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Updated January 9, 2019
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1080 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 522 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Durham, NC
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great respect for research students. Team was welcoming, included me in brainstorming sessions for critical issues. Assigned me reasonably challenging responsibilities for an intern.

    Cons

    Reasonably out-of-date office workspace. Poorly equipped cafeteria.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more on improving workspaces and facilities. How do the employees know that its a new IBM if it looks the same as old one?


  2. "Level 1 Analyst"

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    Former Contractor - Level I Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Contractor - Level I Analyst in Durham, NC

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Slow with giving credentials

  3. "Great company, very clever people works here"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Offering Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Offering Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team culture and good career advancement

    Cons

    NC locations are old, outdated, uninspiring

    Advice to Management

    Get marketing creative, inspiring spaces that foster teamwork


  4. "Technical Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has a lot of the pros of a big company. Good benefits, flexible working times and lots of great employees to work with. There are lots of opportunities to move around and grow your career in IBM as well!

    Cons

    The primary con was the long working hours. It was up to you how to manage them, but be aware of that going in. Also, now at IBM is their relatively new policy on layoffs, where all employees regardless of seniority get only one month's severance when the benefit for severance used to be much better for experienced employees.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "I would describe my experience with IBM so far as interesting, but precarious."

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great people. I enjoy talking to my coworkers and all IBMers. I have been able to get guidance and help from anyone I ask and it’s great.

    2. The benefits are decent as well, it depends on what you’re looking for, they could be better on the health insurance side and the profit sharing bonus side.

    3. Flexibility. You can move to a new team, organization, or role if you don’t feel like a fit in your current place, but find a new place that is better.

    4. Most teams seem to allow for a good work/life balance (although it is variable by team, my first team was pretty bad in this regard).

    Cons

    1. Management is hit or miss. I have had 3 managers so far, the first one was a nice guy, but I didn’t feel like he was interested in managing (he was more technical and only met with us once per the quarter, the minimum times, sometimes even missing that deadline). The other 2 managers have been great and really seem interested in me as a person as well as an employee making me feel like I have a chance to grow in the company.

    2. There aren’t many day-to-day soft benefits at our location. What I mean is there aren’t typical tech company comforts like free coffee or snacks and such. This isn’t a huge problem, but other companies in the industry do more in this space.

    3. Variability in how things are run from team to team and organization to organization. If you’re not on a great team or in the wrong organization at the wrong time, that might be the reason why you have stress in your job like, bad work/life balance, bad management, constant fear of layoffs, etc.


  6. "great work culture"

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    Current Contractor - QA Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Contractor - QA Engineer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    great company to work for..

    Cons

    nothing major. salary can be given more


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Software Developer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, knowledgeable managers, environment that encouraged learning

    Cons

    HR was disorganized at times

    Advice to Management

    Better help with finding housing

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Work here at your own risk. Bullying, harassment and layoffs every quarter are the social norm."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None for Software Engineering people or their management. Salary is acceptable but doesn’t help with the other issues

    Cons

    Zero autonomy if a first or second line manager. Who has budget? No one know. Lay-offs every quarter. Massive outsourcing. No opportunity for technical advancement. Old technology, command and control management. The good leaders quit or are laid off

    Advice to Management

    None. Jump ship now it’s never changing.


  9. "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Customer Success Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Success Manager in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some brilliant people work here

    Cons

    Salaries not competitive
    Little respect for employees
    Policies, red tape, lack of funding make it difficult to engage and satisfy clients


  10. "Staff Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    competitive pay, decent work environment, opportunities to learn new skills are plentiful.

    Cons

    benefits are lackluster, with expensive health insurance. Most buildings on campus are outdated and offer few amenities, though some spaces have been renovated.


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