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IBM Boston Reviews

Updated May 20, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 993 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 467 reviews)

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  1. "Big Blue!"

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They really invest in and value their new talent. Excellent position for professional growth.

    Cons

    There is great team cohesion, but lots of disagreements between different internal stakeholders.


  2. "Awesome software developer internship"

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    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Littleton, MA
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people. Great team. I worked mainly on frontend technologies and selenium.
    Awesome events for interns. Work Life balance.

    Cons

    Not much

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Watson Health is good. Low rating seems to be from old IBM divisions."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Less politics. Code code code.
    - Build and develop everything from scratch.
    - Real impact in healthcare (industry leader in GxP cloud).
    - Decent new stacks especially in Big Data area.
    - Robust & well-built automation platform.
    - Microservice design.
    - Agile & small team.
    - Slack, latest macbook series, brand new building, open office.
    - Stellar engineers.
    - Many top engineers join Watson Health from other IBM division. This tells a lot.
    - Relatively young and new fast-paced environment.
    - The project many times mentioned by Ginni in tech talks.
    - You feel important and have a rewarding contribution.

    Feels like a growing startup inside tech giant.
    Does not feel like traditional IBM.
    We hate traditional IBM.
    We moved on.
    Join Watson Health.

    Cons

    - No free food.
    - Pay is flat standard in Cambridge - behind G, FB, APPL, AMZ by far.
    - Still seeing old-timers IBM zombies with thinkpad and sametime messenger roaming around every once in a while. Frusrating.
    - The way we conduct all-hands meeting, review, training, paperworks, at many times are still very old-school despite new engineering tools invested.

    Again, the biggest downside is the IBM general outlook.
    We suffer a lot from this.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve the culture, invest more on people.


  4. "401k Match End of Year Only"

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    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The 401k and employee stock plan is competitive.

    Cons

    The company matches one time per year on the last business day of the calendar year. If you leave mid-year, you lost your match.


  5. "Digital Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    Huge company with way too many people involved with even the small deals. Resource Actions loom every quarter. Most unstable environment I've ever been in.

    Advice to Management

    IBM has a long way to go before becoming relevant again. Get IBM ii social media and the younger generation. They have no idea who IBM are.


  6. "Not your Father's IBM"

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    Former Employee - IT Technical Support Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - IT Technical Support Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, professional environment, good career advancement potential.

    Cons

    No longer an "Employee-centric" organization.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your employees and less on the stock price and you'll be a lot better off.


  7. "Software Engineer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Littleton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn new products, process, tools. Working with amazing people.

    Cons

    Sometimes you are just a number. Poor transparency.

  8. "Good place to grow your career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Editor in Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Editor in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of different kinds of teams at IBM give you the opportunity to direct your career.

    Cons

    It's such a large company that if you can't self advocate, your good work might go unnoticed.

    Advice to Management

    Train 1st line manager to foster employee career growth.


  9. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great professional environment and ethical values. Company always value the ethics.

    Cons

    Too much re-org. Management has really no idea what they are doing. Most directors just to show activity, they are doing re-org every 6 months,

    Advice to Management

    Lay off the managers and leaders and not the employees


  10. "Adv. S/W Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Starting salaries; global network; brand recognition.

    Cons

    Upper management is managing the company for personal profit. Age discrimination is rife. Women are discriminated against in STEM occupations in business units (but perhaps not in IBM Research). Inconsistency in allowing remote work. Miserable working conditions in company facilities: dirty, hot or cold, outdated equipment, cheap furnishings, expensive and poor quality water/coffee/food.

    Advice to Management

    Manage for the long-term. Stop firing US engineers and off-shoring their IP.


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