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IBM Reviews in Tucson, AZ

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
12,328 Reviews
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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.  

    Experience and knowledge is nothing compared to political associations networks

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    Former Employee - Design/Manufacturing Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Design/Manufacturing Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Some of the better pay for the area
    Access to higher technology

    Cons

    Poor management motivated only by personal goals
    Diversity driven to the extreme point where the white male is the victim
    Getting bonus for creating patents will be used against us come time for pay raises
    Extreme 'group think'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are only managers, there are no more leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Work along side some of the brightest people who are ambitious and great work balance atmosphere, great benefits and modest compensation

    Cons

    Poor upper management who does not support mobility inside the company and their is a strong nepotism and favoritism played into promotions and movement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the middle management who do not provide any use to the productivity of the job and allow your employees to do their job with out the unnecessary reports and remedial involvement.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    PMs note respected in software development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Benefits were good. My team members were generally good to work with. Lots of flexibility for working at home and taking time off when needed.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime (without extra pay of course). PMs were not respected by the software development group I was in. Management team was not supportive of PMs and did not listen to their advice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the PMs when they tell you a project cannot be done in the timeframe or with the resources allocated to the project.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    It has been a frustrating and disappointing experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Work schedule flexibility, benefits, company reputation.

    Cons

    Ineffective upper-level management, too frequent upper-level management "restructuring", low pay relative to other companies in the industry, too much duplicated effort, too many internal ineffectual websites (wasted money, overhead and time), excess bureaucracy, little or no support for professional development, inconsistent system for promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect, as people rather than as commodities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    not that bad as people used to say lately.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Lot of interesting people, most of them are very competent and for others your wondering how come they work there ? good benefits, good works life balance, gives a lot of freedom to choose what to work on and fair compesation.

    Cons

    Performance review system is subjective, which is in fact in the whole US starting from school, promotions are often give on friendships, something I thought to be specific to more like eastern worlds.

    The working schedule is flexible, meaning that is 40h / week, but in reality this flexibility has its price, so is more then 40 h / week definitely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote more transparency into the system.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to start

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equipmetn Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Equipmetn Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Very well recognized company and leader in it's industry. Flexible working conditions as well as ability for mobile office and movement with in the company.

    Cons

    Too many managers for and top heavy on the executive level. Hard to advance with moving around a lot and or leaving the company and coming back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vet your managers better and make sure they are up to and know the job they will be performing. Too much overlap in responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to learn technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Technology leader in some fields. Flexible work schedule. Good work and life balance. A place to work which will make you a little bit proud.

    Cons

    Outsourcing is always a continuous challenging for its US employees who worries about job stability. Lotus Notes is so slow and sucks, and IBM employees have to use it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM used to be a good place to work for its reputable Big Blue name. Now it's just one of those big employers who outsources, hires and layoffs whenever market's demand changes. Don't bet your career on it. Try to manage your career yourself.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    IBM sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Great telecommute, excellent global opportunities. High tech market. IBM recognized as a world leader and future focused company offering exciting career opportunity if you are willing to put in the time.

    Cons

    Not a great channel friendly company. IBM spends too much time competing against our channel. IBM recognized as a world leader and future focused company offering exciting career opportunity if you are willing to put in the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time and energy investing in
    business partners. Spend marketing dollars on product ad ertising instead of relying on partners to build a market

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Start today ...For Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Development in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Development in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Large company opportunities to branch off in varying careers. Many locations that also allow for mobility to move near or away from love ones. Software and service driven company so the sale of commodities is not included as part of the company structure. Only enterprise and Medium / Small business services and products are extended

    Cons

    The promotion system if very subjective. Great talkers but poor workers get frequent recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First line managers need to be either Project Managers or People Managers and not try to fill the role of both.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting work, but high pressure and insufficient resources

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good people to work with and the work can be interesting.

    Cons

    There is never enough time or people to do the work we're given. There is very high pressure to get any problem resolved immediately. Nights and weekend work is common, without compensation. There is little recognition for doing a job well the first time. But if you make a mistake and then correct it, then people notice that you fixed something, even though you were to the one to break it to begin with. As in many places, those that talk the loudest are those that advance, even if what they are so loudly talking about is nonsense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us better support and the resources we need to accomplish our work.

    Doesn't Recommend

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