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Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 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)


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.  

    A great place to study

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I studied at IBM and did multiple internships there: it's great because there are a variety of different job roles to try out. I could work with different teams and also had the opportunity to go abroad.

    Cons

    It's a huge company with way to many processes an forms, but I guess that's just how stuff needs to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Local team is awesome, entire company is not

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Böblingen (Germany)
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Böblingen (Germany)

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

    Pros

    The local people management here in Germany is, what I have experienced, VERY good. The two first-line managers I have had here were both very understanding and interested in ME not in a working resource. I have always enjoyed enourmous freedom be it working hours, home office, or hacking side-projects. This was due to mutual trust. Good stuff.
    The fellow workers are very skilled to extremely skilled and the local people-to-people climate is usually pretty good.
    Work is more "development" than "research and development" as the sign in front of the house says. But there can be interesting research aspects every now and then. The actual kind of work you do, of course, depends a lot on the product you work on. But generally it is hard core IT and usually fun.

    Cons

    Top level management is focused on their bonus and sees you as an annoying costly resource. Management is done without a lot of sense of realism ("build the best product in the world in two days"). Dilbert comics are very commonly glued to office doors, that should say it all. Also colleagues in America and India are sometimes capable and often not.
    Pay is definitely not above average. Bonuses and all kinds of goodies are virtually non-existent, as soon as they cost money. Not infrequently, local managers pay for things (grill parties, e.g.) personally. For example, we had a wonderful team hiking weekend - payed by ourselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust in people instead of driving them out. Invest in people instead of in stock buy-backs. Be realistic and don't try to achieve with force what is obviously out of reach.

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

    Good for early retirement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Above-average entry level salary
    Job security
    Flexibility (home-office could be allowed)

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    No decent bonus
    No chance to grow in the short term
    Stupid policies on business trips
    The firm is strictly organized on a country-by-country basis, and this makes things difficult for international teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Widen your business model, not everithing you acquire can be treated as it was Lotus Notes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor social life, Poor mentorship, didn't feel that i'm in a multinational company

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    Current Employee - Intern in Stuttgart (Germany)
    Current Employee - Intern in Stuttgart (Germany)

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

    Pros

    - good work life balance
    - no work stress

    Cons

    - Very poor Mentorship during my internship, in terms of requirements, or keeping up or things you learn during your internship. specially with interns if you are not self motivated you wont get any requirements nor guidance.
    - Very poor social life, i spend most of the days talking to no one, going to eat alone, working alone. no common activities, during my 6 month internship there was one social event, i got even invitation with an email in German language ( although my German is not that good and everyone knows about it)
    - Very common that in coffee breaks, people around speak in German and keep you totally isolated.
    - Although everyone knew that i don't speak German, i got a contract in German language, when i asked the HR for translation or even a pdf text copy of the contract so i use google translator !! , they said they don't have one !!
    - HR also refused to help me finding an apartment
    - Tons of Emails in German you get everyday, even direct emails considering issues in your laptop.
    - Catering machines don't have English labels
    - IBM buildings are getting very old and depressing, they are very far from stuttgart city. either to stay in beoblingen city or spend around 40 mins everyday to arrive to work Everymorning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create better environment for students and interns.
    work to develop a better social life
    IBM Deutschland need a lot of work to be a real "multinational" company

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Munich (Germany)
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Munich (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities, variety. Good support for changing jobs within IBM. Flexible working time. Possibility to work from wherever you want.

    Cons

    Some long time IBMers complain about the good old times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    enjoy the journey and wish all the people in the company the best

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    very comfortable area to work and friendly people as i have learned lot

    Cons

    very competitive and very well demand and you can see that after few weeks from joining the team

    Recommends
  8.  

    OK as a first job after graduation from university

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Böblingen (Germany)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Böblingen (Germany)

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

    Pros

    interesting projects, nice people (management and collegues), very good work/life balance, you can learn a lot. Advantage of the possibility to switch between divisions and job roles to gain experince for better personal growth.

    Cons

    The long long and never ending transformation process IBM is executing since many many years makes it very hard for employees to stick to IBM. In addition with a very poor salary. Also, promotions are rare like benefits and perks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An advice won't change anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Unlimitted capabilities with currently too sharp focus on one single KPI.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    The broadest Portfolio you can offer to a client.

    Cons

    Finance has too mich power at present

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget roadmap 2015

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good to be an IBMer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Service Management
    Former Employee - IT Service Management

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

    Pros

    Good educational opportunity
    interesting people
    all career information available online (hard to find sometimes)

    Cons

    need clear plans if you want to get promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    middle management is almost invisible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Extreme Blue Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    amazing mentors, they really take time for you
    great projects and the opportunity to learn a lot
    very flexible working hours

    Cons

    usual cons of a multinational

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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