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IBM Research Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
365 Reviews
3.6
365 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is reasonably okay given that employees get option to work from home (in 43 reviews)

  • Relaxed work culture, flexible timings, work from home is possible (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of the senior management believes it has the "vision" necessary to micro-manage the work of research staff (in 8 reviews)

  • Lots of uncertainty regarding job security and very hard career growth (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to settle

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member

    I have been working at IBM Research full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Freedom of choosing projects and colleagues is very high, opportunities to work from home, short hours, flexible leave/vacation policy.

    Cons

    Projects that are tied to clients weigh disproportionately in yearly reviews. Easy to get sucked into uninteresting projects because of that. Compensation is good but doesn't match top IT companies. Personal growth opportunities do not abound. End-of-year 401k matching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let researchers be researchers.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice culture and work/life balance
    pay/compensation is ok
    good company values

    Cons

    personal growth opportunity not satisfiable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good research environment

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM Research

    Pros

    Very smart and hard-working colleagues. Freedom to choose research direction. Good opportunities to work on both fundamentals and applications.

    Cons

    Things not related to research are complicate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging and rewarding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with the best in the field and with people with a range of experiences across the spectrum from less than a year to more than 25 years at the company. Excellent projects, opportunity to publish, patent, impact IBM and have tremendous personal growth.

    Cons

    Your experience is driven by your first line manager. Some teams only consist of 3 or 4 people, so managers tend to micromanage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technically stimulating environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Breadth of technologies; really smart people; excellent work-life balance

    Cons

    The focus on the 2015 roadmap has diminished the recognition and rewards for employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very diverted place to both learn and grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Research Intern in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Research Intern in Yorktown Heights, NY

    I have been working at IBM Research full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Research of different skills and in various domains are working in one building, creating tremendous opportunities for collaboration.

    Freedom in terms of working

    Cons

    Relatively many business meeting, but is fine if you are just a research staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make administration as flat as possible

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Computer scientist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM Research full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    work/life balance, personal office, free thinking

    Cons

    significant under-paid, little bonus, hierarchical, bureaucratic

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Want to do research? Go elsewhere !

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom in your day-to-day activities, so if you have an appointment or family commitment you can attend.

    Cons

    No real research is done here. Most projects are chosen by looking at what the competition is doing and how we could develop the same thing. Since everyone needs to publish a paper and/or file a patent each year to just get an average rating, no long term or risky projects are ever done. Therefore, only short term projects that provide incremental changes are chosen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid of failure, because there is no success without lots of failures first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Too big sometimes complicated

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM Research

    Pros

    Very resourceful environment, a lot of people to learn from

    Cons

    Too many meetings; for every project you need to update 10s of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build smaller, more dedicated teams

  11.  

    great work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM Research as an intern

    Pros

    work environment, dynamic colleagues, perfect place for personal growth

    Cons

    I have nothing to report

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