IBM Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
11,853 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1297 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1271 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 410 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 207 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Firm to Work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leader for Cost Advisory Services in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Leader for Cost Advisory Services in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Learning, Exposure, Money & Great culture

    Cons

    Too big to know about it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation review should be regular

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    IBM is a great company where you can always find right things to do.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities and nice technical mentors inside IBM and, if you want, you can keep growing your career.

    Cons

    You must be very efficient in handling a lot of diversified work and processing huge amount of information everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better compensation, more opportunities to top talents' career path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Friendly env.

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly and clever people

    Cons

    too much process to get around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    customer service

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    v good team and friendly and stuff

    Cons

    ok pay but not too great and stuff

  6.  

    Best place to learn and have fun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IBM Other Test Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IBM Other Test Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    1. Work From Home without any questions asked from Management
    2. Friendly team members

    Cons

    1. Average age of employers is a bit on 40+
    2. F1 Visa students have lesser chances of sponsorship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    very diverse set of topics to work on in machine learning

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

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

    Pros

    Great people. Calm atmosphere. Relative freedom to manage my time and select the projects I like.

    Cons

    The research team is not strongly committed to any one project and as a result, projects are not followed through to fruition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management are too busy selling their projects to higher ups. Often too concerned with "branding" of what their team does than in the quality of the projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    nice company to work for

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    good career growth opportunities for the driven

    Cons

    slow overall progress in career

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Herndon, VA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Right place for talented professionals

    Cons

    Too many layers of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage new talent and new ideas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Firmware Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom, enough time for projects, flexibility at work, real work life balance, growth based on performance

    Cons

    Mostly colleagues are not motivated enough, Manager plays a big part in yoru career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should make career decisions more transparent

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I have been able to guide my own career and management has been very supportive along the way.

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits have been very good (they were even better in the past), but still good. IBM even paid for my executive MBA, which was great. I met some of my best lifelong friends thru work.

    Cons

    The company is very large and it is not always easy to make changes quickly. There are many competing interests that you have to consider.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that it is the investment in the people that pays off in the long run.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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