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Updated November 13, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Relentless"

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

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

    Pros

    very driven culture
    talented workforce
    committed to transformation

    Cons

    big company miscommunications
    process gets in the way of product

    Advice to Management

    manage to the future not the quarter


  2. "Great company and great benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    You can take on so many different jobs and positions during your career at IBM. And the benefits are great - from health care, maternity/parental leave, 401K, dependent care and more. The flexibility was amazing during the years I was having my three children.

    Cons

    You can get lost in such a big company. You need to take charge of your own career.

  3. "Great if you're an up-and-comer; forget it and get out if you're senior level."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career growth in many division is great with huge potential for those starting out and in a mid-level role. Great hype machine and plenty of opportunities to get out on the speaker circuit.

    Cons

    Fear-based leadership that's widening the gap between themselves senior level team leaders. Silos are pretty strong everywhere and struggling to adopt new thinking and collaborating across groups. Real legacy problems, especially in the midset of IBMers who have been there 10+ years. They really seem unaware of what's going out elsewhere. Overall "leadership" is more focused on their own individual eminence, that's why IBM has a hard time shipping product.

    Advice to Management

    Bringing in "younger" talent doesn't make you more modern, add a "fresh" perspective or establish a start-up culture. Purge at the Director and VP+ levels, not senior levels– that's where the stale thinking is.


  4. "Some great people and that's it..."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Unlimited Sick Leave
    -Some really cool and smart engineers that are willing to work long hours.
    -Some snacks
    -Decent benefits I guess

    Cons

    -Lots of dumb people who need to get purged from IBM.
    -Lots of good people who don't get compensated well enough and end up leaving.
    -Pay is way below market value.
    -Crappy raises/bonuses
    -On Call 24/7 is not compensated because of salaried employee.
    -Senior management blaming young millennials for product pitfalls.
    -Employees are treated like McDonalds fast food employees.
    -Cloud Infrastructure looks like crap.
    -Internal Employees are the worst to deal with since they escalate everything to Sev 1.
    -Lack of motivation and enthusiasm for products.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees that will invest in your products. Stop giving them crappy raises/bonuses. Good employees will leave and all you get in the end are the bottom feeders.


  5. "Lost in the shuffle"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    3 weeks vacation is nice and sick time is honor system. Has good benefit perks like wellness programs where you can earn points ($). Some co-workers are nice to work with but hard to find if you're over 40. Most of the crowd is barely out of college and very clicky.

    Cons

    Pay is at the low standard. Raises are infrequent or none at all. Way too much shuffling the deck (reorg) like every 6 months and manager changes. Hard to be consistent when they change up the work all the time. Way tooooo many meetings. How does anyone get anything done without working around the clock? It's too big of an organization and you just feel lost. They say no more working at home which is completely ridiculous. Most people have adult lives and have things that come up. Working from home on occason = more productivity/happiness. They think that teams will be more efficient by working together in person in the office. Isn't this a tech company? Where we can use technology to collaborate? Old school, trying to be new school but still very old school not in a good way.

    Advice to Management

    Reward people with raises every now and then. Let people work from home. And try to avoid SO many reorgs and manager changes. Makes people uneasy and wanting to leave.


  6. "Great people, bad top management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. interesting problems (I worked in the Watson division)

    Cons

    Bad top management, middle managers are not empowered to make decisions. Ridiculous bonus ($300)

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourself accountable to the same standards you have for your employees.


  7. "Multiple Course Development and Training positions"

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    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Paid well. Increasingly supports women in management. Free learning opportunities. Work from home opportunities.

    Cons

    When they aren't making their revenue objectives they downsize.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in mind that older employees tend to be hard working. Keep us on board and provide us with guidance in terms of what you want us to do.

  8. "Software Engineering CoOp"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer Co-Op in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Co-Op in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really open and inviting teams, with mentors and peers that pushed me to my limits. I was given as much work as I wanted while always feeling like a significant team contributor

    Cons

    Very complex corporate culture often seems that teams are in competition instead of collaboration

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to streamline projects earlier and keep up the good work!


  9. "Offering leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Agile professional services good future

    Cons

    Tired senior management get out of the way

    Advice to Management

    Keep advancing to the future


  10. "Maelstrom Design Internship Review"

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    Former Intern - Design Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Design Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting to work on some super interesting projects, A lot of independence in determining your team's day-to-day schedule, A lot of really experienced and smart designers working in the same office as you

    Cons

    A lot of semi-formally presenting project progress required, It's hard to get to know people outside the internship program, Not as much critique on your decisions or designs as I would have hoped, A lot of time is spent on research and not actually designing or developing projects (the front end interns ended up doing very little dev work)

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for interns to interact with and work with full-timers. More feedback on our processes/design and how we could do better next time.


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