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Updated February 8, 2018
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  1. "Design Intern"

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    Former Intern - Design Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Design Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, brand name company

    Cons

    Work given was very vague. Finding continuing roles were difficult.


  2. "Mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with, for the most part. Very good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Perks are almost non-existent, medical insurance is shockingly expensive, and pay is much lower than market.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Stress and negativity from the top down"

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Solid company reputation
    - Somewhat decent salary

    Cons

    - Low morale (translated from extreme stress and frustration at the top, to a company spread too thin in the middle, to just a horrible outlook and experience for entry level employees)
    - Can no longer trust that the company "has your back" - this used to be an excellent place to work (from what I am told by current and former long-term employees), but now has eschewed absolutely any semblance of "Good ol' Big Blue", the company that will take care of you if you take care of it. There is no sense of anyone being valued; people are laid off all the time without adequate warning, support, or compensation; and people just do not like working here any longer, plain and simple. Should have heeded the warning signs.
    - Hiring less and less intelligent people. Prioritizing localized, easily replaceable workhorses over the best and brightest minds that used to make IBM something great.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let panic over poor company performance make you drop all of your human efforts. People will not stay at a company that undervalues them, gives them no guidance in discovering and developing their best potential, and gives little care to who else it is hiring (landing some very smart people with some very dumb ones).


  4. "Slow moving giant"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Products and really, really, smart people. That is the basis of why I joined in the first place. Good Salary, OK benefits.

    Cons

    Red Tape, old school mentality. It feels like your working for the DMV. There are organizations that are dedicated to not selling new product, (Maintenance). "That's how we have always done it" is not a suitable response to an obviously broken system.

    Advice to Management

    Take feedback from the new people that are brought into the company. Try to modernize and streamline obviously broken pay structures and procedures.


  5. "Front end Developer"

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    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - nice health insurance, paid time off, decent vacation days and sometimes you're allowed to work remotely. Culture in the design studio is young and fun, but outside of that it's very legacy.

    Cons

    The company is very wishy-washy in terms of who they give certain benefits to. Some employees are allowed to work remotely but for the most part co-location has forced families to uproot their lives and move to an office, or lose their job. My manager doesn't know anything about development so it's been hard to get a promotion. Some of the projects can be a bit dull.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize the benefits given to employees (free coffee, food, remote work, etc.).


  6. "senior support specialist"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Support Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Support Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good folks to work with for the most part

    Cons

    everyone was worried about their jobs all the time. bad moral.

    Advice to Management

    get your stuff together and take care of the workers that are keeping you in business


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Company Sucks too many turn over, too many free loader with IBM"

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    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing, they lie about what you will be doing, and top management do not know what they are doing

    Cons

    too many turn overs, managers are mean and lie a lot

    Advice to Management

    IBM has over 35% free loader manager who been with the company for over 15 to 20 yrs, they are sucking the life from the company, they are the reason IBM has a low value stock. Get rid of them and you will see the work gets done and stock will rise up. it is called too much FAT. IBM has too many layers of managers, it needs to be cut down to essentials.....

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Caution when considering employment"

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    Current Contractor - Contractor: Senior Software Support Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Contractor: Senior Software Support Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Involvement with products destined for fortune 500 companies as well as latest software technologies.

    Cons

    It is rare that management , with budget authority, have technical knowledge of the products they manage. The result is the inability to understand budget and resource requirements. This requires a trust relationship with lower level manager on budget and resource requirements.

    The mandate to reduce United States employment numbers and
    transition and increase India base groups..

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within to prevent losing technology expertise within the management chain.
    Software development budges will always include the overhead of both people and hardware equipment for development based test groups and development base software support (aka: Level 3 support) groups


  9. "Great place to build cloud software and meet clients"

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a great place to meet enterprise customers, understand their requirements and actually build scalable, highly available software using a variety of modern technologies. Very knowledgable colleagues. Bureaucracy is getting thinner everyday.

    Cons

    Inspite of having talented employees, the company is not able produce great products.

    Advice to Management

    You are already doing a lot of right things. A lot of projects need to be shelved - they are simply too complex and not competitive.


  10. "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Offering Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Offering Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Constant innovation and growth in technology

    Cons

    Constant re-org of business units, and upper management


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