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IBM Minnesota Reviews

Updated June 8, 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 896 reviews)

  • Long hours required during peak work periods (in 432 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Power Systems"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisorty Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Advisorty Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Relaxed dresscode.

    Cons

    Used to have more flexibility as to where you worked; that's going away.
    Salary / Bonuses - falling behind.
    Company is being managed to maintain profit margin while revenues have declined for 5+ years. That means each quarter people are cut, salaries never go up more than a percent, and there are insufficient resources to bring new products to market in a reasonable amount of time.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the Power systems group to somebody who cares.


  2. "IBM Loosing Strength and Direction"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work week. Work/Family balance is valued.

    Cons

    Upper management has become very disconnected and disorganized. No longer values its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Honor IBM core values.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Downhill Slide"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good name to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Required co-location, low salaries, poor advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch co-location


  4. "Development Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of work, lots of interesting work.

    Cons

    Landing a job after your contract ends is a tough process.

    Advice to Management

    There are soft skills and hard skills in management, hard skills are easy to gauge and there is no measure for identifying those much needed and valued soft skills.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Inductory Programs Staff Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary important work self fulfillment

    Cons

    very long hours lack of appreciation no job security

    Advice to Management

    There has been a serious decline in management direction.


  6. "Great place for new worker, not much else room for anyone else"

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

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

    Pros

    Solid entry level pay
    Adding the IBM name to your resume
    They offer much education training and development programs to their employees

    Cons

    Management seems to forget how to effectively communicate with their coworkers
    Long and demanding hours that often require you to work often from home--even on your vacation days

    Advice to Management

    Put people in charge that see the social aspect of work and not just the financial. The work space was not comforting


  7. "Mediocre"

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

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

    Pros

    - Depending on team, can be low stress with good work life balance. Flex time and work from home are nice benefits.
    - Generally pretty good culture. People try to help each other and there isn't much backstabbing.

    Cons

    - Depending on area, things are in flux and management will constantly being changing priorities.
    - Quality of engineers is questionable in general. No technical questions are asked during interviews, so you can get hired without really knowing how to code.
    - Flat or pathetic increases in salary.
    - Not much room for advancement since everyone has 20 and 30 years of seniority.

    Advice to Management

    Have better standards for your engineers --you'll only lose money by cheaping out on them. Try to encourage merit over simple seniority. Just because someone has worked there for 10-15 years doesn't mean you should stop paying attention to their performance.

  8. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits
    Lots to learn there
    Mentoring others
    Working remotely

    Cons

    Management
    Always target on your back for layoffs
    Asked to work 120%
    Had to make up time for vacation and holidays so time would be at 120%
    Arranged quarterly "summit of innovation days" where you were required to work 8 hours without extra pay, but billed client

    Advice to Management

    Treat people better. Treat them as a person, not a number . I won't recommend working there to anyone.


  9. "Customer rngineet"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SSR - Support Services Representative in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - SSR - Support Services Representative in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Different problems everyday so it stays interesting , lots of flexibility .

    Cons

    Level 2 support is over seas and very hard to understand and seems like they just follow a script. Pay increases are few and far between .

    Advice to Management

    Need to stay in the hardware business. Need to be able to understand our support when we need help


  10. "Cost, cost, cost"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Program Director in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of career options and a great collection of employees willing to help and focused on the customer.

    Cons

    Too much focus on cost cutting, not enough investment in the future. There are too many layers of management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Focus on what the customers need, not the shareholders. It's the customers that pay the bills, not the shareholders.


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