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Updated March 18, 2019
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  1. "Director of strategy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of freedom to operate and innovate

    Cons

    A lot of freedom to not do your job

    Advice to Management

    More personal responsibility


  2. "Aging company with some spotty great team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Great company with history and a challenging future

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic with many levels of middle management

  3. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Smart teammates
    -Good work life balance

    Cons

    -Wages/raises lower than other major tech companies
    -Company wide hiring freeze left our team in a bad position


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    "A facade of design thinking."

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    Former Intern - User Experience Design Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - User Experience Design Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation. Great team. Location.

    Cons

    Poor management.
    Poor leadership.
    Culture doesn't empower design at a systemic level.
    Endless meetings and wasted collective time.
    The teams employee researchers yet don't let their work inform decisions... in the end the decisions are made from someone that has no understanding of the product..

    Advice to Management

    Create frameworks that allow your associate designers to be productive. It is your job to lead. Spend time setting specific goals rather than complaining about results later.


  5. "Challenging for Support Staff"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy on boarding with being able to do everything from signing documents to providing your own photo for your badge. Great training system with admin mentoring new hire. Decent office. Some benefits are good such as medical. Just starting to implement a one day work from home.

    Cons

    Below average pay for the high level expectations. Many restrictions that make it somewhat challenging work environment. Still using Lotus Notes but the last I heard they might be implementing Outlook.

    Advice to Management

    Pay above the going rate if you want to keep good quality support staff. Provide the tools such as desk supplies if you require your admin staff to work in the office. Encourage more collaboration amongst admin support by having a once a year offsite where there is not only training but possibly collaborating and rewarding as well. Last but definitely not least, we work in a 24/7 anywhere environment so allow your administrative support to work from anywhere at anytime and not just at the descretion of the manager or client.


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    "Good Experience"

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    Current Employee - Digital Life Sciene Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Life Sciene Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of Freedom and work-life balance

    Cons

    Can be disorganized but you must be a self driven person


  7. "(IBM)I Be Miserable"

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and lot good employees to work with on projects.

    Cons

    They provide poor pay that does not compensate for the high living of the Bay Area.

  8. "It's a stable job"

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    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - management takes care of employees work life balance

    Cons

    - UX researcher role not established quite yet


  9. "Laid-back environment, but lack of work consistency"

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    Former Intern - Digital Business Group in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Digital Business Group in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Everyone was very nice and the office environment was very laid-back
    - Very easy to work from home
    - Office and amenities were quite nice

    Cons

    - Lack of consistency in work and projects
    - Often felt underutilized as an intern
    - Work-from-home culture also a negative because it was hard to connect with people

    Advice to Management

    - Encourage intern managers to spend more time in the office
    - Develop stronger relationships between interns and their managers
    - Actually assign meaningful work to interns


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diversity, great pay & benefits, large company

    Cons

    complex, red tape, political, bureaucratic


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