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Updated July 18, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1011 reviews)

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  1. "Great Paid Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You're treated like a member of the team for the duration of your project and the pay for an internship is amazing. People who work there are the most normal/relaxed geniuses I've ever met.

    Cons

    I can't remember anything I didn't love about the experience. The only con was that I let my team down with one of my research papers and felt like I blew it for my chance at a full-time position in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Providing some guidelines for success to interns at the start of the internship might be useful, but I think maybe this is a team-by-team thing


  2. "IBM Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working employees. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Unclear corporate strategy, cloud strategy is challenged.

    Advice to Management

    Increase investment in innovation and clarify cloud strategy.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't overstay"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy access to training
    Opportunities to manage exciting projects
    Great teams and the ability to work globally
    Strong name recognition world wide
    Great 401K match

    Cons

    Every day you are one day closer to being laid off
    Salary does not keep up with marketplace
    Constant churn of management team

    Advice to Management

    No....there is little interest in employee feedback


  4. "Better opportunities"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's some decent job security, depending on your position.

    Cons

    Salary increases are hard to get. You often have to jump through hoops and prove yourself to your management team, which often can change and leave you starting at the beginning again to prove yourself. The salary band structure is confusing.


  5. "401k Match End of Year Only"

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    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The 401k and employee stock plan is competitive.

    Cons

    The company matches one time per year on the last business day of the calendar year. If you leave mid-year, you lost your match.


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    "Watson Health is good. Low rating seems to be from old IBM divisions."

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Less politics. Code code code.
    - Build and develop everything from scratch.
    - Real impact in healthcare (industry leader in GxP cloud).
    - Decent new stacks especially in Big Data area.
    - Robust & well-built automation platform.
    - Microservice design.
    - Agile & small team.
    - Slack, latest macbook series, brand new building, open office.
    - Stellar engineers.
    - Many top engineers join Watson Health from other IBM division. This tells a lot.
    - Relatively young and new fast-paced environment.
    - The project many times mentioned by Ginni in tech talks.
    - You feel important and have a rewarding contribution.

    Feels like a growing startup inside tech giant.
    Does not feel like traditional IBM.
    We hate traditional IBM.
    We moved on.
    Join Watson Health.

    Cons

    - No free food.
    - Pay is flat standard in Cambridge - behind G, FB, APPL, AMZ by far.
    - Still seeing old-timers IBM zombies with thinkpad and sametime messenger roaming around every once in a while. Frusrating.
    - The way we conduct all-hands meeting, review, training, paperworks, at many times are still very old-school despite new engineering tools invested.

    Again, the biggest downside is the IBM general outlook.
    We suffer a lot from this.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve the culture, invest more on people.


  7. "IBM Summit Intern"

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    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

  8. 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


  9. "Big Blue!"

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    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.


  10. "Administrative Assistant"

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    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.


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