IBM Reviews in Durham, NC | Glassdoor

IBM Durham Reviews

Updated May 9, 2018
110 reviews

Filter

Filter

Durham, NC

3.6
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
IBM CEO Virginia Rometty
Virginia Rometty
41 Ratings

110 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 993 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 467 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Awesome"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Early Stage Specialist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Early Stage Specialist in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Decdicated at expanding their employees knowledge

    Cons

    Resources can a little better


  2. "Overall, IBM tries to be a design-friendly company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive pay. Design-centric culture with brand new design studios.

    Cons

    Slow product development process and layers of upper management that never stay aligned. High turnover makes you an little uneasy.

    Advice to Management

    Allow designers to spend more time getting work done, rather than advocating for work that needs to be done.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work depending on area"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are in an area where IBM is investing (speaking from engineering perspective), IBM can be a great place to work. My area is using the latest technologies like Node.js, New Relic, GitHub, etc. and we have a lot of autonomy to implement services the way we want. The benefits package is one of the best I know of in the industry. There is also a lot of flexibility on hours and ability to work from home. IBM is so big

    Cons

    There can be a lot of red tape and bureaucracy to navigate at IBM, so you have to have some patience with that.


  4. "Used to be Great"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't think of any. Sorry.

    Cons

    People became cogs in the wheel. Mass firings to meet profit objectives and to hire new skills. Low morale. Missed the boat on several technologies. How sad for this once great company.

    Advice to Management

    I have none.


  5. "Departed IBMer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees often have fierce loyalty to IBM. Sometimes it deserves it; it attempts to be a value-based company on the whole. It has continued to lead in technology for over a century, which is rare.

    Cons

    IBM can take the talent and loyalty it has (both from within and from customers) for granted at times. It discovered it could lay off its employees in the 1990's and it has gotten carried away with the practice. Colleagues have been saying "it's not fun anymore" lately.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of all your employees; not just the stars.


  6. "Software Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low pressure, flexible hours. My current position involves working in open-source projects - so I learn from and work with people outside IBM too.

    Cons

    Manager is very hands-off and usually not technical. Boring place to work. IBM isn't agile as much as it claims to embrace agile development - developers tend to work very isolated from one another.


  7. "Amazing company so far"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Procurement Intern in Durham, NC
    Current Intern - Procurement Intern in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great work culture
    -Long paid vacations

    Cons

    -There don't seem to be a lot of promotions
    -Decreasing revenues generate instability

    IBM Response

    Jul 17, 2017 – VP, Communications

    Hi, thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I think you'd be interested in knowing that about 20,000 IBMers last year either took on new roles and/or were promoted. So in fact, there is a good... More

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Tough transformation"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of different opportunities, great people

    Cons

    Things changing at a fast pace, hard to keep up, trowing away the baby with the bath water.

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw away things that were being done right. Be yourself and don't just copy what others are doing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Computer Operations IHG"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operator in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Operator in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technologies and compensation with advancement

    Cons

    Management could be more concerned

    Advice to Management

    What goes around comes around


  10. "IBM hates doing software development in the US"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is still a great name to have on your resume. They do some pretty cool projects, and you learn to work hard at IBM. For some people, things turn out really well at IBM if they get the right first project.

    Cons

    Projects are chronically understaffed. It's hard to get a good assignment. It seems the best work is hand-picked for certain people. YMMV, but the company is not interested in developing you. They will keep you in the same assignment for a long time, and make it very hard to transfer. In my case, I did a stint as a Support person. I then applied to a Development proper position (which I had done previously). I started out doing Development, but in less than 2 months, Support duties were added to my job, and then my job became that almost 100%. After years at that job working hard, I transferred to a new job, and I noticed that once again, I wasn't allowed to go to a Development proper position, they wanted me to do same job again!!! Even though there was plenty of Development work to do on my new team, they would rather keep the project understaffed and behind schedule, than to hire one more ready and willing developer to help out, and go out of their way to keep me in a position I no longer wanted to perform.

    Advice to Management

    If you're employee says they want to do Development, is qualified for it, and is tired of doing the same thing for years, take it seriously. Also, don't allow customer to open support tickets as backdoor Consulting requests. Your support personnel are not consultants!! There is a separate fee for that. It is incredibly unfair


Showing 110 of 37,740 reviews
Reset Filters