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Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Mostly positive experience, some negative points mostly to do with big corporate business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CAD Engineer in Williston, VT
    Former Employee - CAD Engineer in Williston, VT

    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

    Great people and great perks. Vacation was plentiful and negotiable. Many experts all around to consult and gleam knowledge from. Flexible work from home options.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the fray. Difficult to transition roles or change departments. IT support staff was non-existent. Engineers had to constantly solve their own IT / networking issues, taking critical time away from the real job. Performance evaluations are a farce. IBM is changing its business model and is probably abandoning the semiconductor manufacturing business, which might explain the decline in support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Cease splitting up teams around the world.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Cheated in my Salary with false promises and backdoor manager side deals

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

    I have been working 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

    Flexible Schedule, Good amount of vacation time

    Cons

    Non-Engineers are not highly valued and are seen as very very easily replaceable!!

    Advice to Management

    Perform a Market Analysis "Nationwide" with just "SEMICONDUCTOR" Technician jobs to gauge the current pay structure.

  3. IBM company review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Burlington, VT

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very dedicated and hard working employees

    Cons

    Too many levels of management. First line managers are not generally technical.

    Advice to Management

    None

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Essex, VT
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Essex, VT

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and culture

    Cons

    no benefits, frequent layout, no job security

    Advice to Management

    needs job security

  6. Helpful (1)

    Getting worse all the time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Essex Junction, VT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Essex Junction, VT

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    I've always been happy with how flexible the job has been. If you need time for a doctor's appt or something, you just take the time. No one is looking over my shoulder or tracking anything. Working from home is an option, and also flexible. I've also had great teams, and most of my managers have been good. Overall it has been a positive experience.

    Cons

    Salary - very poor, not competitive with other companies, and getting worse as the Burlington fab has been the anchor on Ginni's plans.
    Morale - yearly layoff's have taken their toll. Nearly everyone I talk to is grumpy and pissed at IBM. It's really made it an unhappy place to work. I used to enjoy my job, now I'm mostly putting in my time.

    Advice to Management

    My immediate (first level) management has always been good but they are completely limited by the decisions of upper level management. Those decisions have caused our best engineers to leave for other companies and 1st level management has nothing they can do about it. High level management needs to care about their employees more than their shareholders or they will drive the company into the ground.

  7. It WAS a Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Time off; Direct management trust and communication.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    High pressure, low pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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

    Pros

    It is a job, its shaky

    Cons

    Everything but the kitchen sink

    Advice to Management

    Pay the people who do the work

  9. Helpful (3)

    Death spiral

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    I wont waste my breath.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Test operator at the IBM Burlington Test Center

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Supply Chain Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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

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