IBM Research Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
356 Reviews

3.7
356 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Breadth of technologies; really smart people; excellent work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • They allow for a lot of work from home opportunities and benefits are great (in 18 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.  

    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

  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Want to do research? Go elsewhere !

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM Research full-time for 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
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  5.  

    Research Scientist

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member  in  Yorktown Heights, NY
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Yorktown Heights, NY

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

    Pros

    Interesting technical challenges. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Lay offs, no raises. The morale is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to morale. Clarify the vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Still top industrial research lab but for how long?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM Research

    Pros

    Interesting work on border between industry and research.

    Cons

    senior management lost touch with market, IBM outside Research is still in denial about changes such as cloud, refuses to read and understand "Innovator's Dilemma"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more market validation, less micro management, need long term investment and not few months until next report, abandon EPS before it is too late ... invest into deep change and give people freedom and responsibility to make it happen

  7.  

    Interesting, hard to navigate.

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    Current Employee - RSM  in  Yorktown Heights, NY
    Current Employee - RSM in Yorktown Heights, NY

    I have been working at IBM Research full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Challenging, good working environment. Flexible working hours, if needed ability to work remotely. Collaborative and productive research environment.

    Cons

    Lots of uncertainty regarding job security and very hard career growth. Flexible working hours sometimes means you have to work at all times.

  8.  

    I have a great run, these days, the company is beset by layoffs

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    1) Good smart colleagues
    2) Flexible work hours
    3) License to learn new things, and come up with completely new ideas

    Cons

    1) The company seems to be run by bean-counters. These are MBA types that do not care about technology, and don't take into account any considerations which do not have quantifiable monetary value. For example, how much do free snacks contribute? Travel to talk to colleagues overseas?
    2) Slow decision making process
    3) Difficult to transition ideas and code from research to development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop talking in earnings per share, and stock buy back. Employees could not care less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good for research

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    Former Employee - Research Staff Member  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA

    I worked at IBM Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good for research if you like it
    good environment for work
    flexible work schedule
    good based payment for fresh PhD
    good location, nice view on the top of the mountain

    Cons

    very limited salary raise
    very limited bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more bonus and salary raise

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good environment should be encourage

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  West Delhi, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in West Delhi, NY

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

    Pros

    good environment in the company

    Cons

    bad location where the company located

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase salaries of all employees working under

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    As student is ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM Research

    Pros

    New technology, cutting edge, brand new tools

    Cons

    People, lack of communication, offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication, coordination, cooperation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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