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Updated May 21, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 993 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "IBM is a great place to work and have a career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Southbury, CT
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Southbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many Locations around the US and the World
    Many different types of jobs - not all are I/T
    Competitive Salaries and Benefits in job market
    Trying to become more agile and collaborative every day
    Lots of educational opportunities
    Room for advancement and growth if employee shows desire and initiative
    Work life programs, exercise incentives, etc
    Good checks and balances with management in place
    Pushing for use of newer technologies and Cloud

    Cons

    Getting better but still too many processes at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to attract new talent - especially continue the Summer intern volume that we just experienced this past Summer (for the first time in eons) - with ability to offer full time jobs upon graduation. We need to hire more resources in the US and this seems to be the best/easiest way to do it now in IBM.


  2. "IBM Services"

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    Current Employee - Vice President IBM Services in Southbury, CT
    Current Employee - Vice President IBM Services in Southbury, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative technology, global reach, clients insights, focused on a positive impact for the world

    Cons

    resources management, job offshoring, short term financial driven decisions

    Advice to Management

    Take a longer term view on the IT transformation. Focus more on truly driving client experience and satisfaction

  3. "Once a great company..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Director in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some brilliant people. Solid strategies. Competitive comp. Incredible legacy.

    Cons

    Finance runs the company. CEO has surrounded herself with "yes" people. Long term employees are thought less of than new hires. Culture has dissolved.

    Advice to Management

    Culture once made the company great.


  4. "Good benefits, great people"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, flexibility working environment

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate political structure


  5. "Delivery Project Exec"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southbury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southbury, CT

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

    Pros

    Work from home, was able to work various opportunity's becoming a versatile asset accross multiplatform at one of our top 3 accounts.

    Cons

    It is not the old school Big Blue it was 15 20 years ago, the culture has changed.

    Advice to Management

    Look back on IBM's glory days producing results on a consistent basis to what drove our results


  6. "Depends of the Project One is Working on"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Information Technology Intern in Southbury, CT
    Former Intern - Information Technology Intern in Southbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    Work with global teams, highly experienced coworkers

    Cons

    Low compensation, transportation, fewer events, location

    Advice to Management

    Don't send interns to the Southbury location. It's extremely inconvenient.


  7. "Application Developer Intern, Summer of 2017"

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    Former Intern - Applications Developer in Southbury, CT
    Former Intern - Applications Developer in Southbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The environment is much more casual than I was expected - Almost nobody wears ties outside of the Corporate Headquarters. Even then, I only saw a few.

    They trust you with a Thinkpad(or Mac) from day one, and after first-time setup, you can work from almost anywhere(Although, in-office is preferred). The keyboards on the Thinkpads are phenomenal.

    The company as a whole is moving towards more Agile methodologies. I wasn't stuck in a cubicle, and my team all sat together.

    Everyone is reachable by Slack or Sametime. Many executives are willing to talk with you if they have the time.

    Lots of opportunities to learn. Think40 has plenty of free learning modules available, and workshops for different technologies are held.

    If you work well, and communicate with your managers, you can discuss continued-employment internships. Not guaranteed, but I know several of my coworkers negotiated this successfully.

    All of my coworkers were fantastic.

    Cons

    With my batch of interns, there was a bit of a mixup with people's titles and job responsibilities. I got the better end of the stick (hired as Tech Support, worked as a developer for Corporate Applications), but some of the people studying engineering in some capacity (Computer Science, Information Systems, IT Management) were doing more HR-related work like making PowerPoint presentations for other office's Workday transition.

    Some of the intern-focused events were a bit too spread out - Things like Design Thinking workshops, Agile group training, etc. Part of this is because of differing start dates, but I would have preferred these events to have been closer together.

    Some managers are better than others.

    Some of the technologies used are outdated, or on the way out. I doubt they'll replace Lotus Notes anytime soon, and Sametime Connect is being slowly phased out for Slack.

    Documentation on stuff like LotusScript and the equivalent operations in Serverside Javascript is very barebones, due to its internal nature.

    Advice to Management

    Be more consistent with, and better communicate work duties and job roles. Concentrate new-hire activities into waves.

  8. "IBM"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Southbury, CT
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Southbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Health Care Benefits package options. Generous 401K contributions from the Company. Stock Purchase plan available. Leading edge Technology company that is making a difference in the world, which you can actually see and read about.

    Cons

    Global workforce, which means you might not ever meet your manager or other members on your team, which means you would need to set up a scheduled call just to talk. Not enough focus on educating the employees for the job they need to perform.

    Advice to Management

    When dealing with a global workforce, take into consideration all aspects of your teams, some might work from home (although this is changing), and not be informed of all meetings going on. More communication is needed, and guidance to employees (regardless of how many years in the company they have).


  9. "IT Specialist"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Southbury, CT
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Southbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work culture and people

    Cons

    Pay is not as competitive


  10. "Acquired by IBM during an outsourcing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer Tech Lead in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Developer Tech Lead in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, ability to transfer to other locations.

    Cons

    Company so big, you are just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Should pay typical industry bonuses.


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