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IBM Software Developer Reviews

Updated November 15, 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 925 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 441 reviews)

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  1. "Builds Strong Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management training and mentoring programs. Well defined career paths and options.

    Cons

    Baseline 44 hour work week in GBS. Difficult to get a good raise without promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better method for employee evaluations and ratings.


  2. "Opportunity abounds; Great culture for energized, inspired minds."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director, Software Development in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Program Director, Software Development in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong humanist values for a large corporate entity. No ceiling on ability to impact or effect change at any level. Great patent culture. Diverse teams/global collaboration. Vast library of development and learning programs/certifications.

    Cons

    Largeness (300k+) means it's really like working at a company made of many smaller companies - so your experience can vary a lot depending on where you are. Like everywhere else- your experience is hugely influenced by the style and skill of your manager. Also like everywhere else, there are a mix of of skilled and unskilled managers.

    Advice to Management

    Invest even more in first line managers. I don't think they're *neglected* really; but IBM could do so much more to train and grow managers, and to retain and reward strong managers.

  3. "Good people but not much exciting work"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are very friendly and there is good documentation

    Cons

    Works needs to be more exciting


  4. "Great"

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    Current Intern - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Intern - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always challenging, scope of gaining knowledge is relatively high. Positive environment with lot of fun activities every Friday. Best thing about IBM is you will get recognition for your work.

    Cons

    I don't find anything negative, hiring process is vey slow, however we do understand since IBM is very large organization things get delayed.

    Advice to Management

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  5. "One word: Nepotism"

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    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool projects (Watson), data researchers are cool

    Cons

    Old-fashioned, people work from home a lot

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people just because they know someone high up if they are under qualified


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to build a career, especially if you embrace change"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In the software groups, IBM provides seemingly endless technical challenges and opportunity for professional growth. IBM also offers the opportunity for changing roles. I, for example, have had the opportunity to grow through a variety of software development, technical sales, and corporate acquisition roles -- all without leaving for another company.

    Cons

    IBM has had its challenges adapting to a cloud dominated world. Change is a constant, and anyone uncomfortable with change would find this a tough place to work.


  7. "Software Development Internship"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Intern
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern

    Pros

    -friendly coworkers
    -learned a lot during internship

    Cons

    -very disorganized company
    -had to work on a remote team

  8. "Amazing Summer Internship"

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    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Everyone was super helpful
    Flexible work hours
    Excellent mentorship
    Met a lot of interns and made a ton of friends

    Cons

    Project was not very challenging
    A lot of the team worked remotely
    Internal resources hard to find/access
    Took a long time to get credentials


  9. "Going downhill"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - flexible hours
    - work from home
    - good PTO

    Cons

    - minuscule "bonuses"
    - constant layoffs
    - way too much bureaucracy
    - almost no chance of raises
    - 1% cost of living increase
    - bell curve yearly review system

    Advice to Management

    Stop announcing unfinished products and cancelling them when they don't make unrealistic deadlines.


  10. "Good experience"

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    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    Good Intern socializing department, hosted lots of events and gatherings
    Good culture, management does a good job at giving insight on company and where its going in the future

    Cons

    Older demographic, a lot of the older employees weren't very friendly with the younger interns