Yes, IBM does use background checks as part of their hiring process.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
Not all checks are equal. Each state has a different process. Some, like the ones listed here, only perform checks that go back seven years:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
*sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.
Other states will only reveal convictions that you were found guilty of. They leave off any charges that were dismissed or that you were found not guilty of. Here are those states:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Then there are the states that show everything on their background checks. That means all charges show up, including the ones in which you were found not guilty. Those states are:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
On the website glassdoor.com, IBM has a 3.6 out of a possible 5 star rating.
When it comes to what people like about the company, the main praise goes to the work-life balance. Many positions offer flexible work arrangements and some jobs can even be done from home. People also said there was great potential for growth within the company.
Since there are so many employees at IBM, a common complaint is that management cares little for individual employees. There were some complaints that pay was low, but not many.
What felonies IBM will not hire
The company hasn’t let us know of any straight-out rejectable offenses, but we have some thoughts on what convictions will make it harder for you.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
You may still be wondering: Does IBM hire felons? We told you that the chances were average, but there are some convictions that may make it harder to get hired than others.
You may have a hard time getting a job in procurement at IBM if you have theft charges. They deal with very valuable equipment and may see that as a liability. Those with any kind of computer crime charges will also have a hard time getting hired in positions where you will have access to sensitive information.
Just because your charges may keep you from one type of entry-level job doesn’t mean you won’t qualify for another one.
Does IBM hire sex offenders?
We have no idea. Not only has the company not made a stance on this, there are no online reports letting us know the pattern.
Does IBM drug test?
IBM didn’t give us an answer to this question. In our research across job boards and other postings, most people say they were never drug tested.
Keep in mind that IBM has many contracts with the federal government, so they will be subject to federal law which still counts marijuana as an illegal narcotic. While marijuana may be legal in many states, it’s still illegal at the federal level.
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