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IBM Waltham Reviews

Updated May 13, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 993 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 467 reviews)

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  1. "Good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart coworker that are willing to help.

    Cons

    9 hours a day are kind of required although you get paid for 8.


  2. "Not your Father's IBM"

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    Former Employee - IT Technical Support Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - IT Technical Support Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, professional environment, good career advancement potential.

    Cons

    No longer an "Employee-centric" organization.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your employees and less on the stock price and you'll be a lot better off.

  3. "Good place to work with"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility learning scope of work lot of opportunities good exposure and experience knowledgeable colleagues some great managers good projects across geographies

    Cons

    Slow growth less salary low raise IBM india does not process my green card less projects awarded to IBM India by IBM US

    Advice to Management

    Look up to the old loyal IBMers you can not neglect their aspirations


  4. "Solutions Sales Consultant individual contribuor"

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    Former Employee - Services Sales Leader in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Services Sales Leader in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    IBM is exciting and an innovative place to work with the best of the best solutions.

    Cons

    Challenges that come from working with a large company, multiple reporting structures cause confusion.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow your cloud business and keep the corporate culture in tact.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and support people

    Cons

    Terrible management
    To many levels to get things done and equipment/software ordered

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of manager, train them to work with different types of people


  6. "Post-acquisition mash-up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Some nice and smart people
    Somewhat Interesting technology
    Good for someone right out of college to gain experience

    Cons

    Constantly changing priorities or lack thereof
    There is a cover your a** mentality, everything must be documented.
    Remote teams make it hard to communicate for certain projects.
    Fear of layoffs every quarter (to fund IBM share buybacks)

    Advice to Management

    Be more "Agile"


  7. "You get to learn new tools on the spot working for this company."

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    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a Global company with many opportunities.

    Cons

    Due to the fact that this is a global company, it is not typical to have off shore meetings and that schedule difference can become difficult for most time zones.

    Advice to Management

    Employing viable IT folks here in America is better for their company.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "There's always a fear you will be in the next set of layoffs."

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and outstanding benefits.

    Cons

    Some groups are protective of sharing information within their team in order to help secure their jobs. There is much overhead when it comes to being 'IBM compliant' as an employee. Don't expect to get even the simplest things done quickly. Also hard to find good managers that back up and advance their people.

    Advice to Management

    Not enough contact with lower management to identify the impacts that certain decisions have on the business and their people. Too much is done from the '30,000 foot' level.


  9. "Can't think of a better place to spend a career"

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    Former Employee - Client Executive in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Client Executive in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM offers tremendous growth opportunities for employees. One can have many "mini-careers" all while working for IBM -- examples: sales, management, HR, program management, etc.. They continually invest in their people and provide ongoing education. Better than average compensation, good benefits, etc.

    Cons

    Unless you are opposed to working hard for a company who hold Business Conduct, Integrity and Customer Satisfaction to the highest standards, there really aren't any.

    Advice to Management

    In this era or remote/virtual teams, try to ensure that employees all still feel a part of the strong IBM culture that was so important to IBMers in the 70s, 80s and 90s.


  10. "solid"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady work during my time there

    Cons

    Too large to be nimble

    Advice to Management

    Break down work groups to more manageable sizes


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