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Updated April 8, 2017
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  1. "Great company and good values"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There's plenty to do, and plenty of growth when you're innovative.

    Cons

    Budget cuts come to often.

    Advice to Management

    Help to grow skills and encourage it, don't just dump it on a website and expect all to follow. The amount of content can be overwhelming for someone new.


  2. "Still new but liking it so far"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of on the job training. Assigned a mentor to get up to speed with the current project. Apparently a lot of fluidity between teams if you want or need a change. Only been here for a month but it's looking really good so far

    Cons

    Might be personal but when my mentor is out of the office it's hard to get guidance on what we need to be doing. The training documentation is a little outdated. Lots of hunting for tidbits of information.

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. "Information Developer"

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer/Information Developer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Writer/Information Developer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic maternity benefits and support
    - Flexibility to work from home when needed.
    - Full benefits with reasonable vacation

    Cons

    - Projects can be chaotic with limited resources
    - Difficult to earn promotions or band level increases
    - Career opportunities require applying to other divisions within IBM. It is difficult for growth within the same division.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize or highlight opportunities within team so that team is not short-staffed when workers leave for opportunities in other divisions because personal career growth is not possible within current division.


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  5. "IBM setting the bar?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working from home is a plus. Work life balance

    Cons

    Promotional opportunities are limited gor a company of this size

    Advice to Management

    Second line management interactions should increase.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Diversity in the workplace is excellent.

    Cons

    Limitted opportunity for growth in RTP. Salary not always competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Equality in career development at all levels. Management training for administrative positions.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Fresh from college? Avoid IBM!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - STSM in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - STSM in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not much to write home about except that there are some very talented people at IBM. Some groups still allow WFH. I have worked here for 20+ years so there must have been something good but hard to quantify.

    Cons

    Good for top executives and 2% employees. Others are just going through the motions. No clear direction. Even the much touted Watson is bleeding money. Mobile strategy is non existent other than the Apple partnership. Cloud is struggling - most people don't have a clue on how to compete with AWS or Azure. Management identifies some people as worthy and keeps paying them all the perks. Lately, I have seen a lot of average techies become STSMs.

    Advice to Management

    IBM is not Google, Apple, Amazon, SAS, or FB. IBM is not even in the list of young college hires wish list. Pay the current employees well and change policies so the new young talent feels proud to work for IBM. Just look at the HR files for how many young college hires quit IBM before their 4th anniversary. Respect the ones who work here and the image will improve.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Culture change"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place for early career learning, both on the job and company sponsored education. Lots of opportunity to grow responsibilities and your career. Somewhat flexible work arrangements have been ratcheted back recently, but lots of options still exist.

    Cons

    Personnel management is terrible at middle and executive levels. All the focus is on business drivers / metrics, Too much pressure on short-term financial goals for personnel managers to spend time with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at how IBM managers used to work with their employees and pull a bit of compassion from the past ways of doing business. As we used to say, "Take care of your people and the business will take care of itself".


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Component Storage Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Will allow you to advance

    Cons

    Will lay off with poor severance


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with a lot expected of you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - 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

    -The company is aligning their mission very strategically with the cloud, so the future of the company looks good.
    - Flexible hours so you are able to go to the Dr's, dentist, or whatever errands you need to run

    Cons

    -Long hours are expected from you after 2 years or so
    -Not many incentives to keep the employees happy during/after the work day
    -They are moving away from having remote workers, so working from home a couple days a week is a long shot without a good excuse


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting projects, very corporate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Not too stressful
    People are (mostly) friendly

    Cons

    Overly corporate
    Very repetitive routine
    Not much interaction with other employees

    Advice to Management

    Give back to employees more. A free fruit on their birthday (assuming they have proof it's their birthday) doesn't cover it.


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