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Updated March 25, 2017
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 799 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 398 reviews)

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  1. "so-so company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Tokyo (Japan)

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

    Pros

    I did a 4 month research internship at IBM research. There are some good people. Flexible working environment, OK benefit.

    Cons

    There are not many innovative idea, conservative in their own way.


  2. "Software Engineering Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Really great people and relationships made here
    + IBMers are very open to help each other
    + Work/life balance is fantastic
    + Lots of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    - Using proprietary tools can hinder opportunity to learn new relevant technologies
    - Pay/benefits are very low compared to other tech companies

    Advice to Management

    IBM is losing a lot of great talent/opportunity for great talent to other tech companies, so offer a more competitive salary/work environment package to attract, retain, and reward the employees that make the company so great.


  3. "Software Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intern Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Friendly Team, very approchable
    - Semi-open concept cubicles, very easy to chat to team to clarify something
    - OK pay
    - Enough work to keep one busy, and not too much to go crazy

    Cons

    - Team doesn't really do anything 'fun'. Its just work and that's it


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    "Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Armonk, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    transforming into Innovative
    Multinational
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    old fashioned
    too hierarchical
    not the best organizacional climate


  6. "Unbelievable Talent at Explorys-IBM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was able to work with extremely talented engineers using the latest technologies. The company is aiming to make the world better which makes going to work easier.

    Cons

    Its difficult to understand who does what. It seemed as though clearly defined roles were not present.

    Advice to Management

    Make a map of the workflow and define roles to allow new workers to understand the company without having to figure it out on their own.

    IBM Response

    Sep 12, 2016 – VP, Communications

    Thanks for your comment - we're glad you had a good experience in working with our talented engineers. We're really proud of our IBM colleagues. Our Think Fridays and other education offerings in ... More


  7. "RESEARCH INTERN"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Yorktown, NY
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Yorktown, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Research is highly recommended by the company

    Cons

    Salary comparing to other IT companies is low

    Advice to Management

    Need to get more fresh PHDs younger people


  8. "Positive Internship Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - straightforward hiring process
    - well-defined internship with meaningful work
    - ability to work remotely
    - flexible hours and environment
    - great colleagues and mentors
    - teamwork and collaboration
    - tours and presentations aimed at interns
    - lots of networking opportunities

    Cons

    - events for interns could have been organized slightly better (e.g. less events during work hours and with more direct interaction between interns and professionals)


  9. "Information Technology intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Information Technology Intern in Somers, NY
    Former Intern - Information Technology Intern in Somers, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I interned at IBM during summer 2016. The best part of my internship was the team and the guidance provided by the mentors. Whenever i had any questions, there was always someone to provide you support.There were lots of events organized within the internship tenure to network with the other interns and the full timers. Even work from home option was available for the interns. Overall it was a good experience.

    Cons

    IBM is huge so it takes lot of effort to shine there.


  10. "IBM Summer Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Intern - Intern in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The work quality is too good. Everyone is out there to help you. The office space is quite. Flexible timings. Work from home.

    Cons

    Less party culture. No formal outings. Only coffee vending machine available and only TT table available.


  11. "Watson is a Great Organization Weighed Down by the Rest of IBM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Watson has an excellent design team and I appreciate the recent focus on design.
    - My teammates are motivated, have a good work-life balance, and are fun to be around.
    - They tried very hard to make the intern program fun and to bring us together socially. There were intern presentations, Main Event night, boat on Lake Austin.
    - Pay was very good.

    Cons

    - Required to use internal dev tools like BlueMix that lower our productivity because they always crash.
    - As an intern I came to the office every day but most workers at IBM "work from home" very often. I've heard that it's even worse outside of Watson.
    - Pay arrived late, especially the promised Lump Sum Travel Reimbursement, which arrived 2 months after I had arrived.
    - Senior management seems disconnected from reality on the ground. For example, there was a two-day intern finale event. They decided that the interns would spend paid work hours bagging rice for charity (which I think could be a great idea). They set a goal for 10,000 rice packets and we didn't pack that many during the scheduled events. The organizers were supposed to help with the whole process, but they didn't seem to care once the Instagram pictures were taken. So the rep from the charity was basically abandoned to pack the last 1,000 and pack it onto a truck.
    - Lots of "not my problem" attitude about cleaning up common areas, sharing training data, etc. Most people are just concerned with their individual team.

    Advice to Management

    Watson: try to escape from the bloated administrative and onboarding steps associated with global IBM. You have already done this a little bit by adopting Github and Slack; I say to go even further.



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