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  1.  

    Great way to start my career, limited prospects for growth

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    • Senior Management
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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 5 years)

    Pros

    I started working at IBM as an intern in 2005 and left in 2010, at the time (and I imagine it is still this way), the company was in a transition with a lot of long time employees and a transition to workers overseas.

    My favorite part about working at IBM was the people. While I was the only employee in my group under 30, that did mean that everyone I had worked with was very experienced and took me under their wing. I can't imagine where I would be without my former colleagues. We still meet for a monthly dinner to keep in touch.

    Another benefit was that since so much was in transition, I took on a lot of responsibility for my young age. While some may not like that, it's a great opportunity to get your feet wet and try a bunch of different things.

    Cons

    What I didn't like and the reason I ultimately left was seeing a lot of people let go and budgets cut for projects I worked on. I worked in Manufacturing Support, so as you could imagine a lot of that work got marginalized as more moved overseas. I wish those who had served IBM for their entire lives were held with regard and treated with more dignity on their way out.

    There was also an apprehension to embrace new technologies (even IBM software!). My skills began to atrophy when compared to my friends from college. I eventually left. IBM seems to be moving more away from that. We were still using CMVC, software that hasn't been maintained since 2000 when I left.

    Too much process! We had 3rd line managers responsible for 'deploying' our application who I had never even meet.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Reinvent your Future.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    The best reason to work for IBM is flexibility. Ample vacation time allotted, and the culture is performance driven; as long as the deliverables are met, you can do all the other things you do in life. Also working at IBM you're surrounded by awesome people. Education and skill development is encouraged and required.

    Cons

    When there's an important or time sensitive deadline you end up working a lot of hours. Also, its difficult to meet the deliverables of clients when "costs" are too high and heads are getting cut.
    Its an unending cycle of knee jerk reactions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you make people feel valued, you'll get a lot more good work from them. Stop looking for ways to stuff your own pockets and start actually valuing the people. Happy people work happy, give me a window or I want to work from home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    10 years, good, but enough

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good corporate package of benefits. Prestigious name to open doors.

    Cons

    Managed by spreadsheet. No real long term culture. Very impersonal and overly virtualized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose sight of the value of good staff while making your macro moves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Big Blue, It No Like You

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Rochester, MN
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, friendly co-workers, flexible schedule, having a hard time reaching the 20 word minimum so...

    Cons

    No upward mobility, lack of compensation, monotonous work environment, unethical labor practices, a surfeit of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ya'll need Jesus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Start, but don't stick around

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    The work is easy. You will be working with younger new grads.

    Cons

    If you get stuck with an international team you will be stuck with meetings at all hours of the day. Most of the work is so easy that a monkey can do it. Your accountants are in Mexico and seem to lack simple understanding of how to debit and credit simple transactions.

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    Unfortunate finance roles

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    I learned a base understanding of becoming a financial analyst. That's it, nothing more. Stayed at the base - thanks to the location in Rochester, Minnesota.

    Cons

    The level of work (extremely entry level), the atmosphere (felt like I was in college), seemed like there were 300 analysts and 2 managers (no real growth positions), cheap, we had to vacuum our own offices. Yay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up the pocket book and entire your employees to stay a bit longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere, personal and career growth, vacation days, team environment.

    Cons

    Training, management, promotions, work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, great job/career, Russian roulette for US workers.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer - Information Development in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer - Information Development in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    The people are of the highest caliber! The pay and benefits are great. Severance package is really good.

    Cons

    Big company means a lot of red tape sometimes. Constant layoffs for US folks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great -large- company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    You can do anything with this company, if you have a good manager and time to work towards getting there. It is sad to see resource actions and friends leave for greener pastures, but I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind working for a large company. Great work life balance, if you want it and are in the right area.

    Cons

    One can get lost if they don't own their career, or work towards getting under a strong manager. There are a lot of bad managers, both because they were great at what they used to do and moved into management, or the opposite. Neither guarantees a great manager, but once you are there, it is rare to see you go unless you want to. Horrible work life balance if you are in the wrong area. Difficult to move out, but not impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to protect your department by limiting your employees. Think of the company, and work with other managers to provide win/win opportunities for both you and your employees. It amazes my how rarely you see anything beyond allowing the employee to move, leaving a hole in their previous position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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