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Updated October 11, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1049 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 488 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Warm, welcoming, humble, intellectually curious people"

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + People are warm, welcoming, humble, intellectually curious (IBM Research)
    + Cambridge office is a great work space, collaborative and full of natural light
    + Partnerships with MIT and proximity to Harvard make for great joint-research opportunities
    + Good balance of academic and business-driven mindset
    + Access to higher ups; strong sense they are invested in me and my success

    Cons

    + Orientation is not great; you need to take initiative to bring yourself up to speed
    + Big company; takes time to grasp what's going on outside your own group


  2. "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?

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

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    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


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Dinosaur Machine"

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    Former Employee - Information Developer in Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Information Developer in Littleton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady paycheck and constant supply of engineering problems to fix.

    Cons

    Unbearable layer of legacy management
    Sales is the only path to executive spot
    Lying about product to public and workers
    Detached management culture
    Treats engineers like introvert geeks
    Talks about caring rather than doing it
    Routinely enacted anti human HR policies

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to what the actual landscape is it there. No longer are golfing buddies the sole source of reality. So lying to people about your product just to keep a sale. Invest in your people and protect workers from themselves - meaning realize that programmers don't make great personnel managers


  6. "Software Operations"

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    Former Employee - Software Operations in Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Software Operations in Littleton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people were great! I loved working with the those around me and meeting new customers! I was happy with the benefits but they were very pricey! I also had a great manager and I could work from home.

    Cons

    So many people worked from home it was harder and harder to meet up with co-workers face to face.

    Advice to Management

    Have more team meetings so employees can get to know new ones a little better!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, but feels disorganized"

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

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people there are great and are always willing to help out. Very relaxed work environment and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Upper management is extraordinarily disorganized. Doesn't feel like there is a cohesive direction and often time deadlines were weeks off.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Paid Internship"

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    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You're treated like a member of the team for the duration of your project and the pay for an internship is amazing. People who work there are the most normal/relaxed geniuses I've ever met.

    Cons

    I can't remember anything I didn't love about the experience. The only con was that I let my team down with one of my research papers and felt like I blew it for my chance at a full-time position in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Providing some guidelines for success to interns at the start of the internship might be useful, but I think maybe this is a team-by-team thing


  9. "IBM Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working employees. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Unclear corporate strategy, cloud strategy is challenged.

    Advice to Management

    Increase investment in innovation and clarify cloud strategy.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of Layoffs"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, good extended benefits (family leave, financial assistance, etc), work from home policy.

    Cons

    IBM, Watson Health included, conducts layoffs every few months and the breadth is never shared with employees or the public. The constant fear of losing jobs created a toxic environment where coworkers try to prove their worth to the company at the expense of other team members. The severance package is not good or fair for employees that have been let go. Upper management is not transparent at all.


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