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International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. Reviews
What is it like working at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.?
Senior Software Architect in Dallas:
Excellent employee benefits and employee support. As with any public company though there always seems to be some cloud of company wide lay offs hanging over your head. Also, being a very large corporation it is really hard to feel connected to the company goals, as they shift with the constantly reorganizing executive shuffles. This tends to be hidden behind a vague pep-squad sentiment within the culture that rings false for the most part. A seemingly desperate attempt to be seen as a positive team player so you will not be caught up in the next corporate wide lay off. I am not sure if this is unique to IBM or simply a culture that is punch drunk from yearly lay offs. There are a lot of good people here. The long term IBMers have a sincere love of the company, well earned through the benefits. They also tend be insulated in their experiences, not having a lot of insight into how smaller companies operate.
Hardware Engineer in Austin:
Work life balance depends on the cycle of the product being worked on. Sometimes you will have ample time to yourself, other times you will be expected to work 80+ hours a week (both examples can go for 6+ months at a time). 401k matching is good, but the stock program is horrendous. Healthplans are either really poor compared to industry or insanely expensive. Management is generally clueless to what many of the employees are actually doing.
Pros: Flexible hours, remote work is possible, low-medium stress, talented co-workers.
Cons: Below market salaries, very variable bonus compensation and raises (all low to nothing), inconvenient location, does not value low level employees.
"so much potential but being bled dry by accountants"
Pre Sales Technical Consultant:
Pros: people and products
Cons: senior management was promoted out of harms way. cost cutting and large targets make for poor working environment and loss of good people
"Ever evolving and on the edge."
Solutions Architect in Raleigh:
Pros: Familiarity with people and network
Cons: Preferential treatment and advancement of younger colleagues