IBM intern Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
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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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  1.  

    Internship review

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good location, teaches a lot, allows people experience in real software engineering applications and learn about different languages and scenarios that you don't learn in college

    Cons

    Not long enough internship, not enough other interns, not really a friendly atmosphere, non-covered parking, no food

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    BIg Blue is the way to go

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Conducive environment to work in

    Cons

    no clear guidelines and hierarchy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    interact more with the employees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A satisfied internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern Software Engineer  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Intern Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    A lot of experts.
    Nice interpersonal relationships.
    Do things pretty professionally.
    Very little working overtime.

    Cons

    Processes pretty complicated and lengthy.
    Employees facing layoff crisis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A Nice Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I worked at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The people there are nice and warm. You have many opportunities to meet other interns.

    Cons

    Salary is not as high as other companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    A marquis name on any resume

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I had a co-op with IBM during college.
    It was definitely a great experience, and having IBM on my resume won me more interviews the next time I went interviewing.

    Cons

    The pay was a bit lower than the other job offers I had.
    I'm not sure whether that's common across the company, but they definitely seemed to low-ball their compensation and try to pay you in perks (like telecommuting) instead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at IBM as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Team effort, the culture and environment.

    Cons

    Slave driven, more than 10hrs of work a day, several layers of management can slow down decision making.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Taste a cup of Big Blue

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    Former Employee - CIO Intern  in  Somers, NY
    Former Employee - CIO Intern in Somers, NY

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    A challenging project to work on;
    Support and guidance from other IBMers, if you ask for
    Self-paced training

    Cons

    Tons of related materials to shift through and absorb under time pressure;
    Long train commute to the office site from NYC, Better to have a car if living in the area
    Not so many face-to-face meetings with supervisors
    Changes happen all the time

  9.  

    exciting, lots of learning opportunities

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great learning experience, flexible work environment

    Cons

    work life balance can improve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Finance Intern

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    Current Employee - Finance Intern  in  Southbury, CT
    Current Employee - Finance Intern in Southbury, CT

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    there are none at all

    Cons

    in the middle of nowhere, outsourcing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leave while you still can

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern

    I worked at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The people were nice and helpful
    I learned so much in terms of lab experience, project managing and self regulation.
    They didn't micro manage. They gave me a project and left me to figure it out and I could ask questions/help at any time.
    Pay was alright.

    Cons

    It's a corporation. Nature of corporations are not "friendly". There was a massive lay-off during my internship and I saw first hand how this 'reorganization' affected lives.
    They didn't offer me a job because of the 'freeze' that was on the company.
    They don't give you recommendations outside of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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