Women at IBM

There are exceptional women who are making a difference.

  • Women have played a key role in some of the most important innovations in IBM's history. Meet some of them through the Technologista series that celebrates some of these accomplishments.
  • IBM was named among Top 10, 2013 NAFE Working Mothers Top 50 Companies for Executive Women.
  • IBM is a three-time Catalyst Award winner, recognizing innovative approaches for developing women.
  • Working Mother magazine has named IBM one of its 100 Best Companies for 27 consecutive years.
  • IBM is represented by fifteen women in the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame.

Meet some women and hear what they have to say about being an IBMer.

  • - Floriana Ferrara, Master Inventor, IBM Italy
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    What made you decide to work for IBM?

    The first time I saw an IBM computer I was 13. It was an IBM PS/2 model and it was built with 8 MHz 80868086. I used to spend hours programming in the Basic language. My dream was to work at IBM.

    What is your biggest accomplishment at IBM?

    My biggest accomplishment has been becoming a Master inventor. IBM believed in my ideas and considered them innovative. The company paid to get them patented and I became a Master Inventor. I think that to be a computer scientist you have to be creative and innovative. I consider a computer scientist as a "modern artist" who uses his computer as his canvas, the keyboard as a paintbrush and the programming languages as colors.

    Has IBM opened the doors to any new experiences for you?

    Yes, definitely and it is still the same.

  • - Naju Medhi, Learning Facilitator and Deployment Manager, IBM India
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    What makes you proud to be an IBMer?

    I take great pride in being a IBMer and the fact that we are truly making a difference to the world through the innovation and technology that we deliver to our clients. The rich heritage of a 100 years of transformational culture driven by strong values inspires me to give my best everyday.

    Has IBM provided you with any unique work-life integration solutions?

    I would consider IBM as the most flexible organization where I have had the opportunity to move from being a regular office goer to a completely work from home employee. Now, I travel to IBM offices only when I have face to face classes and the rest of the time I am able to manage work and my personal life from home or any other location. As long as work is delivered to the standards we want, it does not matter where you are! This flexibility in my role is priceless.

    How has working in a global society impacted your career?

    It has made me collaborative, appreciative of cultural differences and demonstrate inclusive leadership. It offers opportunities like no other to experience diverse cultures and helps leap frog one into becoming a global citizen.

  • - Dotty Maddock, GTS Global Process Owner, United States
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    Has IBM opened the doors to any new experiences for you?

    At the time I joined IBM, I had never been on an airplane! So as I advanced in my career, I soon found myself in a management role coordinating distribution activity throughout the East coast The people I met and the concepts I learned not only opened doors but introduced me to new perspectives. Remember that this was at a time when a woman manager was the exception, and I enjoyed being somewhat of a pioneer.

    What advice would you give to our new IBMers?

    First and foremost, develop your skills, and then keep an open mind. This is a wonderful company, that encourages excellence and rewards performance. If you work hard and with integrity, there will be many opportunities. It's good to have a career plan, but also be flexible and don't be afraid to take a risk and try something new. With a company this size, you can go almost any direction and stay energized.

    How has working in a global society impacted your career?

    I love working in a global role, and think it's amazing that with technology I feel like I "work closely" with fellow IBMers everywhere! Now with so many options (virtual offices, communities, conference calls, sametime, e-mail, smart cloud meetings, webcasts, etc.), I can honestly say I have "teammates" all over the world. The impact of a global society to my career has been the rewards in getting to know and collaborate with IBMers from many different geographies and cultures to accomplish common goals.

You too can be an IBMer.

Over the past 100 years, millions of IBMers all over the globe have helped make the world work better and smarter. Today, our company is made up of more than 430,000 women and men in 170 countries. IBMers are leading business and technology experts working with clients in all industries in the private and public sectors to build a smarter planet. We thrive on solving problems - big and small - and are constantly building our knowledge and expertise in order to find the best solutions to help our clients achieve their goals and create new possibilities.

IBM is growing and we're looking for more talented individuals to join our team. Looking for a new challenge? Interested in making an impact? Looking for a progressive organization that values and rewards collaboration, innovation and creativity? A pre-eminent social enterprise that is today's most essential company? Whether it's consulting, management, research, sales or any other area of business, and if you want to focus on today's most exciting technologies — Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud — the opportunities are endless and you can make a difference at IBM.

What do we look for in an IBMer?

Working at IBM

At IBM we are committed to building a global, diverse workforce. Today women represent approximately 30 percent of IBM employees worldwide and over 22% of our global executive population is made up of women, two-thirds of which are working mothers.

Our work-life 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 balance a life outside of the workplace with the challenging demands of a career. As your needs change, we will work with you to adjust your career path to match your lifestyle. The bottom line: changing careers does not have to mean changing employers.

Mentoring and Networks

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Mentoring is key to leadership development at IBM, especially as employees collaborate in widely scattered virtual teams. Most IBM employees have at least one mentor, starting from the day they join the company and they are paired with more formal and informal mentors throughout their career. IBM has over 220 employee network groups - more than 50 are women's groups including:

  • Women Inventor's Community. Mission: To provide a think-tank environment where small groups of mutually interested, yet globally or organizationally dispersed people communing in small clusters to come up with interesting ideas on specialized or wide-ranging topics.
  • IBM Women's Technical Leadership Forum: Mission: Technical executive women who take a personal role in increasing the diversity of our technical leadership through mentoring, coaching and actively advancing IBM's technical women.
  • Building Relationships and Influence: networking and mentoring program which focuses on nurturing leadership and networking skills, goal setting, personal branding and executive presence.
  • SuperWomen's Group. Mission: To provide an inspirational community for the growth and advancement of all women.

All IBMers are eligble to apply for a coveted spot in the Corporate Services Corps. Launched in 2008, the program is designed to provide IBMers with high quality leadership development while delivering high quality problem solving for communities and organizations in emerging markets.

Rankings and awards

At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an industry-leader, as well as a great place to work. The recognition we receive reinforces our ongoing efforts to make the right decisions on behalf of our employees, our clients and the communities we serve around the world.

Diversity Inc 2012 top 50 companies for diversity Global top 50 Ratings, Number 2, World's most attractive employeers 2012, certified by Universum Catalyst logo

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