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IBM Reviews

Updated December 15, 2017
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  1. "IBMs Unique Programs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In addition to being a part of a global technology company that actually creates products and gets patents, IBM has many programs for employees to help families, working parents, and those that want to grow themselves. One that I recently participated in was the IBM Corporate Service Corps which is IBMs Corporate Service Responsibility initiative. After being accepted into the program, my team was deployed to India for one month to work with a non-profit to help farmers get their corps to market and get a fair price. This program sends IBMers all over the world to assist with global business problems. It's a perk for employees and another way in which IBM is helping the world.

    Cons

    All corporate jobs have bureaucracy, and IBM is no different. You learn to accept re-orgs every year (seems like) and things are always changing. Lot's of new products and services to keep track of, but it keeps you learning.


  2. "IBM Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always Learning
    Smart Co-Workers
    Interesting and Important Work
    Culture

    Cons

    Large org difficult to work with speed or autonomy
    Advancement is opportunity-based rather than development-based.

    Advice to Management

    Let your people go do what you pay them well to do. Manage the business for outcomes vs by cost controls.

  3. "IBM offers many avenues for growing skills and career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Making targets opens opportunities to move up or into other areas of the business
    Opportunities like Corporate Service Corps are a real plus
    Competitive compensation
    Possible to achieve decent semblance of work/life balance
    The people IBM hires are generally honest, hard working, and have a strong service orientation
    When there are issues, IBM will generally do what is right for a client

    Cons

    Quarterly focus can get in the way of doing the smart, long-term things


  4. "IBM Corporate Service Corps"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    I have recently returned from India as part of IBM's Corporate Service Corps program. IBM sends consultants to emerging countries to work on solving problems all pro bono. I was in India for a month with 12 other consultants from 8 different countries. It was a magnificent opportunity, and rarely do we get the chance to have such an immersive experience. I thank IBM for their dedication to this program and I was honored to participate.

    Cons

    Coming home from a CSC Experience leaves you searching for new and different opportunities - - I'm told some people start volunteering for different causes, or leave IBM to start working for NGOs. I certainly don't plan to leave IBM, but I hope I can maintain my relationships with the people I met in India during those 30 days.


  5. "Office manager"

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    Current Employee - Office Manager
    Current Employee - Office Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment almost like "Google Lite"

    Cons

    Company acquired another company. Too much under-handed dealings.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent to things affecting your team.


  6. "Outstanding Parental Leave Policy"

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    Current Employee - Marketing & Communications in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing & Communications in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM recently updated its parental leave policy, expanding the program considerably for birth mothers, fathers, partners and adoptive parents and it made me feel very appreciated as a working parent. Moms in particular, can now take up to 20-weeks paid leave, which is life changing.

    IBM also promotes a very flexible working approach. There is a great deal of trust for you to work autonomously.

    Cons

    Like any big company, there are many layers of approval, which can impact the progress of a project.

    Advice to Management

    Planning should be further out, we should have wider view projections.


  7. "Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    IBM has numerous non-monetary recognition and leadership development programs for high-performing, engaged employees. These include Corporate Service Corps, which sends multi-functional teams of top performers to developing countries for a month to support non-governmental and governmental agencies in those countries who are developing technology-based solutions to systemic problems.

    Cons

    Compensation is not always competitive and degree of individual autonomy differs heavily by organization.

  8. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, Interesting work, Room to grow

    Cons

    Lacking many of the unnecessary, but nice to have benefits that a lot of other Tech companies in the Bay Area offer. (e.g. Free Lunch)


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    "Great people"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, plenty of resouces.

    Cons

    Stuck in a rut with many old bureaucratic overheads that causes delays and impacts costs not budgeted for beforehand.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and transparent upfront cause by now everyone's able to see though the dishonesty imposed from the top down.


  10. "Solid company struggling to transform"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Development Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Mechanical Development Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great pay
    - lots of opportunity to grow your career
    - engineers have the opportunity to file for patents on their inventions

    Cons

    - low morale
    - major red tape to get funding for everything
    - certain people are roadblocks to innovation


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