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  1. "It was nice working with IBM"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home option improved productivity as it provides flexibility to work with globally located team. Supportive teams to help you board on to the project

    Cons

    All the processes are slow including the hiring process. The reason for it I believe is being a huge company.


  2. "Good place to get on resume, not as good for experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - IT Specialist in Dublin, OH
    Current Intern - IT Specialist in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Big name
    -Good people and coworkers
    -As an internship, having this name on resume got me about 7 times the amount of call backs for first interviews
    -Have never had a negative experience with coworkers

    Cons

    -Poor organization
    -Constant Reorganizations
    -Extremely bureaucratic
    -Frequent layoffs (interns and new-hires are usually excluded)
    -Have "hiring freezes" where all interviews are terminated. This can be annoying while in the process of looking for a full-time position

    Advice to Management

    Understand what products you're making. Many organizations do not know how to organize themselves and upper management seem to just ignore the dysfunctional on lower levels. I have heard developers trash talking their own products they happen to be working on.


  3. "Avoid the Dublin/Columbus, Ohio office if you value your sanity!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Terrific benefits. Keep your eyes and ears open for good projects and teams. They are rare and will ultimately define your experience at IBM.

    Cons

    I worked at the Dublin/Columbus, Ohio office close to two years in software group (SWG), before calling it quits, and this is what I observed. My "manager" tried everything in his hands to see you squirm and needed any excuse to criticize you. He was not at all interested in your professional growth and very interested in running a sweatshop. I told him I was going to apply internally for jobs (which more closely aligned with my interests and experiences), and he told me that that would negatively impact my performance review and asked that I not return in the new year (2015), hence why I quit. Under my manager he had a few senior leads. My senior lead was equally unhelpful, and had absolutely no professional etiquette (back talk, backroom plotting, etc...). The Dublin, Ohio office is more like a clique, where one is rewarded more by how well one can play the games thrown at them from management, and not by the quality of your work.

    The way, both, the manager and senior lead conducted themselves in and around the office created an extremely toxic environment.

    My manager did not have the courtesy to conduct my exit interview or give me the results of it. I learned through another manager about a week later of my results.

    I am convinced that this is strictly a problem in the Dublin, Ohio (or Columbus, Ohio) office. If you apply to IBM, please, please, please, do your sanity a huge favor and do not apply to Dublin, Ohio or Columbus, Ohio.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Management in Dublin/Columbus, Ohio:

    Focus on manager training for managers. Value the skills people bring to the table. Respect one another. Listen to one another. Help one another.


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  5. "Re-building"

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    Former Employee - Executive, Sales in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Executive, Sales in Dublin, OH
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with top talent and innovative solutions in a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    The complexity and size of the company has challenged the growth and success of IBM. The company has faltered in their ability to maintain top talent that have either left or fallen through the cracks.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to maintain a laser focus on the most innovative and differentiating solutions, i.e.Watson, data, mobility, cloud and security and do not let the peripheral issues, bureacracy and complexity get in the way of innovation, flexibility and success. Re-build a culture of trust, collaboration and a model for leadership.


  6. "Software Developer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of smart people that are willing to help you learn.
    Everyone is very helpful.
    Ability to work on big important projects that can have a huge impact on the World.
    The people around you want to see you succeed and want to help.

    Cons

    You can get lost in such a big company. It's hard to not feel like a small person in a large machine.
    Not much leadership from management, but there are others around that can help teach you the in's and out's on the company.

    Advice to Management

    Pay special attention to your new-hires.
    Focus on the future, not just making your system work. Think about how can this change the way we do business?


  7. "Good Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Dublin, OH
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work experience
    People are helpful and with good knowledge

    Cons

    No interactions with other interns
    No benefits other than salary


  8. "Outdated and old Dinosaur"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees are the best technical people I have met and are rewarded by being RA'D (Layoffs).

    Cons

    They will just throw anyone in as First Line Management. As far as advancement I didn't see that much. As least that is what I had experienced.

    Advice to Management

    At least in my experience Management should quit hitting the bar across the street and actually get to know and listen to all your employees.


  9. "Too big"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities in various organizations and locations

    Cons

    Too big, too many things going on. Too much duplication, too many rules.

    Advice to Management

    break apart


  10. "Collection of acquired companies"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Technical Writer in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Lead Technical Writer in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Name recognition, international company, decent pay

    Cons

    Too many acquired companies make up a disjointed corporation with no consistency.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tell employees they have a career when all they really have is a job.


  11. "entirely depends on where you are at"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility, good opportunity for movement

    Cons

    Penny wise, pound foolish. Very poor management decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Do what it takes to keep key personnel. Don't get cheap and try to do with inferior talent.



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