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Extreme Blue Technical Internship

Extreme Blue Technical Intern (Current Employee)

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

ProsPrestigious program that has garnered mention in business strategy books; competitive pay and benefits (i.e. free housing, travel stipends, NYC weekend); brilliant and interesting coworkers; generally relaxed work environment with extraordinary autonomy for interns: you generally set your own pace and level of accountability; good work locations (could be a lot worse than Austin and Raleigh); do a halfway decent job as a technical intern and you'll practically have your pick of full time opportunities.

ConsThe success of your project and the quality of your experience is too heavily dependent upon the engagement of your project mentors (some teams had awesome mentors--others, not so much). Campus-wide perks are terrible (not even free coffee/tea, let alone anything else), too much time wasted on meetings and other bureaucratic proceedings. Executive presentations can disrupt an entire day which is problematic when you have several in one week.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more selective about the projects (and mentor teams) you accept if you can. Avoid project sponsorships from groups looking for cheap labor and do what you can to solicit higher profile opportunities that focus on IBM's strengths (analytics, big data, Smarter Planet type stuff).

Rumor is that a lot of executives think the program is an unnecessary expense, but it's one of the few things keeping IBM relevant to elite CS and engineering students--keep fighting the good fight!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pros: Modern building with a relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of chances to… Cons: Utterly insulting pay, virtually no benefits including no meal vouchers which are a basic here in Brno, no formal training just a 1.5 day welcome… Advice to Senior Management: Encourage people to speak English which is the international language of the company well apparently anyway. Offer real training not on the job training, if… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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Huge vision executed by brilliant people in spite of some poor internal processes

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at IBM full-time

Pros: one of the few entities on earth where anything is really possible. … Cons: internal processes such as performance reviews (i.e., forced curve ratings discourage lean teams),… Advice to Senior Management: IBM's internal expertise is its most valuable asset - treat… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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