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IBM Reviews in Minnesota

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
12,333 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.  

    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 (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
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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
  3.  

    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 (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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    The Watson's are probably turning over in their graves

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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
  8.  

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

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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 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
  9.  

    Learned a lot over the years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Short term job is ok

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with. Challenging job assignments. You get to work with a lot of modern technology

    Cons

    Management is brutal towards employees. Yearly layoffs that are random cuts no matter how good you are ( e.g. really good developer was promoted one month, laid off two months later) Very cheap company ( e.g. no budget for training / education, laptop upgrade only every 5 years) Very short term vision for management focus on expense reduction ( e.g. Hardware is not provided to test software because it is too expensive) Pay and benefits are below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current short term focus on stock price, expense reduction, and out sourcing to Asia will destroy this company in the long run. A real vision is needed from upper management, beyond stock price appreciation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for 20 years ago, but not so good anymore.

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

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

    Pros

    There is plenty of interesting work to challenge you. Great relationship with team members. The benefits are good.

    Cons

    Constantly shrinking resources -- fewer team members to accomplish the same work. Too much red tape to get things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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