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IBM Haifa Reviews

Updated June 6, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 916 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 436 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to work in"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Haifa (Israel)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Haifa (Israel)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Convenient hours, highly intelligent people, interesting topics

    Cons

    Kind of grayish (in terms of office space and age) compared to Google or Facebook


  2. "Interesting work"

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Haifa (Israel)
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Haifa (Israel)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Get to work with new technologies. Good colleagues and atmosphere.

    Cons

    Below market base and bonus payments.

  3. "Contractor at IBM"

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Haifa (Israel)
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Haifa (Israel)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    IBM is a great company with lot's of opportunities and good people to work with.
    Contractors here work along with directly employed engineers in same project, which doesn't happen in most of companies that give contractors dedicated work usually not very important or interesting.

    Cons

    Being a contractor in IBM also have a disadvantages, most are in the way that IBM treats contractors (IBM as organization, not direct managers).
    As organization it has a policy that sometimes makes contractors feel like a 'second-class citizens'

    Advice to Management

    Change 'second-class citizen' policy. Contractors are part of the projects and part of IBM echo-system. So treat them accordingly


  4. "Working as a constructor"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Haifa (Israel)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Haifa (Israel)
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working hours are very comfortable. Learning a lot of new architectures and tools that IBM developed. Working with top professionals pepole. IBM is a good place to put on you resume.

    Cons

    Working as a constructor is not a good thing in IBM because you cannot advance to be IBMER. That means you cannot be a manger and the salary is lower than the other employees

    Advice to Management

    Please treat the employee as equal. Give the employee a chance to improve is status and to get to be an IBMER.


  5. "IBM HRL millimeter wave group"

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    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in Haifa (Israel)
    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in Haifa (Israel)

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

    Pros

    Very interesting projects. Extremely talented people, it is the best place to learn. Ability to research topics of interest. Great work - life balance.

    Cons

    The company does not care about the subject. No support from higher ranked management. Compensation is poor. No ability to advance career (beyond technical knowledge)


  6. "Software Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Haifa (Israel)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Haifa (Israel)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    big company which values it employes contribute. Good technology. the people are very talented. work-life balance and work from home option.

    Cons

    employes are old and no young spirit. no dynamic. food options is restriced to in place restaurant

    Advice to Management

    refresh the teams, all team employes are very old and there is no enough dynamic


  7. "Being a researcher in IBM research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Haifa (Israel)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Haifa (Israel)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Much place for innovation and creativity, you are encouraged to write academic papers. There are great people all around you.

    Cons

    There is much biocracy when you need to do something the system is not used too (and there is also much biocracy to processes such as improving business trips)

    Advice to Management

    Organize and support more out of work activities

  8. "good work-life and research-development balance"

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Haifa (Israel)
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Haifa (Israel)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team, bleeding edge research flexibility,
    good work-life and research-development balance

    Cons

    almost no bonuses besides salary


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Haifa (Israel)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Haifa (Israel)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They work on interesting projects. Working environment is good, offices not open space.
    Large number of smart people. Good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Small projects which tend to close frequently, and then you need to start hunting for a new project. Bad Cafeteria food..


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Verification Engineer in Haifa (Israel)
    Current Employee - Verification Engineer in Haifa (Israel)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I think the best thing in IBM research is the man power. I've been working there for almost 8 years and it has been a genuine pleasure. The work environment is usually very calm and most of the time very oriented (you don't get the feeling that you are all alone and not sure what to do).

    Cons

    Being a contractor employee. No where to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Need much more support in Linux. You need to provide a better support for gcc on PowerPC (basically, in terms of capabilities, gcc is no where close to being fast on Linux as Xlc is for AIX).
    I think they are making a mistake with PowerPC. Its a great processor, but its not common enough.


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