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IBM Burlington Reviews

Updated November 30, 2016
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 778 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 390 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience, questionable whether or not I'd return"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Burlington, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a software developer intern, having just completed my Junior year of college studying Comp Sci and Math, I was making $24 an hour. That is very good pay for an intern. The people I worked with very much older than I, and had an absolute ton of knowledge that they took pride in teaching me. IBM also provided a nice bonus of $1000 for me to "move" up to Burlington VT where I was working, which was funny because I attend the University of Vermont and didn't actually have to move anywhere. IBM is also great since once you are in you can choose several career paths within the company to pursue.

    Cons

    Lots of the employees are older, and will be retiring in the next 5-10 years, which I would be sad to see my friends go. Moral isn't terribly high. Employees suffered through massive lay-offs during the recession and IBM has been trying its hardest to keep its current employees by cutting benefits and being as cheap as they can in many facets of the business.


  2. "Not so great anymore"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Burlington, VT

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are great. the work in the microelectronics division is still very interesting even though they are only running older technologies on 200mm wafers

    Cons

    IBM no longer cared about the semiconductor manufacturing part of the business and transferred them to GlobalFoundries. Prior ro that there was little investment in the fab and in the employees

    Advice to Management

    Provide more direction to the employees and be more transparent with the health of the company. The employees are treated very well but sometimes need a bit more management


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT

    Pros

    Great place to work. High pay for interns, easy going yet challenging bosses. #1 -- the best.

    Cons

    none that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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  5. "Product Markting Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Burlington, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, work life balance, benefits

    Cons

    IBM is a larger enterprise organization with multiple layers of management, which can sometimes lead to confusion, uncertainty and bureaucracy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, very knowledgeable"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Burlington, VT
    Former Intern - Intern in Burlington, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, competitive pay, great environment, no overbearing management, flexible hours, willing to invest in their employees, all around great place to work

    Cons

    Can be slow at times. Some positions are not high paced at all. Things take a while to happen as it is a very large company thus projects must go through alot of people.


  7. "LTS Exploitation Joke"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Burlington, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    potentially the best wage you can find in VT with decent hours
    good benefits coverage

    Cons

    No job security
    Dead slow conversion rates
    Poorly informed management
    Lack of Ejection for weak employees
    Draining moral
    High school attitudes and environments
    lots of lazy people on shift making your job harder and the days longer
    No chance for personal improvement for anyone not inside an office *think 40 is a joke*
    No Employee investment outside of permanent staff
    3 year sentence with no job security or commitment
    can be let go with no reason
    emotionally draining
    made to feel like your fighting a wall to get converted
    made to feel like a second class citizen due to your LTS status
    Employers work scheduled makes finding work impossible
    Forced to change shift on conversion regardless of outside life
    YOUR LIFE MUST MEET THE NEEDS OF THE EMPLOYER!
    If you dont change shifts you never get converted this means COMPULSORY NIGHTS

    Advice to Management

    Sack the lot of your old boys club upper management and get the idiot who decided on a 3 year LTS contract sacked! change your hiring policy to something realistic like 8 months to 6 month hire if you want employees to stay invest INVEST INVEST in them i know its a factory but people deserve respect


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Incompetent Management / No Job Security"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Burlington, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers (non-managers) are great and support you to get the job done.

    Cons

    No Job Security. Management only looks to save their own job. No appreciation for good job if you are not the senior management favorite.

    Advice to Management

    Get a Life.


  9. "IBM company review"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very dedicated and hard working employees

    Cons

    Too many levels of management. First line managers are not generally technical.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Test operator at the IBM Burlington Test Center"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Test Lead Operator/Trainer in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Test Lead Operator/Trainer in Burlington, VT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment. When problems pop-up or developing stragies for processes, all hands on deck far as us operators engineers and management for the issue envolved. Standard works , 8-steps and Lean hashelp the process run a lot smother. Vacation and benifits are fairlly good.

    Cons

    With talks of layoffs and being sold to Global the moral could be better. Because our division has not turn a profit. Pay raises and bonuses have been fewer and far in between. Because the stress level is way down from what it was for the main reason of lot smother running process all employees about all employees are more confidant and mature in their work process never the less the evaluation one is rated to the peers in the department and the manager must come up with with a low end employee that gets put on probation and ether quick's or is let go.

    Advice to Management

    If a department or work project is firing on all cylinders means all are contributing and the lower downs is not being a drag on the top contributes. a manager should be giving the option of not putting the low end employee through the probation program.


  11. "very top heavy, slow to adapt, scared of change. reviews and mobility not based on performance"

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    Current Employee - Model Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Model Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    decent benefits, ok pay, big name looks good on resume, very good work/life balance

    Cons

    (micro electronics) no job security, no advancement opportunities, raises below inflation, horrible morale, lack of motivation, old-man stodgy culture

    Advice to Management

    pay more, clear evidence based routes for advancement, reviews based on performance, incremental promotions



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