IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1308 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1281 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 414 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 208 reviews)

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    Not for the motivated, or those wanting to grow their career.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Name recognition looks good on resume.

    Cons

    Lack of raises and bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not like they care, so I am not going to bother.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    What have you done for me TODAY because yesterday does not matter!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work in different projects and clients.

    Cons

    Management has no loyalty for its employees. Employees are considered inventory rather than people. Change and growth enabled unqualified people to rise to executive positions. I was rated a 2+ and the following year my client had a large cut in their budget. Consequently, the client cut every contract in place and rescinded existing opportunities. Although my client directed as much work as possible to us, my sales were significantly down from the prior year when I was rated a 2+. Although I had been part of the organization from pre-PWC days and I was known for excellent to outstanding work, I was summarily fired although IBM tried to sugar coat it by saying there were too many employees at my level. This classification was a joke as they promoted others to band 10 during the same review. One of the employees promoted to band 10 had been fired by a client for doing a poor job yet the employee was promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete review of executives to identify those employees that are open to constructive criticism and do not punish employees that offer constructive criticism and suggest alternatives. Promote executives based on talent and experience rather than personal appearance, willingness to party and golf, and personal relationships

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    EPS and profits above everything else... rapidly becoming a giant mumbling rathole

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Global company with huge portfolio of advanced software and hardware products, competitive cloud platform (SoftLayer) and good (but not great) service capabilities. Vast sales and distribution network across all industries, strong ties to government institutions (in most countries), access to the largest companies across the globe. Solid (but rapidly deteriorating) technical and consulting know-how. Attempts to "move decisions closer to the clients" are laudable, but drown in the sea of incompetence.

    Cons

    Mid-level management structure and their lack of skills (both technical and people-management) are absolutely atrocious. There are layers upon layers of "pointy-hair managers" - every other Dilbert cartoon seems to be inspired by IBM. 2015 EPS target drives all decision making, cost-cutting replaces innovation, and there is shortage of ideas where the new growth should come from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate redundant management layers - not ground-level workers who do their jobs. Get real about rhetoric and make everyone "walk the walk", while getting behind the employees and focusing on client needs, not just profits and revenue disguised as "value-based pricing".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    No leadership or management, horrible culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, great coworkers, decent salaries, chance to work with international colleagues

    Cons

    Deceptive leadership
    Lack of respect for employees
    Everyone refers to their layoff as "not if, but when"
    "Wal Mart of consulting" - projects are staff augmentation
    Benefits greatly reduced
    Company won't pay for any expenses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start at the top - it is the execs who are destroying the company, not the workers. You say we aren't delivering for customers, but who is responsible. If it truly the workers failing, then it is your hiring and training causing the problem. But let's be honest: you keep cutting resources, provide no support, and then wonder why we are failing. More and more of your top talent are either laid off or have left voluntarily. The rest of us (yes, top rated) are just waiting for the severance because we know we can get a job easily elsewhere when we are the one selected to go. And, it is telling that while you have lots of openings, those laid off can't transfer to one of those without a HUGE amount of executive intervention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Resource actions aplenty.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent customers look for IBM GBS to provide state of the art technology solutions. IBM develops excellent proposals with details on who, how and what will be delivered. Upon award of contracts, IBM looks for other than bid individuals to work the engagement.

    Cons

    Customers are provided with numerous employees that are not prepared to provide the service or solution that was proposed. Business Analysts typically have limited knowledge of the customer environment and even less knowledge of IBMs process and procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not bid opportunities that you do not have the proper resources to staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company for career advancements

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They have a pretty good benefits package

    Cons

    No real room for career growth
    They will pay new hires more than an employee who has worked there for a few years
    Senior leadership only cares about making their numbers each quarter
    You have to pay out of pocket for happy hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give back to your employees instead of being so greedy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    An absolutely terrible company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Travel discounts for hotels and rental cars.

    Cons

    You are truly a number - your individual accomplishments and contributions mean nothing. IBM is all talk when it comes to values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to have a successful consulting practice, consider investing in the product you are offering - your PEOPLE.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Would never work there again

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Decent compensation. But watch-out for those who become employees in an acquisition! They do not grand-father tenure from previous company in compensation calculations when they lay you off. Also, they are committed to drawing down their US staff as much as possible.

    Cons

    Our small customer-focused software company was acquired by IBM SWG in 2009. They laid-off 25% of us within first year. They would not allow us to go to training for other software tools. Their bureaucracy and "blue washing" is ridiculously cumbersome. They were only interested in Sales numbers and only gave lip service to customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mgmt is secretive and unresponsive. When their Exec. VP Robert Mofatt was indicted for insider trading, no one said anything. I asked mgmt once and they pretended it never happened. Their only interest was their careers and not their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Non-existent culture; talent/intelligence among IBM consultants disappointing

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBM pays very well for university graduates, relative to other similar jobs, and it's a company that is known by virtually everyone, looks fantastic on a resume.

    Cons

    -Corporate culture is extremely sterile, and cold

    -IBMers are treated as "units" rather than as people

    -The level of talent and intellect in IBM's Public Sector consulting practice is disappointing

    -A high degree of nepotism, and jobs are handed to people even when the IBM relative (son, daughter, niece, nephew, etc) hired wouldn't be otherwise talented enough to hold the job

    -Significant lack of people skills among managers

    -Culture isn't friendly to those who aren't "IT people"

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Big company lot of opportunities to stay at the level you are hired (non executive), expectation to work weekends

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Large company, different projects and clients
    Opportunity to travel
    Large knowledgebase if you are able to navigate it
    Good benefits such as matching 401K and vacations

    Cons

    Big company lot of opportunities to stay at the level you are hired (non executive).
    Expectation to work weekends (60+ hours) because everyone else does too but there is no incentive to work those other than to keep your job.
    Management is too much focused on keeping share price and dividend growth
    In consulting side though human resources are the key piece but are viewed as widgets as simply "supply and demand"
    Too much bureaucracy
    In sales -- it is too hard to sell
    In delivery -- it is too hard to deliver because during sales very high expectations from IBM are set - "IBMers are super humans" and "IBM has great tools, methodology, templates" but none exist or are often irrelevant and non usable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is too much focused on keeping the share price up and dividend growth
    In consulting side though human resources are the key piece but are viewed as widgets - simply as "supply and demand"
    Too much bureaucracy
    In sales -- it is too hard to sell
    In delivery -- it is too hard to deliver because during sales very high expectations from IBM are set - "IBMers are super humans" and "IBM has great tools, methodology, templates" but none exist or are often irrelevant and non usable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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