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Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
147 Reviews
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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.  

    Good overall experience, was eventually downsized though

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Learn a lot of different aspects of finance -- accounting, budgeting, controls, etc.

    Cons

    Always fearing your job will be downsized or moved to India - some or most have the ability to work from home though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep giving employees good work-life balance - it keeps employees fresh, and eager to work

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

    Not a stable environment.

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    Former Employee - Delivery Quality Testing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Delivery Quality Testing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    IBM has the best talent, and the pay and benefits are quite good.

    Cons

    Management does not make decisions based on taking care of their people or future business planning. The strategy is all about making the most profit now, and disregard what comes next.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looking over shoulder

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    Current Employee - Systems Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Systems Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at IBM full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working behind a well known company.
    Lots of training available. All jib related certifications are paid for.
    Many employees have been with the company for a long time. They have lots of experience to share.

    Cons

    Having survived the last round of layoffs, I've come to find out that no job at IBM is safe. The company is not employee focused anymore. It's more about cuting costs (i.e. employees) if shares are down. Being a newer guy with the company has felt like I have a target on my back because older guys think I was hired to replace them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about cutting out some of the upper management and reduce their insane salaries and focus in innovation instead of share value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    IBM is in decline, management decisions are short-sighted and just focused on the next quarter.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, ability to work from home for many positions, good pay, and interesting work

    Cons

    IBM is in decline, management decisions are short-sighted and just focused on the next quarter. Cost cutting and layoffs are common, and moral and motivation is very low. The cost cutting and layoffs are damaging IBM's ability to remain competitive. Raises and bonuses have been almost non-existent the last few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect, and at least let employees know when layoffs have happened so everyone isn't just guessing and wondering if they will be let go soon. Stop the cost cutting and focus on actually improving products and retaining talented people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A once great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Hmmm, still employed is all I can think of.

    Cons

    Constant threat of losing your job. Understaffed and over worked. I have worked for IBM 32 years, we all want IBM to succeed. We are all committed to quality and product excellence if only given the right priority by Senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to wring out dollars at the long term expense of the company. Bite the bullet now and REALLY go after Cloud computing. Done right (not by going cheap with India and China development and manufacturing)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    - Pretty relaxed atmosphere.
    - Coworkers are willing to help each other learn.
    - Flextime is great.
    - Salary is good.

    Cons

    - Review process is vague and based on perception more than it should.
    - Many old timers that need to learn new ways. Including how to interact with people.
    - Processes are behind the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that managers are involved in their subordinates work plan so they know and understand the impact of their work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    STG Senior Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    IBM has great technology that is interesting to with and develop. The work is challenging and makes good use of people's skills.

    Cons

    There is not always enough people to get job done. Development is some hampered by a lack of resource. Negative moral with the treat of resource actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on making the best product that best meets the need of the customer rather which lines of business to sell and how much of the workforce to layoff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not waste your life here

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Flex time. Good people. Able to work on different projects. Good vacation. Use to be one of the best company to work for 10 years ago

    Cons

    Salary. Benefits. Bad management. PBC Review process. No bonus. No raises. No career growth. Financial engineering company. Higher management has no clue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people and care

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for the resume, Not great for a long term career

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great name will look good for future employers
    Can learn a lot of excel skills
    Coworkers are very varied and knowledgable

    Cons

    Constant outsourcing is concerning
    Future of company does not seem great
    Way too much middle management is holding company back
    High Turnover
    Compensation is below competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay workers more so that there is less turnover and more stability within different divisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not as described in the recruiting process

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    Current Employee - GBS Partner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - GBS Partner in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBM is well respected, with a long history of product innovation.

    Cons

    While IBM has leading software solutions, IBM consulting services (GBS) can not deliver on client projects. It lacks the internal capabilities, focus, leadership, methods and discipline to effectively compete against other more qualified firms like Accenture. It's no good to sell work to trusting clients that IBM can't or deliver on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GBS is broken - it isn't synergistic with IBM's core strategy nor does it have the independence to become great in its own right. It is tarnishing IBM's reputation in the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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