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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty
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  1. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to choose projects, Great collaboration, good for working mothers

    Cons

    too big, too bureaucratic, takes too long to understand how everything works there

  2. "Average place to work. Benefits are lacking."

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    Current Employee - Senior DevOps Engineer in Littleton, MA

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great people. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Benefits. Management directives and culture.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the re-orgs. Don't forget about the HR side of managing the people.

  3. "Great soldiers, bad generals"

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    Current Employee - Offering Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Good salary. Very talented people in the trenches. Lots of skills development opportunities . Good work/life balance. Extremely ethical company.

    Cons

    The highest executive leadership doesn't know where this company is going. They seem to grab onto the latest hot technology, but then fail to execute as well as Microsoft, AWS or Google. Mid-level management just adds bureaucracy not value, and doesn't build great products. Company keeps re-organizing on a yearly basis wasting resources and stressing out the workforce. Benefits are sub-par.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of some levels of bureaucracy. Do a better job of identifying internal talent and give them more authority.

  4. "Join via acquisition"

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Developer in Littleton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule work from home

    Cons

    Seem like only interested in getting a new customer from the acquisition. No direction or transition after the acquisition

  5. "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Full Stack Developer in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Young team, flexible hours, working from home.

    Cons

    pay is less then most places, raises are little in-between,

  6. "Corporate Environment with Open Office"

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    Former Employee - Research Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Nice office, free snacks and coffee in the break area, free gym, some interesting projects

    Cons

    Very corporate feeling even in the research groups, a lot of 9to5ers, upper management is a bit siloed off and difficult and slow to communicate with, lots of projects that have little to no market research behind them, large projects tend to lack good communication and leadership vision.

    Advice to Management

    Allow easier ways to release open-source projects. Encourage employees to work on side projects. Do market research on projects and potential products so that employees know what they are shooting for.

  7. "Solid benefits and compensation"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    401k Match 5%, Comprehensive Health, Dental and Life Ins. and decent commissions and pay.

    Cons

    Impersonal, quota rules, no HR contact.

  8. "Long term employee, still here!"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Operations Lead in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    It took awhile, but have received multiple promotions and expect to be promoted to Band 10 within the year.

    Cons

    Marketing was co-located. My job was sent to another part of the country, far from where I live. I accepted and planned to move, but found a better job before the move took place. Since so many left, opportunities abounded.

    Advice to Management

    I have been very lucky to have some very good managers in the past few years.

  9. "Good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Current Technology lots to learn

    Cons

    Corporate communications could be better

    Advice to Management

    It's ok if the light is not always green, fix the issue and listen

  10. "You do not want anything to do with the Cloud Innovation Lab"

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    Former Employee - Senior DevOps Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some cool tech in the stack and the tools used to build the CI/CD pipeline. Good cafe in the building.

    Cons

    No Onboarding, No Engineering Documentation, Poor Collaboration and Communication and a hostile work environment. When my manager was replaced with a new one, he proved to be an inexperienced and a bully and as he was assigned to work for a manager who was also a bully, I had no choice but to file a formal complaint with HR and with the head of the business unit when without giving any negative feedback, my new manager...

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    Advice to Management

    Get the Cloud Innovation Lab under control. Run it like a real business, eliminating single points of failure through the use of cross training, documentation, collaboration and communication. Create an onboarding process to improve the productivity of new hires. Get rid of Managers who rule by intimidation. Create an HR complaints process that is independent of the business unit and does not just turf the complaint...

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