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IBM Tucson Reviews

Updated May 30, 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 850 reviews)

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  1. "Mainframe is fun"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good, treated as professionals as long as you meet deadlines. The mainframe is exciting as soon as you accept its not going away.

    Cons

    Little to no formal training (must be a self-learner), non-transparent pay scale and rating system. Managers don't seem to care about moral.


  2. "Good opportunities to move up, pay is mediocre"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's always opportunity to get promoted and take on interesting work.

    Cons

    Software Engineers in general should make more, and IBM does okay financial, so pay increases should occur more often.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your more talented engineers more often.

  3. "Proud to work here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are cream of the crop. Flexible schedule. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Constant fast pace, critical path schedule.


  4. "Great experience!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at IBM (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learn something new everyday
    Get to meet some interesting people

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for growth.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Is there still IBM in the next 10 years ?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Development 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

    Many talent folks
    Flexible working schedule

    Cons

    Bad Management chain
    Too much politic

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen the company - not just your pockets.


  6. "Good work opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work on important products.

    Cons

    Too many managers looking to their own benefit rather than the company, and too many up line managers who listen to them.

    Advice to Management

    Be more careful about who you listen to.


  7. "Advisory Engineer,Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Advisory Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sharp engineers and better than average middle managers. Much of the best of the IBM culture hangs on from previous generations. Good pay and better than average benefits.

    Cons

    IBM no longer makes anything, Mostly just a reseller and system integrator. Good place for top software developer. but no career growth for hardware engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Develop the next generation of top technical performers in the USA.

  8. "Mundane and borring"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of personal freedom. Easy work hours.

    Cons

    Low job security. Lack of stated goals. Lack of Training.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "IBM was one of the best, now it's one of the worst companies in America to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I cant think of any pros. Medical benefits are good now, but were much better previously.

    Cons

    Too numerous to mention. Just read the news concerning the latest job cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible work place but bad project management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible on work location
    Big big company can move around and experience different area.

    Cons

    Poor bonuses and raises even for 1 rating multiple years in row
    Project management does not know anything technical or how to coordinate development.
    Executives do not act like they value engineers
    Climate is terrible and there is no investment in work facility making people want to be around the office.

    Advice to Management

    Reverse 401k decision
    Clean out the working at IBM 30+ yr but doesn't do anything anymore crowd
    Reward top contributers competively


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