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IBM Raleigh Reviews

Updated December 17, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1076 reviews)

  • "Hard to get promoted with low salary" (in 511 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. "Program Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent employees who work well together.

    Cons

    Poor upper management who is not in touch with work in the trenches nor what is really needed by our revenue paying customers

  3. "Level 1 Analyst"

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    Former Contractor - Level I Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Contractor - Level I Analyst in Durham, NC

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Slow with giving credentials


  4. "Great company, very clever people works here"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Offering Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Offering Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team culture and good career advancement

    Cons

    NC locations are old, outdated, uninspiring

    Advice to Management

    Get marketing creative, inspiring spaces that foster teamwork


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "An absolutely terrible experience"

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    Former Employee - Management in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Management in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The few good / smart people who are desperately and actively looking to get out.
    Lots of parking spaces?

    Cons

    Zero company direction
    Politics that stifles progress and corrodes morales
    A culture of "that doesn't align with my Checkpoint goals"
    Being right is far more important that doing right
    An office design that hasn't been touched since 1979

    Advice to Management

    Start over IBM. You had a good run.


  7. "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

  8. "Technical Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has a lot of the pros of a big company. Good benefits, flexible working times and lots of great employees to work with. There are lots of opportunities to move around and grow your career in IBM as well!

    Cons

    The primary con was the long working hours. It was up to you how to manage them, but be aware of that going in. Also, now at IBM is their relatively new policy on layoffs, where all employees regardless of seniority get only one month's severance when the benefit for severance used to be much better for experienced employees.


  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 (1)

    "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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