IBM Reviews in Durham, NC

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1308 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1281 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 414 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 208 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Worldwide Operations Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Worldwide Operations Manager in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Myriad of opportunities if you take charge of your career.

    Cons

    Extremely large organization added to internal complexities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Not what it use to be.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from any where.

    Cons

    No incentives, no raises, no team work, everyone on your team is your competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Personal growth, promotions, hire more people because we are swamped

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Staff software engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, excellent management, nice co workers

    Cons

    no visa sponsorship and career prospects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is not your dad's IBM anymore.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Unbelievably large company involved in numerous fields. A lot of people with many years of of service/employment, so if you wait it out a few years, there should be a mass-retirement, opening up many senior-level positions. Depending on area, work-life balance can be excellent.

    Cons

    Company is crazy to commit to EPS growth time-based targets. Focus on EPS is affecting proper business decision-making. It can seem that employees are liabilities first, with a distant afterthought about employees potentially being assets. Frustrating to see mediocre employees stay with the company for so long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much of mid-to-upper level management seems focused on empire-building. For a technology company, it's surprising how non-technical lower-level management can be. Management needs to find a faster/more efficient way to let go of under-performing employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 12 people found this helpful  

    Very good 14 years then forced into downward spiral

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good time off and work life balancing. Decent salaries but they will plateau. Non management personnel have some exceptional people to work with.

    Cons

    Hit a glass ceiling, difficult management for technical people to work with. Work continually increasing and fewer people to handle it. Constant push to do more than be excellent at the job you are assigned. Enough is never enough. Lack of education and new opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come to understand the technical resources needed for major initiatives. The employees are dedicated to doing their best but they are not magicians.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some very smart and dedicated people

    Cons

    This company has lost any respect for the people it employs. The company constantly takes away from the employees in search of achieving its stated 2015 target for EPS. In 2013 there were no raises given and in 2014 they did away with any bonuses to the employees that typically work 60 - 80 hours per week. They will lay anybody off no no matter what their performance might be to save money. The morale in this company is very low and everybody is just collecting a paycheck until they get laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to TJ Watson's vision of what is important in IBM. Take care of your customers. Become innovative again by developing something in-house instead of constantly through acquisitions. Reward your employees and provide some stability in the workplace. Get rid of unneeded processes and time wasters.

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

    Good experience, uncertain company future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Representative in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Client Representative in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, strong product portfolio, good tools and infrastructure to support sales employees

    Cons

    Byzantine, layers upon layers, too slow, Execs are all IBM lifers (need more diversity there)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some fresh blood, from smaller innovative companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sinking ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    IBM has/had a lot of great people who have passion for their work. IBM is great at acquiring college talent via their Extreme Blue program but they cannot retain it. Very flexible with work location and hours.

    Cons

    IBM's 2015 stock plan has resulted in cutting top technical talent. Executives are so focused on short-term earnings that they have sacrificed the future. Innovation has grinded to a halt and most divisions are struggling to find the next big product. Without a major change in leadership, the company is going to sink. Top performers (top ~10%) were not given a raise two years in a row, sending a very clear message that talent can go elsewhere.

    Over the last five years, here are some of the "savings" that were enacted: taking away free coffee, the "adopt a plant" initiative and removal of individual trash cans to minimize housekeeping costs, elimination of employee services and education center. Worst of all, our 401k was changed to only vest in one lump sum at the end of the year instead of per paycheck. If you leave before December, you lose anything you would have received. They will slash anything or anyone regardless of the bigger picture. It is very difficult to move internally and the employee rating system is broken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can the 2015 plan. Bring in a new CEO from the outside to clean house and focus on R&D again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    learned a great deal, just time to move up

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Collections, Customer Service in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Collections, Customer Service in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    the knowledge you learn is invaluable

    Cons

    not really many of those

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    doing a great job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    IBM is a great place to work with plenty of opportunities to learn

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Great minds working as your colleagues, strong work ethics, low attrition rate

    Cons

    laid back style of working: not for those who want to be constantly on their toes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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