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Every business has it's own style. What is the office environment and culture like at IBM?

Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?

What is a typical day in the life of an employee at IBM?

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Storm Mountain in Boulder, Colorado

90 months ago

Expect business casual iin the office. Some folks wear jeans, but the expectation is business casual. Offices in the East wear ties and suits in some units.

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Big Daddy Love in Raleigh, North Carolina

87 months ago

Host said: Every business has it's own style. What is the office environment and culture like at IBM?

Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?

What is a typical day in the life of an employee at IBM?

Depnds on the department or division. Typically people working in the commercial aspect of IBM with regualr interactions with Suppliers or Customers are dressed business casual M-Th. Fridays are typically "casual" in which people will wear jeans and tenner shoes.

For Engineers, they typically wear jeans and a variety of tops. Given that these individuals are in labs all day orking and have very little interaction outside of Engineering, they typically are very casual in their appearance.

As far as suit and ties, that is an old IBM legacy. Some of the grey beards will wear a tie on Monday to honor the old IBM tradition. I can tell you that Ties are optional and confined to the New York State locations. As long time member of IBM in RTP, NC, I can assue you that nobody wears a tie.

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Big Daddy Love in Raleigh, North Carolina

87 months ago

Host said: Every business has it's own style. What is the office environment and culture like at IBM?

Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?

What is a typical day in the life of an employee at IBM?

Almost forgot. As far as "get togethers" depends on the group. Some managers and teams enjoy being around each other given that they work about 60 hours a week. Or I should state, people are piad for a 60 hour work week. Some work a lot more and some less. Anyway, managers usually sent the tone for the group. Some managers get together and have outtings. Others are too focussed on their on careers and do not participate. Same holds true with individuals.

A typical day in the life of an IBM employee goes something like this. Meetings, Charts, Action Items, and Emails. Which is followed by scheduling a Pre-Meeting to discuss details and talking about the details in the Meeting. Spending hours creating charts and presentations, followed by receiving Action Items to redo the data. Then end up answering 100 emails a day.

In a more granule level, it is not easy to survive in the IBM ork environment. The shear girth of the company is complex and it is hard to figure out how things work and who is important. The company is extremely buearacratic and rigid to get anything accomplished. Most people think of IBM offering cutting edge products and fosters an environment that induces creativity. Quite the contrary, the company has too many systems that do not share a commaon interface. Data has to be pulled from 3 different systems and dumped into spreasheets and manually worked. Not to mention the politics. You have to be politically savvy to survive in IBM. As with anything in life, timing is everything. Being at the right place, at the right time, will lead to success within IBM.

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matt in Boston, Massachusetts

86 months ago

business casual, some people really dress down every day tho.

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