Language Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Raleigh, NC – January 12, 2018
It was a great place to work. Many learning opportunities in educational classes. Consistent good working behavior allows for advancement for increased wages and promotion. It was family oriented business.
First Line Manager (Current Employee) – Durham, NC – January 12, 2018
A long stretch of poor business performance has resulted in an environment where financial targets are met by letting people go. When this continues for as long as it has, then you start letting go the knowledge and experience that keeps the business alive; and you can no longer attract the new talent needed to grow and to innovate. IBM is at that point. A clean sweep of the company's senior leadership could save the business.
Constantly changing organization and organizational goals.
Federal Sales Manager, Cognitive Solutions (Former Employee) – Bethesda, MD – January 11, 2018
I would not recommend IBM. Their Federal practice (where I worked) was not well organized and not well managed. There were constant down size activities (called resource actions) where folks were targeted (myself included) not by performance (I was 131% of my quota) but by some sort of matrix based upon band level.
Executive Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – San Jose, CA – January 11, 2018
The Project management team was so dynamic and collaborative that everyone was motivated to bring their A game continually.
Hours were basically 24/7 if needed when working with a global team, lunch at desk, these were the hardest parts of the job. This was not a verbal requirement, however it become our workplace culture. With that said, it was doable because at the time working remote was an option.
Politics, luck and economy all play a part in which engagement you get. In lean times, the competition is high, and nepotism or who you know gets you the gig. In busy times, you have your pick of engagements.
Project Manager (Former Employee) – United States – January 10, 2018
I really enjoyed working for IBM. There was so much potential for growth and advancement. They used to pay for education so you continue growing even if you stay in the same role. They offered mentoring. Working with customers was demanding which affected the work/life balance. However, other jobs within IBM did offer work/life balance where a parent can do job sharing or work part-time. All in all, I loved working for IBM and only left because of family needs.
Technical Solution Specialist (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 10, 2018
Really enjoy working for IBM. It is a great job for a technical person straight out of college. I've learned numerous skills and life lessons from just a little under a year of working there. Would recommend IBM to anyone who wants to work for a great company that focuses on innovation and keeping their employees happy.
Technical Support (Former Employee) – Alpharetta, GA – January 10, 2018
Not much to say at this time. I prefer to not give a typical day at work or what I learned, or talk about management. the work place culture the hardest part of my job, or the most enjoyable part of the job.
17 years with company. Great first 10 years with management, direction, focus, innovation. pride. Lost focus on employees and sales and 1st & 2nd line quality management and became too metrics oriented. Spreadsheet driven and lack of consistancy and focus on customers and employees. New leadership top down could chanage all of this and once again make it a place to be proud to work.
I worked for IBM as a contract employee until I was offered the chance for a 3 year contract with IBM. I had 2 wonderful team leads while I was there and enjoyed working WITH them. It was a position that was similar to my work with Wells and the systems were the same. So transition was easy. I was tasked as a Subject Matter Expert due to my experience. I helped other team mates with setting up conference calls, what screens would be helpful to them and how to set up Excel spreadsheets. I enjoyed helping others and teaching them how to streamline the job. In my calls with attorneys I learned their side of the process and during conference calls we both learned what affect the roles of each of us had on the other.
The most difficult part was setting goals for the year. I had a tendency to minimize what I did and did not give myself enough credit. My team lead helped so much with that.
Industry Consultant (Current Employee) – Ann Arbor, MI – January 9, 2018
IBM has a lot to offer but may come up short if you decide you want to change your career path. One of the things I liked the most is that you have free access to most of IBM's products (Watson Analytics, Db2, Data Science Experience, etc). If you're heaving into analytics and IT and like the idea of working for heavily marketed, household IT name that even your Grandparents are familiar with, work here. The pay is not competitive and benefits are geared towards employees only, and some parents with multiple children have had a tough time managing costs.
Big company, big name, doing some cool things
Hard to find your fit with so many people, pay is not competitive.
The 2 poeople who should take a job at IBM Rochester are Early professionals looking to get into corporate finance and family people looking to make a permanent home somewhere.
There are lots of role and lots of oppurtunities to work in slightly different roles in finance in Rochester. But,,, there are no opportunities, or at least extremely few, to open yourself up to new jobs outside finance, transition a skill set or develop skills that the management doesn't think you will need.
IBM is a very stable company, you will never get rich working there but you will have a job.
Excellent work life balance, good learning oppurtunity