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Software Engineer Intern

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Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I have been working at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Pay was really high compared to what I'm supposed to get for being so junior. Nice office, really cool building, and really great people. A flexible schedule, yoga lessons, and gym. The company is really large and you feel like you belong.

Cons

No catered food and other things you can expect from a place like Google I guess. Also lots of bureaucratic tape I find. I didn't really get affected by that too much but I know my co-workers did.

Advice to Management

Less tape. More food.

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    Global culture, local thinking!

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    Former Employee - Campaign Planner, Marketing Specialist, Market Segment Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Campaign Planner, Marketing Specialist, Market Segment Manager in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Multi-culture work experience
    Vast and varied learning
    Good opportunities
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Easy to go unnoticed in the crowd
    Engulfed by bureaucracy
    Local thinking not in sync with global culture
    Mismatched skills and roles

    Advice to Management

    Ensure a uniform implementation of IBM values across all the teams in the world
    Review hiring process to check for fitment
    Monitor favoritism

  2. Helpful (1)

    Good to work for, if you're able to stay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Benefits of a global enterprise with a strong position in the market and the clients
    - Salary and benefits are not top, but still competitive
    - Work performance is really valued (depends on the management, but it's usual)
    - Growth opportunities exist, altough it'll require a lot of extra work

    Cons

    - Too many directives and standards
    - Although it's not a cut-throat environment, there are lots of pressure to reduce costs (meaning people)
    - Some people work a lot, others not so much; the first are rewarded if they're lucky, if they're unfortunate they'll be listed for non-renovation anyway, but not all the bad employees are on the leave list
    - Not the most friendly environment; not talking about costume parties, or after hours parties, but it tends to be a very neutral environment

    Advice to Management

    Although the US pressure is for an ever increasing share profit, client value will suffer in meantime, at least if you exclude growth countries.Also I believe expectations are set that are not achievable with such a low resource count (even worse if they're not that good sometimes).

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