IBM Reviews in Minnesota

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had many different jobs within IBM in almost 27 years at the company.

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

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

    Pros

    You can get plenty of independence and responsibility, and great people to work with.

    Cons

    There are fewer great people left - many are voluntarily leaving for more money/less stress. Decreasing staffing, increasing workload, and disconnected management can make the days very long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People join companies - but they leave managers. Your line management team is overwhelmed with too many direct reports (I know of 1st lines with 40+ direct reports) and too much individual responsibility. Coaching and mentoring is suffering woefully - leading to increasing retention problems. Take action now to reduce the span of control and demonstrate that you truly value line management as professionals who develop what you state is the companies greatest asset - its people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Smart people working for a dying company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Everyone is incredibly passionate at what they do. They're also way overworked and undervalued. Some of the smartest minds in the industry are here... until their positions are cut.

    Cons

    Looming threat of layoffs has dampened the community and the work ethic of the employees. Every day is a battle against the stock expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like humans, and reconsider getting cheap labor out of temporary interns and put more money into retaining the positions of your dedicated long-term employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    OK place to start, but get out of there before you're stuck

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good place to start your career. Lots of learning opportunities that allow you to learn major financial systems many companies use. The company name looks good on your resume.

    Cons

    Lots of down time mid month, not very challenging once you learn your role, salary is well below market rates, rarely give raises or bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your employee more. If you can't afford to give them yearly raises or bonuses, maybe you should fire 1/3 of them so we actually have work to do and are fully utilized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I had a long career at IBM, but was affected by a layoff

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager  in  Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with throughout the company.

    Cons

    Company reacts to quarterly results with downsizing to meet their 2015 roadmap. There seems to be no long term vision which is resulting in more and more downsizing (right sizing in IBM's terms). Follows the theme of doing more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about how your decisions affect the people in the trenches. If you continue to reduce the workforce at the current rate, there will no one left for management to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Mixed Emotions

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good and mosty of the team members are very professional and good to work with

    Cons

    Long hours, many management changes and need to have a seperation from personal manager and account manager as the focuses are conflicts. Advancement is difficult unless you are constantly in class or "know someone".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the actions to make continual management changes and if new managers are placed, they should not make personnel decisions without guidance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Hardware is serious contracting/shrinking, but software (cloud, big data, mobile, cognitive computing, social) is great.

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

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

    Pros

    This company really does try to change the world for the better.

    Cons

    Today, that means shrinking my area (hardware engineering/chip development).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help retrain all those hardware engineers into software engineers.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I worked hard,learned a great deal but was overlooked because of my age for any advancement opportuinities.

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Schedule flexability on non close work days

    Cons

    No Raises in 7 years, added work load without compensation, salary based so no pay for extra hours worked in month and quarter close. Too many layers of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the customer and the employee instead about your personal wealth. Listened to many of the top level people give speaches at site meetings that "It is our time to be rewarded ".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great starting job, lacks in promotion opportunities.

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Young work environment, PTO, no micro-management, flexibility.

    Cons

    Work not rewarding at times, Supplemental working status.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good educational offerings

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    - Good educational offerings
    - Slow paced, low stress work environment

    Cons

    - None to speak of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Encourage entry level employees to think strategically more often

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    High stress work environment

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    Former Employee - ASIC Hardware Engineer  in  Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - ASIC Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Get to work on some interesting ASIC hardware design projects

    Cons

    High stress, 7 day work weeks expected, high overtime expected, expected to work while on vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a plan for ASIC hardware. You are losing good people for lack of a plan/future, poor pay, high stress environment and you no longer promote innovation which is how IBM became a leader in the first place. Now, there is only management to the stock holders and leadership is only to your 2015 roadmap, ie, lack of a real growth plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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