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Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
12,362 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work a million hours, make a million dollars!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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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  5.  

    7 different managers in 6 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Huge opportunities. Always working with new technology.

    Cons

    My job changed drastically 5 different times in 6 years. Add 7 different managers and it is virtually impossible to establish a career. Did I mention 2 salary modifications as well? That is a code word for reduction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many middle managers taking credit for any positive action.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM Hardware is in decline

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

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

    Pros

    Nice work-life balance and lots of resources because of its large size. Good place to start working ... they usually only hire new college graduates, anyway. Usually at the state of the art in terms of hardware design, but that is in decline. Nice co-workers but the company pits everyone against everyone for performance reviews.

    Cons

    If you going into IBM hardware, be careful. Hardware earns money but unfortunately costs money. The amount it earns is not as much as the top dogs think it should, so I would expect it to sell off or lay off more people in this area. The company is top heavy, lots of senior people so you can get some early promotions, but then there are too many top dogs (due to experience) so you are stuck. Its EDA tools are out dated --- at least it should try harder to use industry standard ones --- and that can be a problem if you ever leave. Lots of regulations from the top down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think. Think future instead of quarterly. You have the power to change the world, but if you worry and react about each quarter, you will loose all that power.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work Life balance
    Friendly mangers and upper level management
    Good Career growth

    Cons

    Big company
    No place to enhance skills as the upper management does all stuff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary is below market level

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Downward Spiral

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, Good pay. The want 20 works here but I really can't think of any additional good things to say.

    Cons

    Looks like the end of the road is coming. Crazy hours - work mornings and evenings in addition to normal business hours. Business units keep getting sold off and there are 1-2 resource actions (layoffs) every year. Everyone is just waiting for their number to be called. Meanwhile the work keeps piling on to the people remain and the business wants to pull-in schedules to get product out the door sooner. Less people + more work + quicker schedules = more problems for the customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No work-life balance at IBM

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Can work from home easily
    Flexible working hours
    Awesome opportunities to learn

    Cons

    No work life balance, PTO must be made up so IBM achieves 99% utilization. Required to work at least 44 hours per week and at least one Saturday quarterly.
    Poor management
    IBM does not care about its employees
    If you do work more than required, still more is demanded of you, also without recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the employee as a valuable asset instead of number. It's also hard on morale to see all of the layoffs occurring on a continual basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No longer your Father's IBM

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance.
    Decent salary.
    Lots of opportunity if you are in the right business.

    Cons

    If you are in a division where IBM is trying to reduce its footprint, you will get laid off.
    Is cutting costs to reach its $20 EPS 2015 goal instead of investing in the company, this is causing IBM to eat itself and manipulate its earning numbers. This is not a plan for long term growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees, increase morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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