland and often boring corporate environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more innovation and excitement.

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

    Software Engineering Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Bucharest (Romania)

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

    Pros

    I love the fact that every task can be broken down to a series of smaller tasks which are then each solved and put back together for the overall solution. I also think it's great what we can work in just about every type of industry. I hate badly structured projects (code and phase-wise) and confusing POA

    Cons

    I have been with IBM since 2011. While it may be the workplace for some it is not fitting towards the environment that I wish to be in. Their learning resources are very limited due to the age gap of employees. Well seasoned employees retire before completing the training of new employees which leads to inadequate skill levels. The technology is very old and out dated, and as a developer you do not feel like you are contributing since the components are so separate from each other.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Industrial Year Experience.

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The intern community was a great group of people to work and socialise with, made some lifelong friends.

    Cons

    A lot of a interns work/role was very heavily based around mundane excel type work. There was opportunity to expand your responsibilities if you pushed/asked for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Intern in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Environment is awesome and work culture is good

    Cons

    Comapany is good but not all the intern are converted at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    nice place, smart people around

    Cons

    too far from city. Life is not convenient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

  10.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work culture, smart people, interesting projects

    Cons

    lot of processes to go through to get work done sometimes

  11.  

    favorable experience

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    Former Employee - ASIC Design Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - ASIC Design Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    people here are always ready to help, and i love the atmosphere among colleages

    Cons

    work is somewhat boring, but it's due to the technical work itself.

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