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Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
331 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, inevitable corporate limitations

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    • Culture & Values
    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.

  2.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software/Systems Test Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software/Systems Test Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    If you are starting your career this is the best place to start.

    Cons

    Didn't see any cons in my time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wasn't all I hoped it would be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good place for learning, Flexible work hours

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    LIfe-work balance is addressed in work place.
    Flexible work hours, can work from home,
    A lot of talented engineers,
    Sharing knowledge is encouraged even though we do compete in work place

    Cons

    The top level decision makers don't have a vision. We were in go-no-go for a while.
    People managers don't involve the daily work of the team. But they do rate the our performance. This make things a little complicated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope the top level leaders have visions that can lead the company to a better position in market place.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full of politics, not very appreciative of the employees. The leadership team always seems to hide information.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good experience, resume builder, lot of smart people. If you are lucky enough to be in a good department or group, you'll have exposure to great projects and meaningful work which lots of potential of recognition and growth.

    Cons

    That said, its very hard to grow... the oppotunities don't present themselves very often and management seems to wants to keep you where you are instead of helping you grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job. Care about the employees. Don't be selfish. Show your appreciation. Don't micromanage and recognize those that work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Poor employee investment continues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance when needed. Extremely talented co-workers. Lots of different technologies to keep you busy.

    Cons

    Very top heavy. More concern for shareholders which leads to a lack of investment in employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the days of actually investing in your employees and customers and you will find that the business results will follow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a mixed bag.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of opportunity to learn new skills, matched 401K up to a certain percentage, looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Huge company, you feel like a number. Poor decisions have been made at employees' expense in the past five years in the quest for share price targets. Resources are a bit of a mess....while they exist, they are somewhat unorganized, and you either have to work within your network to find out how to go about certain things, or follow breadcrumb trails through intranet. Highly matrixed organization---people managers often have little to no interaction with you and gain insight as to your performance from others...highly subjective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to a bit more of an employee-centric stance. Organize resources better. Live up to what you claim to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Slow, dated, stagnant & boring

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    - Solid benefits
    - You can get paid to basically do nothing, if that's your thing

    Cons

    - Tons of pointless meetings
    - Clueless non-technical management chain
    - Non-competitive pay
    - Horrible proprietary workflow/"productivity" software
    - Getting anything accomplished requires wading through miles of red tape
    - Rabid focus on churning out patents
    - Culture rewards political clout, not engineering ability
    - Culture encourages isolation from your co-workers
    - Your co-workers are boring
    - Culture does not enable you to work on desirable projects or develop your career
    - Management does not listen to or care about your concerns
    - Executive management blatantly only care about earnings and nothing else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try actually listening to and conversing with your direct reports if you don't want to keep losing good people. Streamline and modernize your engineering philosophy. Streamline and modernize your productivity tools and processes. Restructure your incentive system. Focus on the growth of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old folks trying hard to modernize.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at IBM as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture around IBM is definitely one of change. Its obvious that the company knows that it currently thinks/operates like a dinosaur and is trying to modernize both its operations and its software development styles.

    Cons

    Still a dinosaur. In my experience they used old tools, old methods of software development, etc. I even saw developers email code to each other while I was there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your interns cooler stuff and more fun events that are paid for by the company. While it is certainly a little dumb for us young folks (and coincidentally better engineers/designers) to be swayed by a company flying us out to Seattle for a Macklemore concert, it does, so take note.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great way to get a ton of experience early in your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * A lot of responsibility early
    * Work with a number of very intelligent folks
    * Very collaborative environment

    Cons

    * Company seems too big at times
    * Managers can be out of touch at times
    * Slow to move in a fast past environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on strategic reinventions to ramp up sales growth..get back to what got us to where we are today.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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