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Updated May 18, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 993 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 467 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful Intern Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Infrastructure Technician in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Infrastructure Technician in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great business and people! This opportunity helped show me what areas I needed to improve in but also showed me more of my strengths.

    Cons

    If you need micromanaging this is not the opportunity for you.


  2. "Great place to work when you aren't worried about lay offs"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to build a strong foundation in tech.

    Cons

    Seemingly annual re-org, which often leads to huge lay offs over recent years.

  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Developer Advocate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Developer Advocate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Salary
    - Fantastic learning experience
    - Great people to work with
    - Communication is paramount
    - Opportunity to develop your career

    Cons

    - Upper-level management goals sometimes are not well defined
    - Remote vs non-Remote working issue is always there
    - Healthcare options could be better


  4. "good company"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work/life balance , generous vacation time and 401 k match.

    Cons

    red tape environment, not that great health insurance options.

    Advice to Management

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  5. "Computer Scientist"

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    Former Contractor - Lead Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Lead Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Work, Technology & Colleagues

    Cons

    None that I could think of!

    Advice to Management

    Think out of the box more!


  6. "Great people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Wide variety of opportunities
    - Mentoring programs
    - Caring People
    - Work flexibility - work from home etc

    Cons

    - Too big
    - Pay package is kind of middle of the road
    - Some business units always fear layoff
    - Disconnect between leadership and employee some times

    Advice to Management

    - Improve pay
    - Improve culture by being more transparent
    - Recognize teams and not individuals


  7. "Lots of potential, way too much red tape"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has tremendous potential for its employees and customers. The breadth of products and roles that a person can hold makes the company incredibly attractive.

    Cons

    The red tape is ridiculous. After you get your manager's approval, you can place a request for pre-approval. You may need to go back and forth with the pre-approval group several times to get that part completed. Assuming your pre-approval is "approved", you can then place your request. Then you repeat your pre-approval experience. Assuming you make it through that stage, you then proceed with the expense. Once the invoice comes in, it goes through yet another round of approvals before being paid. Assuming that the process is "relatively straight forward" it may take months before you can submit your purchase. IBM's processes are out of whack. They're overly complicated. They've also forgotten that the people are the company's asset. They've gone through many RA's (euphemism for layoffs). The people left over after "surviving" the RA's feel disheartened. They no longer wonder IF they'll be laid off; they wonder WHEN they'll be laid off. Favoritism definitely plays a part of the RA process as well.

    Advice to Management

    IBM does have many talented people in management. They also have too many people in roles they are not qualified for. That doesn't mean they're bad people/employees; it means they either lack the skills or capacity for some roles. Quit making the ranks suffer through bad management in an attempt to mold someone without guidance. Either watch what happens to the area they're assigned to more closely and provide better mentors or just stop putting people in positions they just are not qualified to have.

    IBM could definitely stand to take a closer look at the tenets of the culture and make sure they are applied evenly all the way to the bottom of the organization.

  8. "Not bad for a big company"

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    Current Employee - WW Performance Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - WW Performance Marketing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Can really make a big global impact if you can get the resources aligned.

    Cons

    Tries to be fast and agile but often just running around with heads cut off .

    Advice to Management

    Get clarity on roles so individual contributors can contribute to their max.


  9. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Production management very knowledgeable. Did those things (LEAN) that made sense without making the ideas flavor of the month.

    Cons

    Old equipment. No money for investing in new equipment or new ideas.
    Owners were largely caretakers with no vision for future growth and expansion (ans subsequent growth for employees).

    Advice to Management

    Missed opportunity to make something great.


  10. "Very smart and dedicated colleagues, but the company leadership values shareholders over employees."

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    Current Employee - Executive Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of women in leadership which means voices of women on teams are included. Incredibly smart and dedicated staff. Culture of collegiality.

    Cons

    Constant churn of layoffs and shifting strategy. There is little change in leadership and new industry experts are exited out.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on industry expertise to build diversified accounts over transactional business as usual in low growth segments (hardware, software, ERP.)


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