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There is no other company like IBM and there is no business professional like the IBMer. We are experts in nearly every technical scientific and business field. We are citizens of, and apply our expertise in, more than 170 countries. Yet we are united by a single purpose: to be essential. We do that by creating the most advanced technology to change how our clients work and run their businesses. And through them, IBMers change how the world works.

The world is at a major turning point: technology is enabling entirely new forms of business operations, business models, industries and outcomes. We have exponentially more power to reach the full potential of our life's work than any humans before us. This is our vision for the future -- our belief in the rise of you -- this is: You to the power of IBM.

“Every generation of IBMers has the opportunity –and, I believe, the responsibility –to invent a new IBM. This is our time.”— Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO
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    Meet a Fairygodboss at IBM

    • Name

      Cecelia V Schartiger

    • Position

      Compliance Officer, Cyber & Biometrics Security

      Rocket Center, WV

    I joined IBM after earning my teaching degree from Frostburg State University. I was struggling to find consistent work as a teacher, which made it hard to create a routine for my family. After getting tips from a few friends, submitting applications and having a few interviews, I was able to translate the behavioral skills I learned as a teacher into a job as a project staffing professional at IBM’s center in nearby Rocket Center, West Virginia, where I helped identify the right IBMers to work on various client work. As I learned more about the technology industry in my new position, I began to notice that at IBM and many other companies, there was a lot of buzz around cybersecurity and a substantial amount of open jobs in the field. I was curious, so I began taking an online class in cybersecurity at Allegany College of Maryland to learn the basic skills – an understanding of technological processes, terminology, how systems work together, and how to look for signs of potential online threats. With a foundational knowledge of the field, I wrote an email to the manager of IBM’s local cybersecurity team stating my interest. After several interviews, I was hired in October 2016. In my new role, I’ve continued to build my skills both in the classroom and through on-the-job training as a compliance officer for IBM’s highly-secured cloud environment for U.S. government clients. I’m proud to work directly with IBM clients to secure and manage work that’s truly important to our country. In fact, IBM’s Rocket Center is the industry’s only cloud offering to receive the highest government certification available to handle sensitive workloads vial to America’s national defense. Every day is a new adventure in this job field, I get to experience and learn a great deal about the ever evolving world of technology and the ways that we help to make it safer.

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    Meet a Fairygodboss at IBM

    • Name

      Cecilia Carranza Lewis

    • Position

      Senior Technical Staff Member, Software Engineer

      Silicon Valley

    Cecilia began as a programmer at IBM writing operating system code for z/OS,  the mainframe operating system.  She quickly found her passion in technical leadership. In her current role, Cecilia develops strategic architecture and drives technical design and direction across a large development team delivering client value in the area of data and storage management on z/OS.  Her most recent achievement was being recognized at the corporate level for her technical leadership in delivering exploitation of zEnterprise Data Compression (zEDC), a high-performance compression accelerator, making compression capabilities within the mainframe operating system much more attractive to clients.

    Cecilia feels very fortunate to work for a company that provides a broad range opportunities that allow her to pursue goals in both her professional as well as personal life. She enjoys the challenges involved in her technical career path. She has benefited from the technical mentorship programs at IBM, both as a mentee as well as a mentor.  Her dedication to the Hispanic community has prompted her to lead various IBM diversity initiatives, and she truly values the opportunity IBM provides in giving back to the community where she continues to pursue her passion in encouraging youth in STEM. 

    In her own words: "IBM's flexibility has allowed me to focus on what is most important: My Family. Not missing one of my son's school events or sports games is a vital part of my career growth"

What Women Should Know about Working At IBM
At IBM, women have been making contributions to the advancement of information technology for almost as long as the company has been in existence. Where many companies proudly date their affirmative action programs to the 1970s, IBM has been creating meaningful roles for female employees since the 1930s.

Our history supporting the advancement of women:

1899   Hired our first female employee

1934   IBM recruited its first female professional

1935   First written equal opportunity policy "Men and women will do the same kind of work for equal pay. They will have the same treatment, the same responsibilities and the same opportunity for advancement."  IBM founder, Thomas J. Watson Sr

This was almost 30 years before the US passed the Equal Pay Act

1943   First woman vice president, Ruth Leach -- we believe, the first woman to be appointed to such a position in corporate America

2006   Longtime IBMer, Fran Allen became the first woman to receive the prestigious Turing Award for technical contributions to the computing community

2012    First woman CEO appointed – Virginia Rometty


Industry Recognition
  • IBM has been recognized by Working Mother magazine as one of the Top Companies for working mothers for 32 consecutive years.  In 2005, we were inducted into the Working Mother magazine Hall of Fame.
  • IBM has been awarded as one of Working Mother magazine's Top Companies for Women of Color since 2003.
  • IBM is a three-time Catalyst Award winner, recognizing innovative approaches for developing women.
  • In 2017, IBM is once again one of NAFE’s Top 10 Companies for Executive Women, for the 11th year in a row.

