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IBM Reviews in Burlington, VT

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
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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)


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  • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Test operator at the IBM Burlington Test Center

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    Current Employee - Test Lead Operator/Trainer in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Test Lead Operator/Trainer in Burlington, VT

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

    Pros

    Good work environment. When problems pop-up or developing stragies for processes, all hands on deck far as us operators engineers and management for the issue envolved. Standard works , 8-steps and Lean hashelp the process run a lot smother. Vacation and benifits are fairlly good.

    Cons

    With talks of layoffs and being sold to Global the moral could be better. Because our division has not turn a profit. Pay raises and bonuses have been fewer and far in between. Because the stress level is way down from what it was for the main reason of lot smother running process all employees about all employees are more confidant and mature in their work process never the less the evaluation one is rated to the peers in the department and the manager must come up with with a low end employee that gets put on probation and ether quick's or is let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a department or work project is firing on all cylinders means all are contributing and the lower downs is not being a drag on the top contributes. a manager should be giving the option of not putting the low end employee through the probation program.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    very top heavy, slow to adapt, scared of change. reviews and mobility not based on performance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Model Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Model Engineer in Burlington, VT

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

    Pros

    decent benefits, ok pay, big name looks good on resume, very good work/life balance

    Cons

    (micro electronics) no job security, no advancement opportunities, raises below inflation, horrible morale, lack of motivation, old-man stodgy culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more, clear evidence based routes for advancement, reviews based on performance, incremental promotions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Equipment Technician in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Senior Equipment Technician in Burlington, VT

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn. Work life balance is great. The overall work environment is challenging but not stressful. Compensation is ok as of late but not like the early years.

    Cons

    Disconnect between management and workers. Too many meetings and people who don't get anything done all day. 1st line managers do nothing and are moved to areas they have no expertise in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the chain of command and make dept leads the managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    IBM has been good, but the outlook is not positive.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Manager in Burlington, VT

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

    Pros

    Large Multinational enterprise with Great name recognition.

    Cons

    Never ending CUTS and REDUCTIONS.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees, happy employees will improve profits and Stock value

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    SOI Compact Modeling Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    best place for a starter

    Cons

    lack of proper execution of principles by the management

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for most of my career; gradual declination.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT

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

    Pros

    Good work satisfaction; Most all projects worked on complete and are successful.

    Cons

    Lack of upper management support for the business that we are in. Support from the first several levels of management is good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what business you want to be in. Either get on the boat of off it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Started out strong, but declining fast

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Burlington, VT

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

    Pros

    Work/Life balance and they still have some of the smartest people in the industry. Projects are challenging and it's great to work on problems that have never been solved before.

    Cons

    "Respect for every IBMer" is a corporate value that is not practiced by the executives. Stock price is everything lately, and layoffs are both common and very poorly handled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget the 2015 EPS target - you're sacrificing the company to that false god.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Voted off the island

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Burlington, VT

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

    Pros

    IBM has great technical projects, amazing engineers, programmers and scientists and the horsepower to make things happen.

    Cons

    IBM has changed from the overly safe, job for lifetime, company before the 90's to a highly competitive employer constantly pruning the perceived bottom 10%. While teamwork is required to complete projects, rewards are focused on individuals. If you are highly skilled, competitive and seek the limelight, go for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the mass layoffs when the company is clearly not in jeopardy. It can be forgiven in the 90's when the company was spiraling out of control. Not now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    IBM provided me with technical knowledge and experience I couldn't have found elsewhere.

    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Burlington, VT

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

    Pros

    Constant learning environment and opportunity.

    Cons

    Hire unfit personnel for leadership positions. Foster "rating" strategies that determine salaries based upon what other employees earn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more attention to leadership job candidates. I've been lead by folks who were anxious, self serving and exhibited out-of-control anger issues. Pay people according to their skills and not how they compare to others.

  11.  

    Started out as a fantastic dream - ended up a nighmare

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Engineer in Burlington, VT

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

    Pros

    Very smart creative people which despite distracted upper management are able to contribute and succeed

    Cons

    Gone from a company which once considered its people as its most valuable asset to a company which now feels if it could just fire enough of them it could make a profit - or at least satisfy the WS crowd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go back to your core values - you know - the ones you make everyone read and sign each year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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