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Updated January 14, 2019
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1079 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 518 reviews)

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  1. "Building IBM product configurations so people can sell / buy them."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Offering Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Offering Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I wake up every morning excited to go to work.

    Cons

    I don’t dislike anything about my position.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome


  2. "Trying to stay relevant...... don't get lost"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Program Director in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well, very competitive salaries and bonus
    Smart people
    Lots of places to learn and tap into the expertise
    big company with many projects/products under development
    Can have a lot of responsibility below Director Level in terms of reports.
    Benefits are good, ability to take time off for sickness, etc is 2nd to none.

    Cons

    You can get lost in the shuffle when the yearly reorg come about.
    If you want to move up, need to make sure the execs you're hitching your wagon to don't get sideswiped.
    Sometimes you do just get lost in the size of the place

  3. "Good benefits, lots of frustration"

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

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

    Pros

    -Employees get great benefits
    -Opportunities to learn a lot from a big organization

    Cons

    -Takes a really long time to get anything done
    -Not a culture that fosters innovation
    -Lots of chaos


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Watson Health - Changing company management not in touch with reality"

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

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

    Pros

    Big company where it’s easy to hide / be lost if that is your desire (not mine). Interesting projects for some, resources are available on priority projects

    Cons

    Management spreads resources too thin with too many projects approved and not enough resources per project

    Despite name no amazing AI brought to market

    No bonus for years

    Poor morale

    Layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, focus on fewer big bets, invest in projects both legacy and strategic as legacy customers feel left out to dry. Stop rewarding senior management when vast majority of employees don’t make bonus when senior management sets targets and objectives, not only is it unfair but creates poor optics / morale.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company but co-location did me in!"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Encouraged to give your best self everyday. It’s very rewarding. Leadership is top notch. Great mentor culture. Senior leadership is breeding best in class marketeers, watch out world!!

    Cons

    Co-location created a glass ceiling for professional growth. Unless you’re willing to pick up your family and have your spouse quite their job to move to an approved “hub” location. And the hubs are not in easily accessible or affordable cities. Clearly I was bummed about this strategy!

    Advice to Management

    Collocation as a strategy just didn’t add up for me. Not just bc I was affected by it, but also bc the offices were too crammed and too noisy to enable folks to focus and be productive. There must be a better solution.


  6. "Director"

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

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very well resourced company moo

    Cons

    politics overrides all other decisions


  7. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and fun place to work

    Cons

    Moves slow and can be frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Keep on selling

  8. "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Communications Professional in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Communications Professional in Cambridge, MA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people! Good benefits. Diverse workplace.

    Cons

    Changes in company strategy often led to mixed messages from upper management.


  9. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment overall, good people and decent benefits
    Flexibility in work/life balance

    Cons

    Need to update tools and technology and give projects to those passionate about emerging technology

    Advice to Management

    Management could be more transparent but what would you expect from a large firm?


  10. "good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    coworkers, lots to learn, can move around, can bury head and work, good advancement but you need to drive it

    Cons

    a lot depends on your manager for you to get ahead

    Advice to Management

    better training, you keep cutting back and are spreading too thin and losing folks with historical knowledge.


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