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Updated Apr 16, 2014
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64% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(2,896 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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Great !

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat place, and interesting assignments

Constoo many processes and unnecessary procedures, typical cons of very large organization

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience for a new graduate

Financial Analyst Intern (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

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

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

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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Easy to get lost

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at IBM full-time

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

Enterprise Architect (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

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

Associate Partner (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

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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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at IBM as an intern for less than a year

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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Great place to be an intern

Software Developer (Current Employee)

I have been working at IBM as an intern for less than a year

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

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Dissapointed - I expected more

Managing Consultant (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

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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Challenging but resume strengthening

Compiler Developer (Former Employee)

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

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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