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Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
13,186 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.  

    Spreadsheets all day

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    Former Intern - Network Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Intern - Network Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at IBM as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Easy money, easy job, good perks, diverse workplace

    Cons

    Getting deskilled, pointless meetings, unskilled employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Switch to standards.

  2. 95 people found this helpful  

    Advisory Engineer in STG, IBM

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    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY

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

    Pros

    Disclaimer: A lot of what I'm writing below of course depends on the work area and management chain. But I found this to be fairly pervasive policies in IBM in my 9+ years with the company.
    1. IBM's policies and management are very flexible when it comes to working remotely or accommodating various life situations (sick days, doctor visits, etc.). Management is encouraged to measure an employee by their work and impact, and not by hours spent at their office.
    2. Great colleagues! Though unfortunately, many have been leaving due to the instability of IBM's HW development business.
    3. At least in my area, there's a high level of flexibility on which projects should I undertake based on my and my management assessment of business impact.

    Cons

    1. Unfortunately, IBM still uses the "normal distribution" rating system, where at the end of the year each employee is ranked as a top contributor (5%), above average contributor (15%), average contributor (~75%), and bottom contributor (5%). This curve is difficult to apply in the R&D world, where you may have many members of the team working long and hard hours, and end up being "average contributors" at the end of the year, because there just isn't room for all to be top contributors.

    2. The above may not be so disturbing, if only IBM didn't practically cancelled all raises, performance bonuses and incentive for the non top-performers. I've had a consistent "above average" rating in the last 4-5 years, and my raise and performance bonus were ridiculous mere 1.5-2% of my salary. Were I rated "average contributor" I would have gotten NOTHING. So you can imagine that people can go year after year without any raise to their salary.

    From talking to manager friend, this is IBM's way to eliminate the non-top-performers without having to fire them, as part of its direction of reducing US manpower.

    3. Hiring freeze in many areas - again, as part of IBM's attempt to reduce its workforce across North America and Europe we see many jobs move to the India and Far East markets. This is of course upsetting to see local teams shrink and disappear, especially when many great local IBM colleagues and experts begin to drop out. From my experience thus far working with India SW teams - they are still very far away from the standards I would have expected from US and Europe based teams.

    4. Poor top down communication about company's and divisions' future. Employees learn from rumors and news websites what's about to come...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must keep in mind that it today's world, which is saturated with brilliant companies that hire top talent, IBM must remain competitive to attract great talent and hold on to it. In the meanwhile, we're seeing the opposite trend, where great people leave IBM for other companies, be it because of a more competitive package, dropping morale and many other reasons.

    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK but raises are few

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Work life balance, and the people

    Cons

    No raises or overtime, offshoring

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Excellent company

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very good work environment, good work life balance. Was able to join a lot of clubs.

    Cons

    Difficult to progress upwards, unless you are very very good at networking, which I was not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should give advice on career progression

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    excellent

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    lots of users, high impact work, love my coworkers. It's a product that is changing the world.

    Cons

    Not an easy job, changes impact millions of users which can sometimes be very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend this company to a friend - I'm optimistic about the outlook.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall, great experience, but it's not for everyone.

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    Current Employee - Information Developer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Information Developer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Great benefits, and company values are good and promoted in pockets.

    Cons

    Every group is a different culture. Some are great. Many are not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pleasant, rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexible, rewarding, well compensated, fun

    Cons

    Hard, clean suit, difficult, cold

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    GR8 CO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    GR8 co workers fun to work with

    Cons

    long hours ... work life balance

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sr.Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Various options to grow in Mgmt stream

    Cons

    Need to find project based on your network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RDM model needs to be changed because that is not working...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    have fair opportunity to be promoted , develop

    Cons

    busy and stressful work, the management pays close attention to the utility rate, don't take a vacation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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