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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - N/A in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything was great about this company.

    Cons

    Nothing really to talk about. They did everything right. GO IBM

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not great"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in West Henrietta, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in West Henrietta, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    unlimited paid sick leaves
    relaxed work but tedious jobs

    Cons

    micro management of time
    no bonus or increment over year though you are the best performer

    Advice to Management

    stop micro managing with bunch of time slot fillings

  3. "IBM SDM"

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    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Pittsford, NY
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Pittsford, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, good benefits

    Cons

    heavily reducing workforce in u.s. to send overseas.


  4. "Awsome company with helpful co-workers"

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    Former Intern - Software Quality Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Intern - Software Quality Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    IBM is vast knowledge of ocean, there are great learning and career opportunities within the company if you are willing to learn and take initiatives. Your co-workers will always be willing to help you in a friendly manner. Overall a great company to work for!

    Cons

    As such I did'nt have any negative experiences at IBM


  5. "An unhappy employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    80% of employees work from home. If you happen to be a long-timer, you are likely in a decent pension plan.

    Cons

    Every move in the company seems to be a "lateral move". Raises are becoming a thing of the past. Productivity is beat to death as employees are working longer hours than ever before. Company is process heavy. Employee roles are "silo-ed". Too many chiefs, not enough Indians.


  6. "IBM is a good company to work for."

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    Former Contractor - Computer Systems Management Specialist in Rochester, NY
    Former Contractor - Computer Systems Management Specialist in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were excellent. Very well put together team. Good work/personal life balance. Working from home was great. Good benefits. People may find IBM worth looking into.

    Cons

    There was not a lot of room to diversify, at least from was I was doing. The project management team did not seem as knowledgeable or job savvy as some I have worked with.

    Advice to Management

    IBM tended to let very high production employees go in favor of not so productive ones with I found disturbing.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Company provides personal laptop for all employees which is a plus for working remote"

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    Former Employee - Dispute Analyst in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Dispute Analyst in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Well established structural. Good place to work if you have technical degrees or Master or PhD.

    Cons

    Not much growth for low pay finance workers since company is outsourcing to India.

  8. "Very good"

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    Former Employee - Technical Operations Analyst in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Operations Analyst in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Always able to move up the ladder, take on new work.

    Cons

    IBM decided to outsource work to India, China and Mexico

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as people


  9. "Great Co-Op Experence"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBM was a great place to work because of all the information sharing and availability of all employees through out the company. I was amazed to find out that almost 40% of IBM's software developers work remotely. This being said IBM makes all employees available to everyone for questioning. Don't know Perl? There is an IBM community dedicated to learning Perl where professionals share their opinions. This also follows for many other technologies.

    Cons

    Since I was just a co-op the project was a "nice to have" feature on a main product line. While the work was challenging, engaging, and fun, I couldn't help but feel that this might not make it into a release. And if it was to be released it wasn't going to be for a long while and they'll probably just have to re-write it since a lot of the product will have changed since then.

    Advice to Management

    Political decisions are often made surround projects that can make the project direction do a 180. I would be completely open with employees about what is happening at the political level in the company as well, even if it makes you look bad


  10. "10 years with IBM and living the dream..."

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have great access to technical resources in IBM.

    Cons

    The size of the company results in some bureaucratic overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Globally integrated will mean having global processes that are frictionless.


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