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Updated September 2, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 900 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "IBM"

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    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).


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Letting go of Great Talent"

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    Former Employee - Presales Technical Consultant in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Presales Technical Consultant in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexibility, life/work balance, recognized name

    Cons

    lack of loyalty, short sighted, unethical

    Advice to Management

    There are individuals that have skills to take posted new positions, yet IBM continues to lay these individuals off. When a CEO takes an enormous bonus while others are losing jobs - the perception if very poor. IBM is not the company that I joined and is not one where I would want to work in its current state. Evolvement is inevitable, but loyalty and ethics are what makes a company strong and a place people want to work and stay working with for years to come. Shame on you IBM!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "They ruined my career"

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    Former Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and flexible hours to work.
    Nothing else.....

    Cons

    Too many people to conversate.
    Each individual tries to show off and pull down the others.
    Bad Mentors, there is no monitoring of how mentors are working with their Mentee.
    Too much favoritism among people.
    They do not care for employee growth.
    Useless CEO....

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to involve your employees and dont spend unnecessary money on travel, Talk to your employees more and take care of your customers and employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Content Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and smart colleagues at work

    Cons

    Very little work life balance. VPs/ GMs expect work to be done at all times and during vacations. Most senior executives only care about their bonuses. Very little collaboration, innovation and trust for employees to be agile.


  9. "PMO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great people to work with.

    Cons

    Salary was not that much, but you learn a lot.


  10. "Application/Database analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    cloud analytics mobile security social

    Cons

    hike, no talent recognition, weak management,


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