IBM Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. It's still a very good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Enormous flexibility but IBM is huge and my experience may differ from those in other organizations/geographies.

    Cons

    It's a huge company, this can't be ignored. There is a fair amount of bureaucracy that I expect exists at any company of this size (400,000+ employees)


  2. Laid back working environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work-life balance is great. The focus is on the work being done and not the arbitrary amount of hours that you need to spend in the office, so if you get all of your work done then you can go home. Keep in mind that I am doing a full-time internship and can only speak form that perspective.

    Cons

    The cubicles aren't necessary. There is not really a collaborative atmosphere at least for my project. People seem to be segregates. There needs to be more introduction across the teams to make the work atmosphere social and friendly.

    Advice to Management

    Create rooms where people can just go to work with other people, or to just sit and work while other people are working on other things so that people can get to know each other.


  3. Good company to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at IBM are very helpful and knowledgeable. They are very hardworking and really hep you to achieve the results and assign a proper task to an intern. So there is a lot to learn. No politics, very peaceful environment.

    Cons

    No cool environment like start-ups or other giants in bay area.


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  5. Expect to Learn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBM provides you with a great deal of information and its platform allow you to thrive. Because IBM has so many products, you can always find something that you want to work on that fascinates you. Many people here has been working for IBM for more than 10 years, and in some cases 20+ years, and they have huge insights about the industry and the future of computing. You not only can get real industrial experience and something good on your resume, but also see the future of computing and computer technology here at IBM.

    Cons

    The same problem to all tech giants, IBM's mentoring system is not as good as some smaller companies. Since they cannot care every single employee as individual, sometimes you feel you will never grasp the vast picture IBM has been painting for more than 100 years. You might never see your site leader or any vice presidents, not to mention Executives.


  6. Great Place to Learn - Not A great Place to Stay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of freedom, depending on your manager. Some people come at 10 AM and leave at 2 or 3. As long as you get your work done, and you are prioritizing projects correctly, you can have freedom to do a lot. Also, the building is being newly renovated so there are some cool rooms and team spaces

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there are many people who can not get over the "waterfall" development method, and there are a lot of people who are old. Also, there isn't much excitement in people's work. This job is meant to be for a family man, not really a college graduate.

    Advice to Management

    Hire fresh blood


  7. Software engineer intern

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice big company. 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

    Cons

    This is an intern job and I don't see there are Cons. Maybe the manager can assign more work for intern to provide more learning opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    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


  8. Training salaries

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Training and Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Training and Development Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of different opportunities

    Cons

    A lot of work involved. High expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance


  9. Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, secure, good work environment

    Cons

    couldn't compete with job market's salary


  10. Helpful (1)

    staff software engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at IBM (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance is very good and a very good work environment

    Cons

    very less pay and no hikes or bonuses. Need to match bay area salaries.

    Advice to Management

    please compare with other companies in bay area.


  11. Salary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Developer in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Time flexibility Good Commute - at least traffic is always in opposite direction

    Cons

    Salary packages are comparatively less



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