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Updated July 23, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 870 reviews)

  • Long hours required during peak work periods (in 426 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extraordinary vision and talent, with ability to make an impact

    Cons

    Top down management and outsourcing employees

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees


  2. Helpful (2)

    "IBM is in constant decline"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good, though this is now changing as they force all employees to work full time from an IBM office (IBM used to be much more open to working from home) . Salaries are above market average

    Cons

    Layoffs, feels unstable, executive make up new policies to make life a little more difficult and push employees out- they don't calling it layoffs but effectively that's what it is - workforce redaction - the side effect of this practice is that the good/strong employees leave and the mediocre ones stay.

    Every other month there is a new big strategic shift, which usually goes nowhere bcz they don't give it enough time to takeoff before they shift again.
    Too much short term thinking, focused on immediate revenue with very little investment in r&d.

    In IBM you are a little screw in a big machine, and they make you feel that way every day.

    Advice to Management

    1. start investing in your employees
    2. Stop zigzagging with your strategy
    3. Invest in r&d and long-term projects

  3. "So many great, smart people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very bright and driven colleagues
    Welcoming of all types of people -- a model of LGBT+ inclusion
    A great opportunity to work with people from all over the world

    Cons

    Sometimes it's so big it can be difficult to get traction

    Advice to Management

    Keep transforming and keep making cognitive computing a reality!


  4. "Summit Program Intern- Big Opportunity"

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    Current Intern - Client Relationship Representative in Littleton, MA
    Current Intern - Client Relationship Representative in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great education. Great people. Interview process was not too intense. Good start for a career in sales. Internship is like a 10 week interview for the full time program.

    Cons

    All industries are leveraging tech in their everyday work, so the learning curve for what we sell is large. As an intern, this large company and learning curve seemed daunting at times, but you have to take the opportunity as a chance to learn about how all of these things work and if you want to continue learning or move elsewhere.


  5. "Great learning opportunity, big company issues"

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the people I work with, passionate and hard working
    Some teams, individuals are over-worked and other under-worked, seems like its up to the team management and how they position their yearly objectives
    Lots of opportunities to move around the company, in 5 years I've finally found my home after two other spots

    Cons

    Big company issues like disconnected HR, company wide regulations that may not make sense for your team, your location
    Advancement is difficult, lots of people join and stay their whole careers, some adjust with the times and other do not making innovating harder than necessary

    Advice to Management

    Take sometime to invest in the employees, good people are harder to find than you think


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    "Not what it was"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have many opportunities to work in various areas and with different people worldwide

    Cons

    There is not much of a community to the company at this time. There is not much communication among groups in person.

    Advice to Management

    Take a deeper look at the organization to see who you should value and who might not be an asset going forward.


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    "Marketing Group"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to leading best practices and knowledge

    Cons

    The management does not care about the employees and will continue to pile on

  8. "Lotus Notes Developement"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large Market share and great services team

    Cons

    Slow to adapt at times

    Advice to Management

    Innovate


  9. "Staff Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Name "IBM", The People, the companies family value's, the professionalism, working on advanced technology

    Cons

    Job security is not there. Yearly Reorganization is conducted behind doors without warning.

    Advice to Management

    None, It's business and IBM appears to be strong.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    more work and less people

    Cons

    is going down hill quickly


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