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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
12,362 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bought when company bought in 2002, feels like a body shop, disconnected from corporate mainstream.

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity if you're willing to put in the hours, follow their policies and practices, and get a little bit lucky selling business and working for and with good people, of whom there are plenty. Decent benefits. Lots of resources, but can be difficult to locate, access, and utilize

    Cons

    Living with no raise in the last six years because I'm not rated in the top 5% of performers. Performance rated by people who know nothing about you and have very limited input and criteria. Promotions available but require tedious documentation, changing criteria, evaluation by people who again know nothing about you, other than what you put on your personal sales document soliciting a promotion, and have sales expectations, which is not where I or many want to go. No pension any more and 401K contribution diminishing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your intent is to foster and nurture a culture of self-serving employees, who's first concern is themselves rather than the client or the company, in all ways and at all times, then you are doing just fine. Personally, I didn't grow up and have not lived my life to be self-serving but to contribute, earn my reasonable share, and be part of something bigger than myself with purposes bigger than myself. That's not what I see your management style inculcating, rather, the exact opposite. I'll be leaving before too long; good luck with that style, be surprised at what it yields.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great time

    Former Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    International environment
    Lots of training
    Good coworkers

    Cons

    Poor benefits and salary
    No work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

  3.  

    Good benefits and great work life balance. Not a great work environment

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good work life balance. Except to get what you would get at any large american corporation. The benefits are good, the network is large, there are opportunities to work remotely.

    Cons

    No training, not great work environment, no mentorship. IBM is a factory for entry level work. Tons of people leave after a year or two in the organization. The people that stayed for longer in the consulting world were not very happy at the company and they showed it. It was hard to find people who had been there for an extended time and were happy with their jobs. I didn't know any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Create career pathways
    - Get people on remote consulting projects more involved with other people
    - Assist with B-school payments so people are incentivized to come back

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    There has to be something better out there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior SAP Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior SAP Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Having IBM on your resume looks nice, medical benefits are good, really is trial by fire so you really have to learn quickly.

    Cons

    Forget everything they've ever said in onboarding or while talking to executives - IBM's primary goal is their bottom line and to them people are disposable. They do a poor job of selling and writing contracts and the workers bees have to deal with the repercussions of undersold contracts and not enough projects in the pipeline for when we hit the bench. Compensation is terrible, you will not make the market value for your skillset unless you come in at that rate and the possibility of ever achieving that rate is slim to none otherwise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EXTREMELY POOR MANAGEMENT - since IBM is so quick to lay off, how about laying off all of these poor managers and recruiting new managers who actually add value. Mid Level Managers are dismissive, rude, condescending and add absolutely NO value (resource staffing personnel included). Good luck getting an answer or assistance with anything unless you have their boss' boss copied on the email. Good luck on getting funding for training/education expenses. Sure, they tell you they provide assistance but really they don't because there is never any available funding for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Consultant Public Sector

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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

    Not many, access to a lot of material but no real director on how to use it.

    Cons

    Mis-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 ManagementAdvice

    Hands on management there is none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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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

    The 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).

    Cons

    Hard 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Name on resumes but disappointing working experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great name to have on a resume.

    Cons

    Consultants 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop what you're doing. It not working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wallmart of Tech Consulting

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    Current Employee - Senior Management in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    1. 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lost in a deep BLUE abyss

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    One 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 ManagementAdvice

    Bring 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overworked but well paid

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits
    Great people
    Good work flexibility

    Cons

    Constant 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 ManagementAdvice

    -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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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