IBM Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Big company with name recognition that provides limited opportunities for real growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Compensation
    - Work/Life Balance
    - Big company

    Cons

    - Career development
    - Career opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more opportunity to improve their skill sets with meaningful work that translates to the real world experience and not just IBM.


  2. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member in Tucson, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent technical peers. Competitive salaries. Stable company. Lots of variety but lots of pressure. Enormous resources in expertise across all disciplines in software, hardware, services, manufacturing, marketing.

    Cons

    Salary flattening pressure. Off-shoring pressure. Guiding principles used to be "pursuit of excellence, respect for individual, service to the customer". This changed a dozen years ago to "increase shareholder value". That is typical for all corporations and has led to a more profitable company but one less friendly to the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people.


  3. cool place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at IBM

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    smart and nice coworkers. free sodas.

    Cons

    obsolete hardware to use and management is out of touch with employees


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  5. Wonderful, though I wish the growth opportunities were better.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people! The atmosphere is great here. Everyone is easy to get along with, willing to help you out, and work schedule is very flexible

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities. Numerous employees have moved to other companies because IBM lacks job openings. Exposure to various technologies is also limited. Only given 4 vacation days a year. Can take more but with no pay.

    Advice to Management

    More appreciation should be shown to employees for doing a good job and working hard. Jobs seems to be valued very minimally by upper management


  6. Experience and knowledge is nothing compared to political associations networks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design/Manufacturing Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Design/Manufacturing Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at IBM

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

    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 Management

    There are only managers, there are no more leaders.


  7. Great people to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at IBM

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    PMs note respected in software development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at IBM

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (3)

    It has been a frustrating and disappointing experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. not that bad as people used to say lately.

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    promote more transparency into the system.


  11. Good place to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equipmetn Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Equipmetn Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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