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Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    WebSphere Software Engineer Intern

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY

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

    Pros

    My boss and there person I was assigned to pushed me to my limit to learn new technologies and programming methods. They gave me enough flexibility to let me work the way I preferred, but made sure I got a ton of work done within the deadline.

    Cons

    Like every large, old company (I reckon), there was a level of bureaucracy I had to work through, but nothing horrible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Entrepreneurial, innovative environment that fosters technology leadership

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    Current Employee - Senior Strategy Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Strategy Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    non-hierarchical and value innovations, new ideas and proactiveness / initiatives
    lots of opportunities for both business and technical-oriented career paths

    Cons

    large co. - sometimes hard to navigate to find the right person with the right expertise
    diversity of caliber

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    redivert efforts and investment from financial and workforce engineering to technology developments
    chart the long-term future of IBM, not just quarter by quarter

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great company to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    great work and great career path

    Cons

    not that i can think of

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  5.  

    Better Than Expected

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Level of professionalism is exceedingly high. Coming from a variety of startup environments, this is hugely refreshing to me. Great focus on doing things the right way. Working hours are very flexable, all related policies treat employees as competent adults, and the employees, by and large, act as such. (To dispute another review: The coffee is, in fact, free of charge everywhere I've seen.)

    Cons

    Corporate politics are subdued, but definitely present. This is exasperated a bit by the ongoing transition into more 'XaaS' services, and away from the businesses that made IBM a leader at the turn of the century.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    the technology giant, lot of human power

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Working in IBM was a prestige. Gave job security and value.

    Cons

    Getting promotion or tuition benefits were not that easy due to bureaucratic mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider providing training and growth opportunities to employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexibility, Creative indipendence, 401k match

    Cons

    Beaurocracy,
    Personal growth,
    Speed to develop and adapt new products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working at IBM

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    I would recommend IBM to anyone looking for large fast-paced environment where you can be surrounded by smart, dedicated individuals from every corner of the world.

    Cons

    The global nature of the workforce means conference calls early in the morning and very late at night. You will feel like you work all of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the number of people eligible for Top Performer status.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Big Blue

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large firm with great grasp of the supply chain space. Always innovating.

    Cons

    As with any large firm you must own your career and reputation.

  10.  

    Good solid company

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Shifting environment to Cloud

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Outstanding place to work, management always wants more with less.

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    Former Employee - Windows Systems Administrator in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Windows Systems Administrator in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Solid work environment, good benefits, good placement of skills.

    Cons

    Very slow to progress, management likes to stovepipe, executive management only sees the financial cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that more efficient work can be resolved via more understanding of SLAs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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