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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.1 243 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(62 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week(in 1225 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up(in 1184 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work(in 369 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management(in 202 reviews)

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    Senior Consultant Public Sector

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsNot many, access to a lot of material but no real director on how to use it.

    ConsMis-management, inability to grow talent and grossly out of touch with their client base. IBM will continue to lose public sector contracts over the next decade.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHands on management there is none

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Smart people and good for resume, but not a great experience

    Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe people I work with are really smart. Great for the resume, as IBM is a pretty well respected company. My coworkers have left for great tech companies and top 5 business schools. Good benefits (but getting worse).

    ConsHard to get recognition for good work. You're only as good as your PBC rating (IBM's end of year rating system), which can get pretty political and bureaucratic. Management is out of touch with employees and how they feel about the company. People at my level are VERY negative about IBM. Lots of turnover. In Public Sector you can get stuck on a project forever (I've been on the same one for my entire time at IBM and would have to burn a lot of bridges to get off of it, if I even could). 401K matching once a year is bad for employees. Do not feel connected to company as a whole. Management is out of touch with how employees feel about the company. Hard to motivate for IBM's success when the company doesn't give bonuses or raises for people who are supposedly performing well. After almost two years here, and performing very well according to all of my evaluations, I am actually making LESS money than when I started when you consider inflation and the fact that company healthcare costs have gone up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop making the entire focus of the company to increase earnings per share. Your employees are a great asset, and, from what I can see, you're losing a lot of the good ones by not making them feel like "just a number." Sending out emails about our "practices" is not enough to make employees enthusiastic about IBM.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Name on resumes but disappointing working experience.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat name to have on a resume.

    ConsConsultants are only viewed as billable seat with no real opportunities to develop. There's a great disconnect between the marketing pitch and the reality of how IBMers are treated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop what you're doing. It not working.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wallmart of Tech Consulting

    Senior Management (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsFederal Consulting only:
    1. Large programs with national significance.

    Cons1. Pay is crap.
    2. No annual raises - even inflation raises. COLA adjustments don't occur.
    3. 12% bonus potential mentioned before getting the job is a fallacy. You will never even get 5%. If you get rated a 1 (best), good luck in getting 3%.
    4. The way IBM GBS is setup in the public sector, it actually incentivizes one to become a 1099 and work with IBM. In fact - it is great as a subK.
    5. Strong smart IBMers leave - unless they're paid well or are IBMers from the "Old Blue".
    6. Most IBMers I know have almost never received a raise. In years!

    Advice to Senior Management1. End the rack and stack GM performance evaluation methodology.
    2. Nickel and Diming your employees may increase your PE ratio, but your employees actually don't actually feel proud being an IBMer. That is the tragedy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lost in a deep BLUE abyss

    Human Resources Leader (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsVery smart people, with deep personal and professional commitment, who remain blissfully unaware that they will have no future.

    ConsOne of the most depressing, alarmingly arrogant and confused IT companies in the world. Acting like wolves, hunting in small packs, they eventually run out of food and are then forced to eat their own kind. Greed remains the key motivation for leadership, who will seemingly stop at nothing to best a colleague, weaken a partner or flip a customer. Reckless outsourcing of American jobs for low paid, often unqualified personnel in so called “growth markets”. Stay away from this work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring back the H in HR?
    Work with, not against your people resources
    Get a plan for the future
    Clean out the top of the business, not the people who actually perform.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overworked but well paid

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat salary and benefits
    Great people
    Good work flexibility

    ConsConstant dumping of workload on people as they fire thousands
    Expectations are undeliverable
    Pressure to deliver is unrealistic
    Internal competition is off the charts
    Very little chance for advancement unless you are cut throat

    Advice to Senior Management-Give people a realistic schedule that they can meet and make the Personal Business Commitments something that can be achieved, instead of a way to penalize people, when you weren't giving them a high rating anyway, because you don't have any to give.
    -Bring back a sense of community and loyalty in teams.
    -People should not constantly fear for their jobs, it makes it hard to be productive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Advisory IT Specialist

    Advisory IT Specialist (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThere are lots of opportunities to be exposed to different technologies if you have a great people network to be able to jump between projects.

    ConsEvery year there will be different goal or focus area, and most of them are in addition to what you expected or your job description. Performance review process is always on need-to-know base, and most of the time you have to go through a complex petition in order to have a reasonable compensation adjustment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand the technologies and methodologies will truly enable yourself to manage your employees and tasks and set up expectation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior consultant

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Dulles, VA

    ProsSalary, benefits, working from home

    ConsBad management communication skills and lack of cohesion among team members

    Advice to Senior ManagementWorry more about your work product, less about menial internal protocol violations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    So-So Company to work

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsFlexible work/life balance, ability to switch projects

    ConsManagement doesn't care about what you want

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    Fractured and Disappointing

    Associate Partner (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    Prosemployee stock purchase; range of experiences via feet into the fire approach; looks good on a resume and sounds good in an interview

    ConsIBM Business Consulting was fractured, and peppered throughout with disengaged management. Most project co-workers were all of the same mindset: we're all only cogs and will be the next to go. What a terrible way to run a business - and what a terrible environment in which to work.

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to people outside of the yes sir/yes ma'am' exec suite

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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