What do you think about starting your career at IBM?

New wD13tn
Jul 2, 2019 159 Comments

Is this a bad move? Or a good one? I got an offer for about 100k and don't have competing offers yet. I really like the people that I interviewed with but am afraid that this might not be a good job to start my career. Do people move from IBM to FAANG or will there be good future opportunities beyond IBM?


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TOP 159 Comments
  • Congrats on the offer!
    IBM is a very well known company, and you will learn a lot there. You can easily transition to FANG or any company after, as long as you Leetcode.
    If you don’t get any better offers, you should definitely take it.
    Jul 2, 2019 3
    • I think people shit post on TC contests and such but give good answers for the most part
      Jul 2, 2019
    • Comcast G0ku
      @microsoft those are just the most upvoted reddit comments! Scroll down to see downvoted/collapsed, its a cesspool like everywhere else! I prefer Blind to r/cscareerquestions anyday. For non-work related topics yay reddit
      Jul 2, 2019
  • Google Mr. GIass
    What is wrong with you? IBM is a great company to have on your resume. Don't chase an acronym dude. You do you, and be happy.
    Jul 2, 2019 0
  • Microsoft flekfpw
    Bad. Accept and keep interviewing. Renege if you have too. IBM ain't worth shit.
    Jul 2, 2019 5
    • StockX GapF22
      Jul 2, 2019
    • Salesforce aTicTac
      It means to go back on your word
      Jul 3, 2019
  • Google cheaperBnB
    Anyone can move to FAANG from anywhere, I started my career as an auditor (accountant) at a Big 4 consulting firm before I got into tech. The biggest thing is how much drive you have to push yourself; non-coincidentally, that drive will be helpful for your career regardless of where you work.

    Also, congrats on the job offer!
    Jul 2, 2019 2
    • Impressive! Are you an SWE rn? How did you pass the resume screening for SWE?
      Jul 2, 2019
    • Nvidia ic4cc
      You work in finance or IT or SWE ? Great job
      Jul 2, 2019
  • Amazon B1nd1ya
    Dude/tte! I was a civil engineer before. Now in Product Management at Amazon. One of my peers was a butcher!!! I hired a young PM who was an artist, and then an assistant to an executive. Modern companies realize that intelligence and critical thinking are a far more valuable skill sets than where you worked before/what you officially learnt.

    Can you communicate effectively? Are you (generally) right most times given time to think? Are you always curious? Do you have an unrelenting urge to grow and challenge yourself? Can you collaborate? If the answers are yes, take the job. Your life is in front of you. Unless criminal, your past decisions are not a blocker for career prospects
    Jul 2, 2019 5
    • Universal Orlando 8675309k
      I need to work for you.
      Jul 2, 2019
    • Nutanix GimV31
      That’s why @amazon is so polite because he’s a civil engineer.
      Jul 2, 2019
  • Oracle TarkMurd
    IBM might not be a sexy name you can brag about to your friends but its a big company and will absolutely not hold you back in your career in any way, unless you stick around too long.
    Jul 2, 2019 4
    • Cerner below
      I would say that your friends and family know IBM as a tech giant more then the others (at least family)
      Jul 2, 2019
    • Oracle TarkMurd
      Uh oracle isn't either, nor is sap. But this topic is about ibm so chill the fuck out @nakekash
      Jul 3, 2019
  • Amazon i9ju7u
    Could be worse. You could be working for $15 moving boxes at Amazon FC

    Be grateful
    Jul 2, 2019 1
  • Congrats on the job offer!! I agree with the comment above - you should have no problem moving to FAANG. I worked for 5 years at a "3 man" start up. Got offers from FAANG! They don't really care where you came from. Just solve those damn leetcode problems 😂 Goodluck!!
    Jul 2, 2019 0
  • Google InProgress
    IBM may not sound as sexy as the newer companies and it may have lost its flair but it is a fantastic company to be in. Not all companies make it to 100+ years and few have contributed to computing as IBM has.

    If you are lucky your team and manager will help you grow and even prepare you for a career inside and outside of IBM.

    If you join, do start working on internal certifications. Foundation-level is easily doable. Find yourself a mentor and document everything you do for the first PBC cycle (get ahead of this and start sooner rather than later).
    Jul 2, 2019 2
    • Google InProgress
      Also, IBM is a place where it is easy to pick up new tasks. This is key to growing into the role you want.

      If this is not feasible, plan to stay in a role 2-3 years. Do not stay in a role for longer or you will get comfortable and your growth will stagnate.
      Jul 2, 2019
    • Amazon aaaaahh
      Y’all think you’re better than Amazonians and yet say this about IBM? Wtf
      Jul 3, 2019
  • Palo Alto Networks QtYK33
    You are committing career suicide with ur first job. I know people who desperately are trying to leave but no one in the Bay Area wants them. Unless u have no other option and need a visa sponsorship or need it for food and shelter, then yes. Otherwise no!
    Jul 2, 2019 7
    • Microsoft iiieeegemm
      Palo, not sure where you're from but here we don't define people by where they work.

      If someone does that then they are fing idiot, like you for instance.
      Jul 3, 2019
    • IBM olkh
      Sounds like your friends are too dumb to move up a ladder. This also sounds like the same spiel said for people considering consulting companies. Therefore I can say the same shit about a non FAANG company like Palo Alto, "only take a job there if you're too incompetent for FAANG or need food and shelter then yes"
      Jul 3, 2019


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