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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 929 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 442 reviews)

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  1. "Product Manager"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Open culture, work life balance

    Cons

    Nothing I experienced so far

    Advice to Management

    Good management style.


  2. "OK company if you find the right job"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has a lot of smart people and interesting technology so if you find job in the right department you can learn a lot and enjoy working here.

    Cons

    IBM is a very bureaucratic organization and this ends up putting a lot of obstacles in the way of doing the right thing sometimes. The bureaucracy also makes it hard to get a raise or get a promotion

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to remove some of the bureaucracy and provide better chances for advancement. They also need to provide more coordination between different department as there is a lot of duplication of effort that is wasting resources.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "IBM from Software QA Manager"

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    Former Employee - Software QA Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Software QA Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For a majority of time I was there, I worked for one product line. Some areas of the company have good local managers / leadership, which helps to provide a good working atmosphere where an employee can feel fulfilled with their contributions.

    Salary seems to be a little better than average.

    Cons

    IBM is currently undergoing a complete transformation of it's business and business it deems 'not in its core' are being dismantled, with little regard to the intelligent resources that it affects.

    Outwardly, IBM states that it invests in its employees and will allow them to move from between divisions / products, but in reality it provides little support to those attempting to get education to keep up-to-date technically or professionally (tuition support is touted but seldom is provided).

    Severance of those "let go" is now down to 4 weeks maximum. Employees who are newly hired are given a 2 year grace period which keeps them from being included in job actions, but after that they can be targeted.

    401k matching is only done on a yearly basis, so if you leave the company during the year there is no compensation.

    Raises are minimal and depend on the area of the organization you work - personally I had received no raises for 5 years, although my performance reviews were between exceptional and acceptable all 5 years.

    IBM is in the process of attempting to collocate resources into key offices with little to no ability to work remotely. This has also affected work-life balance within the company.

    Advice to Management

    First-line managers have little ability to reward key employees, and as a first-line manager I felt frustrated many times attempting to get employees rewarded or attempting to give employees opportunities to expand their knowledge base, while remaining productive.


  4. "My 15 yrs as an IBMer"

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    GBS was pretty hard to handle with all the traveling, utilization, etc, but working as a consultant for different companies gave me a great deal of experience and exposure to pretty much all the experiences you want to have during your lifetime - from sad to funny, from beautiful to ugly.
    Exceeded pretty fast by working hard, and giving it my all. But that was when the economy was better.

    Cons

    Depending on which group you're working in, there are not too much personal relationship that you develop in GBS. The manager that supposed to rate you, doesn't work with you on a daily basis, and in most cases have never met you before. Reviews strickly rely on the people you work with that will report to this stranger who'll give you a rating your bonus, salary, and future depend on.


  5. "Overall it was good."

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    In the beginning it was a very stable workplace.

    Cons

    Too much daily travel. Unpredictable amount of overtime.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of talented people to learn from and good place to gain new knowledge and experiences.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy which is inherent to large corporations wherein you spent a significant amount of your time focusing on the administrative processes to deliver a product to market.


  7. "Work life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perfect Work life balance, IT Services Giant, Fortune 500 clients, Dedication to Client's success and Globally integrate enterprise

    Cons

    Too much Process Oriented. Too many approvals required. Clients consider only for Services and not for consulting.

    Advice to Management

    Be more agressive

  8. Helpful (1)

    "its been a blast"

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    Current Employee - Statistical Analyst in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Statistical Analyst in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have great opportunities in terms of career growth

    Cons

    Using lotus notes.
    replication of a lot of work between divisions.


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