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Updated August 1, 2018
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  1. "Awesome"

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    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. Helpful (1)

    "Co-workers were awesome but the place tried to take my soul"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers were high caliber, got to learn a lot

    Cons

    Management is out of touch, they lead you on, if you are not sales then you are unimportant. R&D not respected. Especially if you are QA. Every release they play the blame game. If a bug gets out then they flay QA, even though team leads reiterate that the product is not ready and needs more time. They do not listen. Everyone they hire into Watson Health is led to believe they will work with Watson but the closest they get is using Watson's search algorithm. Bonuses are nonexistent. Good people leave and are not replaced which facilitates other attrition, stress, and teams that are too lean. The first few months I was there no one knew what to do with me and I'd sit idle too much, which I hate. There is no spare computer. If your hard drive goes, too bad, you have to send it somewhere and wait. Yeah. Also, sometimes your IP gets locked out for the day if you're on campus at RTP so you have to go home to work. I could go on but I think this is enough, when coupled to the fact that I went on a week's vacation, got back to discover that the whole wing of seats behind me (big open agile space) was empty when I returned. Yep, let go...

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the all hands meetings that are all sales goals oriented. I was in R&D and could do very little about the bottom line other than deliver awesome tech. It gets very hard to clap for the fiftieth time over some dude I don't know who sold a lot of what I MADE. Give the devs and QA a bone

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Big Blue"

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    Current Employee - Resource Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Resource Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots on internal opportunity, good people throughout the company

    Cons

    It's a big company that's been around a long time... many, many processes that at times contradict themselves.


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

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    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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work depending on area"

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    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.


  6. "Used to be Great"

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    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.


  7. "Departed IBMer"

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    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.

  8. "Software Engineer"

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    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.


  9. "Amazing company so far"

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    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


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Tough transformation"

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    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.


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