IBM Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Sales Operations Manager

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    lack of talent in key jobs

    Advice to Management

    care about people more.

  2. Designer

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    Former Employee - Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Designer in Austin, TX

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you end up on the right projects, you get interesting challenges and the chance to learn a lot about dealing with large cross-disciplinary teams and messy problems, and even as a recent graduate you can have a really big influence on major products—if you end up on the right projects. You work with some great people, and everyone is really friendly. The design studio (and by extension designers) currently have relatively strong political backing and a lot of pull within the company, so in some cases at least, you get to drive strategic discussions and sit at the table with product managers, dev leads, etc. A lot of big companies are trying to make design work for them right now, and IBM has one of the most serious efforts in this area, so you can learn a great deal about how it might work and how to go about helping an organization become more user focused. A lot of what determines your experience also depends on your attitude and expectations—if you look at challenges as something to learn from, you will learn—if you want an easy job where someone has already figured everything out... You will be disappointed.

    Cons

    A lot of teams are quite dysfunctional, sometimes for reasons internal to the studio, but usually because of the widespread bureaucracy and politics within the broader company. Also, lot of people choose to work at IBM because they can hide in the vastness and get away with doing next to nothing, so mediocrity and lack of motivation are the norm outside of the design studio. A lot of people are completely out of touch with current trends in technology and design, at least as far as user interface stuff goes. Another downside is the fact that even within the studio, the real goal is just getting to a place where design best practices can be applied, not pushing the field of design forward. There is no need for real innovation or flair, just for applying techniques that were worked out ten years ago to problems defined years before that. While what IBM Design is doing can be quite exciting, there are a lot of exciting things happening at the intersection of design and technology right now, and a lot of them are much more exciting than IBM. Also, expect to be around a lot of people just out of college with little to no perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more honest and a little less condescending.

  3. March goes on!

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    Former Employee - Contract Professional in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Contract Professional in Austin, TX

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting, top Professionals in the field, encourages education,

    Cons

    Sending jobs to other Countries.

    Advice to Management

    Your support for US Companies and business needs to be in the US.

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  5. A series of unfortunate events

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. History. Still actually make computers (for now).

    Cons

    Stock buybacks. Way too much management

    Advice to Management

    Slim down.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Austin, TX

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They give a very good salary, great benefits. The pace of the work is usually not very hectic. On the campus, the dress code is very lax.

    Cons

    The leadership is messed up with too many managers in a matrixed environment. People are treated as dry resources as objects, rather than as humans.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as humans, not just as "resources" to be deployed to tasks / assignments. People are more than just resources, and only treating them well will motivate them.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Overall, a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You are surrounded by the smartest people in the world. This is the first job I had where I didn't feel like I was working with a bunch of idiots. It was fun to work on developing the latest and greatest technology.

    Cons

    Everyone is always worried about the next RA.
    1st line managers hands are tied.
    Executive leadership is very short sighted.

    Advice to Management

    Lower management needs to fight harder for their employees, and not just respond to executive direction with "Thank you sir. May I have another?"
    Company needs to spend money on something other than stock buy-backs.

  8. IBM struggles with it's size

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBM allows you to have access to fantastic resources and pockets of deep technical excellence. Some of the people I have worked with have been visionary and inspired technical leaders.

    Cons

    Finance seems to be running the show. Dubious business decisions are made on the basis of financial data only, without regard for technical or marketing strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Quit trying to drive everything to defined financial KPI's. Focus on exposing your technical excellence, and the revenues will follow. Too often things are done in response to IBM organizational bureaucracy, rather than in response to customer needs or market needs.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people, inevitable corporate limitations

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    Former Intern - User Experience Design Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - User Experience Design Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    The people at IBM Design have amazing personalities and are just fun to be around. Everyone is like family, and they all enjoy being at work.

    Cons

    The fact that IBM is so big causes the company to have relatively slow processes and a way of doing things that, to me, limits innovation and creativity.

  10. It was a good company until they started to care more about the 2015 stock price. Since then it just went downhill

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    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was comfortable in terms of work life balance at one point but it's really a random now and it varies a lot by department

    Cons

    Low salaries. Mediocre benefits.no growth unless you need to fight for it

    Advice to Management

    When your top guy who scores one for the past three years ask you to get promoted, you should really listen

  11. Helpful (2)

    Wasn't all I hoped it would be

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people.
    Decent benefits (though not what they once were)
    Reliable employer (the company isn't going to go away any time soon)
    Good work/life balance (you go to your kids' soccer games)

    Cons

    I came to IBM through an acquisition. When we were acquired, we were told about all of the great opportunities that IBM had to offer, there were sessions about advancing your career, about moving into new job roles, about becoming master inventors or senior scientists. In the end, it was all bull. The opportunities to move up or move into new domains are few and far between, and really come down to patronage and who you know. Most people are pigeon holed, working the same job, keeping their heads down, and hoping their product or team remain intact until they retire. Business decisions are arbitrary and based completely on short term results. Unless you work on a few blessed products, there is little to no innovation. And when you do innovate, opportunists step in and take over the product, driving out the people who did the original work (example... Watson).

    Advice to Management

    IBM used to have a reputation as a great place to work... make that the focus again.

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