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Updated March 13, 2019
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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. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work / life balance
    Opportunities for advancement
    Opportunities for learning and training
    Diversity
    Ethical

    Cons

    Benefits could be better, they have degraded over the years.

  3. "No shortage of complex problems to solve"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Has embraced design at scale as important to future success
    Exposure to a multitude of international brands
    Multitude of opportunities to expand your skillset and career without leaving the company
    Competitive pay
    An ethical company to work for

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are limited as you become more senior
    Driving a salary increases are very difficult
    Still stuck with limiting processes and reward structures
    Can be slow to get things done

    Advice to Management

    Invest in retention of quality people. It isn't always about recruiting talented, early career professionals. There is a tendency to take for granted the experienced people.


  4. "So Inappropriate..."

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    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to disappear and do nothing. Easy ride for those with nothing to contribute.

    Cons

    Manager asked inappropriate personal favors including donating to his amateur baseball team and coming to his house to do work without offering compensation. The workspace itself is dirty (an old server room) not ever swept. No kitchen, no snacks, not even free coffee. Disorganized communication between remote teams. Unclear work requirements and deadlines. Project managers do not reply to emails.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your management. Get rid of lazy workers. Reward those who work hard and get rid of the dead weight.


  5. "Managing PCI in a large company"

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

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

    Pros

    Many very talented people that manage to get the work done.

    Cons

    Management does not seem to have a grasp of compliance and the company direction re Compliance changes way to often

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what Compliance area is needed and support that effort for more than ten minutes.


  6. "It's all about your management team"

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

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

    Pros

    Vast world wide network of brilliant colleagues. Most of the people are super helpful and are there to make a difference. The compensation is competitive and there's a wide variety of assignments you can explore over the course of your career. There are still some great managers at the company.

    Cons

    The executive management style is increasingly coercive and toxic. Flawed architectural assumptions and unrealistic business case expectations, by narcissistic senior executives, drives insane employee workloads, and contributes to a depressing high stress work environment. There is a growing tendency towards micromanagement. Too many budgetary allocation decisions are made by financial people instead of those responsible to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of over controlling narcissistic senior executives. Encourage collaborative and caring executive styles. The culture of an organization starts at the top. I was blessed to have worked for some phenomenal people at IBM, but those types of managers are becoming scarce in the company. Focus less on messaging about great company values and more on actually demonstrating them.


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    "Great place to start/end career"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Allows to gain experience of various technologies.

    Cons

    After the 2 year mark, it is hard to find additional opportunities within IBM.

  8. "Good Experience"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Nice coworkers, relaxed environment,

    Cons

    Not enough for me to do. It seems like I was thrust upon a team unexpectedly. If I had spent more than a summer there, I think they would have trained me to do more work and utilized me better. Really not their fault


  9. "It's an ok company to work for. Salary is not very competitive but they are very flexible."

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

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

    Pros

    Very Flexible Hours, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Salary is not very competitive and health insurance it's just ok. Only on network providers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Impression over a 20 year span"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great people, products, and line managers. Flexible work environment and facilities.

    Cons

    Little to no investment in legacy product line that still generated good revenue.
    Travel policies that did not take the into account the strain on the employee(Flying coach for 20 hours to a customer engagement is bruta especially true if one is over 6 ft tall).
    Bonus plan for employees in a non sales role almost non existent.
    To much customer interaction done via conference call instead of face to face.
    Preach agile but still takes to much time to get new product releases out the door.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management need to worry less about the shareholder and more about the daily business and the employees who get you there.


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