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Updated August 30, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    opportunities to move to different areas. work life balance.

    Cons

    compensation is below market average


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    Software Design Internship

    Current Intern - Software Design Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Software Design Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - The people were welcoming. - The experience was intentionally very educational. - The company really wanted to take care of us in terms of bringing us on outings, feeding us, etc. - Housing was provided.

    Cons

    - With IBM's track record there's a high precedent. - The talent brought in sometimes feels they have to prove something, so it can be fairly competitive.

    Advice to Management

    IBM design was full of great managers. I would really like to work there. I feel I would learn a lot.


  3. Overall, good place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Designer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pros of working at IBM Design: Great pay, surrounded by intelligent people, great city, great work environment, lenient dress code

    Cons

    Cons of working at IBM Design: Too many presentations, work/life not well balanced. The pros override the cons, the only way to see if you really want to work at IBM is by working at IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Use your Front End Developers more wisely. They are the folk who develop the software! Also, upper upper management: You guys need to listen to the guys running the design studio.


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  5. Staff Design Engineer

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

    Pros

    Well establish work environment. Have a well functional units of business. Hold numerous patents in semiconductor, computer. Good benefits

    Cons

    Low salary Lost momentum in the computer world Behind in new technology

    Advice to Management

    Thinking about new trend of development, new products. Trim mid-range management levels


  6. Odd mix of too much process and not enough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked with a lot of good people. Also, if you're willing to stick your neck out, you can often get things done in spite of processes that get in your way.

    Cons

    Very big company, with many of the rigid processes you'd expect. Lots of layers of management, and it seemed like they were always shuffling them around.


  7. Not the IBM we've all known to love

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    Current Employee - Regional Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Regional Director in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    IBM still carries credibility with clients; this fact alone opens doors. IBM is made up of some of the smartest and most dynamic people I've ever known; you are surrounded by frustrated talent.

    Cons

    It's "transformation" seems to be lacking direction. Sr. execs seems to be jockeying for positions of change without regard to IBM's dedicated and top salesforces. Lack of regard for clients that is finally biting IBM in the butt

    Advice to Management

    Listen with an intent to understand. You're driving a great company into a wall.


  8. Its fine but dont expect for your career to progress

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    Current Employee - Network Performance Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Network Performance Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get paid well and the flexibility of work is pretty darn good.

    Cons

    You will never get a promotion or a raise. You better negotiate a good offer cause you will stay there for a wile. There is way too much bureaucracy for you to get work done.

    Advice to Management

    Trim up the loose ends.


  9. Finally found home.

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    Current Employee - Head of Global Talent - IBM Design in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Head of Global Talent - IBM Design in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits + culture + limitless opportunity

    Cons

    Dated systems that need some TLC. Luckily I work in the design division of Cloud so this problem will not continue to be an issue.


  10. Good place depends on group

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    Former Employee - Release Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Release Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work life balance, interesting work in some groups

    Cons

    demographic gap in workforce, either >20years or <10 years, Everyone seems worried about their job or being RIF'd

    Advice to Management

    New products, new products.


  11. Market Segment Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large, matrixed organizaion allows for freedom of decision.

    Cons

    Many decision makers, large complex matrix

    Advice to Management

    let lower levels make ore decisions. do not micro manage



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