IBM Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Managing Editor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Managing Editor in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Contractor - Managing Editor in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Great people.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge.


  2. Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid Management with great work ethics

    Cons

    Nothing that would be considered a Con

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great people,


  3. Overall good first job out of college. If you have bigger aspirations, you want to start out in Somers NY.

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment for new hires

    Cons

    Need to move to New York if you want to develop your career at a faster pace

    Advice to Management

    Don't hinder young professionals from their potential.


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  5. A good experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Flexibility -Good oppurtunities -IBM itself has so many products of its own and great learning platforms provided

    Cons

    - People manager and project manager could be different ending up not getting a good rrating

    Advice to Management

    - Should give more priority to employee


  6. Senior Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a large corporation, IBM provided the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in large complex, matrixed projects. It alse allowed me to get expert knowledge in several project management best practices, methods and processes.

    Cons

    Shaky business climate, may create job uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    No comments at this moment.


  7. Senior Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company with excellent work/family life balance programs and competitive benefits. Solid management and a good culture.

    Cons

    Below average salary and bonuses. Frequent layoffs. An appraisal system that requires a few percent of the employees to get an unsatisfactory rating each year to provide candidates for the layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to improve employee moral


  8. Helpful (1)

    Casual, comfortable, and sometimes a feeling of unimportance.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Patent Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great hours. Generally good-natured co-workers and on-site managers. Very flexible in every sense. Low-key. Patient. Educational. Looks good on your resume. Benefits.

    Cons

    Beyond the on-site management is a nebulous blob. Feedback rarely incorporated. Computers, furniture very low-end and generally decades past expiration date. Pay. Location. Morale. Turnover. Titles are a total mess. No pay for "fringe" costs, like training, attorney dues, etc. Raises come very slow.

    Advice to Management

    Ultimately, it feels like we are not valued as 1. pay is low, 2. furniture is worn-out, 3. computers are basic, 4. titles are arbitrary and often derisive.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Essentially, liquidating its assets...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked at IBM for over 30 years. It used to be a wonderful place to work, with talented people and best of breed hardware/software. It no longer is that company and the best that can be said of it is flexible work from home and somewhat flexible work hours. Pay/benefits are average.

    Cons

    Company used to be run by engineers, but now is run by the finance department. Minimal investment in it's people and R&D over the last 15 years and everything is now spent on stock buy backs. Most of the experienced and talented people are now gone. The existing set of customers are really paying the price with the current product set and services now offered. It used to be that having IBM on your resume was a good thing... I'm not so sure anymore, as it was harder and harder to get good college talent to come to IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Quite frankly, resign. This is/was a technology company that needs to be first run by real engineers that have a vision for the future. In the long run, nobody really cares what the stock price will be 13 weeks from now. Existing management is destroying a once great company.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Looking over shoulder

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Systems Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.



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