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Updated March 23, 2017
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  1. "IBM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Innovative company if working for Watson
    Decent work life balance

    Cons

    Job lay offs due to outsourcing
    Low compensation


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    "Poorly executed digital strategy but some pockets of innovation and growth"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Program Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly challenging to execute on a truly global scale; resources and tools unmatched in most companies, pockets of expertise in almost everything

    Cons

    Corporate mandates are often un-nuanced and damaging to business lines, digital infrastructure does not work well, lack of a coherent digital marketing vision

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the business units, restructure CHQ to align to business strategy, and stop with one size fits all mandates and inflexible systems.


  3. "Good work, tough environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, always keep you very busy, they have a flexible schedule were your schedule is only required to overlap "core" time.

    Cons

    Appraisal mechanism based on percentages and peer competition causes frequent "back stabbing" and restricts cooperation, micro management reduces desire to be creative and proactive

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to work together to achieve more instead of continuous competition between groups due to fear. Groups don't work well together because everyone is afraid of getting cut.


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  5. "Shrinking Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Very easy to work remote. Work life balance is very good. If your not in the US market you could be in a growing division.

    Cons

    Poor work atmosphere. Constant resource actions. Management heavy. 17 straight quarters with revenues drop.


  6. "Good First Job"

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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

    -laid-back environment
    -Great place to learn the ins and outs of the finance world

    Cons

    -poor pay
    -slower then anticipated job growth


  7. "software test engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers as long as you wanted to work. and not advance quickly.

    Cons

    Corporate culture in that you were useful if you went along with everything regardless of being appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Be more human and not autobots.


  8. "Associate intern - Technical Operations"

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    Former Intern - TechnicalAssociate in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Intern - TechnicalAssociate in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Setting up, configuring, and maintaining virtual machines, working on technologies like SQL, Oracle, Mainframe, Web sphere etc.
    • Customize different functionalities as per Business Requirement, Understanding the customers on-going business operation flow across various client locations

    Cons

    • System analysis, bug fixing, testing and maintenance.


  9. "Financial Analyst Co-op"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Rochester, MN
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Rochester, MN
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a great workplace environment, everyone around you is always willing to help out with any questions you may have. They have excellent managers who always encourage you to talk to them about future goals and career paths so they can point you in the right direction. Also, work is very flexible, you can almost always work remote if something comes up.

    Cons

    There is almost too much downtime. The schedule is based on the beg/end weeks of the month so in the mean time you're pretty much not doing anything. In addition, the work is very dry, a lot of accounting and almost no team interaction.


  10. "Service Delivery"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coon Rapids, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coon Rapids, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team of people to work with

    Cons

    Due to constant layoffs everyone in survival mode.

    Advice to Management

    Return to customer support and employee appreciation


  11. "It's not your father's IBM anymore (sometimes in a good way)"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. If you're willing to travel and keep up with the demand to have your billing percentage up you'll gain a lot of valuable experience. There's always room to learn new skills and apply them in a project.

    Cons

    Long hours depending on the assignment. Travel can wear you out, so look for opportunities within IBM to remain valuable and be billable. Depending on your assignment, work-life balance may not equate.

    Advice to Management

    The biggest issue I've seen is hiring people and not providing adequate training before sending them on assignment to be billable. Instead of spending a week of on-boarding, give four weeks depending on what they will be used for. The extra three weeks would be used for classroom training to provide extra training before sending into the field.



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