IBM Blockchain?

New / Eng eYLv05
Dec 8, 2017 21 Comments

Heard IBM is okay as long as you're in one of their growth sectors #newIBM (Cloud, AI, Blockchain). Is this true?

Thinking of accepting an offer there because I'm a fan of the what IBM is doing and the Hyperledger project w/ Linux Foundation, which is what I'd be working with/on:

https://www.ibm.com/blockchain/hyperledger.html

https://www.stellar.org/blog/IBM-KlickEx-Partnership/

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/18/ibm-far-outranks-microsoft-as-blockchain-industry-leader-report.html

Can anyone who works there comment? I've heard mostly bad things, so am a little hesitant.

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TOP 21 Comments
  • Facebook / Eng Kyup24
    They are using blockchain as a buzzword to sell more clients that still are using paper to keep records.
    Dec 8, 2017 1
    • IBM / Eng BTkR37
      why so hatred...Majority of the era changing technologies you are currently sitting on because of IBM's contribution in those...read history...
      Dec 8, 2017
  • OpenX ggm
    They are actually working with Stellar and have released 8 validator nodes. Seems like they aren't just throwing block chain as a buzzword, but actually working on it.
    Dec 8, 2017 0
  • IBM yUau47
    IBM can be a great or crappy place to work. I've been there 10+ years and have been promoted 4 times and make 3x what I did out of college. I still really like it and that's why I've stayed. There's no doubt that there are bad jobs here, but blockchain seems to be one of the bright spots.
    Dec 8, 2017 2
    • Google Asaes
      I was promoted at IBM twice after 2.5 years. I left IBM at band 8 to join Google, it doubled my pay. Life is so good outside of IBM.
      Jan 8, 2018
    • IBM vocm72
      What were you doing at IBM and what did you end up doing at google?
      Feb 15, 2018
  • IBM tttyugd
    There is some good work going on in block chain. Since most of IBM's clients are huge banks it comes as no surprise. I know couple of people who work on block chain platform and they seem to enjoy it.
    Dec 24, 2017 0
  • IBM / Product WqYX36
    I’m not in Blockchain, but I’m in another growth sector (Watson) and have had a solid experience so far. Like some other commenters said, there is bureaucracy, but likewise a lot of brilliant people and great work being done.
    Dec 20, 2017 0
  • IBM fmDG24
    It's fine as long as your expectations are set in advance. Don't expect that IBM is going to value you like a SV company is going to. Don't expect meaningful bonuses/raises. There's a lot of cool technology work being done, but there's also a lot of bureaucracy.
    Dec 8, 2017 0
  • IBM YQKY82
    Avoid IBM at all costs
    Dec 9, 2017 1
    • IBM lold
      Care to elaborate on your experience?
      Dec 9, 2017
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    • IBM VPyJ14
      I'm in security and take issue with some of what you say, particularly the blanket ageist comment. We're losing some high performers to retirement. Leaving because of lack of leadership, poor collaboration and yes, poor performance from peers, some of whom are old school but certainly not all. It's frustrating as hell sometimes that it's hard to replace poor performers, but please don't make it about age.
      Dec 9, 2017
  • IBM Quandum
    I was looking at an SRE job offer I. blockchain earlier in the year and the pay was shit. If you’re interested in the tech you may like it, but you’re not going to get paid well and get good raises/bonuses. I would suggest not joining IBM if I were you. I left to join an external blockchain company, make twice my IBM salary, and am much happier with the what I’m doing.
    Dec 9, 2017 2
    • Microsoft L666
      You joined Coinbase?
      Dec 9, 2017
    • Nope much smaller startup.
      Dec 9, 2017
  • IBM / Other hbKL77
    Working in GTS strategic outsourcing. It’s a different world from other parts of the company. The problems we are working on “solving” are how to not forget that you have to reboot a server after installing windows updates, how to migrate virtual machines from site a to site b and last but not least how to complete a successful backup. But it’s okay we’re only 3 years into our contract so we’ll get there.
    Dec 27, 2017 0
  • Microsoft L666
    What's the pay like for senior engineers?
    Dec 8, 2017 2
    • IBM lold
      Senior Software Engineers? Probably close to $200k maybe... MAYBE.
      Dec 9, 2017
    • IBM YQKY82
      Lol good one
      Dec 9, 2017
  • Capital One / Eng TvMp82
    Ibm has its ups and downs. One thing I would look at: what arm is it with? GTS, GBS? They’ve had issues with those orgs. Also, ibm is augmenting/selling a lot of development to Indian companies like HCl and keeping the IP
    Jan 22, 2018 0
  • IBM cyn1cal
    The biggest issue is when a division goes from being a"poster child" to being a" normal" part of IBM. When "profit target" or " margin goals" become part of the conversation you will find it difficult to update or add equipment, and RIFs are about to start.

    This is especially true if whatever you're working on stops being good headline or press release fodder.
    Dec 19, 2017 0