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Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
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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 place with room to grow.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Westford, MA

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Learn new skills and supportive culture.

    Cons

    So big it can be hard to quantify your contribution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Feels rocky

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    IBM is a great brand name and has had a reputation for good benefits although those have declines to industry norms now.

    Cons

    IBM used to be a job for life. It is now feeling like even high performers have job insecurity as they change so rapidly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a career place - where you start is where you end

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    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer/Project Manager/Test Automation in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer/Project Manager/Test Automation in Littleton, MA

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

    Pros

    Large pool of employees, so you can find some very intelligent people

    Cons

    Most of the creative and intelligent folks left years ago when job insecurity became the norm. Company is no longer a leader in innovation, benefits nor work-life balance. Expect to work weekends, holidays, and sometimes 24+ hr shifts without additional compensation. Promotions and raises are mostly a thing of the past. Best description of the work environment is "toxic"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop and look around -- to be creative and innovative, people need reasonable work hours, benefits, and positive compensation for their efforts. Job security is important to most - and most intelligent people can tell the difference between a system that rates their performance and one that is merely a quota system to enable the company to cut headcount. Employees need training options -- including time in which to consume the training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worked for over 10 years with IBM.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Littleton, MA

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home.
    Flexible work environment
    Reasonably good benefits.

    Cons

    Stacked rankings. Every group needs a poor performing individual. After several years of constant layoffs with bare bones operations it is just a matter of time till your number is up.
    No raises or bonuses. Those went out years ago.
    401k matching is at the end of the year. If you have not been terminated by Dec 15th you will get the matching amount.
    Morale is horrible. The constant threat of termination is debilitating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Smart people, great product

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Watson in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Watson in Littleton, MA

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

    Pros

    Watson is an incredibly interesting and intellectually challenging product. As a result, working on the Watson team feels like an academic environment where you can learn enormous amounts from your peers while building a world class product.

    Cons

    The Watson team still has some of the pains of being a part of such a large company- difficult red tape to cut through, design decisions where a bad technology was chosen because it is developed in-house rather than using standard technologies, etc. That being said, much of the structure of the team and their approach is constantly changing for the better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Watson team should be more cohesive and independent of the larger IBM culture. If IBM wants to attract top talent for Watson, they need to take hints from how the rest of the modern software world operates which is very different from the larger IBM culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    My review

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Littleton, MA

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

    Pros

    - Good compensation & benefits
    - Competitive salary
    - Lots of learning/training opportunities

    Cons

    - Agile process may make you keep busy if you work as a software engineer in software group.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Account Manager in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Littleton, MA

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunity to learn new things

    Cons

    Very slow in adapting changes

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a place to start your career

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Littleton, MA

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

    Pros

    IBM employs very smart software engineers.

    Cons

    I started my job right out of college at IBM, with high hopes unfortunately..

    - Pay was far below average with raises only going to the 'top performers'.
    - My manager was non-technical, had 20-30 people under her and honestly had no clue what most of her employees job's were. When review time came, she skimmed through what we wrote about ourselves and rated everyone as 'average' aka no bonus + no layoff.
    - Lots of layoffs which caused a very negative attitude around the office.
    - The work was boring. Being right out of college it's fun to work with new technologies, at IBM you're forced to use old technologies like Java and Dojo for web.
    - It's very hard to get into a leadership role unless you've worked at IBM for a long time.
    - No free coffee or anything for that matter. Honestly how hard is it to offer your employees free coffee?
    - IBM's "agile" is a joke, it's really just waterfall.

    By working at IBM I learned what type of company to avoid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start innovating and investing in your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Awsome experience as a Software Developer Intern

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    Current Employee - Software Developer Intern in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer Intern in Littleton, MA

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is because its IBM!!! I am working as a software developer intern and overall very satisfied with the company. IBM provides an extremely positive atmosphere to work. The team is extremely friendly and supportive. There are challenging tasks but people are very willing to help you always. There is lots to learn in IBMs ocean of knowledge and very great career opportunities within the organization.Its not only work but a lots of fun to work here. I am very proud to be a part of this 100 year old organization.

    Cons

    I did not face any challenges to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is extremely friendly and supportive . Thanks IBM!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Advisory sales rep

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    Former Employee - Solution Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Solution Sales Representative in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    - extensive training
    - supportive environment
    - cool technology

    Cons

    - too many managers
    - process focused
    - the culture of customer first seems to be gone, too many internal calls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    refocus on engage and service customers better, rather than just internal cadence and planning

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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