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Updated June 19, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1011 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 474 reviews)

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  1. "Glad to be an IBMer!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been working for the Big Blue for 6 months. This period gave me plenty of opportunities to see how it looks from within. This is a truly fantastic company to work for! Tons of opportunities for developing your career and also your skills and knowledge base. People work very well together, in peace and harmony, and they are very helpful if you need advice or help. Your work is appreciated. This company is a bliss compared to all those I worked for in the past 20 years.

    Cons

    I have not seen any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going! Great job!


  2. "Run fast, run far"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, you can come in when you want, you get to work with very intelligent people.

    Cons

    Huge company who always wants you to move all over the country to get hired, management promotes 'empowerment' all the time but hides behind the corporate curtain and is absent if you need help with a problem. Layoffs occur every quarter, mostly more experienced workers who cost more, our department would bet every quarter who was getting axed, no raises. CYA is played daily, managers will set you up to fail so they can keep their job. Will they ever come put of their hiring freeze? Probably not. This was seriously the worst company I've worked for, that I had to move for. NOTHING I was promised to get me there was given or even attempted. I would have given a lower score if it was possible.

    Advice to Management

    If you're laying off workers every quarter to stay in the black, that way of saving money isn't working for this company. Figure out REAL ways of staying profitable for your shareholders, start learning and practicing that empowerment that management keeps promoting to the new people coming in. Tell them what's really going to happen once they're onboarded, they can expect to work on a little island where no one helps, no has time to help, instead of telling them how much they'll learn.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Meh"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, Interesting work, Room to grow

    Cons

    Lacking many of the unnecessary, but nice to have benefits that a lot of other Tech companies in the Bay Area offer. (e.g. Free Lunch)


  4. "Data Scientist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Data Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Data Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    nice project, work with smart people(mostly phds in research center), get to work with advanced techniques, freedom to do what you think can increase the performance

    Cons

    a bit not structured as a project

    Advice to Management

    professional product manager could be useful


  5. Helpful (1)

    "It depends."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has some smart people and good opportunities that will bolster your resume. Good projects are extremely interesting and will have you at the forefront of innovation.

    Cons

    Life is extremely variable. It is tough to schedule things, know what your hours will be like, or even know what projects will be available and what skills you will build down the road. Oftentimes, your experience depends on luck. Unfortunately, many people are caught in bad situations and find it very difficult to get out.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to nurture talent better


  6. "IBM Appriciates Data Scientists"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoy teaching data science to other IBMers in IBM

    Cons

    Data Scientists are not paid competitive rates

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the amazing data scientists you have working for you


  7. "IBM"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist
    Current Employee - Data Scientist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Friendly peers. Friendly managers.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Leader lacks vision.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Long Con- stay away"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It pays money so you won't starve to death.

    Cons

    The position that I unfortunately accepted is not what I signed up for. I have no career growth and I am forgetting what I knew technically. I am being switched to another project after 6 months from when I started and it is very hard to get another project.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure people are not overqualified. Or make the work less terrible.


  9. "Nice Summer in North Castle"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Data Scientist in Armonk, NY
    Current Intern - Data Scientist in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    1. Mentor gives me great support
    2. Colleagues are nice
    3. Great learning source
    4. Nice team

    Cons

    1. Coffee is not that good

    Advice to Management

    Better coffee


  10. "Great Company with Awesome benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefit package for LGBT+. Great programs specifically for minority groups: Women, LGBT, Minority Men, etc. to help advance your career in a white male dominated culture.

    Cons

    Working long hours is pretty typical

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.