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IBM Applications Developer Reviews

Updated August 14, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (38)

    "BEST COMPANY in market"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The working culture and environment is good here. Freedom to employees and facility of work from home.

    Cons

    Lagging in behind free services to employees.


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "IBM Rocket Center - Abandon All Hope..."

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    Current Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Keyser, WV
    Current Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Keyser, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    We recieve a paycheck, that is it.

    Cons

    I don’t know where to begin....

    1) Rocket Center is the epitome of “Glass Ceiling”. If you’re in the CIC, you’re a second class citizen. Period. They will try to tell you otherwise, but it’s painfully clear they don’t expect much from CIC and refuse to care about CIC employees.

     Many benefits (401k, time off, education reimbursement , basically all benefits) are watered down. We get less matching that people who non-development jobs, and we are expect to work 44 hours without overtime pay.

    Meanwhile the people who work “Staffing” jobs, the people with zero technical background, get paid overtime and receive a higher 401k matching.

    This is completely backwards.

    The turnover rate at Rocket Center is insanely high. Seriously never seen anything like this. It’s a complete shitshow and I’m embarrassed to be a part of this.

    Advice to Management

    I don’t know where to begin. There is so much wrong with this place that every day I have to go in, another piece of me slowly dies.


  10. ""Pretend IBM" at Rocket Center (Keyser), WV"

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    Former Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Keyser, WV
    Former Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Keyser, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work from home option 1 day a week.
    - You qualify for tuition assistance under the pay here.
    - You’ll add the IBM title to your employment history for future opportunities.
    - You could potentially earn your public trust and/or secret clearance.
    - The training (immersion project) that comes after orientation.
    - The workload/experience ‘can’ be very laid back.

    Cons

    - The pay is very low ($40,000 - $45,000 /annual salary).
    - Saving money due to the pay and cost of living is very demanding of a strict and boring life.
    - Benefits are ok at an individual level. No way will you be able to afford adding a spouse or kids.
    - The training does not match up with the tech you will be using on billable projects.
    - You are chosen for billable projects based on the need to fill a position and make it billable as soon as possible. It has nothing to do with your skills, work ethic, or your passion.
    - There is no mentor or peer to peer system whatsoever. You are on your own.
    - Most billable projects will require you to work 44 hours a week with no overtime pay. ‘Some’ projects will give you a workload that will put you well over 44 hours a week.
    - The majority of project members do not work at this site, so you will often if not always be very much on your own.
    - Projects members at other IBM sites will receive almost double your pay doing the exact same job. Even though cost of living is much higher where they live, they are banking $1,000’s a month.
    - Gaining valuable experience here can be lacking or nonexistent, which will require you to maintain a very demanding and strict study schedule on top of working here if you plan to move on from this location.
    - The management here is the worse I have ever seen. They do not care about you at all and you will be lied to over and over.
    - Transferring from this location is as rare as a unicorn.
    - Promotions/raises can be as random as filling positions for billable work. You might see a poor performer receive a promotion while someone working 60+ hours a week never receives one.
    - The turnover rate is somewhere around 50%.
    - The site loses projects constantly, so you could possibly be switched from project to project.

    Advice to Management

    - I don’t have any advice to management as they truly do not care. This place is working as intended by management. Pay very little and bill very high.
    - Also, watch out local talent. They have upped their resources to start hiring locally due to the fact they can’t hold onto anyone not local. They hope to pull people into this death trap that they can take advantage of permanently due to the fact they will not leave, such as due to local family, etc.