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IBM Raleigh Reviews

Updated March 21, 2019
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  • "Work life balance especially to new mothers" (in 1085 reviews)

  • "Low Salary growth in comparison" (in 528 reviews)

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  1. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great - company with lots of opportunity. Awesome people.

    Cons

    Still a little more process than I would like like - but improving for sure!


  2. "GBS Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive compensation, challenging projects and ability to gain new skills

    Cons

    Long hours and even less recognition.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A company with solid values and a long history of transforming itself"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a company that stands by its values of dedication to client's success, trust and responsibility, and innovation that matters. It is also a company that truly celebrates diversity across the world. There is so much to learn, so many different opportunities, and many different jobs and roles one can play.

    Cons

    It is a very large company which you need to know how to navigate. It has been around for more than a 100 years and may not seem as sexy, exciting or current as other younger companies (but it is!)

    Advice to Management

    In my 30 years with IBM I have seen the culture improve into a culture of inclusiveness, value in sharing and growing expertise, and now I see more hiring from the outside and many returning IBMers. These are very positive trends.


  4. "IBM"

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    Former Intern - Watson Cloud Academy in Raleigh, NC
    Former Intern - Watson Cloud Academy in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    It was a creative environment.

    Cons

    The company is very large.


  5. "Far better companies to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of jobs across all the projects
    MacBook Pro laptops

    Cons

    Hyper focus on stock price
    No raises even for cost of living unless you're rating is a "1" yet money spent on stock buy-backs
    Band promotions come with escalating "give back" review requirements outstripping pay increases
    Facility conditions are poor and outdated. I'm usually embarrased to bring people on campus.
    Facility "renovations" strip you to a 4' work table in an open area. with no privacy and no work areas. And overnight only lockers.
    Poor work life balance unless a baseline review and no raise is acceptable to you
    Health insurance is costly and restrictive on medications

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and let the stock price follow

    Advice to candidates - Probably OK for an interim career boost for a few years - but you don't want to stay.


  6. "Great Career Stepping Stone"

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    Former Employee - Content Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Content Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, benefits, and learning opportunities

    Cons

    Constantly reorganizing and rebranding in effort to keep pace with smaller, more agile technology companies


  7. Helpful (2)

    "HARD TO MOVE AROUND/LOW SALARY/DYING BUSINESS"

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    Current Employee - IPS Group in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - IPS Group in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have a good manager, but I have had a bad one before.

    Cons

    Dying business, low salary, hard to move around.

    Advice to Management

    give substantial salary promotions for hard work people.

  8. "Sr. Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Will have flexible working hours

    Cons

    At times feel a lot bureaucratic


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - IT Architect In Sales in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - IT Architect In Sales in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a great career path back in the 1980-1990s.

    Cons

    loss respect for the individual; company is primarily run by the financial community and therefore long-term vision is driven by only a few.

    Advice to Management

    get your employees involved in the success of the company


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer for 30 years who left"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still some good jobs and opportunities outside of USA.

    Cons

    High-stress jobs and long hours. Subject to constant layoffs in USA. Often drives people into early retirement. Very few pay increases. Keeps cutting benefits. Poor senior management and lack of training of new managers who are often placed over departments in which they have no experience. Best talent often leaves. Work/life balance can be difficult. Lack of respect for the individual employee.

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing strictly by the numbers and pay more attention to your employees and your customers. Hire new people for a career and not just a job. Restore traditional IBM culture and values. Develop better leadership and management skills or the hemorrhaging will continue.


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