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Updated September 5, 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. "Experience at IBM"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great People
    - Pathway to change your career if you network and help people
    - I've had great managers
    - Opportunity to learn and develop skills outside of your job title
    - Love the Agile Floor!
    - My managers have kept me very informed on the politics of the business

    Cons

    - Not many perks (free coffee would be an instant moral booster)
    - Moving away from Remote Work (depends on perspective)

    Advice to Management

    After all the RA's focus on keeping your best people by investing in there education and something as small as free coffee.


  2. "Agile Marketing"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the company culture at IBM. Everyone in the Raleigh office, including Senior Execs, went out of their way to accommodate the interns and make us feel right at home.
     Working in an Agile Marketing space also increased efficiency, team collaboration and overall productivity.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization and shifting of members to different teams.

  3. "Great place to work and."

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am given the opportunity to work on attaining all of my goals as a software developer. The pay is very competitive and there is an excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    The cafeteria could have a little more variety.


  4. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Since IBM is so big its easy to learn new technologies and be involved in lots of areas of the business

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to be promoted

    Advice to Management

    Provide a clear roadmap on how someone can be promoted


  5. "Good people, bad management"

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    Former Contractor - Visual Designer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Contractor - Visual Designer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are encouraged to learn and develop new skills in their downtime.

    Cons

    Poor management or no management of projects. This could be a pro if you enjoy doing project management as well as design on a day-to-day basis.

    Advice to Management

    Stop terminating talented, hard working employees. Also, treat those under contract with a bit more respect and make them feel included.


  6. "Big company; opportunities await for those who look"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities to do nearly anything within IBM. I have personally be the beneficiary of many good managers and programs. Although my experience has been exceptional, I have seen other not be so fortunate.

    Cons

    Many managers are removed from their reports and are only focused on utilization. It is a big company and is easy to get lost / challenging to find the right place. Bonuses are a joke; pay bumps are fair, but you won't be getting rich.

    Advice to Management

    Take 360 degree feedback seriously -- far too many bad managers. Easy to begin wearing many hats, but no real financial incentives available for managers to reward top talent. Easy to hide and not work hard. The above results in bad talent staying (and not working hard) and good, hard-working talent moving elsewhere for fair pay.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good old boys still running a dinosaur"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to offer remote work

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Disengaged work force
    Abusive management with few skills
    No raises or promotions
    No bonuses
    Treats you like you are lucky to work there
    Most recent employee survey was the worst in 20 years

    Advice to Management

    Quit
    Drop your feabile attempt to implement agile

  8. "Great company experiencing a transformation"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, you can learn a lot if you want to. Working from home policy and flexible hours. You can transfer from department to department in the organization.

    Cons

    Average salary and benefits became less competitive over the years.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "You are just a number"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good for an early career person to get experience if they are willing to work long hours.

    Cons

    No loyalty or personal development for employees. So many experienced (aka older) employees were let go in the last few years, the people left (mostly early career) do not understand what is needed to plan and execute on marketing programs. There is no work from home, work/life balance (expected to answer your phone at ALL hours), retirement (minimal and only if you are employed on the last day of the year) or mentors (they were laid off) anymore. Open space seating makes it difficult to concentrate or talk on the phone. Bring your own phone for company calls, IBM doesn't supply you (or reimburse you) with an office phone. No privacy. Morale is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the experienced execution marketers. It's the VP (and up) driving the strategy that is not working.


  10. "Great place to start your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Get to play with some really cool technology
    - Work life balance better than anywhere I've ever worked
    - Management is pretty hands off which gives you a lot of head room to do crazy innovative stuff
    - IBM as the first name on your resume opens a lot of doors
    - Some travel opportunities

    Cons

    - compensation is not competitive
    - offices are kind of old
    - hard to move teams or locations

    Advice to Management

    I love IBM, I'd still be working there if I hadn't found a more competitive salary in a more interesting place to live and work in. Raise the hiring bar and pay people more. Expand into more competitive markets in SFO and NYC.


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