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  1. "Interesting work but tough times"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Ossining, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Work is stimulating. Very bright coworkers. Some of only hardware and research work in nyc area. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Management sometimes gets in the way. Frequently changing and reorganization as they look towards the future - makes it harder for traditional hardware focused people since those jobs are not expanding. disrespectful of post docs.

  2. "Talented People, Bad Management"

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      Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at IBM full-time

      Pros

      Great people, (occasionally) you get to work on interesting problems

      Cons

      Lack of perks, clueless upper management

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      "Mediocre experience but maybe worth a try"

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      Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Yorktown Heights, NY
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Work-life balance Chance to learn things if working in an appropriate group

      Cons

      Lack of vision Lower salary than similar positions at other companies Bureaucracy Lack of office space

    • "Postdoctoral Researcher"

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      Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at IBM for more than 2 years

      Pros

      well paid and flexible with job content

      Cons

      permanent position in the semiconductors gets competetive

    • Helpful (2)

      "It is a business brand, no research"

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      Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Armonk, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at IBM for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Friendly Colleagues Good Location Great name for your Resume

      Cons

      Inexperienced and Young Managers No Clear Agenda of Research Business plans affects everything No value for their employees

    • Helpful (2)

      "Many excellent researchers in one place."

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      Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Yorktown Heights, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Resources both physical, monetary, and intellectual

      Cons

      Valuing the share price of employee satisfaction

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      "A once great industry research lab spiraling down the drain."

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      Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      One of the few industry research labs where you can keep one foot in the academic world. Flexible work environment and schedule.

      Cons

      IBM Corporate has no clue how to truly get long term value from research. As others have posted, research is high-risk high-reward, but in the past years IBM is only concerned with quarterly bottom lines. IBM Researchers are constantly bombarded with inappropriate projects just to help immediate revenue. Over the years IBM Research has seen a lot of turn over as many researchers leave for academic or industry positions...

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      Advice to Management

      Research is a high-risk high-reward venture. Insulate IBM Research and let them do great things, as they have done before.

    • "Good place to work, a lot of nice people around"

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      Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Yorktown, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at IBM full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      People are knowledgeable and kind, lots of good things to learn if you are in the right team. Funding generally is not a problem. Working on a right project can help you publish a lot of work. Work life balance is good. Generally no need to travel or work over the weekend. Things go along with a steady pace. Reporting structure is generally stable. You report to one boss and don't have to change manager all the time,...

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      Cons

      People are lay back. Hardworking may not necessary bring you promotion or salary increse. Besides work, politics also impacts your performance.

    • "good but can be better"

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      Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Yorktown Heights, NY
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at IBM

      Pros

      state-of-the-art facilities and top researchers, freedom and openness

      Cons

      lots of people 'say' things instead of "doing" things. very small chance of be able to convert to regular research staff member projects/assignment for post doc sometimes are not exciting

      Advice to Management

      lots of post docs are working so hard trying to get RSM positions while lots of RSMs live on others' work. please find a way to balance these two

    • "Work with very smart people on cool projects"

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      Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Hawthorne, NY
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at IBM

      Pros

      Work with some of the most talented people in the scientific research community. Great place for research -- good balance between academic and industrial research. Opportunities to work on some cutting-edge research projects. Encourage publishing in conferences/journals and development as a scientist. Pay well compared with other companies for a similar position.

      Cons

      Too much bureaucracy, and too much paperwork for everything. Despite the high stock value for IBM, none of that seems to make it to the employees. Hiring freezes and restrictions on travel spending every so often -- higher ups don't seem to be managing the budget very well.

      Advice to Management

      Get the company finances in order fast, make decisions keeping a long-term perspective of things, and provide incentives/rewards for employees that impact IBM bottom-line.

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