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Updated February 14, 2017
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 778 reviews)

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  1. "Company on the decline"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, work life balance, and still quite a few good people working there.

    Cons

    - Layoff rumors are constant, and come to fruition at least annually.
    - Benefits cost more and provide less every year.
    - All decisions based on quarterly finances
    - As pieces of the business are bought and sold, corporate identity is unclear

    Advice to Management

    Focus on quality of the product/service, and taking care of your people. Quit being penny wise and dollar foolish


  2. "Cost, cost, cost"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  3. "software test engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Software Engineering Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM had a great work/life balance. Hours were flexible and working from home was a nice option. There are tons of opportunities within IBM and it was easy to network with other departments/locations/roles.

    Cons

    IBM is going through a lot of internal changes, so lots of teams got moved/shifted around. My team had only 4 people on it when I started my internship. Partway through, we got combined into a new team of 12. There was always news of products being dropped or moved to a new location and also news of acquisitions or new products.


  6. "What an experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on real world applications from day 1. Surrounded by successful people. Very flexible work environment. Very engaging onsite events to keep your work days interesting and not just do the same thing every day. Wear whatever you want as long as its not offensive. Overall, very good.

    Cons

    Industry always changing - if I decide to work here forever how long will I be able to stay?

    Advice to Management

    My experience with management has always been positive, seems like IBM's got a way to really populate some real leaders into the company.


  7. "Associate intern - Technical Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Financial Analyst Co-op"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    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.


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    "Advisory Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Your work schedule can be extremely flexible.

    Cons

    Employee morale has been low the past decade.


  10. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay, work, people, places, things

    Cons

    Red tape, politics, not sure what else

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any advice to management, they seem to be doing a good job. So not sure.


  11. "Service Delivery"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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