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IBM Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2014
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3.5 10,000 reviews

61% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(3,336 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week(in 1225 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up(in 1184 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work(in 369 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management(in 202 reviews)

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    Great experience for a new graduate

    Financial Analyst Intern (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    Pros-great work life balance and enviroment

    ConsNot too many amenities or incentives

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

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    IBM best company to work for

    Sales Specialist (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsIBM is great company to work for in the technology sector.

    ConsToo many lay off every day

    Advice to Senior Managementlook after employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best in customer focus, rich in knowledge, widest in opportunities

    Associate Partner (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsPlenty of senior people with deep domain and technology expertise
    Large organization providing plenty of opportunities to learn and grow
    Industry leading solutions and mostly the first company to innovate
    Great respect for individual

    ConsOld and senior folks holding the power mostly
    Lack of broader skills in consultants (very deep skilled though)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging but resume strengthening

    Compiler Developer (Former Employee)

    Pros- Great opportunity to work on a completely proprietary computation stack, from the processors up to the applications running on it
    - Taking advantage of being able to use and influence pre-release hardware/software
    - Participating in the only company that's been around since the beginning of the computer industry, and has shaped so much of every part of it
    - Practically the only company which does long-term academic research--on par with universities

    Cons- Depending on which team you're on, work/life balance can be miserable
    - There are positions that equal or exceed the coolness factor of anything at the other tech giants, but on average, most positions are probably worse

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore focus and tighter controls needed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to be an intern

    Software Developer (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent work-life balance, good training, Excellent experience for internship.

    ConsPotential for having to work on mundane but necessary tasks.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Front End Software Developer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAlways get to learn new things
    Co-workers are friendly and helpful
    Environment is chill but efficient
    Work is interesting

    ConsSometimes lack work is lacking depending on where project is in cycle

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    Dissapointed - I expected more

    Managing Consultant (Former Employee) Calgary, AB

    Pros- Nice People
    - Work from home is easy
    - Freedom since nobody is looking at your work
    - Stable environment
    - Nice name on your resume

    Cons- Lots of bureacracy
    - Impersonal/virtual environment
    - It is easy to feel alone and forgotten in the long term projects
    - Not easy to get promoted
    - No growth or salary increase (1% in 3 years), justified by the low stock price
    - IBM is not going on the right direction, I heard things are not going well after the performance reviews this year, they need to shrink the team to comply with the corporate expectations
    - Stay here if you look for a stable and not changing environment
    - Off shore model doesn't really work fine

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink in how to motivate your team, people is key and the competition is fierce, make it more personal,

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    overall good

    Systems Analyst (Former Employee) Markham, ON

    Prosflexible schedule, casual attire. My team members were very helpful and knowledgeable. I was lucky to work on an important product of IBM

    Constakes time to learn the environment. Sometime steep curve of learning for the interns. Fierce competition between teams.

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

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    Cost cutting is the order of the day above all else.

    Enterprise Architect (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsThere are still a lot of really talented people working at Big Blue. If you look hard enough you can find deep expertise and learn a thing or two.

    ConsThe bean counters run the shop. Getting anything done involves way more effort than it should because the company is optimized to keep costs down. With that as the focus ability to execute suffers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA profitability target for 2015 is not the same thing as vision.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Easy to get lost

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere can be a lot of career growth, if you cut through all the red tape to find it.

    ConsIt's very easy to get lost in the shuffle.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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