Has anyone here worked for IBM?

  • Chainers

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    Apr 06, 2014 10:33 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    IBM is drafting me an offer for a marketing internship, and I wanted to see if anyone has any experience with them, good or bad. I have heard mixed things and would like to see what it out there.

    Thanks!
  • tj85016

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    Apr 07, 2014 4:08 AM GMT
    my brother Pete has been in finance in Somers, NY for 24 years - he hates it, but is just hanging on for the best retirement package he can get. It's cut throat, he's fired over 3000 people.

    my friend Kurt from high school has been there 22 years in engineering in Burlington, VT with some secret security job. He was a cross-country star in high school, now he's a fat, depressed mess.

    I grew up in a huge IBM area in Franklin Lakes, NJ where Office Products used to be (now defunct). I have more negative experiences about IBM than positive - but try the internship, you can always leave, but if it's an unpaid internship, fuck 'em
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    Apr 07, 2014 4:54 AM GMT
    They seem to have a high churn rate. I knew a couple of people that worked for IBM in the Bay Area. They left after a couple of years. But this was right after college, around early 2000. Maybe things are different now.
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    Apr 08, 2014 1:13 AM GMT
    LOL. Why did this thread get moved to the Science & Tech sub?
  • Chainers

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    Apr 08, 2014 11:33 AM GMT
    xrichx saidLOL. Why did this thread get moved to the Science & Tech sub?


    Because the admin is stupid as fuck.
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    Apr 08, 2014 1:08 PM GMT
    xrichx saidThey seem to have a high churn rate. I knew a couple of people that worked for IBM in the Bay Area. They left after a couple of years. But this was right after college, around early 2000. Maybe things are different now.


    In 2000 a lot of people were job hopping for quick bumps in pay. This was especially true in IT because there was such a high demand.

    I haven't heard a lot of good things about IBM. Old companies like this are often victims of stale office cultures which prevent any real progress in developing efficiency in internal processing.

    I found these URLs that provide feedback from employees. I don't know if this is useful to you, but it's worth a look.

    http://www.thejobcrowd.com/employer/ibm/best-worst
    http://www.indeed.com/cmp/IBM/reviews

    In general, I think an internship with a company like IBM would be useful for someone starting out. I don't know what other offers you have or how competitive your field is but I'm sure you're taking this into account.

    If the pay is competitive, and the benefits are decent I don't see a down side to trying with the company. You can always move on.

    Good-luck!
  • Chainers

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    Apr 08, 2014 1:23 PM GMT
    creyente said
    xrichx saidThey seem to have a high churn rate. I knew a couple of people that worked for IBM in the Bay Area. They left after a couple of years. But this was right after college, around early 2000. Maybe things are different now.


    In 2000 a lot of people were job hopping for quick bumps in pay. This was especially true in IT because there was such a high demand.

    I haven't heard a lot of good things about IBM. Old companies like this are often victims of stale office cultures which prevent any real progress in developing efficiency in internal processing.

    I found these URLs that provide feedback from employees. I don't know if this is useful to you, but it's worth a look.

    http://www.thejobcrowd.com/employer/ibm/best-worst
    http://www.indeed.com/cmp/IBM/reviews

    In general, I think an internship with a company like IBM would be useful for someone starting out. I don't know what other offers you have or how competitive your field is but I'm sure you're taking this into account.

    If the pay is competitive, and the benefits are decent I don't see a down side to trying with the company. You can always move on.

    Good-luck!


    This is kind of what I heard. Some of our 2nd years got a good offer with IBM, others got shafted when it came to a full time offer. Either way, I figured it would look good on a resume, and help me get my foot in the door of tech.
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    Apr 08, 2014 1:26 PM GMT
    I think it will definitely look good on the resume. Congratulations! Best of luck!