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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
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  • 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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    Technical Sales Manager

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    Current Employee - Technical Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Really, really great people. Nothing not to like and respect about other IBMers

    Cons

    Leadership. The 2015 plan sucked a ton of flexibility and energy out of IBM's innovation and execution.
    Cost cost cutting has been painful with respect to things that really matter (salaries and innovation investments)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Boosting dividends seems more about boosting executive pay at the expense of the ability to innovate. The reinvestment rate is less than what it could have been.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, good management

    Cons

    Not too many projects on the pipe line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move candidates faster

  3.  

    IBM was a great starting point for my career...but growth can be limited

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    IBM has great resources and my co-workers were fabulous mentors and friends to me.

    Cons

    Most of my co-workers left to pursue more rewarding (both fiscally and task-wise) jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align the incentive program so that the best individuals you have stop walking out the door

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Welcome to a new world run by robots

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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 an year)

    Pros

    IBM as a legacy technology culture is one of the all time greats. Unfortunately, they have been going through an identity crisis for the past 40 years, and it isn't getting any better. Instead of inventing the future, they seem to want to copy other people's innovative business ideas, all the while filing new patent after patent on stuff they never product-ize. That said, they have a lot of brilliant people and a lot of opportunities across the map.

    Cons

    Putting up with the robots that run the show, and the Sales/Business development people they report to. They waste a lot of employees time with stupid useless extra-curricular stuff. They are clearly in decline in terms of technical leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people in their 20s and 30s have an entirely different career arc that people in their 50s and 60s. Trying to treat a technologist with 40 years of experience the same as a kid who just graduated with a CS degree is an enormous mistake. The company is too big. Break it up into several smaller companies--the synergy is no longer working for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    OK for a first job out of college, but I know much better opportunities are out there

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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 an year)

    Pros

    High paying, met a lot of great people, good vacation time but hard to use it

    Cons

    Management needs work. It's hard to see the impact or appreciation of your day-to-day efforts.

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

    It's what you make it, and it's a fight to make it.

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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

    Compared to other IT consulting companies, the culture is pragmatic and focused on delivering the right thing for the client. IBM is obviously huge, so it is what you make it. You'll work with very diverse teams. Some teams will be great, others will be poor. If you are willing to put in 60-70 hour weeks doing 40+ of client delivery and 20+ of business development and figuring out how to navigate the internal processes, you'll do great and get promotions and advance. If you want to work 40-44 hours a week just doing client work, you'll have a secure job, but don't expect a raise no matter how stellar your performance is at the client site.

    Cons

    Business development and proposal process is a mess, and you seemingly reinvent the wheel every time.
    It's easier to get a new job than get on a new project (this is really just for Public Sector GBS).
    You have to fight to make your own career happen, no one else is actually looking out for you. It's your job to write your own project performance evaluations, write the case to apply for a promotion and at the end of the day there are really just 2 numbers that matter most: billable utilization %, and dollars of sales wins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bottom few layers of managers are being consistently stripped of any power to actually make changes or make their own decisions in the interest of helping out their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant review

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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

    There is a decent Starting salary and some benefits

    Cons

    Not a lot of training. Opportunities aren't readily available. Change is slow. Lots of Bureaucracy and internal systems aren't up to par to make work easy and efficient.
    Managers don't focus on growth within the current talent or with clients to expand products.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A lot of indoctrination and dishonesty

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    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are coming, as a seasoned professional, do bargain and max out your offer and the sign-up bonus, You can get a very, very competitive offer when you just come aboard.

    If you play by the rules, don't drop any balls, and follow the crowd, you will have job security and peace of mind.

    Cons

    There is no any real raises after you are hired. There will be some symbolic raises and bonuses, but they are not worth mentioning.
    Be ready to work 44 hours a week or more, and get peanuts in return for extra hours.

    I have seen companies that really strive to develop their employees and facilitate educational endeavors. At IBM, you have to do it in your own personal time and at your own expense. No conference attendance.... No free access to even IBM-owned tools that you would love to master... After 10 years with IBM, you still won't know what Rational tools do, even if you really would love to know. Yeah, you can take an online course about Rational stuff, but you won't have access to any simulation environment or the actual tools!

    You will come in a professional expert in the latest technology and tools, and in 2-3 years you will have no knowledge of current stuff and won't even know about the latest tools...

    Also, they spend about 40% more time of various compliance mandatory educational courses that majority of employees don't really understand and are not interested in knowing.... In private, they despise of of "those non-sense courses".

    There will be constant drumbeat about integrity and honesty... They will offer a fairly low billable rate to the client, and then will saddle that client with a 44-hour base week, 20+ part-time support employees (that will cause headaches to PM and overruns to the project), and an over-bloated team of 20 guys for the job that can be done by 10. But.... who got ever fired for hiring IBM? ))

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Cons and consider.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    I work with good people, but unfortunately the company is mostly driven by meeting EPS goals.

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Very Smart employees, Good for gaining leadership experience, Company still has a lot of prestige (looks good on resume), Competitive Starting Salary & Benefits

    Cons

    Slow & Tedious Promotion Process (You essentially have to write 16 essays on why you deserve a promotion and this is with the new "less cumbersome" Go Organic process). Executive pay is tied to EPS Goals and any failure to meet those goals rolls down on employees and effects compensation. Company changed 401(k) matching so that match is paid in lump sum to 401(k) at the end of the year. You miss out on investment growth throughout the year and if you leave before 15 December, you don't receive any match for the entire year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being a slave to EPS goals and invest in your people, who are your most valuable assets.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Reasonable

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

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

    Pros

    Various oppportunities such as vairous roles

    Cons

    Salary is not as expected with cost of living

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