IBM Reviews in Minnesota

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
12,049 Reviews

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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.  

    Good educational offerings

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    High stress work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    start somewhere else

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

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

    Pros

    Good place fro brown nosers

    Cons

    You loose your skills at IBM

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not have any. They have lots of cheap labor to choose from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    No Don't go here and get out if you can

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't have a clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Saitisfied

    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and ability to work from home. Also I get to travel to places that I may not otherwise have visit.

    Cons

    Salary increases are small. Salary is not the most competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Project manager in enterprise account

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart coworkers
    Interesting projects
    Excellent experience
    Mentoring is encouraged

    Cons

    Employees not valued; too much emphasis on numbers
    Terrible work-life balance
    Little job security - everyone is worried about next layoff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees - they are the lifeblood of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The Watson's are probably turning over in their graves

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member  in  Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Great talent, greatest colleagues all working on great technologies.

    Cons

    Almost yearly resource actions , which are really US job transfers to cheaper countries in disguise, are making IBM an increasingly more stressful and less desirable place to work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM is a company with many unique opportunities for those to take the initiative to find them.

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -International assignments for college hires
    -Cross continent collaboration on a daily basis
    -Leadership opportunities for college hires
    -Flexible working hours and locations

    Cons

    -IBM politics often times gets in the way of progress and innovation.
    -Recent changes in benefits (401K, Thanks Award, etc)
    -Expect late night and early morning meetings if working with international counter parts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Stop cutting benefits and allocate some real budgets for recruiting and retention - we as a company are losing talents due the recent actions called by the upper management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    IBm does not adhear to the policies toward their employees that they advertise as a caring place to be employed

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Meet many people from diverse backgrounds

    Cons

    No pay increases over 7 years employement, lack of respect toward people over 40, Lack of opportunity to advance unless you are a manager's favorite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remeber what the company was founded on...Taking care of the people and doing what brought success the first hundred years, IT WAS not outsourceing everything just to make a profit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Learned a lot over the years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Strong people, deep technology, diverse workforce

    Cons

    Good ol' boy management system, managers watch out for those they like and discard others like waste

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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