IBM – Why Work For Us?


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Be an innovator

Whether you're fresh out of college, or an experienced professional, IBM is a company where you can cultivate your expertise, use your knowledge to the fullest extent, or re-invent yourself while working on society's most pressing issues.

Work in the company of experts

Collaborate with like-minded people in an environment that embraces individual differences, and rewards your best work. Deepen your expertise and learn from a network of 400,000 IBMers that use our collective intelligence to make the world work better. Be part of a team that encourages constant learning and provides the situations, projects, training, and interactions that will help develop your expertise.

Build the career you want

At IBM, we put more emphasis on career development and give you more resources than anywhere else that serve you well here, and for long afterward. IBM offers competitive benefits, as well as an industry-leading practice of performance-based bonuses for all employees. IBM gives you the power to design your workday, and your life, according to your unique styles and needs.

Work for a company you can be proud of

For more than a century IBM has defined itself not only by its leaders, products, technologies and services, but by its fundamental values. IBM's Values serve as the foundation of our culture and brand, and ensure that we deliver innovations that matter for our company, our clients, and the world.


Cash compensation

Cash compensation opportunities include base pay, performance bonus, commissions, awards and other forms of earnings. When our business performance exceeds the plan and you perform at the highest level, you'll have an earnings opportunity that places you among the best-paid employees in the marketplace.

Performance bonus program

For most eligible employees, the performance bonus opportunity is 2-8 percent of eligible annual earnings — with the potential for greater rewards for extraordinary performance.

Healthcare benefits

You can customize your benefits coverage every year to best fit your individual or family needs. IBM benefits coverage can include your spouse or same-sex domestic partner and eligible dependents.

Medical, dental and vision benefits

  • Three IBM Medical Plan options and various health maintenance organizations
  • Two IBM Dental Plan options and dental maintenance alternatives
  • Vision coverage
  • Health care and dependent care spending accounts

Work and personal life balancing

Employees with one to nine years of service earn 15 days of vacation per year. Those with ten or more years of service earn 20 days of vacation per year.

IBM also offers 12 holidays per year — usually six observed nationally. The other six vary according to operational requirements, including at least one personal-choice holiday.

To help you balance your career with the rest of your life, we also offer flexible work schedules. You can vary your daily arrival time within limits established by local management. Telecommuting and work-week balancing schedules are available in many business units with prior management approval.

Income protection

IBM wants to ensure that, given a life-changing event, you and your family are protected. We also offer:

  • Sickness and accident income plans
  • Long-term disability plan
  • Group life insurance
  • Travel accident insurance
  • Long-term care insurance

Retirement savings and stock purchase

Newly hired employees are eligible for the following programs:

IBM Savings Plan — 401(k) Pension Program

For eligible employees, IBM offers a dollar-for-dollar match, up to the first 6 percent of pay you contribute to the plan. Employees are eligible for this match after one year, and, once eligible, are fully vested. (Employees are always fully vested in their own contributions.)

IBM Employees Stock Purchase Plan

IBM's Employees Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) offers eligible employees the opportunity to invest in IBM stock at a 5% discount off the market price on the date of purchase, each pay period.

Employees may designate between 1% and 10% of their pay to purchase IBM stock through automatic payroll deduction, up to a maximum of $25,000 worth of shares in a calendar year.

Employee Referral Bonus Program

This program gives employees the opportunity to refer friends, family, and colleagues to eligible openings, with the potential to earn up to $5,000 for every successful referral who is hired by IBM.

Employee Purchase Program

This program offers employees selected IBM personal computer hardware and software products at significantly less than suggested retail prices.

Community Relations Program

IBM is one of the largest corporate contributors of cash, equipment, and people to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions across the U.S. and around the world. In all our efforts, we help people use information technology to improve the quality of life for themselves and others. 

Site offerings

Many IBM locations offer a variety of special programs including: fitness centers, educational courses, award programs and career planning centers.

IBM Club

IBM also has clubs set up at various locations. These clubs organize recreational leagues, IBM-sponsored trips, and a variety of classes and programs.


A guide for new hires

An early start at career success begins with Your IBM, our new-hire training program. You'll learn how IBM works, how to maximize your contribution to the company, how to successfully navigate within IBM and connect with your colleagues — and have fun in the process!

Planning your career

To help you identify opportunities, construct a skills road map and mark your progress, IBM offers easy-to-navigate career Web sites and tools:

  • Job role and technical training — In addition to top-notch professional skills, IBM focuses on in-depth industry and technical training to keep you up to date on emerging technologies and skills valued in the marketplace.
  • Academic learning assistance program — IBM provides assistance for external education in addition to our internal training offerings to help you keep your skills aligned with our business goals.
  • Learning@IBM Explorer — The Academic Learning Assistance Program is intended to meet identified business needs by paying for many educational expenses for employees at universities and colleges. Participation is limited and selective. Management may limit whether the plan is available to their employees given business needs. If it is available, management may specify additional requirements for their employees to participate.

Tuition Refund

All three plans under the Academic Learning Assistance Program ( DWSP, ICP, SSP) are funded by the business units. Participation is limited and selective. Management may limit whether the plan is available to their employees given business needs. The education expense is charged to the education minor code 0330 and the employee's division and department. However, each IBM division decides whether to hold the funding at the department, functional, or divisional level.

IBM expects you to apply for all other financial assistance to which you are entitled. Financial assistance includes student aid programs, scholarships, grants, fellowships, Veteran's Administration benefits, etc.

IBM reserves the right to discontinue any of the Plans in the program or discontinue the program should there be significant business changes.

Educational leave of absence

Subject to management approval, if your course of study mutually benefits you and IBM, we can grant an unpaid educational leave of absence.