IBM executives focus on women technical executive and technical pipeline
  • We have programs to attracts mid-career professional women “back” to a technical career path, both inside and outside of IBM.
  • We aggressively develop the pipeline of women technical leaders via personalized technical learning roadmaps for women re-entering the technical career path and provide personalized, local technical learning opportunities for all technical women.
  • We provide opportunities for technical engagement, inside and outside of IBM, and expand individual awareness/understanding of the technical career path throughout the company.
  • We ensure women technical leaders remain in and progress to positions of value, aligned with business demand. 

IBM develops leadership offerings to advance women
  • We offer high touch, high impact development courses aimed to increase and retain the number of women progressing towards and attaining executive roles.  Our program results confirm higher promotion rates for talented women resulting from greater confidence, networking and influence, and higher retention rates resulting from greater sense of power, achievement and IBM’s commitment to their advancement.

IBM features women in our Academy of Technology
  • We have a society of IBM technical leaders organized to advance the understanding of key technical areas, improve communications in and development of IBM's global technical community, and engage clients in technical pursuits of common value.
  • The Academy promotes women in the THINK Series, which is internal and external livestream events.
  • Provides emerging technical leaders and next generation of technologists playlists of women subject matter experts. Read more at http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/academy/index.html

Programs, initiatives, groups

    • Unconscious bias training
    • Yes
    • Internal mentorship / sponsorship programs
    • Yes
    • Internal employee networking
    • Yes
    • Succession planning initiatives
    • Yes
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for recruiting
    • Yes
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for performance evaluation
    • Yes

Flexible working

    • Flexible working policies
    • Our work-life integration and career development programs give you the power to design your workday and your life, according to your unique styles and needs. By taking advantage of our programs you can manage a life outside of the workplace with the challenging demands of a career. As your professional and personal needs change, we will work with you to adjust your career path so you can manage both effectively.
    • Remote working
    • Yes
    • Part-time working
    • Yes

Parental Leave

    • Overview: Parental leave policies
    • IBM has a set of robust and comprehensive parental leave offerings.  From expanded paid time off for mothers, fathers, and adoptive parents, to an innovative breast milk delivery service for nursing mothers on business travel. Recently upgraded lactation rooms and expectant mother parking are available at select IBM locations.  We provide priority enrollment at select child care centers near IBM offices, and discounts with national childcare providers. Employees are eligible to receive $50,000 towards services for each child with mental, physical or developmental disabilities. Access to these services are available to all IBMers, there is no waiting period as a new hire.
    • Paid maternity leave
    • Yes, 20 weeks
    • Unpaid maternity leave
    • Yes, at Manager discretion
    • Paid paternity leave
    • Yes, 12 weeks
    • Unpaid paternity leave
    • Yes, at Manager discretion
    • Adoptive paid leave
    • Yes, 12 weeks
    • Short-term disability benefits
    • Yes
    • Additional short-term disability info
    • Regular employees who are birth mothers of newborn children receive Short-Term Disability (STD) for a six - to eight - week period (six weeks for regular deliveries and eight weeks for a Cesarean birth). Additionally, employees can request 12 weeks paid bonding time off within 12 months of their child's birth or adoption. At manager discretion, paid parental bonding leave can be flexible and intermittent. The 12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave is in addition to the STD time.

Maternity-Related Benefits

    • Lactation facilities
    • Yes

Care-taking benefits

    • Care-taking benefits information
    • The IBM Global Work-Life Fund was created to address the dependent care needs of our employees i.e child care and elder care. IBM's investment in dependent care programs help IBM attract and retain valuable employees and help employees better manage work and personal & family responsibilities.  Some of the innovative programs: 

      -        Care General: Web based elder care management tool designed to simplify and coordinate the care process for family caregivers

      -        Priority Enrollment and Discounts at Child Care Centers

      -        Educational Camps for school age children

      -        Dependent Care Resources and Referrals 

      -        Lactation Rooms for nursing mothers

      -        Parenting webinars
    • Back-up childcare
    • Yes
    • On-site childcare
    • Yes
    • PTO that explicitly covers care-taking
    • Yes
    • Elder-care benefits
    • Yes

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