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IBM Austin Reviews

Updated June 20, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1011 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 474 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

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    Current Intern - Software Developer Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Software Developer Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, great coworkers, supportive staff

    Cons

    average pay nothing else to complain about


  2. "Always looking to cut cost"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of jobs internally and places to move

    Cons

    Always make sure to be in a hot area. If not they are always cutting people and positions and entire departments

  3. "Great modern tech stack and experiences."

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Modern technologies, various teams, great resources.

    Cons

    You can get lost in the size of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Please try and streamline the product line and create solid core product experiences.


  4. "Great company - if you are under 35"

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are under 35 IBM will bend over backwards to hire you.

    Cons

    IBM is in the process of laying off employees over the age of 40 in an attempt to rebrand.


  5. "What happened?"

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance was good. There was significant flexibility. I was not micromanaged (partly as a result of good managers; not all enjoyed this). Some great technical folk. Can be fun to work on great products. Some resources were excellent and that could make work fun and productive.

    Cons

    Culture and morale became very poor with all the layoffs and poor management at many levels (above 1st). Pay was uncompetitive. Became a financial product company: products felt like afterthought, which made product development not fun or successful. Poor at attracting, developing, and retaining top-quality talent. Not good at getting rid of low-performers (many layoffs, but they seemed to be only weakly correlated with performance on the job). Even so, became very "stack-rank" driven, putting co-workers at odds rather than encouraging collaboration for the best product/company-result.


  6. "A web of lies"

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    Current Employee - Security Professional in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Security Professional in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a big place

    Cons

    Imbeciles in positions of leadership.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO and her leadership need to carefully exam who they hire and place in positions of leadership because those in leadership now are an embarrassment to the company and employees.


  7. "IBM career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good company for career development

    Cons

    A structured traditional US company

    Advice to Management

    Keep closer communication with end customers.

  8. "Good people, bad company"

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    Former Intern - Offering Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Offering Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are great people working at IBM, particularly in Design.

    Cons

    Low morale and salaries, frequent re orgs, meaningless projects.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a long term strategy that isn't just buzzwords


  9. "Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Always receive paycheck on time, pretty good benefits be aware of the gotchas...

    Cons

    Benefits are not as good as they used to be and are nothing special compared to the rest of the industry. Your quality of life and bonus or raises depend heavily on your department and things which are largely out of your control. If your department is not successful, you will receive a small bonus if any. No 401k contributions for the first year. Tend to lay off experienced employees and replace with offshore or recent college graduates with little to no time to train the replacements. It is very hard to get management approval to get the things you need to do your job, especially hardware. Very little investment in growth or furthering education of employees. You will not be sent to conferences. Require 40 hours of education a year but how you do it is entirely your responsibility. Need to fight for raises, often no cost of living or inflation wage, meaning your salary technically gets lower every year. Feels like job is to make your managers look good without putting in work other than marking a spreadsheet. Layoffs leave whoever is left overworked and scrambling to pick up the slack. My advice for prospective employees is to make sure that the position is in sync with the strategic imperatives. Otherwise, you will have a bad time.

    Advice to Management

    Don't cut departments to the bone and string customers along enough to keep the revenue coming in. You are not fooling anyone. Stop incentivizing minimizing costs when it causes products to ship late and with bugs because developers cannot do their jobs. Be aware of the intangible costs and lost revenue incurred later by refusing to spend money now.


  10. "Always look out for yourself"

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work. You learn a lot and have endless education opportunities.

    Cons

    Work environment is very competitive. You must remain at the top of your game to remain employed and even when you are highly skilled you will be let go you age and your salary increases.

    Advice to Management

    You should all be subjected to the same treatment as the "non-executive" staff that actually does all of the work.


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