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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1045 reviews)

  • "low salary slow complex not competetive" (in 484 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to gain experience."

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    Former Intern - Design Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Design Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The company is very demanding which pushes you to learn and live a knowledge fulfilling life.

    Cons

    Some times a bit of extra time is needed to complete your work.

    Advice to Management

    Numbers aren't everything. But will to work and be effective is.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great learning experience, but slow career progression/salary compensation growth."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logic Design Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Logic Design Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and flexible work environment. Number of vacation days is a plus. Working on cutting edge technology. Lots of opportunities to learn new skills.

    Cons

    My biggest complaint is they're pretty stingy giving out raises/bonuses unless you happen to be an executive. Don't see how they can reward themselves with raises when the company has had declining revenue 20+ quarters. Plus layoffs don't really give me confidence in job security.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive about recognizing good, local talent and reward them.

  3. "Physical Design Engineer at IBM"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physical Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Physical Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Very challenging work environment. In house tools are good to use.

    Cons

    Not that many opportunity to sign up in lead position if you are new bee.


  4. "Happy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Physical Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Physical Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, great place to learn from the pros.

    Cons

    Dinosaur, things change slowly around here. not using industry standard tools


  5. "Pay and working conditions ok"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chip Design Engineer in Fishkill, NY
    Former Employee - Chip Design Engineer in Fishkill, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay rates, payed training, good working conditions, good opportunities to expand through out the business, different locations to transfer to if you have to move

    Cons

    After 20 years of service there were pay cuts including the loss of my pension and other benefits, it was recently bought out


  6. "Great Flexibility, No Moving Up"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - amazing daily flexibility
    - no micro-management
    - a lot of vacation time
    - great team, good co-workers

    Cons

    difficult situation where IBM was looking to sell the division
    - communication about the sale was not great, a lot of rumors and little heard from above


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Bad managment that relies on smoke and mirrors"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Design Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Design Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule but expect to work much more than 40 hours a week. If a new hire they will treat you better for awhile until the favorites are chosen and the next batch come in.

    Cons

    Below average pay for above average work load. No pay raises for several years in a row. Raise have been below CPI since Gerstner left. Lower level management is very political and petty. Upper level management completely clueless. They think being a "me too" company will lead to profits.

    Advice to Management

    They need to take of advantage of the internal innovation instead of try to follow what their paid consultants are telling them is the hottest trend in the industry.

  8. "Staff Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Well establish work environment.
    Have a well functional units of business.
    Hold numerous patents in semiconductor, computer.
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Low salary
    Lost momentum in the computer world
    Behind in new technology

    Advice to Management

    Thinking about new trend of development, new products.
    Trim mid-range management levels


  9. "Hardware Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Durham, NC

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, generous sick leave

    Cons

    slow decision making, too many layers


  10. "IBM and the other old guard companies"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Design Verification Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Verification Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have been in business for a very long time, have re-invented themselves repeatedly in order to stay relevant, and they are relevant still. They are also very DEEP and forward thinking in terms of technology, still have one of the cutting edge semiconductor research capabilities along with software as well. No they aren't always as sexy as the latest valley social media knockoff startup but are still, in my mind, as an engineer, pretty solid

    Cons

    They are a LARGE company, and you do have to spend some time figuring out how to navigate within the organization. Due to their size they can sometimes be. I worry a bit because like many other tech companies, they undervalue doing development domestically at times and are under pressure to streamline in areas where I think in the long term could be leaders