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Updated March 14, 2019
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of opportunities in new and emerging technologies and services!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IBM Services Risk and Security Leader in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - IBM Services Risk and Security Leader in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and work life integration
    Importance of Ethics
    Fit many career paths and change in career
    Corporate Services Corp program

    Cons

    Management structure but outweigh by building a network

    Advice to Management

    Practice mindfulness


  2. "Great Internship Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Rochester, MN
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot about the day-to-day experience as a software developer. Everyone was really nice and and willing to answer and questions you may have. There were opportunities to collaborate and talk to swe's all over the country remotely, so there's an abundance of knowledge to gain.

    Cons

    Housing was a bit tough to find, but I think that was more so a consequence of location.

    Advice to Management

    Allow "shadowing" days.

  3. "Great long term opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great vacation benefits
    Flexibility(depending on manager)
    Workshops and skill builders encouraged
    High levels of management push to meet Rochester employees

    Cons

    Rochester is a small city for people trying to build a family.
    Pay is low, since it's not a large city, but makes living in the Med city more difficult(high prices for social life)
    Huge overall company

    Advice to Management

    Continue to empower your employees, it's what's kept me here


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Leave While You Still Can"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have decent pay, some flexibility when it comes to working from home, and you will enjoy the company of most of your peers.

    Cons

    Even though it is decent pay, living in Rochester is very expensive so it is still difficult to save up money. There are very few opportunities to climb the ladder towards management and even though they encourage you to be open about your professional goals, they will not let you pursue them unless it benefits your manager personally. There is an extreme lack of women and the pay and opportunities are not equal (though they claim it is). They expect you to work until the job is done but there is no overtime to compensate for the 60-70 hours a week you put in. Also, the turn around on employment is higher than anywhere else in the area (most people leave within their first 1-2 years).

    Advice to Management

    When everyone constantly complains about the company and threatens to quit (including management), maybe instead of sending out a survey every year and never doing anything to address the feedback, you actually take action to correct it. FYI action does not mean making things more "Agile" by getting rid of cubicles in half the buildings and ignoring the actual problems that are making people quit.


  5. "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


  6. "Software Development at IBM"

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    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


  7. "Financial Analyst"

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    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

  8. "Financial Analyst"

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    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    • 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Unfair Analyst Treatment"

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    • 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.


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