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IBM Portland Reviews

Updated September 17, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1045 reviews)

  • "low salary slow complex not competetive" (in 484 reviews)

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  1. "GREAT"

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    Former Contractor - Cool in Portland, OR
    Former Contractor - Cool in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM as a contractor

    Pros

    Very comfortable, decent pay, the boss is very accomindating and willing to work with you, and also have a lot of open slots available.

    Cons

    sometimes the tips are a little low and sometimes the clients are demanding.

    Advice to Management

    maybe up the pay to 60 follars


  2. "Stagiaire MDM"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Portland, OR
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Portland, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experienced teams, open to help.

    Cons

    Average age is generally higher, too many interns but no projects.

    Advice to Management

    Ho about you also the future of the young guys, everyone appreciates working at IBM, but we also need to learn and also input something.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good co-workers, plenty of work.

    Cons

    IBM is slowing reducing benefits, and laying off people over the age of 55. They skirt EEO laws by reporting people as "retired," rather than laid off. 18 years of service and I was shown the door. My manager said, "IBM considers you retired, and you will not be eligible for re-hire..." They announced internally I was retiring, people were congratulating me, and it was a complete lie. I was a solid performer, with no issues, and a team player. This same scenario has played out for many people as IBM has moves jobs overseas to Sofia, Bulgaria, China, and India. IBM DEFINES THE UGLY SIDE OF CORPORATE AMERICA.

    Advice to Management

    What comes around goes around.


  4. "Senior Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Seasoned professionals all around. Supportive environment. Good compensation and benefits. Quality of free online training available for employees.

    Cons

    Cultural tolerance for cumbersome business processes. No inflation adjustment raises. No merit-based raises. Notorious for laying off people without notice.

    Advice to Management

    Improve administrative systems. Don't layoff people without notice.


  5. "Good Benifits, Wrong track"

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    Former Employee - Global Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Global Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay well, have good benefits.

    Cons

    IMO their direction on co-location is off track and will eventually backfire on them


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Global Sourcing Strategist"

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    Current Employee - Global Sourcing Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Global Sourcing Specialist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong Sourcing Organization, experienced management

    Cons

    Consolidating from remote employment to a limited number of solution centers. Work/Life Balance trending downward.

    Advice to Management

    Do better job of rewarding outcomes.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Consultant in Portland, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team members are it's greatest asset.

    Cons

    - Going thru a difficult transition trying to reinvent itself.
    - IBM has stealth layoffs down to a science. They do it a in way they never have to publicly report what they are doing. Never, never assume you are safe, no matter how good you are and what you are rated. I have seen large numbers of amazing people laid off (with one month's severance no matter how many years they had with the company)

  8. "Systems Engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Administrator in Portland, OR
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Administrator in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, with hands off approach in my case

    Cons

    Would have enjoyed a longer contract.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home - flexibility

    Cons

    So many have been laid off in the US, everyone wears multiple hats. Always looking over your shoulder for the next round. Reduction in employee benefits.

    Advice to Management

    If you think moving jobs overseas is going to save you money - think again. In the short term it will, but in time wages go up everywhere because people "want."


  10. "Great People , Intitutionally struggling as it changes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Collaborative environment, teaming is great once your understand how people are incented, 1st and 2nd line managers are tremendous. The importance of focusing on the client is refreshing.

    Cons

    Financial Goals and execution through RIFs is a very blunt tool. Upper Mgt has no effective way to involve 1st and 2nd line manager in the process of choosing who adds value and who does not add value to its customers.

    Advice to Management

    Involve your 1st and 2nd line managers in the RIF process let them choose , to make the best choice for the company and long term relationships with the customers


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