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IBM Reviews in Kirkland, WA

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
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  • 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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    Contractor at IBM

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are smart and they know their jobs. Pleasure to work with

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about them

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

    Fast-paced and efficient work environment but not exciting.

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    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA

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

    Pros

    The employees are all smart and dependable. The company is efficiently run (at least in my department) and I learn a lot about efficiently managing and working in large software projects.

    Cons

    The workplace is very competitive and not very rewarding. You complete against your peers for paltry raises. The amount of cost cutting is very concerning and many people are worried about layoffs. Everyone I work with has been been working on the same pieces of the same software project for over a decade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need greater flexibility in job roles. Everyone works hard and applies themselves to their job. Raises should be larger and shared throughout the company and not just to the top 15% (this is from someone who regularly achieves top contributor status).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    IBM was a great company.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA

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

    Pros

    Work with many decent, hardworking, and intelligent people.
    Remote work.
    Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Long work hours, decreasing benefits, no outside training opportunities.
    Company put employees at the last order in priority, after Wall Street, customers. It's better be stock holder than an employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace opensource products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Career push and technical computer skills constant learning opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA

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

    Pros

    Strive to climb career ladder
    Self learner
    Constant need to learn and be busy

    Cons

    Huge corporate structure
    Continual yearly job cuts
    Daily job tools not latest software used outside of IBM

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut more of upper high end mgmt positions &/or salaries so you can keep lower positions that actually do all the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    CEOs and management people please stop taking away our benefits and our money. Our salaries cannot afford gas price now.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    they have flexible work schedule

    Cons

    low salary
    bad health benefits
    no pension program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they need to work more on their technical knowledge

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    has its pros and cons, but overall worth staying

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    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    The people I work with are great - I've made some of my best friends here. The company is also amenable with working remotely, which is great, considering the gas prices. The benfits are pretty good, compared to family/friends working elsewhere. My manager is good with the work/life balance, and he generally fights for his employees (though many other mgrs don't). There are smart people that I work with who are usually available to help out with problems, to get your work done.

    Cons

    As in other reviews, there is a lot of bureaucracy to get through. Very process oriented, which is both good and bad, but many times hinders your ability to do your work. A lot of times you don't see the reasoning/logic behind executive decisions. Budgets are so tight, it's hard to get things you need to do your job. I spend countless hours trying to fix my laptop, and because it's not my time yet, I can't get a new one that wouldn't crash as often. Morale is pretty low, and has been for a while - you work really hard, but don't really get any recognition. Sadly, it doesn't seem like there's any real effort to help that, and as such, I see a lot of turnover. At the start of my career, I was able to take classes and learn, but now, classes are all but extinct, and the few that are there are only available as online courses. It also seems that lately there's a lot of turf wars - people aren't as willing to help you or let you help with a project for fear of being replaced or something. So the focus on education and knowledge sharing has definitely lessened. The pay raises have also been pretty meager - we're told that the company has done awesome, and yet the raises are less than the year before. It doesn't even cover inflation. It's also not as easy to explore other areas within the company, if you're not sure you're headed in the right direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the people who work for you - there are a lot of smart, talented people whose abilities aren't being utilized, so they leave. Trust that they know what they're doing, and take their advice. Don't always focus on the bottom line. It'll pay off if you treat people right and do the right thing. Get back to innovation and take some risks to be back at the forefront of the industry. It's why I joined the company.

    Disapproves of CEO

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