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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Mar 3, 2014
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3.1 141 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(40 ratings)

55% 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 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    No leadership or management, horrible culture

    Senior Managing Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

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

    ConsDeceptive 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 Senior ManagementStart 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.

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

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Resource actions aplenty.

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsExcellent 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.

    ConsCustomers 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 Senior ManagementDo not bid opportunities that you do not have the proper resources to staff.

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

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company for career advancements

    Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThey have a pretty good benefits package

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementGive back to your employees instead of being so greedy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    An absolutely terrible company to work for.

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsTravel discounts for hotels and rental cars.

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

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

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

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    5 people found this helpful  

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

    Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsIBM 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"

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    3 people found this helpful  

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsLarge 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

    ConsBig 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Consultant

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsResume booster
    High starting salary
    Work Experience

    ConsHorrible senior managment
    Job security sucks
    No pay increases
    Lack of promotions
    Ego driven co-workers
    Performance system is a joke (PBC, PA, etc)
    Performance reviews are unfair
    Utlitization targets unrealistic
    Overseas shippment of jobs
    Too many H1-B visa workers
    Management is very dishonest
    Some of the project work is crap

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees. Without your employees there would be no IBM. Approach employees issues with an open mind and be fair.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Minimal bonus and raises, few opportunities for growth.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsNetworking opportunities at global level

    ConsNo bonus or raise even after stellar performance reviews, management does not care or pay attention to professional growth interests, 44 hours a week is required, very few learning opportunities, poor evaluation system, very few competent managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward the right employees based on merit, not utilization statistics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here

    IBM Public Sector Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsHaving the IBM name on your resume is still looked upon favorably. IBM still hires good people. IBM is a good place to start your career.

    ConsIBM management looks solely at utilization rate when determining things like promotions and raises. Competency in your actual job is not considered. If you would like a job where you're graded solely on how many hours you bill the client, then IBM is the place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvaluate people based on what they do, not how many hours they bill. I do not need to work 44 hours a week in order to do a good job for the client. Unfortunately, this seems hard for IBM management to understand. IBM management only cares about the bottom line, not about its people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    14 people found this helpful  

    Short Term Only

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsIBM is a recognized name that will help you get your next job. In some parts of the company, IBM may be an industry leader (this assertion is not true for the consulting business).

    ConsIBM is a massive company. You will not be singled out for much praise for great work. If you consistently get above average ratings, you won't get big raises (expect about 1.5%, so less than normal inflation, even raises for promotions are small), you won't have any opportunity to improve your skill set (since you will be in the same role for a few years...it's IBM's way of doing things), and you won't have the opportunity to move within the company (not unique to IBM). Overall, IBM is a place where you are expected to sit back and slowly climb the corporate ladder. Follow instructions and you can make it up at a slow pace. If you have any ambition, go somewhere else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis company has so many layers to it that I'm not sure that senior leadership at IBM has any idea about what goes on at the granular level. People aren't really out to get others, there are just so many moving parts that it's near impossible to break out of the set plan.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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