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IBM Tucson Reviews

Updated October 17, 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. "Great Learning Experience in a Hands-On Work Place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Development Test Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Intern - Software Development Test Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Coworkers are incredibly helpful and friendly
    - Very laid back work environment
    - Forward-thinking software development techniques, which is great experience

    Cons

    - Sometimes work can get bogged down due to the massive number of employees working on any given project

    Advice to Management

    - Further career opportunities following the internship


  2. "not what it once was"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ok 401k, decent pay, some really decent engineers

    Cons

    constant threat of resource action. constant stress. high amounts of overtime

  3. "Advisory Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Average pay
    General problems of big organizations

    Advice to Management

    Bridging talent to challenges and opportunities does cost but comes with absolute rewards.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Culture shift making unpleasant and nearly unbearable workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation, smart people, work/life balance (used to be better, but still ok)

    Cons

    No more work from home, awful management, overbearing management, firing people and then expecting even more work from a skeleton team than they did from a full team, poisoned drinking fountains, only match 401k if you stay through end of December, slow to allow change, disjoint teams with some having no technical skills causing slow movement and requirements that are not technically possible and management then blames technical team for failure, no room for growth or advancement, layoffs every 3 months with young and old and new all at same risk, unjustified negative reviews given to justify layoffs for example can get a top review years in a row and then suddenly a very negative one the next and thats the way they can lay people off with no legal repercussions, too slow moving to keep up with current technologies and actual prohibit the use of many of the up and coming technologies in the market severely hindering skill growth, sinking ship analogy is correct as they are almost blatantly trying to get people to quit and its working, one of the least attractive employers in their segment, avoid if at all possible.

    Advice to Management

    What used to be a fun, competitive place to work has become one of fear and people so over worked everyone is miserable. Management having to sit in on meetings to avoid an aggressive team lead is ridiculous, maybe instead of letting people go and having half the team quit, management should address the actual problem. One person is single handedly tanking a multi million dollar product and the solution is to remove people who stand up and speak out that there is a problem. Other companies in this city are more attractive even if they offer lower pay due to the hostile work environment.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not what one would hope for or expect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. Decent environment. Consistent work.

    Cons

    Petty raises and bonuses. Lack of employee trust.

    Advice to Management

    Work on motivation of employees with raises and reasonable bonuses.


  6. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, great people, flex hours

    Cons

    Layoffs around every corner. Execs made it clear that they are divesting in Tucson. Skeleton crew left to turn out lights. All good projects have gone overseas or back east.

    Advice to Management

    None. They wont be able to do anything. The execs are the ones controlling the ship.


  7. "Firmware Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mircrode Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Mircrode Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and schedule. Many interesting projects and challenging problems to solve. Many great and talented people around you to work with.

    Cons

    With resource actions happened every year in last 5 or 6 years, work force has been cut to a bare minimum. It used to be a fun place to work. With remaining employees to pick up the work left by previously laid off coworkers and no new hiring in near future, morale is pretty low as we constantly switching hats for different problems at the same time. This lowers productivity and qualify of work.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring more people will help and provide better recognition and award opportunities to encourage employees to step out of their comfort zone.

  8. "100 year old company doing 100 year old process"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    money isn't bad. work is worthwhile. people you work with are talented.

    Cons

    If you don't work on Watson or in sales, your treated as a second class citizen.

    Advice to Management

    Our customers hate dealing with big blue. support is, well it's not good. the products need a line of site to the money.


  9. "Great People, Okay Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people who care about their work.

    Cons

    Lots of time spent on the phone and it meetings, often unproductively.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Operations Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Name brand recognition on your resume

    Cons

    Company seems to be run quarter to quarter with little thought/investment in long term business goals. Lots of layers of managers that seemingly only job roles are to report on meetings to a higher level of management who then reports that information to another meeting. Email storage.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, products and services don't just focus on quarterly stock results. Cut out about 5-6 layers between the CEO and where the work is done.


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