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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dehumanizing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Service Delivery Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Service Delivery Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Some of the people with whom I worked were pros for this organization - some of my peers, the technical line staff, and occasionally an executive who understands the balance of delivering well with ensuring overdelivery is avoided. Executives take the manager's side on most manager-employee disputes.

    Cons

    They offer very poor compensation vs. the market, and offer no consideration of work-life balance. People at sub-executive levels literally live in fear of "resource actions" that are executed annually to move more resources offshore for a (currently) favorable price model. Repositioning the truth to the customer to reflect internal changes in policy or strategy is commonplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you choose to work for them in this capacity, expect overwork (80-90 hours/week without a break for months and months on end). IBM promotes and encourages an overarching corporate drive to move all domestic resources offshore for no quality reasons, but to simply offer the customer a cheaper deal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good People Poor work enviroment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Power Systems Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Power Systems Sales in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The talent of people that you are able to work with in great and motivated. You have the ability to gain customers attention and start a conversation easily by stating you are from IBM and I would like to talk to you about .....

    Cons

    Cumbersome processes which make you feel that you are not in control or that your view point matters. Can not reach fast to customers questions and always need to set expectations that solutions or answers may take several days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the smart field sales people and organize the company to help them meet and beat customer expectations instead of having them catch arrows for sluggish responses

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

    No leadership or management, horrible culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Resource actions aplenty.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company for career advancements

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    An absolutely terrible company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 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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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Consultant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Resume booster
    High starting salary
    Work Experience

    Cons

    Horrible 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 ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Without your employees there would be no IBM. Approach employees issues with an open mind and be fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Minimal bonus and raises, few opportunities for growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Networking opportunities at global level

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reward the right employees based on merit, not utilization statistics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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