IBM Reviews in Iowa

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
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Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to build a global career / infinite learning opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Dubuque, IA

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities / challenges / stretch assignments to help you grow in your career.
    Access to world-class technology and solutions.
    Great network of very talented people around the globe for basically any subject you need, at a distance of a "ping".
    Job security (for talented and engaged employees who cares about the company).
    Competitive benefits package.
    Flexibility at work. Lots of options to work remote or adjust work schedule (dependent on the job role).

    Cons

    Compensation is a little bit low compared to similar job roles in the industry, specially if you grow rapidly in you career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the share value and EPS promises to shareholders back to reality - based on the value proposition the company can really create and deliver through its products and solutions, and not overly based on enterprise efficiencies (cost reduction). That will enable a more sustainable enterprise, with benefits and compensation also great and above market average, as it is for learning and growth opportunities, which in turn will attract and retain the best talent, which will result producing and delivering more and more value to the Clients, making the Clients truly satisfied and buying more, and then naturally bringing additional value to the shareholders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Summer internship at IBM Dubuque

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I interned at the IBM Dubuque, delivery center in Iowa. Here are some of the things I liked about interning there.

    Good team mates.. I was able to shadow system administrators
    Great manager
    Good training from IBM in house training portal, I had a total of about 12 training throughout the 8 weeks I was there
    The name of the company on my resume

    Cons

    Not too many technical projects for intern to work on.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience for my first internship position as a college sophomore.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Representative  in  Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Technical Representative in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    You are provided the opportunity to work with professionals in the IT industry. Managers work closely with interns and provide various projects and tasks to test your technological skills. I even had the chance to manage my own project involving the design and development of a employee lap top database. If you put yourself out there you can find some unique opportunities. Great building.

    Cons

    Poorly organized and did not establish enough work for on coming interns. I found myself very bored more than I had anticipated. Training is a two week process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to plan for the internship prior to it beginning.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Managed to Wall Street rather than to customers or employees or for long term growth

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Band 8 Tech Services  in  Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Band 8 Tech Services in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    In the fifteen years I was there, I worked with many very talented people across the globe. In the late '90's, talent and technical depth were developed, nurtured and expected to excel, and work/life balance and the internal culture was built to retain the best of the best. The people within IBM from that period, in the first two management tiers, are outstanding.

    Cons

    With the Service Delivery Center concept, people became commodities, and the brain trust in services was drained. Work life balance eroded along with benefits, training and retention. Executive direction became obsessed with quarterly reporting to Wall Street and the bonuses at the expense of long term performance planning and responsible expense planning, resulting in whimsical and contradictory leadership.

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

    TECH TALENT BEWARE!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Shelter from the weather, start your career at IBM and you will not have any other options down the road!

    Cons

    work life balance none! workload more and more and more! Knowledge it has been all removed for cheaper labor! Process out of control to the point of bottle neck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    restructure management! Take care of your current talent or they will leave once a better situation comes along!

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Review of IBM

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dispatcher  in  Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Dispatcher in Dubuque, IA

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

    Pros

    best reason is being part of a company that strives toward continuous improvement and growth.

    Cons

    Some management issues due to different management styles and micromanagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanagement is an important issue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Managements Concept is a round peg in a square hole... it just does not fit in the IT industry.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist  in  Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I really wish I had some... I have been around IT for decades and used to really respect IBM... they have lost their way and I dont think they can recover.

    Cons

    Horrible leadership
    Micromanagement
    Horrible hiring practices
    Unskilled and untrainable personnel
    Little to no promotion or raise potential
    Dubuque site is just an slave labor sweat shop
    High burnout and stress with no help or care from management
    Good talent is constantly pushed away while the horrible people are promoted and allowed to keep doing a horrible job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your heads on straight
    Listen to your "go-to" people, you know the ones you are working to death
    Fire the dead weight
    Stop hiring idiots that you think can be trained
    Actually follow IBMs values... and allow your intelligent employee to actually "THINK". Instead of laying off the people that can actually help you succeed... listen to them, they arent just complaining.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Big company in a big pond

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Dubuque, IA

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    times are challenging for the company, pressure to produce more, lacks leadership, decent benefits

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than norm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take a some risks; innovate with new mgmt structures

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Inside Dubuque delivery center!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Dubuque, IA

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

    Pros

    Extremely diverse workforce! A very green workplace; friendly environment. Talented people to work with & know.

    Cons

    Dubuque is a terrible place for people of color. Not much work/life balance for people in technical roles, chronic burnout. Overtime slashed for 3 consecutive quarters now,morale is very low. There's something very,very wrong when people are leaving on their own & don't have another job to move on to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worry about Roadmap 2015! Take care of our cutomers both internal & commercial & the rest will work itself out. Stick to IBM principles instead of paying lip service to them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sweat shop.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst  in  Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a large company and if you are lucky or rub elbows with the right people you can get out of IBM Dubuque and possibly into the real IBM.

    Cons

    IBM Dubuque is a very undesirable location for more than one reason. It's easy to get in but very difficult to get out of IBM Dubuque and remain in IBM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be prepared to work, work, work and then go to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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