We define our guiding beliefs for how we relate to each other, to our clients, our partners and our stakeholders. As a company, we value:

  • Dedication to every client's success
  • Innovation that matters — for our company and for the world
  • Trust and personal responsibility in all relationships

These shared values influence how we make decisions and work together, setting the stage for what employees — and the world — can expect from IBMers.

Valuing our people and their development

The expertise of our workforce is as critical to our success as the effectiveness of our technology. We invest more than US$750 million annually to help make sure that our employees have leading-edge skills and ongoing development opportunities.

"People development is about enabling the capability of our employees, managers and teams to drive business performance. It focuses on providing our workforce with the tools, resources and guidance needed to broaden our knowledge base and develop skills most valued by our industry. It also allows employees the opportunity for career progression." 
— Randy MacDonald, IBM senior vice president of Human Resources

IBM Foundational Competencies

We identify core competencies that provide the foundation for employee professional growth at IBM. These include:

  • Adaptability
  • Client focus
  • Taking ownership
  • Communication
  • Drive to achieve
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Creative problem solving
  • Passion for the business
  • Trustworthiness

IBM's commitment to people development sets us apart from other employers. From Web applications to mentors to global e-learning to classroom training, IBM's learning environment enables you to take charge of your skills and knowledge from day one, empowering you to expand your expertise throughout your career.


"The employees of IBM represent a talented and diverse workforce. Achieving the full potential of this diversity is a business priority that is fundamental to our competitive success. A key element in our workforce diversity programs is IBM's long-standing commitment to equal opportunity.

Business activities such as hiring, promotion, and compensation of employees, are conducted without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age. These business activities and the design and administration of IBM benefit plans comply with all applicable laws, including those dealing with equal opportunity. For qualified people with disabilities, IBM makes workplace accommodations that comply with applicable laws, and which IBM determines are reasonable and needed for effective job performance. In respecting and valuing the diversity among our employees, and all those with whom we do business, managers are expected to ensure a working environment that is free of all forms of harassment.

This policy is based on sound business judgment and anchored in our IBM Values. Every manager in IBM is expected to abide by our policy, and all applicable laws on this subject, and to uphold IBM's commitment to workforce diversity."

— Virginia M. Rometty, IBM Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer

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    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)


    Disclaimer: A lot of what I'm writing below of course depends on the work area and management chain. But I found this to be fairly pervasive policies in IBM in my 9+ years with the company. 1. IBM's policies and management are very flexible when it comes to working remotely or accommodating various life situations (sick days, doctor visits, etc.). Management is encouraged to measure an employee by their work and impact, and not by hours spent at their office. 2. Great colleagues! Though unfortunately, many have been leaving due to the instability of IBM's HW development business. 3. At least in my area, there's a high level of flexibility on which projects should I undertake based on my and my management assessment of business impact.


    1. Unfortunately, IBM still uses the "normal distribution" rating system, where at the end of the year each employee is ranked as a top contributor (5%), above average contributor (15%), average contributor (~75%), and bottom contributor (5%). This curve is difficult to apply in the R&D world, where you may have many members of the team working long and hard hours, and end up being "average contributors" at the end of the year, because there just isn't room for all to be top contributors. 2. The above may not be so disturbing, if only IBM didn't practically cancelled all raises, performance bonuses and incentive for the non top-performers. I've had a consistent "above average" rating in the last 4-5 years, and my raise and performance bonus were ridiculous mere 1.5-2% of my salary. Were I rated "average contributor" I would have gotten NOTHING. So you can imagine that people can go year after year without any raise to their salary. From talking to manager friend, this is IBM's way to eliminate the non-top-performers without having to fire them, as part of its direction of reducing US manpower. 3. Hiring freeze in many areas - again, as part of IBM's attempt to reduce its workforce across North America and Europe we see many jobs move to the India and Far East markets. This is of course upsetting to see local teams shrink and disappear, especially when many great local IBM colleagues and experts begin to drop out. From my experience thus far working with India SW teams - they are still very far away from the standards I would have expected from US and Europe based teams. 4. Poor top down communication about company's and divisions' future. Employees learn from rumors and news websites what's about to come...

    Advice to Management

    Management must keep in mind that it today's world, which is saturated with brilliant companies that hire top talent, IBM must remain competitive to attract great talent and hold on to it. In the meanwhile, we're seeing the opposite trend, where great people leave IBM for other companies, be it because of a more competitive package, dropping morale and many other reasons.

IBM Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at IBM (Raleigh, NC).


    Had to come in for 3 interviews, spoke with 5 different supervisors. The questions was coming from everywhere. I remained calm and answered them correctly. When the first interview was done, I had no idea that I was going to get a call back for another interview. Non the less, when I showed up for the next one, it was with some team leads, that wanted to get a grasp on how they thought I would fit in on a team with them. Random questions, how well do you work with others, what would you do if you see a team member doing something different from you, things like that. Went well.

    Interview Questions

    • What skills do you posses, that this position is looking for.   1 Answer


    We was able to negotiate my lack of Linux for my, added skills in MS. They trained me with Linux, and now I do have the basics.

IBM Awards & Accolades

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America's Top Corporations for Multicultural Business Opportunities (#10) ,, 2012
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality , Human Rights Campaign, 2010
Best Workplaces for Commuters , National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2010
Most Admired Companies in Research Science , Black Engineer & Information Technology, 2010
Best Companies for Multicultural Women , Working Mother, 2012
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Additional Info

Headquarters Armonk, NY
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1911
Type Company - Public (IBM)
Industry Business Services
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors Oracle, Infosys, Microsoft

IBM is filled with smart people, each of whom are actively involved in helping industries around the world do something better, more efficiently and more productively. From consulting to research, software to sales, there is bound to be an opportunity for you to build the career you want at one of the most successful companies in history.

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