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Updated January 6, 2019
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Proud to be an IBMer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Flexibility: You can start on a position and you can grow into in unlimited areas of expertise.
    2. Flexibility: There is no limit of learning here. Learn and grow for your lifetime.
    3. Flexibility: If you consider your family first, then IBM is your place. Get your work done off hours if you needed to take a care of family matters.

    Cons

    Can't finish learning everything you wanted in your life time. IBM is HUGE.


  2. "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    - Ability to take time off when needed / wanted
    - People are great and friendly for a lot of friendships

    Cons

    - Rochester, MN is tough to live in
    - not truthful about job opportunities

  3. "Software Development at IBM"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work schedules
    - Decent 401k match (5% + 1% auto contrib) and other benefits
    - Many locations with reasonable cost of living
    - Relaxed work environment with reasonable expectations

    Cons

    - Tools used for development are ancient
    - Not many areas working on new tech
    - Culture isn't as exciting as other large companies


  4. "Financial Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance very flexible

    Cons

    Work Content was not that great

    Advice to Management

    Have your employees feel more involved


  5. "Financial Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and work life balance.

    Cons

    Very limited oppourtunity for advancement within Rochester


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Looks good on resume
    - Flexibility
    - Casual dress
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    - Pay is below market average
    - Workload is unevenly distributed among equally paid employees
    - Job advancement is mostly horizontal (Often takes multiple role changes before you see a pay increase)
    - High turnover (talented employees leave for better opportunities)

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying employees equal salaries when their roles vary drastically based on job responsibilities, hours worked, and performance. Also, create a structure where promotions actually move employees up the ladder as opposed to horizontally


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Unfair Analyst Treatment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well-known company name, good analytics/Excel skills learned, good connections from working here

    Cons

    Cyclical work, can be boring, not any clear path to promotions - they are chosen at random and could depend on whether or not someone above you retires or goes on maternity leave. Compensation is well under the market. Employees often sit "on the bench" for several months without an assignment before getting a role.
    There is a program in place in the Rochester MN site where analysts get a higher band if they come from an East Coast school -- this is totally bogus because they are not any more qualified than the Midwest students, and they are all living in the same area so it is not cost of living adjustment. This program was started after I began, so I am simply speculating on how ridiculous it is - beware of this before starting! Overall very shady company.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear path to get promoted and be able to explain why one person gets an upgrade over another.

  8. "Great for Millenials"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some flexibility around work hours. Expected to work beyond what you're compensated for, though work/life balance is good - better than many companies. They're also trying with snacks, catered lunches, happy hours, etc - but that doesn't really appeal to the masses who are just trying to get the job done and not engage in a million activities that detract from work.

    Cons

    Management turnover is atrocious. Don't expect anyone to advocate for you, you're just a cog in the corporate machine. Anyone director level & up will likely jump (sinking?) ship within the next fiscal year, unless there's a huge turnaround.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your employees as people - they add value, they're not just "headcount" or "human resources." Though... management won't read this, as they are too busy to truly care about their employees as people.


  9. "Work Life Balance but with Drawbacks"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent PTO. Work/life balance. Flex work environment. Decent benefits. Interesting challenges for those who seek them out.

    Cons

    Overwhelming bureaucracy, deeply underpaid from market rate at this location. Raises can be very stingy. Not a growing company. Very difficult to move out of finance at this location

    Advice to Management

    Align pay closer to what the market rate is. Allow people to explore their own career paths rather than telling them what their career path is going to be.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Quality assurance engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, well put together teams.

    Cons

    No incentive to move up in the company and few opportunities to do so.


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