Why IBM?

IBMers bring out the forward-thinker in all people. That's because we're in the business of making the world work better. Not just envisioning a better world. Not just building the technology for that. But actually delivering results and making it work better. Making it work smarter.

At IBM, employees have the opportunity to change the way the world works — literally. That is, the systems and processes that enable:

For the first time in history, almost anything can become digitally 'aware' and interconnected. Smart airports, smart banks, smart roadways, smart cities — with so much technology available at such a low cost, the list of possibilities is endless.

The world is at a critical inflection point. We know we are all now connected economically, technically and socially. But being connected is not sufficient. We also have to infuse intelligence into our systems and ways of working. The world is smaller, flatter, faster. We think it can be smarter, too.

At IBM, you will have the opportunity to work for the world. We strive to attract imaginative and innovative individuals seeking careers without boundaries.

IBM offers a wealth of businesses from which to choose. Whether you're interested in consulting or computing, research or retail, software or sales, there's something for you at IBM.

As a new hire or intern, you can find opportunities in:

Major business units

The following links provide brief descriptions of our business units. Review the sections to learn more.

IBM Corporate Headquarters

IBM relies on dedicated teams of professionals who maintain our best-of-class business operations, help us identify trends, take advantage of opportunities and plan for the future. Within IBM's corporate staff organizations, you will find the heart of our business operations. IBM Corporate Headquarters could be the place for you if you:

IBM Global Business Services

Do you want to make an impact? IBM Global Business Services makes a difference by solving complex business issues for the world's leading clients and by giving them an advantage in the market. With operations in 160 countries across 17 industries, IBM Global Business Services is the world's largest consulting organization, with a unique position at the intersection of business and technology.

We're looking for people like you who can:

IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing partners with IBM in providing total services and solutions to our customers around the world. We offer a wide variety of financial products and alternatives that provide significant flexibility to help our clients implement their IT hardware, software and services requirements. Our comprehensive portfolio of offerings has made us the world's premier single-source provider for multi-vendor IT financing solutions.

IBM Global Financing might be the right place for you if you want to:

IBM Global Technology Services

IBM makes world-class hardware and software. But there's more to our relationship with our customers than selling those solutions. IBM Global Technology Services works with companies of all sizes, in just about every country, to provide our customers with the best technology services they can find anywhere.

This could be the place for you if you want to:

IBM Sales and Distribution

Creating great products is only one part of the IBM equation. While most IBM employees work behind the scenes, our sales people are the face of IBM and the engine at the forefront of our success. If you were born to sell, we offer excellent training and opportunities to work with some of the most powerful organizations in the world.

This could be the career for you if you:

IBM Software Group

As the world's second-largest software maker, our developers strive to ensure that the millions of people already using IBM software have the most reliable platforms available. While other software makers cling to yesterday's proprietary models, IBM is looking to tomorrow and championing the advancement of open source code.

You want to work for IBM Software Group if you:

IBM Systems and Technology Group

The concept of 'business machines' has changed over the years — accounting machines have given way to semiconductors, networking equipment, servers and storage devices. One thing has stayed the same: IBM is an industry leader. Our engineers have the chance to work on best-in-class systems and technologies, as well as the most advanced and cost-effective on demand supply chain in the industry. They strive to improve the client experience, client results and ease of doing business.

You want to work for IBM Systems and Technology Group if you:

IBM Research

IBM Research is your gateway to innovation and invention! At IBM Research, you can collaborate with clients, universities and worldwide teams. You can work on multidisciplinary projects that quickly lead to prototypes or long-term projects that last for years.

Whatever you do, you will be in an environment that nurtures some of the most innovative and creative thinkers in the world. Among other honors, IBM researchers have been recognized with five Nobel prizes, seven U.S. National Medals of Technology and five National Medals of Science.

You want to work for the world of IBM Research if you:

IBM is a world leader in innovation, collaboration, and global integration. We help transform companies in every industry and research, develop and manufacture technology that changes history and changes lives.

The IBM environment
IBMers truly are innovators. In 2007, we logged an impressive 3,148 patents — more than any competitor and enough to lead the industry for the 15th consecutive year.

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IBM corporate responsibility

In 2008, one hundred IBM employees from thirty-three countries were selected to participate in the company's new Corporate Service Corps program to develop leadership skills while addressing socio-economic challenges in emerging markets.

These employees had a direct impact on the lives of those in undeveloped countries while having a personal life-changing experience. Learn about their individual and team experiences by their reading blogs and watching their videos at ibm.com/corporateservicecorps

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Fast facts about the work of IBMers: awards, history and the competition


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IBM recently launched Corporate Service Corps — a program designed to increase our global influence, improve employee leadership skills, help local communities, and foster the economies of emerging markets. In 2008, we sent 600 employees on volunteer assignments.

Learn about their individual and team experiences by their reading blogs and watching their videos.