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Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Test operator at the IBM Burlington Test Center

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Lead Operator/Trainer in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Test Lead Operator/Trainer in Burlington, VT

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

    Pros

    Good work environment. When problems pop-up or developing stragies for processes, all hands on deck far as us operators engineers and management for the issue envolved. Standard works , 8-steps and Lean hashelp the process run a lot smother. Vacation and benifits are fairlly good.

    Cons

    With talks of layoffs and being sold to Global the moral could be better. Because our division has not turn a profit. Pay raises and bonuses have been fewer and far in between. Because the stress level is way down from what it was for the main reason of lot smother running process all employees about all employees are more confidant and mature in their work process never the less the evaluation one is rated to the peers in the department and the manager must come up with with a low end employee that gets put on probation and ether quick's or is let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a department or work project is firing on all cylinders means all are contributing and the lower downs is not being a drag on the top contributes. a manager should be giving the option of not putting the low end employee through the probation program.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It WAS a Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Essex Junction, VT
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Essex Junction, VT

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

    Pros

    Time off; Direct management trust and communication.

    Cons

    Too many benefits removed or eroded in the last 10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stabilize the work environment. Too many changes happening too fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    High pressure, low pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in Essex, VT
    Current Employee - Operator in Essex, VT

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    It is a job, its shaky

    Cons

    Everything but the kitchen sink

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people who do the work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Death spiral

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional in Essex, VT
    Current Employee - Professional in Essex, VT

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

    Pros

    Its kept me gainfully employed for quite some time (but at quite a cost of forseeing all the layoffs and becoming a pro at the game of musical chairs). Being able to work and live in VT was a real plus!

    Thank god GF is buying the place, its been in an ongoing death spiral the past 5 years with no investment or real strategy.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are really just average, no better then anywhere else. Constant threat of layoffs. Profit sharing plan is better known as "the annual insult"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wont waste my breath.

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

    Good pay, poor environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Williston, VT
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Williston, VT

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The starting salary for a recent college graduate was unmatched by other companies. Lots of opportunities to learn and get patents. Work is challenging, my first line manager was great.

    Cons

    Environment is awful. Employees have no motivation due to poor company direction (ASICs/Hardware). No one knows if we're going to have jobs, which leads to little desire to do anything more than 40 hours a week. What a shame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get any employee funding for advanced education. Encourage employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Supply Chain Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Essex Junction, VT
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Essex Junction, VT

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) People are great, willing to help
    2) IBM is great name to have on resume
    3) Good way to start career

    Cons

    1) Lack of formal training, disorganized management strategy
    2) Lack of opportunity to advance due to bad performance in the division, promotions and raise are hard to come by
    3) Managers expect you to work weekends and after hours - although the hours can be flexible
    4) Managers disconnected with what employees actual do - inability to make business decisions, decisions and works progresses very slowly
    5) Culture lacks energy and employees lack work ethnics - most people are ready to retire no incentive to work hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify high potential employees and understand how they like to advance their career - gain new skills, new job, promotion, good rating, professional training & etc. AND DO SOMETHING TO HELP THEM TO HELP THE COMPANY

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Interesting job with good salary

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Essex Junction, VT
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Essex Junction, VT

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

    Pros

    IBM offered good career growth with very good work-life balance practices. Compensation was among the best in this area and the site received several environmental awards from the local and state governments.

    Cons

    The current climate at the local IBM site is poor and declining. Corporate leadership has made it clear they no longer want to be in the semiconductor business and the employees know their employment time is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The talent of the workforce is amazing. Allow the site leadership to optimize the product mix and improve the infrastructure and the site will deliver revenue as it did in the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Challenging Work, but limited upward mobility

    Current Employee - Manufacturing Process Engineer in Essex Junction, VT
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Process Engineer in Essex Junction, VT

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

    Pros

    Challenging Work environment
    Plenty of Opportunities to Learn
    Lean Manufacturing is taught to all interested
    New work every day

    Cons

    Little Care for Work - Life Balance
    Lean manufacturing is taught, but not well implemented / managed
    Upward Mobility chances are limited
    Salary Plan and Career Development are not managed well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to have a c=successful business it all starts with the employees and if employees are only driven to keep their job, it does not make for a pleasant work environment. Its amazing what productivity can be gained with the smallest incentive program.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Does not aspire to be special company anymore, just wants to treat employees average.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Essex, VT
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Essex, VT

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

    Pros

    Money is competitive but average

    Cons

    No training, very low morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect for the individual is one aspect you shouldn't have let fall aprt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Marketing Representative

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Williston, VT
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Williston, VT

    I worked at IBM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Brilliant co-workers, Promoted and nurture from within culture, good 401K

    Cons

    Large organization and takes some time to learn how to navigate it to get things done efficiently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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