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. Co-Op Survey

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    I like the people I work with and daily tasks I am asked to complete.

    Cons

    Since I have been working I have not experienced any con's, I love this job.

    Advice to Management

    The hiring process would be easier if there were on-site HR departments.


  2. Intern

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    Former Intern - IBM Systems & Technology Group in Tucson, AZ
    Former Intern - IBM Systems & Technology Group in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at IBM as an intern (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, great reputation

    Cons

    Not a lot of follow up from management to help with development, unorganized

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with interns / co-ops


  3. Helpful (2)

    Good Engineers, Bad Upper Management

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer (Band 7 Software Developer) in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer (Band 7 Software Developer) in Tucson, AZ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture amongst IBM's engineers is one of collaboration and cooperation. I really liked that primary communication was done through chat, not email, and that engineers were generally immediately helpful in getting others unblocked. Combine that with the fact that the engineering core is highly competent, very driven, and run a broad range of experience levels, and you have a very efficient and effective work environment.

    Cons

    IBM's executives have been gutting the company to keep an earnings-per-share promise from a decade ago. US workers continue to be laid off in big chunks, replaced with cheaper labor in China and India. Furloughs have also become commonplace, meaning that their otherwise middle-of-the-road compensation is actually below market averages. Their intent to unburden themselves of their hardware holdings is quite clear despite their clumsy attempts at veiling that "secret", which means that the remaining loyal workers are facing an uncertain future.

    Advice to Management

    Get out while the getting's good. Earnings-per-share can only be propped up for so long by having the company eat itself. Eventually the remaining senior engineers will pack it in and take their institutional knowledge with them, the cheaper labor force will not be able to cope much less maintain high production standards, programs will falter, schedules will slip, and earnings-per-share will take a dive. The share price will drop like a rock when investors recognize the free lunch is over, and in a panic the executives will start dumping entire programs overboard starting as it always does with middle-management.


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  5. Facility Engineer; cost engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    sharing the wealth; no layoffs

    Cons

    none; i have no cons


  6. Systems Verification Tester

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Verification Tester in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Verification Tester in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, relaxed environment and quiet.

    Cons

    The facility is very old school, not a lot of light or excitement. The company still uses old practices, i.e. still waterfall and barely transitioning into Agile. A lot of the employees are typically older.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Experience as engineer

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    Great working environment and schedule flexibility. You have opportunity to work with engineers from all over the world. You will definitely gain experience, with additional education opportunities for self development.

    Cons

    Job stability isn't that great. Company focus is no longer customer or employee focus, but rather financial earnings. People are loaded with work, so you have to do more with less. This also affects educational self development and work-life balance. Employee morale also is affected.


  8. Great experience, but lacking career growth

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Band 6) in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Band 6) in Tucson, AZ

    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

    Flexible work. Work with teams all over, so flexibility of schedule and work from home is great.

    Cons

    No raises or promotions. Very little or none in the last couple of years. when raises are given, they are so small is technically a pay cut from year to year. No promotions within department and no real support for younger team members career growth.

    Advice to Management

    support newer employees career growth


  9. Relaxing but uninspiring

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    Former Employee - Co-Op in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at IBM part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great work flexibility, relaxing work environment, colleagues are very nice and friendly.

    Cons

    Weak training, work content is not inspiring and repetitive

    Advice to Management

    Provide opportunity for the worker to participate in more exciting and more technical tasks. Keep updating the training document so it reflects the latest practice by the company.


  10. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Sales Representative in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Sales Representative in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great family friendly place to work

    Cons

    High pace and very high standards

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Helpful (3)

    All numbers, no value in employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Still a big company, some opportunities for those willing to deal with the state of the company.

    Cons

    top execs are marching to a financial plan with no technical backing, bad for a technical company. Constant cuts and churn make it hard to complete projects and get products out the door.

    Advice to Management

    give up the financial plan, get the company back on track. smoke and mirrors can only be maintained so long.



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