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Updated February 16, 2018
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  1. "Entry Level Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Entry Level Software Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Entry Level Software Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY

    Pros

    Good salary for entry level. Lenient work environment.

    Cons

    Rural place, not much to do


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    "Advisory Engineer in STG, IBM"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Disclaimer: A lot of what I'm writing below of course depends on the work area and management chain. But I found this to be fairly pervasive policies in IBM in my 9+ years with the company.
    1. IBM's policies and management are very flexible when it comes to working remotely or accommodating various life situations (sick days, doctor visits, etc.). Management is encouraged to measure an employee by their work and impact, and not by hours spent at their office.
    2. Great colleagues! Though unfortunately, many have been leaving due to the instability of IBM's HW development business.
    3. At least in my area, there's a high level of flexibility on which projects should I undertake based on my and my management assessment of business impact.

    Cons

    1. Unfortunately, IBM still uses the "normal distribution" rating system, where at the end of the year each employee is ranked as a top contributor (5%), above average contributor (15%), average contributor (~75%), and bottom contributor (5%). This curve is difficult to apply in the R&D world, where you may have many members of the team working long and hard hours, and end up being "average contributors" at the end of the year, because there just isn't room for all to be top contributors.

    2. The above may not be so disturbing, if only IBM didn't practically cancelled all raises, performance bonuses and incentive for the non top-performers. I've had a consistent "above average" rating in the last 4-5 years, and my raise and performance bonus were ridiculous mere 1.5-2% of my salary. Were I rated "average contributor" I would have gotten NOTHING. So you can imagine that people can go year after year without any raise to their salary.

    From talking to manager friend, this is IBM's way to eliminate the non-top-performers without having to fire them, as part of its direction of reducing US manpower.

    3. Hiring freeze in many areas - again, as part of IBM's attempt to reduce its workforce across North America and Europe we see many jobs move to the India and Far East markets. This is of course upsetting to see local teams shrink and disappear, especially when many great local IBM colleagues and experts begin to drop out. From my experience thus far working with India SW teams - they are still very far away from the standards I would have expected from US and Europe based teams.

    4. Poor top down communication about company's and divisions' future. Employees learn from rumors and news websites what's about to come...

    Advice to Management

    Management must keep in mind that it today's world, which is saturated with brilliant companies that hire top talent, IBM must remain competitive to attract great talent and hold on to it. In the meanwhile, we're seeing the opposite trend, where great people leave IBM for other companies, be it because of a more competitive package, dropping morale and many other reasons.

    IBM Response

    Feb 12, 2016 – VP Human Resources

    Thanks for sharing your experience, and we're glad that you've had a positive experience working with talented colleagues and taking advantage of IBM's programs. IBM is in the midst of a major... More

  3. "One of the greatest companies"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer/Scientist in Bedford, NH
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer/Scientist in Bedford, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Extraordinary innovation opportunities for anyone to get involved with

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be too large to get "lost"

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees


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    "Research Intern"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Research Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Best place to be. I worked with an excellent team of researchers.

    Cons

    None throughout my time there.


  5. "IBM on the comeback trail"

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    Current Employee - Management Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Highly Collaborative, Global, Technology Leader, Reputation

    Cons

    Offers lower than market rate wages for longer term employees

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  6. "Manager"

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    Former Contractor - IT Senior Project Manager in New Windsor, NY
    Former Contractor - IT Senior Project Manager in New Windsor, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Employer, excellent work/life balance opportunities

    Cons

    Most positions are for a short period of time unless highly technical

    Advice to Management

    IBM is doing a great job for shareholders


  7. "Good Learning Experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    IBM is a huge company with lots of different areas. If you're located in a hub, and/or willing to travel to others you can meet a lot of people and learn about a lot of different businesses. The flexible work arrangements were also really nice.

    Cons

    They went through a round of layoffs while I was there and it was very disruptive to the business. My program had less structure than some of the other more technically geared program.

    Advice to Management

    Try to ensure all interns are in one place, put together more activities and meet and greets for the type of internship they're in as well as general intern

  8. "Managing Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to grow within the company

    Cons

    None that I can think off

    Advice to Management

    Retain talent at any cost


  9. "Senior Technical Staff Member"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have a love for technology, there's a lot going on at IBM at all times. Easy to build relationships with cross-functional team members. And the breadth of knowledge one can gain is limitless. Lots of opportunity to learn from customer engagements, stay on top of industries, good insight from research organizations like Garter, IBV, IDC, Forrester.

    Cons

    Some of the pros can turn into a con as well. Quest for knowledge can sometimes be overwhelming and take away focus on what you want to achieve in your career.

    Advice to Management

    Keep talent and help them grow


  10. "IBM is a GREAT Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Service Delivery/Operations Manager in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Service Delivery/Operations Manager in Lincoln, NE
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Industry leader. Best in Big Data, Cognitive and AI space. Values Innovation. Pays well, rewards performance.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, very self-service so not a lot of personal support


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