IBM Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. Accountant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, people, and culture.

    Cons

    Communist payroll practices. Response to changes in the industry and economic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Improve programs to recognize and retain key employees rather than rewarding people for doing things the way they've always done things.


  2. Good but can be better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at IBM (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and exposure to wide range of technology. There are a lot of smart individuals and subject matter experts are readily available to learn from. Great company to begin growing your career and technical expertise.

    Cons

    YMMV, experience varies from team to team. There is a lot of discontent towards top management due to cost cutting. Must be able to stay up to date with the latest tech or your job security won't be great.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on human capital


  3. Hardware Design Engineer

    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, generous sick leave

    Cons

    slow decision making, too many layers


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  5. Mainframe Senior Field Engineer

    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Concord, NC
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Concord, NC

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good customer base to work with

    Cons

    I do not have current experience


  6. It support

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    Current Employee - Computer Operator in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Computer Operator in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Customer service, unix, windows...level 2 support

    Cons

    No growth....dont take care of their employees

    Advice to Management

    Show employees more ways to grow in the company


  7. Acquired

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Today there are few benefits. But it is one of the last companies with that Big company feel.

    Cons

    too many to list. working there is a continuous struggle to prove one worth. Managers are constantly measuring one employee against the other. Tension is always high.

    Advice to Management

    it you find you are being asked to continually find low performers ... find another place to go, your job will never be fulfilling.


  8. Good benefits; Ongoing Transformation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    work life; benefits; trust; collaborative nature

    Cons

    fire drills for internal needs

    Advice to Management

    remove non-strategic businesses faster


  9. Good learning experience for software engineer student

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back, casual dress, learn from one of the oldest and biggest in the industry.

    Cons

    Not a very collaborative environment, everyone has their own room and do their work privately.


  10. Was great, but couldn't wait to leave

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of different roles, jobs, locations. Used to be bleeding edge.

    Cons

    Horrible pressure and treatment of loyal good people.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, or as the Watsons used to say THINK


  11. Recruitment Specialist

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Apex, NC
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Apex, NC

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits, flexible schedule, overall good environment

    Cons

    typically pays lower than other companies for the same positions. sometimes hard to find answers to simple questions because the company is so big



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