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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)

74% 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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    I had a very good time

    Intern (Former Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    Prosgood salary, exposure to management

    Consits very corporate environment, you either love or hate it

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

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    Extreme Blue: An exciting and worthwhile summer at IBM

    Extreme Blue Intern (Former Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    ProsWork with three fellow interns, making project decisions amongst yourselves. Freedom to choose implementation details for your project. Very helpful mentors and managers. Decent salary for an Intern. The available projects to choose from were very interesting the year I was working there. Very good job prospects when you complete the internship, all of the interns who had just completed their final year in college went on to get full-time employment with IBM.

    ConsOffice location is much less than ideal, with an hour and a half bus ride each way from the city centre.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A OK place to do the internship

    Procurement Intern (Current Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    ProsPeople are nice, people are close to each other

    ConsEveryone is too specialized, few opportunities to learn new stuff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Offering Strategy and Design Intern (Former Employee) Littleton, MA

    ProsCompensation for an intern was competitive. Management that I dealt with was very helpful and supportive. Lots of respect for your work by allowing space for you to complete your work.

    ConsThere wasn't a whole lot of change. Week in week out, it was the same daily routine. There was no opportunity to be hired to a full time position from the one I was in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Former intern

    Intern (Former Employee) Moscow (Russia)

    ProsThe only advantage is a decent office, and a big name. Even being an intern at IBM sounds good.

    ConsExtremely disorganized, sales driven company. Interested in innovation and making difference? IBM Russia has nothing to do with it.

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

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    Great worldwide exposure

    Business Analyst Intern (Former Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

    Pros- Fully globally integrated.
    - Communication across the globe generally easy.
    - Extremely smart coworkers.

    Cons- Long vacation periods in Europe make working with them in America difficult.
    - Large bureaucracy to work through.

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

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    Great internship experience, but ultimately too big of a place

    Market Insights Summer Intern (Former Employee) Armonk, NY

    ProsVery strong culture; people really help each other out as "IBMers" in lots of ways both small and large -- and people are proud of how they interact; amazingly vast set of resources company brings to bear.

    ConsIt's an enormous place. Need to feel comfortable as one part of an enormous organism, and that can be overwhelming, especially as you begin. At the corporate campus in Armonk, the sheer physical size of the place can make it easy to feel like your own contribution doesn't really amount to much, so it's important to find a way through that.

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

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    A company urging to keep up to date.

    Intern (Current Employee) Markham, ON (Canada)

    Pros- IBM is an established company
    - It has a huge and beautiful infrastructure
    - International offices with options to work in a lot of countries
    - Great people

    Cons- Slow work effort, it takes too much time to get anything done
    - Too collaboration dependent; you get stuck waiting on someone else too often
    - The work structure seems a bit old and stubborn to change
    - Too many older employees working for a technology company leads to many problems
    - Business model is old fashioned and also stubborn to change

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinuously hire new graduates and keep moving them until they fit their role seamlessly. Don't manage a project, manage your team! They can handle managing the project, and in doing so will stay more connected and the work will get done faster. Meet someone new every day. You'll be surprised where you find the skill your looking for.

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

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    very developed system

    Intern (Former Employee) Changping, Beijing (China)

    Prosthe company is big and organized.

    Conssometimes the manager is a little conventional

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    Fun and challenging

    Software Tester Intern (Former Employee) Markham, ON (Canada)

    Prosexposure to talents, meaningful work, most teams are nice to work with

    Consoccasional had to long work hours

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

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