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Updated November 19, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 929 reviews)

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  1. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Minds to work alongside.

    Cons

    Can be slow adapting to change, particularly among senior managers' trepidations to risk their long-term standing

    Advice to Management

    Encourage C level to change without fear of excessive reprimand, especially as IBM is touted as an industry engine for change


  2. "Inside Sales Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Littleton, MA

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

    Pros

    Potential for growth is positive

    Cons

    Depending on where in the org, it could become a boys club

  3. "Sr Managing Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable employment, Good benefits, excellent place to learn, great colleagues

    Cons

    No salary increases, extremely bureaucratic, slow to change, opaque management decisions


  4. "Parental Leave Program Changes!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm a new father and took advantage of the existing Parental Leave program that was available to us in the US. With the old program, it was 6 weeks of paid leave. With the new program, IBM dads and moms are now entitled to 12 weeks of paid leave. This program doesn't utilize your vacation days. So if you have vacation days, those days are still entitled to you. This is the primary reason I'm spending some time on writing this review.

    Employee discounts. I honestly didn't know this existed till I started navigated the maze of wiki sites we have (see Con below). It was pretty nice that we had access to discounts from electronics to things like Disney park.

    Cons

    * Bonuses and raises are slim to none.
    * Team members are also concerned about losing the ability to work from home.
    * A lot of systems to navigate and old systems that are still in use that need to be replaced
    * 401k matching isn't done till the last paycheck of the year


  5. "Awesome Place to work"

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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

    Our team is full of experts in distinguished field. They are friendly, collaborative and reachable in any circumstances.

    Cons

    The team members are all spread all over the country. That sometimes block the progress. But, this is what it is.


  6. "Great for starting out (Watson Health)"

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    - Able to touch multiple levels of code
    - Write code designed to scale for millions of users
    - Hours are generally 40 per week
    - Company really tries to make you succeed / have you learn
    - Watson Health is trying to solve hard/interesting/good problems
    - Office is in an amazing location (for Cambridge, MA)

    Cons

    - No food (yet?)
    - A lot of audio conferencing (small push to video conferencing)
    - A lot of young engineers, lacking senior engineers
    - Slow moving (healthcare has a lot of red tape)

    Advice to Management

    Invest in food! Push hard for video conferencing everywhere, to the point it's an anomaly to see an audio conference (at least for the engineers). Important since the teams can be so spread out geographically.


  7. "Opportunity abounds; Great culture for energized, inspired minds."

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    Current Employee - Program Director, Software Development in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Program Director, Software Development in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong humanist values for a large corporate entity. No ceiling on ability to impact or effect change at any level. Great patent culture. Diverse teams/global collaboration. Vast library of development and learning programs/certifications.

    Cons

    Largeness (300k+) means it's really like working at a company made of many smaller companies - so your experience can vary a lot depending on where you are. Like everywhere else- your experience is hugely influenced by the style and skill of your manager. Also like everywhere else, there are a mix of of skilled and unskilled managers.

    Advice to Management

    Invest even more in first line managers. I don't think they're *neglected* really; but IBM could do so much more to train and grow managers, and to retain and reward strong managers.

  8. "software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good and knowledge people

    Cons

    very tedious and lengthy process, can be reduced

    Advice to Management

    reduce processing time


  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Salesforce Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Salesforce Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on different projects within few years. Get more experience working on the newest technology and growing your skills. I would always recommend anyone to work at IBM.

    Cons

    The business sometimes have some impossible deliverable date without enough talented people. Work place just needs to be more fun.


  10. "Technical Seller"

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    Current Employee - Technical Seller in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Seller in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, rewarding, good incentives, good technical solutions

    Cons

    Sometimes too large of a company to get things done


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