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IBM Boston Reviews

Updated August 7, 2018
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  1. 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


  2. 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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "SWG S&S Sales Quote Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    location location location location location


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awful. No leadership, no budget, no opportunity for growth. Run."

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you want to just float by doing the bare minimum.

    Cons

    IBM set my career progress back by 3 years. Bonuses are never paid out beyond .1%. It’s not the same company it used to be. Constant fear of layoffs, no opportunities to move into new positions, extremely high turn over, lack of support and resources for objectives you are responsible for.

    Advice to Management

    Put people first not last


  7. "Good Company with Poor Managers"

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    Current Employee - SAP BI Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - SAP BI Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life balance
    Very Good Opportunities
    Learning
    Knowledge
    Scope

    Cons

    Good Company with Poor Managers

    Advice to Management

    Poor Managers

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Software Engineer - Blockchain"

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

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

    Pros

    Dynamic and exciting projects with lots of opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Management has a lot of depth. It can be difficult to see the big picture.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Don't overstay"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy access to training
    Opportunities to manage exciting projects
    Great teams and the ability to work globally
    Strong name recognition world wide
    Great 401K match

    Cons

    Every day you are one day closer to being laid off
    Salary does not keep up with marketplace
    Constant churn of management team

    Advice to Management

    No....there is little interest in employee feedback


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Better opportunities"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's some decent job security, depending on your position.

    Cons

    Salary increases are hard to get. You often have to jump through hoops and prove yourself to your management team, which often can change and leave you starting at the beginning again to prove yourself. The salary band structure is confusing.


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