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IBM Portland Reviews

Updated March 5, 2019
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  • "At times work life balance gets challenging" (in 1112 reviews)

  • "Low Salary growth in comparison" (in 537 reviews)

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  1. "IBM review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources for learning. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Compliance and security is really strict.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Decent benefits and pay"

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    Former Employee - Sales Education Team in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Education Team in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    IBM is a huge company with well established benefits, programs

    Cons

    There are many restructures and layoffs

  3. "Embrace the layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Business Architect in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Business Architect in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Getting into a new, growing account is better than a sustaining, established account where objectives tend to shift sharply from quality and customer service to financial targets and staff reduction.

    Cons

    IBMers do not receive great raises. Periodic layoff cycles are always looming, especially after accounts are up and performing.


  4. "Its ok"

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good training opportunities in house.

    Cons

    You are just a number and disposable. Very few opportunities. Work life balance is non existent.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "No job security"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and perks. Amazing training opportunities.

    Cons

    Low salary, poor management communication, quarterly lay offs if sales are not up.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they are worth and stop keeping the bad apples in pay roll.


  6. "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.


  7. "Solid company"

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    Current Employee - Short Sale Negotiator in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Short Sale Negotiator in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, Great benefits, Reasonable pay

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

  8. 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.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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