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Updated September 8, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1043 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 481 reviews)

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  1. "Great people, great work-life balance"

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    Former Employee - Performance marketing intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Performance marketing intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Everyone was willing to help each other
    - Work-life balance was pretty good

    Cons

    - Extremely large org means many barriers and obstacles to approaching problems (i.e. need to use certain tools, get approval)


  2. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Storage Performance in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Storage Performance in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family friendly company, great technology, amazing co-workers.

    Cons

    Some people take advantage of working from home

    Advice to Management

    Management is great already. Hmm..advice at this time

  3. "BM Watson Health Global Technical Leader, IBM Distinguished Engineer & Master Inventor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaboration with colleagues; freedom to innovate;

    Cons

    No cons come to mind

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the medium to longer term rather than the quarter


  4. "A Taste of Retirement"

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

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

    Pros

    - A lot of free time on your hands
    - Work life balance
    - Free training programs offered (at least 3 per year)

    Cons

    - Very slow pace
    - Brain drain
    - Politics


  5. "Not a great company it once was"

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    Former Freelancer - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Freelancer - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Still have some very smart people there

    Cons

    Management is very short-sighted ... only looking at results (and making decisions based on those results) one quarter at a time.

    Advice to Management

    Respect for the Individual ...


  6. "Software Developer Intern"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    - Learning new tech stacks
    - Flexible work hours, can work from home
    - A lot of intern events

    Cons

    - A bit slow


  7. "Lead Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Lead Recruiter in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Recruiter in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company Culture
    Comradeship
    Strong top leadership
    Diversity
    Remote home office availability

    Cons

    Wish our raises and bonus were more

  8. "ymat-knight"

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    Current Employee - IT Architect in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work on advanced technologies

    Cons

    poor benefits, never stops to outsource everything

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Worked on two teams, had two very different experiences."

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    Former Employee - Advisory Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Advisory Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Mobility within the company, and the culture to encourages it. I worked for 1.5 years on one team and then moved to another for another 1.5 years that was under different leadership.
    - Excitement of being at Watson post-Jeopardy when it transitioned from a research effort to an entire product group.
    - First team situated in the Watson CTO org was in a special projects group that valued innovation, attempted to cultivate an edgier company culture.
    - Second team situated closer to Watson research efforts also had exciting projects, provided great mentoring, helped me improve greatly as an engineer. Fantastic work/life balance, set your own hours etc.
    - Paternity leave was adequate.

    Cons

    - No to very little in the way of bonuses each year.
    - Difficult to move up in the org. Manager wanted to give me a band adjustment, but wasn't allowed to do it for anyone.
    - First team I worked on had a director, who was overly demanding, disliked in the org, manipulative, disqualified for the job technically / creatively, would frequently ask in the morning what you'd accomplished last night and encouraged working through the weekends--a nasty flip-side of a company trying to change its culture. This director was eventually shutdown, but only after years of bad behavior.
    - Second team was frequently moving from project to project, and not linked to efforts that brought a lot of value. Manager barely managed, and was focused more on his own research and credibility as an academic, than the wellbeing of his team. He also didn't have many friends in the org. This team was remote and in my year and half there, the company only flew me out once for the initial interview. The second time I went at my own expense, since my family was visiting a friend in the city. Typical of IBM having very constrained budgets for travel.


  10. "IBM on the RISE"

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    Current Employee - Principal User Experience Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Principal User Experience Designer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well positioned to compete for top 10,000 Enterprise Cloud & Cognitive business.

    Cons

    Slow to align offerings for a unified GTM.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify the Watson value proposition for customers and how it enhances Cloud.


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