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Once a shining piller of technology now going to seed

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Hawthorne, NY
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hawthorne, NY

I worked at IBM Research

Pros

When times are good you can end up working on some of the most exciting and innovative stuff. There are some really brilliant people at Watson research today.

Cons

Research is now much more focused on funding than on innovation, with the result being that more and more focus is put on coming up with ways to make the current product portfolio stronger. This is difficult, especially when you consider that the typical Research Staff Member is a Ph. D. with little practical knowledge of how the products are used, and with little to no access to customer feedback. This results in projects that are irrelevant to the product line or are redundant to work being done already by the product staff. If you are not working on a project like this but something disruptive you often have to sell it to the people who are being disrupted (called "finding a catcher"); oftentimes these people are so vested in the current product that they may spend their efforts killing your work rather than embracing it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get back to your roots. Find ways to encourage speculative research. The importance of research is to come up with the next game changers, not to improve the current product line. It's not IBM Advanced Technology, it's IBM Research!

Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    It was a great opportunity to take charge of a project and control development.

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    Former Employee - IBM Research Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - IBM Research Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at IBM Research

    Pros

    Because I took a lot of initiative, I was allowed to lead the development on multiple projects that I found interesting.
    The pay for interns is AWESOME.

    Cons

    It's very quiet- not super collaborative.
    It's a very slow-moving company.
    The tech they use is surprisingly outdated!

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fun and light-hearted place to work

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    Former Employee - Summer Research  in  Hawthorne, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Research in Hawthorne, NY

    I worked at IBM Research

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, a lot of seminars, talks, internal exhibitions to further improve your professional knowledge, great place to exchange ideas with colleagues

    Cons

    Facilities are a bit old.
    Location was far from the city and takes a lot of travel time.
    Lack of lunch options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with the fun and friendly culture
    Improve the facilities of the working place
    Communicate more about company goals and directions

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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