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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 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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  1.  

    A great company to Work for to learn and grow

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tape Operator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Tape Operator in Dallas, TX

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Nice pay and great hours

    Cons

    Accounts going overseas no account

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great nice employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Slow, dated, stagnant & boring

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    - Solid benefits
    - You can get paid to basically do nothing, if that's your thing

    Cons

    - Tons of pointless meetings
    - Clueless non-technical management chain
    - Non-competitive pay
    - Horrible proprietary workflow/"productivity" software
    - Getting anything accomplished requires wading through miles of red tape
    - Rabid focus on churning out patents
    - Culture rewards political clout, not engineering ability
    - Culture encourages isolation from your co-workers
    - Your co-workers are boring
    - Culture does not enable you to work on desirable projects or develop your career
    - Management does not listen to or care about your concerns
    - Executive management blatantly only care about earnings and nothing else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try actually listening to and conversing with your direct reports if you don't want to keep losing good people. Streamline and modernize your engineering philosophy. Streamline and modernize your productivity tools and processes. Restructure your incentive system. Focus on the growth of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full of politics, not very appreciative of the employees. The leadership team always seems to hide information.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good experience, resume builder, lot of smart people. If you are lucky enough to be in a good department or group, you'll have exposure to great projects and meaningful work which lots of potential of recognition and growth.

    Cons

    That said, its very hard to grow... the oppotunities don't present themselves very often and management seems to wants to keep you where you are instead of helping you grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job. Care about the employees. Don't be selfish. Show your appreciation. Don't micromanage and recognize those that work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It's not worth it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Atlanta, TX
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Atlanta, TX

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

    Pros

    A job. This started five years ago. Had a promise in the past.

    Cons

    Lost vision. They are not sure where they want to go. From the joke of so called on-demand, then analytic s, then to cloud, etc..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what really matters. Your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a mixed bag.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of opportunity to learn new skills, matched 401K up to a certain percentage, looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Huge company, you feel like a number. Poor decisions have been made at employees' expense in the past five years in the quest for share price targets. Resources are a bit of a mess....while they exist, they are somewhat unorganized, and you either have to work within your network to find out how to go about certain things, or follow breadcrumb trails through intranet. Highly matrixed organization---people managers often have little to no interaction with you and gain insight as to your performance from others...highly subjective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to a bit more of an employee-centric stance. Organize resources better. Live up to what you claim to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Twenty plus years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    The people - Most IBMers rank as the "best of the best." Very exciting to encounter and work with the most extraordinary people in the business.
    Depending on division and management chain, projects can be challenging, exciting, with a great deal of relevance to current and future technological impact on business and society.
    A wealth of available online education.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, in recent years an alarming number of what I believe to be the most dedicated workforce in the world are quite literally dropping dead from causes related to overwork and excessive stress. (My statement is based on personal knowledge - not hearsay.)
    In many areas, work/life balance is nonexistent.
    Personnel review system is a numbers game with no relationship to actual performance. Final decisions are often made by managers who have no personal knowledge of the person under review.
    Raises are all but nonexistent.
    Benefits erode every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorder priorities - Clients first, employees second, stockholders third.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old folks trying hard to modernize.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The culture around IBM is definitely one of change. Its obvious that the company knows that it currently thinks/operates like a dinosaur and is trying to modernize both its operations and its software development styles.

    Cons

    Still a dinosaur. In my experience they used old tools, old methods of software development, etc. I even saw developers email code to each other while I was there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your interns cooler stuff and more fun events that are paid for by the company. While it is certainly a little dumb for us young folks (and coincidentally better engineers/designers) to be swayed by a company flying us out to Seattle for a Macklemore concert, it does, so take note.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good company with great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to have many careers within one company. Work with very smart and talented co-workers. Great history of contribution

    Cons

    Leadership forced to put too much focus on financial results from quarter to quarter. Excellent people are laid off when they could be redeployed within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regain your respect for the individual

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Working Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Product Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Product Designer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Work/ Personal life balance
    Focus on education
    Great people
    Fun working enviornment

    Cons

    Sometimes there are "too many cooks in the kitchen" when working on projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Roller coaster and very disappointed in Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Opportunities are available for career growth, education, training and skills development

    Cons

    Untrustworthy; work-life balance terrible, no awards, no recognition, constant resource actions especially of skilled, older workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make employees a priority; IBM talks about values but yet management doesn't lead by example. They have so many layers of executives that nothing can get approved and they are scared to make a decision. These are Directors, VPs and GMs who make large sums of money. And the incompetency in the upper levels of management is rampant. I don't understand how our CEO does not see a real need to invest in employee morale, research and development and elimination of the layers of management. I know for a fact we have over 400,000 employees not focused on the right things to help turn the ship around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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