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IBM intern Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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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 880 reviews)

  • Working long hours is pretty typical (in 429 reviews)

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  1. "Digital Strategy Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Digital Strategy Intern in Armonk, NY
    Current Intern - Digital Strategy Intern in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They really encourage you to learn all of the different offerings that IBM has to offer and where the company is heading towards (cloud and cognitive). I knew nothing about the tech field and I can proudly say that I can speak to multiple faucets within cloud computing and AI.

    Cons

    Work is slow sometimes and you may be bored occasionally.


  2. "A peek into corporate life"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The internship was a fascinating peek into big corporations: the processes, and the organization.

    The location was great (Pangu Plaza in Beijing). My co-workers were all true professionals. I never had issues with HR or misc. administrative stuff.

    The company intranet was a treasure chest of knowledge if you know where to look. I took several course and found at least half of them useful.

    My manager gave me a lot of freedom time-wise and focus-wise. I was also told that the flexibility was a general theme of work culture at IBM, at least in the sales team.

    Cons

    The autonomy was both a blessing and a curse. As someone new to sales, I wish there were more guidance about where to start and how to start a conversation with a client.

    I came at a time when IBM was pivoting to cloud services from server hardware. Being on the hardware team, I found finding a sales pitch difficult as there simply wasn't much integration between the server hardware and the great services they were providing.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure where the market stands now but I think with the premium that IBM's server hardware commands, IBM should promote a package of hardware and services instead keeping the teams mostly separate.

  3. "Marketing Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern Marketing in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Intern Marketing in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place for work. Diverse and fun.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy as expected. Like any other big company.


  4. "Internship at IBM"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was put on a very supportive team that offered me a lot of opportunities to be heavily involved in many projects

    Cons

    IBM is a big company with a very confusing structure. It is a lot to adjust to in a short time- they joke that by the time you get the hang of it the internship ends!

    Advice to Management

    One thing that made my internship so effective compared to others was I had a direct mentor who was very dedicated to helping me gain exposure and involvement. Other interns who did not have someone looking out for them directly felt they were more overlooked.


  5. "Design Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Design Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Design Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, brand name company

    Cons

    Work given was very vague. Finding continuing roles were difficult.


  6. "IBM"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Former Intern - Intern in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good climate and organizational culture
    good benefits for the employees
    A multinational where you can interact with many people around the world

    Cons

    Career opportunities to new employees
    Is a company with a very solid structure with lack of flexibility
    Difficult contact with the managers

    Advice to Management

    It is a company with many managers and what drives the employees who come from below adopted the culture of these managers


  7. "Amazing company so far"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Procurement Intern in Durham, NC
    Current Intern - Procurement Intern in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great work culture
    -Long paid vacations

    Cons

    -There don't seem to be a lot of promotions
    -Decreasing revenues generate instability

    IBM Response

    Jul 17, 2017 – VP, Communications

    Hi, thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I think you'd be interested in knowing that about 20,000 IBMers last year either took on new roles and/or were promoted. So in fact, there is a good... More

  8. "intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good staff and great company

    Cons

    small pay and hard work


  9. "Great environment with helpful colleagues"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Intern - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional team players, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Heavy workload for some of the teams


  10. "Data Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Intern - Intern in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Salary, Perks, PPO. Friendly-colleagues.

    Cons

    Hectic work hours. No time to rest.

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of your employees. They work for the benefit of your company.


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