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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. Recruitment Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Overall Good

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Intern in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Intern in Durham, NC

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting Intern Seminars
    Ability to work from home and continue part-time during the school year
    Mentor program

    Cons

    Boring atmosphere
    Could use more intern seminars

    Advice to Management

    More intern seminars
    Job shadowing in other career areas


  3. Project Manager SAP Install Team

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I retired after 32 years with IBM and must say the pros are development of employees, excellent salaries and good benefits. Autonomous work is valued.

    Cons

    Long hours is my only negative.

    Advice to Management

    Try to provide work-home balance for workers.


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  5. Great opportunities!

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Durham, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an intern, they really help to focus on the "intern experience" by providing ways for you to grow your network and experience what it's like to be a working professional. You are also expected to know nothing when you first start so that is very nice. Also, depending on what team you work for, the working environment is very laid back, which is nice. They pay is based on credits completed in school, too, so as you earn more credits you get the chance to increase your compensation.

    Cons

    It's a big company so all the corporation stuff is kind of a hassle. You do learn a lot, but about IBM things and some of it is real world applicable but a lot of what you learn in your daily work is very specific to IBM and the project you are working on. Also, depending on your preferred working style, working in cubicles might not be the best for you.

    Advice to Management

    I think the intern program at IBM is excellent! I have told all my friends about this experience and that they should try it. I love that you are focused on us, as interns and our experiences with IBM.


  6. Integrated Supply Chain Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Integrated Supply Chain in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Intern - Integrated Supply Chain in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at IBM as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance.
    Collegial environment
    Innovative atmosphere
    Challenging work

    Cons

    Mammoth company which can make it difficult to be heard. Progressions take far too much time.


  7. Software Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    *Great people. It's a very flat power structure so everyone is willing to talk and help you, no matter who they are.
    *encourages creative thinking through their work and extra-curricular activities
    *Competitive compensation

    Cons

    *work can get a monotonous at times in the software group


  8. Still great

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been at IBM for a long time (25 years) but I'm excited at the young people I have been seeing join the company. When you work for IBM, you don't have to explain to someone who you work for...

    Cons

    Once you are hired, selling yourself doesn't end. You need to introduce yourself to all, build relationships, ask questions and build a self-nurturing campaign to help yourself advance.


  9. Summer Intern Review

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    Current Employee - Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Intern in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand name, Global Exposure, Challenging projects, Work culture and employee friendly

    Cons

    Slow pace of work. More people working from hoome


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    IT Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Durham, NC

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The first line managers I worked for were good people and my coworkers were nice as well. As a remote employee I did not have to cope with commuting and my schedule was flexible to an extent. I could take time during the day to do personal things sometimes since I needed to do other work at night or early in the morning with colleagues or clients overseas.

    Cons

    As time went on my organization shifted from a primarily US staffed team to about 35% US and 65% internationally based workers. My international colleagues were mostly very professional but there were still problems supporting US based clients. During US working hours clients expected attention for their needs but the assigned person from my team would be often offline due to timezone differences. Also, there seemed to be a push to replace IBM regular employees with contract workers.


  11. Work Culture

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    Current Intern - Analytics Management in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Intern - Analytics Management in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    slow growth, lower salary, and less visibility



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