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IBM intern Reviews

Updated November 20, 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 929 reviews)

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  1. "Summit Intern 2017"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - digital sales intern in Dallas, TX
    Current Intern - digital sales intern in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a leading innnovation company that inspired me to constantly be curious, agile and informed. If you love to learn, IBM is the company for you. Which is why it fit me so well. There are so many facets to the business at IBM that knowing it all would take years of dedicated research. That's why its essential to be curious. The business is ever-changing which creates challenges but employees are acknowledged for their ability to adapt to changes. Its overall a very rewarding company to work for.

    Cons

    Every role feels like a cog in the wheel of business. There is autonomy to an extent, but that's the disadvantage of working at any extremely large, global company.


  2. "Meh"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    Uhhhh:

    - It's easy to be a high performer here. Most people slack off and put in the minimum.
    - Flexible hours, as well as the option to work from home twice a week.
    - Some office locations have free snacks and drinks. Sometimes. They're usually out of stock.
    - O'Reilly subscription is nice.

    Cons

    If you're a fresh grad engineer, I'd stay away from this place for the following reasons:

    - Not a great place to grow. I have yet to see any agile practices be utilized. No mentorship. I hardly have anyone to turn to when I get stuck because the number of skilled engineers here are few and far between.

    - Watson is overhyped and overrated. I honestly don't even know how they've managed to spin this thing as AI. It's far from it.

    - Lack of career guidance, mentorship, and challenging work.

    - Future is full of uncertainty and layoffs are typical.

    - If you work in Bay Area or NYC, your compensation will be terrible. San Francisco employees' base salary is only 20% higher than Raleigh employees, yet the COL in SF is 90% higher.

    - Leadership sucks. I've met my manager's boss once or twice. I've yet to come across a tech lead, engineering manager, director, or VP. The CEO of IBM came to our office for a "town hall" meeting and only a handful of people were invited.

    - Details of your full time offer will be a toss-up. The location and role will be completely out of your hands. Managers within the organization aren't even allowed to seek you out individually and recruit you. Nor can you seek out them. I was told to "trust the process" after telling them what kind of work I'm interested in.

  3. "A truly large company that can be easy to get lost in"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Applications Development Intern in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Intern - Applications Development Intern in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resources, Opportunities, Coworkers, Stability, Travel

    Cons

    Corporation, Work-Life Balance, Small fish


  4. "Great Research Environment Not Enough Free Food"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible facilities, very smart researchers, good talks, understanding management.

    Cons

    Not quite enough free stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Give the interns a T-Shirt! Keep up everything else that you do. I loved my 12 weeks at IBM Research.


  5. "Going in the right direction, but still some legacy stuff remains"

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    Current Intern - Research Intern
    Current Intern - Research Intern
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    Very smart people, great management, interesting work.

    Cons

    A bit more bureaucratic than most, relatively low pay, not as much free stuff

    Advice to Management

    pay interns more!!! also free food would be nice ....


  6. "Excellent!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Financial Analyst Intern in Armonk, NY
    Former Intern - Financial Analyst Intern in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    Everyone was willing to help.
    It was great interacting with people from all over the world on a daily basis in order to get work done.

    Cons

    The company is not performing too well in markets


  7. "Digital Strategy Intern"

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    • 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.

  8. "A peek into corporate life"

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    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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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