IBM Reviews in Minnesota

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1297 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1271 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 410 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 207 reviews)

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    Financial Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and time off.

    Cons

    Low pay and not flexible telecommute policy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Software Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Big Blue has many great opportunities to advance your career. Internal education and external training compensation. The atmosphere is more contemporary and relaxed. Being involved in leading edge technology that has truly shaped the world.

    Cons

    There's so many management changes it's difficult to build a relationship with your manager, seems like you're always starting over. So much is focused on statistics for your job instead of the efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find another way to stay in touch with each employee. Don't focus on the stats in those cases see what your employee has contributed to the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Work a million hours, make a million dollars!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Great people! Leading technology. Plenty of on line resources and training. Enough job specialization that you can find a niche where you do what you love and someone else will do the other stuff. You can make lots of money.

    Cons

    1st line managers are often geographically remote. For upper management, its all about the numbers; do not expect any personal consideration for unique circumstances. Money follows effort, but it takes lots of effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Year after year, we hear about salary increases being tied to a market reference point (midpoint for similar skills). Yet, we advertise that our people are the best. Please don't tell me I can't get a raise because I am above the market reference point, then sell me to a client as some sort of superman!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good work life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Been here 14 years, learned a lot about various programming languages and technology.

    Able to spend half or more time working from home which is very nice. Certainly this may vary for others depending on your manager and job role.

    Stock options were very nice (while they lasted.)

    Cons

    Like most big companies like this, you are a resource that could be let go at any time.

    Any programming you may do outside of IBM still belongs to IBM legally because of the agreement you sign when hired..

    Can get competitive and stressful at times.

    There are legal rules/guidelines that are ridiculous and in conflict with each other: things like MySQL, Wine and Citrix Receiver being banned for internal use by some internal areas within IBM but used freely by others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring more about employees than stock holders and you will be rewarded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good career growth but constant threat of layoffs.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Many paths for advancing your career and skill set. Great people to work with (though if most of your team is on another site, move there or change to a local project). The environment really is set up to communicate well with your team and provide you the required assistance in getting a project done.

    Cons

    Constant threat of layoffs even in the quarters with good market performance. Upper management really gives no warning about employment prospects. It is probably best to be in a city where there are other employment options, should your job go away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've enjoyed my 1st and 2nd line managers (even some higher ups), but upper level management seems to focus on stock performance over retaining good employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    My experience so far has been a positive one.

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

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

    Pros

    flexibility, lots of chances to grow within the company, great work life balance program, good insurance and benefit

    Cons

    Global teams with different time zones, stability issue as resource actions are frequent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people managers more power to have inputs into resource actions and execution planning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Procurement Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical sub assembies to main frame systems

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Professional in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Procurement Professional in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    IBM pays very well and they have an average benefit program. The vacation benefit is very good. They have flexible schedules for most positions.

    Cons

    IBM states that they are remaining in the hardware business. History would indicate that this is not true. Initially they sold Storage to Hitachi. Then they sold the Desk Top/Lap Top business to Lenovo. They are currently in the process of selling Low End Servers to Lenovo and laying off a good portion of their Mid Size Main Frame Server employees. Anyone accepting a job at IBM in the US hardware business should plan on a short duration at IBM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM was once the greatest company to work for. It has degraded over the past 30 years for employees in hardware design and manufacturing and any related teams that support hardware manufacturing. When IBM was strong they provided long term 5 year plans to the employees a couple of times each year. The last time I saw a 5 year plan was in the mid 90's. There are far to many Directors, Vice Presidents, and Presidents within IBM. The corporate portion of the company has gotten greedy like many companies. The hard working middle class employees that have been part of the company for 20+ years are paying the price by getting laid off in a part of their life where getting another job with equivalent vacation, pay, and benefits is impossible. The big question is how long will IBM last once they no longer manufacture hardware?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Don't expect Google wages and benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Commodity Manager in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Global Commodity Manager in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Can work from home if you want.

    Cons

    Little to no pay raises and small or no bonuses. Expect selective hiring with industry average pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire people with top GPAs, but only pay them average salaries. I can do better at many other firms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    IBM can be an incredibly nice place to work but at the same time has the trappings of being too sedimentary.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    The people are nice, and its a world wide company with a good reputation.

    Cons

    Pay was below average for what I did. The HW engineering side was obviously never growing and therefore full of the same people doing the same position for a very long time. AKA if you expect to move up you had to wait for someone to retire (or get laid off). The business strategy is good but at a determent (shrinking) to HW engineering. You had to compete with people who should have been advising you for any attention with your upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compared to other companies in similar fields, It would be nice to be recognized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Bad Hiring experience

    Current Employee - Intern in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Intern in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy access to get job

    Cons

    bad pay for their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't outsource the hiring process

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