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Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.2 10,000 reviews

                             

64% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(2,882 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Management allows me to work from home and have flexible working hours"
    in 1053 reviews
  • "Work/Life balance and they still have some of the smartest people in the industry"
    in 1013 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance has magically morphed to work/life integration meaning your life is your work"
    in 319 reviews
  • "Practitioners on the other hand literally abuse the "Work from home" culture and "Sick leaves""
    in 74 reviews
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Good experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Rochester, MN

I have been working at IBM

ProsVery good training and education classes.

ConsThey tend to be a little low on the slaries.

Advice to Senior ManagementOverall very good management.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decisions made are driven strictly by financial goals

Senior Marketing Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

ProsIBM has some of the most intelligent and creative people of any company.

ConsEmployees are viewed as liabilities rather than assets.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very good 14 years then forced into downward spiral

Technical Team Lead (Current Employee)
Durham, NC

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

ProsGood benefits, good time off and work life balancing. Decent salaries but they will plateau. Non management personnel have some exceptional people to work with.

ConsHit a glass ceiling, difficult management for technical people to work with. Work continually increasing and fewer people to handle it. Constant push to do more than be excellent at the job you are assigned. Enough is never enough. Lack of education and new opportunities.

Advice to Senior ManagementCome to understand the technical resources needed for major initiatives. The employees are dedicated to doing their best but they are not magicians.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It's not the employer it used to be

Project Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood salary
Decent work life balance
Competative benefits

ConsContinued workforce reductions
Too much of the bonus money goes to top management
Lack of rewards for the regular employees

Advice to Senior ManagementStop looking just short term to the next quarterly dividend. Invest in research & development and your people. Short term decisions are undercutting company stablity.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It was a very good experience working for this very large global company.

Business Analyst (Former Employee)
Waltham, MA

I worked at IBM as a contractor for more than a year

ProsA plethora of new applications to learn.

ConsThe offshore internal meetings were sometimes very late for them. Never too early for me as I am an early bird.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great communication as it helped at least me know what was happening within the organization on a very high level.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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undisciplined

Programmer Analyst (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at IBM as a contractor for more than a year

Prosfriendly env., a lot of talented people, flexible schedule

Consundisciplined management, not much efficient

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Advisory Engineer (Current Employee)
Essex, VT

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

Prosa lot of talented people. flexiable schedule

Consnot efficient, too many meetins

Advice to Senior Managementless meetings

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at IBM

ProsA great atmosphere to work in.

ConsThe days can be long.

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IBM was an overall good experience for me.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

ProsOpportunities for advancement. Benefits are good. Large educational opportunities.

ConsI found it hard to avoid cut throat competitive culture within the work force. I think there'd have been a larger amount of work, innovation and imaginative solutions offered by employees had they not been engaged in clamoring to the few top ratings offered. Teams are much more productive when members aren't competing with one another to achieve the same goal.

Advice to Senior ManagementObserve carefully how managers are leading their departments. Are they leading using fear as a motivator? If so, how could changing that fear climate to one that is less wasteful energetically benefit business? Fear and anxiety are powerful motivators but ultimately contribute to employee discomfort, quashed aspirations and a general sense of unwellness. Joy and peace, on the other hand, permeate effortlessly and energy isn't wasted in that climate. I don't believe it's healthy for anyone to excuse, foster and practice anxiety and fear.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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My experience working for IBM overall was positive until the end of my employment.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at IBM for more than 8 years

ProsThe best aspect of working for IBM was working with a great team of people. My co-workers were knowledgeable, friendly, and took pride in their work. The hours were flexible and this came in handy when I had to take my parents to doctor appointments. The pay was great and the medical benefits were good.

ConsThe base pay was very good but we didn't get raises for five years. The team leads got the raises and big bonuses. There wasn't much room for advancement. The team leads were awarded all the high visibility projects so there wasn't much opportunity to grow your leadership skills.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should compensate all contributors because team leads can't get the job done alone. Jobs should not be taken away from Americans and given to less qualified people overseas.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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