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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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64% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(2,890 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great benefits; flexible work hours; work from home (depending on the project);"
    in 1127 reviews
  • "There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up"
    in 1087 reviews
Cons:
  • "Demanding on time -- puts increasing pressure on maintaining work life balance"
    in 337 reviews
  • "Senior management that does not want to hear the truth about their pet ideas"
    in 193 reviews
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Respectful Environment

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at IBM as an intern for less than a year

ProsFriendly atmosphere, decent location, and cool projects.
Manager treated all interns nicely and didn't give us the crappy jobs.
Had a lot of fun overall.

ConsHousing can be expensive. Projects are difficult so it wasn't really a easy job. Interview process was not very selective and some of the code had serious bugs that were not caught until several months after the release.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Sight broadening.

Mobile Applications Developer (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

ProsI appreciate the autonomy at this company

ConsI don't appreciate the bureaucracy in the company

Advice to Senior ManagementThe management should consider firing some employees who are no longer of any value.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Avoid, friends don't let friends work at IBM

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

Prospay for me is good, that was probably because it was already good from the original company before acquisition, stagnated since acquisition. In my current position my work life balance is good, but other groups its not the same

Consbureaucracy,bureaucracy ,bureaucracy
too hard to innovate, too slow, too much management, too much process
constantly faced with the "department of NO"
constant requirement to be my own HR
culture of evil
forced to use internal IBM tools which are absolute garbage
everything is too hard to do because resources provided are poor
does not support employees

Advice to Senior Managementretire

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent

Senior Software Developer (Former Employee)
Gatineau, QC

I worked at IBM as a contractor for more than a year

ProsProfessional, great people, organized and supportive team

ConsOccasional long hours compensated by allowing remote access

Advice to Senior Managementkeep up good work

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Downward spiral

Managing Consultant (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

ProsBenefits of most huge corporations. In the early days had smart people.

ConsAfter a few years realized how utilization driven the company had become. By year 9, competition and pressure was unbearable. Although I was promoted twice, hated company culture and left.

Advice to Senior ManagementBusiness as usual and risk averse mode of thinking will just continue the death of big blue...embrace creativity and dare to 'think different' otherwise good riddance!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Institutional

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat development opportunity as it teaches you more than some MBA programs. The development is not only structural but also leadership and other attribute skills

ConsIBM is so focused on quarterly earnings that it is making what appears to be very short term decisions vs longer term strategic decisions. Additionally we are heading for a skill drain as the baby boomers retire in the mature markets and there doesn't appear to be a focus on skill transfer. Such a shame.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere are some fabulous experts closer to the customer - listen to them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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IT specialist

IT Consultant (Former Employee)
Edmonton, AB

I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

ProsLots of big and quality projects spans coast to coast

Consworks are very focused and done remotely and too much travels

Advice to Senior Managementall good

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great learning experience, a poor personal promotion path

Senior Managing Consultant (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat people, strong process, in many ways a truly SMART workplace

ConsA generally recognized challenge with promoting people internally, resulting in many leaving the firm to return later at a higher band. Not an entirely healthy situation.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep "going organic" in internal growth, lest people leave and not actually come back.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Elephants can dance, when they want too...

Account Executive (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIntellectually challenging workload. Great to be part of such a large organization, very well respected in the industry.

ConsHard to get new approaches realized, to meet the evolving market need. It's size is both a strength and weakness. The old ways of interacting with clients don't work, IBM needs to ensure it attracts new blood to challenge accepted norms.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend every second engaging with the business side of your clients rather than a maniacal focus on IT. This is the the new decision makers, hence attract customer facing personnel who are technically savvy, whilst resonate with the business.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Avoid; they don't even pretend that you are not just a number.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

ProsOf the 400k plus employees, there are bound to be many smart people that you can draw on for help.

ConsMiles of hindering bureaucracy. No say in where you go or what you do. You are not valuable and you are replaceable.

Advice to Senior ManagementAt least pretend to care?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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