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IBM Cambridge Reviews

Updated April 5, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 983 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 465 reviews)

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  1. "Big Blue!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They really invest in and value their new talent. Excellent position for professional growth.

    Cons

    There is great team cohesion, but lots of disagreements between different internal stakeholders.


  2. "IBM Summit Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summit Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Summit Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comp
    Work/Life
    Company Events
    Location
    Diverse group on interns

    Cons

    Can be a lot of dow-time
    Summit program and Intern managers had zero collaboration

    Advice to Management

    Summit Program had great structure
    Intern managers were slow to integrate interns into team

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The new IBM?"

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

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

    Pros

    fast pace, learn alot, access to educational opportunities

    Cons

    salary, you are a number, IBM is viewed as legacy, lack of decision making

    Advice to Management

    make decisions and accept the ramifications of those decisions


  4. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workplace and people, free coffee, free snacks, free lunch at times. Good Salary, benefits.

    Cons

    under valued as part of the global administrative team, no parking at Binney Street office, treated differently than all the other IBMers who have flexible work life balance options.


  5. "Great company to grow"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great research areas and ideas ongoing in Watson.

    Cons

    This is a large corporation, so there are some challenges that may come naturally with such large organizations.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Partner"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Cambridge, MA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - a lot of great people still around, although the cull of senior resources is relentless
    - when multiple IBM brands work well together, the depth and breadth of what can be offered to clients is unmatched

    Cons

    - "What have you done for me yesterday?" Working for IBM these days feels more like contracting
    - Where is Watson?
    - Marketing slogans posturing as strategy


  7. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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