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IBM Applications Developer Reviews

Updated December 7, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1071 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 510 reviews)

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  1. "IBM"

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    Current Contractor - Applications Developer in East Lansing, MI
    Current Contractor - Applications Developer in East Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, everyone very friendly

    Cons

    Sometimes the dress code is a little too relaxed


  2. "Zero motivation"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Iselin, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Below average place to work

    Cons

    Zero Motivation, politics, no hike

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat and value your employees

  3. "Application Development Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Place to start. Difficult to grow if you are not in the right place. This is a massive company, so there are a lot of interesting opportunities. My direct managers were good people.

    Cons

    Low Pay in IBM GBS, especially for new graduates. Very difficult to move in between teams. Sometimes you will get stuck on boring projects that do nothing to enhance your skills.

    Advice to Management

    If you stick technical people into non-technical roles, they will immediately look for an exit plan. Don't string people along with promised projects and roles that never materialize.


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    "IBM CIC (Baton Rouge)"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Educational Resources (maybe)
    I am finally out!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    - Below the minimum industry compensation
    - Weak benefits
    - Long hours
    - 100% travel (Contract specifies only 50%)
    - Terrible management (care only about numbers and will tell you whatever you want to hear) Never share anything and never trust them. I've seen people get burned because they were naive and trustworthy
    - Baton Rouge, LA (No offence to this city, but NO thank you, never again. This city is the kingdom of boredom and depression) I bet if the center was located in New Orleans it would have been less depressing.
    - Almost no chance to transfer (Beware, the unspoken policy to transfer is that you have to spend at least 2 years in CIC. Never specified in your contract. So was caught totally by surprise)
    - No career path. You will be hired as a developer and will perform analyst work instead or/and vice versa.
    The list of Cons can go on even further, but I just wanted to highlight the major issues with this specific location.

    Advice to Management

    Like they would even consider it.


  5. "IBM Work Experience"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist - Applications Developer in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - IT Specialist - Applications Developer in Boca Raton, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has great respect for their employees and takes good care of them. The work is very interesting, challenging, and involves a wide range of clients. The work is never boring.

    Cons

    Schedules are very demanding, generally requiring quite a bit of overtime. Lots of pressure to complete projects on short schedules.


  6. "Software Application Developer"

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    Current Employee - Software Applications Developer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Software Applications Developer in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good work flexibility.
    2. Good work culture.
    3. Good infrastructure.
    4. Good personal-professional balance.
    5. Flexibility to express yourself.

    Cons

    1. Resistance to move to new technology.
    2. More process , less work.
    3. Poor motivation to continue.
    4. Work management in the team degrading.


  7. "IBM Baton Rouge"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Really great people, opportunity to grow

    Cons

    location is not too great, salary is pretty low

  8. "Good working atmosphere with opportunity for growth"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer
    Former Employee - Applications Developer
    Recommends

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very helpful and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Sometimes everything becomes too slow and boring.


  9. "Application Developer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Onsite opportunity.
    Work from home facility.

    Cons

    Manager driven system.
    Less salary.


  10. "IBM review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Enormous learning opportunity; 2. Reimbursement of certification; 3. Team-work; 4. Well-defined process and systems

    Cons

    1. Bad Employee remuneration & appraisal; 2. Less growth opportunity; 3.Bad HR policy; 4. Tough to change competency

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of career growth and opportunities of existing employees instead of beating around the bush with HR policy. Please work on a steady and stable rating system.