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IBM Reviews in Durham, NC

Updated Mar 27, 2014
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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Very good 14 years then forced into downward spiral

    Technical Team Lead (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be a great company

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsYou get to work with some very smart and dedicated people

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good experience, uncertain company future

    Client Representative (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in some fresh blood, from smaller innovative companies

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sinking ship

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsIBM 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    learned a great deal, just time to move up

    Collections, Customer Service (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    Prosthe knowledge you learn is invaluable

    Consnot really many of those

    Advice to Senior Managementdoing a great job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    During my 11+ years at IBM I've lots of opportunity for growth moving through various roles.

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsOpportunities for Growth without relocating, Job security, Large facility with decent amenities.

    ConsToo much focus on profitability via cost cutting the last few years. Morale since 2010. More limits on ability to move around company since 2011.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop focusing on increasing earnings per share via cost cutting, focus on funding innovation even if it takes a year or two to pay-out.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I worked for Immigration Services within IBM that discriminated against qualified employees.

    Immigrations Case Management (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsOffered work from home privileges.

    ConsUnrealistic goals and quotas; very limited advancement opportunities for persons of color; required excess of 45 hours a week to meet the rigors and demands of the department.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent company to work for.

    Account Manager (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsIBM continues to evolve to the "Cloud"

    ConsContinued downsizing and contract workers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mostly good company, but huge enough that there is lots of variation

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsRelatively easy to move between groups over time. Lots of good developers around. Usually easy to apply yourself and do well.

    ConsA bit behind technology wise. Executives pretty out of touch with the actual issues facing development teams. Stack ranking means that it good developers on a team with great developers will be penalized. Palpable trend to reducing US headcount to move jobs overseas regardless of quality effects.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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