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IBM Watson | Multiple positions | Pittsburgh | Onsite | Full-time | Citizen; Visa for well-qualified candidates | Scala; Java; Angular.js; Bootstrap; Python; Watson Explorer

IBM Watson in Pittsburgh has several open positions as of this posting. Unfortunately, our listing page is acting up at the moment so I cannot tell exactly which ones. Try back another time or search around a bit!


All or some of these may still be open:

* Watson Technical Product Manager

* Watson User Interface (UI) Junior Developer

* Watson Software Engineer

* Watson User Interface (UI) Developer

* Watson Quality Engineer

* Watson Support Explorer Engineer

I’m the software engineer tech lead on the Watson Explorer connectivity team and former consultant with the product's Professional Services team.

We’re looking for folks versed in Java, Scala, and the Ruby on Rails stack. The UI positions are heavily focused on Angular.js and Bootstrap. We're in new development mode right now, so if you like to start from nothing, you'll like what we're doing.

We do things like TDD, real actual pair programming†, kanban, agile-ish planning (IBM Design Thinking, not some convoluted buzzword bullshit), automated builds, “use the right tool for the job even if it’s not an IBM product”, and daily stand ups that, for the most part, never run past 15 minutes.

We like to have fun, too, having regular board game lunches and evenings, hosting meetup events, weekly communal lunch cooked by one or more of our fantastic cooks, and managers that are incredibly full-of-clue and treat us like the adults we all are.

We try to keep our interview process as bullshit-free as possible. If we think you look good on paper, we’ll reach out for a phone chat and give you the details on a pretty open-ended code test, where you’ll implement a simple library. If we like your solution, then we’ll invite you for a live culture fit and technical interview, in-person if you’re near or remote if not. This process has given us a ridiculously low turnover.

† no, really. We shoot for 50%-75% pairing, otherwise known as “pair when it makes sense”.

You can read more in the many /r/pittsburghjobs posts I’ve made throughout the years both as IBM and as Vivísimo, the startup that IBM acquired in 2012:


We have award-winning engineers, writers, and speakers in our office. One of IBM Design’s principals is located here, too. A few of our staff are on conference organizing committees for Steel City Ruby, DevOps Days, SATURN, etc. Almost half of our desks are standing desks in our open space office plan (where sitting is fine, too!) with a roof deck in the middle of a bustling, multicultural business district.

If you’re physically in Pittsburgh, consider coming to a Code & Supply (http://www.codeandsupply.co) event held in our office. We host several per month; we’re very active in the local developer community. We've hired at least three people that we've met through it...

If you're not in Pittsburgh, you can click that above link and search for other cities. Most Watson positions have "Watson" in the title or at least as a keyword in the search. Or you can try through http://www.ibm.com/watsonjobs and just mention my username when formally applying.

CTRL + F "Pittsburgh" brought me here. Watson looks like a great place to work and I will be sending you a resume.

Code & Supply looks really neat, thanks for posting that :-)

Definitely stop out. C&S has events at IBM regularly.

I'm one of the hiring managers for these positions. AMA

The Pittsburgh Watson Lab works mainly on the Watson Explorer product. We aren't your typical IBM. We're weird, we're gregarious, we're cutting edge and we do awesome things. Here are some videos you can check out to learn more about us.

Vivisimo (start up that IBM acquired): https://vimeo.com/66107386

Vivisimo - Entrepreneur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AON6R0ADwRE

TEDx - Cognitive Computing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zYp4yH4PoQ

Here are the postings for my team:

Watson Software Engineer http://rfer.us/IBEpUP1Hlb

Watson UI Developer http://rfer.us/IBEIpe1Hla

I'm available for any questions you might have at wchaparr[at] us [dot] ibm [dot] com

Apply directly with the links above and shoot me an email.

I should mention that I get a copy of the email when you apply through this site, which asks the bare minimum necessary to get you into the pipeline. I don't get all of that information, but I do get at least your name and email address and I pass that information to the hiring manager, sometimes even walking over to them myself and saying, "LOOK AT THIS MAGNIFICENT PERSON. HIRE THEM. PLZ."

Applying above is not a black hole. Repeat: not a black hole.

The new hire standing next to me as I type this, whom we hired through a post very similar to this a couple of months ago assures you that this is not a black hole. Seriously. She is evidence of the absence of a black hole. Checkmate, doubters.

New Hire here. Colin speaks the truth. Everyone is awesome here. I highly recommend applying. DO ITTTTTT!


Well after interviewing for a different branch of IBM last month from one of these posts. I subsequently fell into a black hole of no responses. When one recruiter/ hiring manager is bad at their job, it looks bad for the whole company.

If you want to chat with me, hit me up on Pittsburgh Code & Supply's Slack chat (http://www.codeandsupply.co/chat) or email me <my hn username> at us · ibm · com.

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