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Updated June 15, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Financial Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home options pending client

    Cons

    No structured training process for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive in your associates career path


  2. Benefits great but slow to give out training dollars

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are talented and gifted; a lot of projects to roll onto to try different roles/responsibilities. Work with a variety of people where you can learn from; people who've been with the company for 10+ years and those at least a year. Benefits are great - covers dental, medical, etc.

    Cons

    Depending on who you have as your manager and who he/she reports to, you may or may not get training dollars - you need to talk to the right people (mainly those higher in the chain) to get the training you need to get ahead for your own career development

    Advice to Management

    Please look out for those who joined the company and do not lie to them about your rating system - and how many 1s or 2+s you give out to your staffers.


  3. IBM Review

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Provide a competitive salary. Excellent health benefits. Super 401K with company match.

    Cons

    Not able to change job to another project easily. Don't live up to promises in regard to salary increases and profit sharing bonuses. Hard to get approval for necessary training to support client needs

    Advice to Management

    Deliver on promises made to incoming employees in regard to items referred to in the Cons section.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Mediocre - stingy company, but good co-workers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible (depending on client) and pretty good work life balance relative to other firms. Boots on the ground staff are usually very good 80%+ of the time. Very project dependent. Some projects are great, others not so much. Middle management is hit or miss, but generally pretty good (bands 8-10).

    Cons

    However, senior management (aka management you never see) are not very good and disconnected from middle management. Middle management is not empowered and must try to play along with the changing games created by senior management. Senior management sets unrealistic targets / goals. Many policies are likely driven by IBM corporate, which have negative impacts on the consulting practice (GBS), which needs to operate fundamentally differently than a normal corporation. The company is super stingy. It seems as though IBM will do whatever it can to push costs onto the employee. Compared to other firms, it's gotten to the point of being a joke. It can be a challenge to get basic supplies and many staff are still forced to use archaic software such as word 2003. (I believe they may be starting to upgrade Word 2003 now in 2015.)

    Advice to Management

    1) Carefully assess any cost cutting measures. Some substantially reduce productivity. Saving $200 on a software license that will end up making your employee lose hours of productivity over several years is dumb. Especially if their bill rate is >$100/hr. Would recoup the cost in less than 2h, but instead make you endure and probably lose dozens of hours of productivity over a few years. 2) Compensate your staff or you will lose them. A new graduate hire should never make more than a prior graduate hire in the same role w/ an additional 2 years of experience at IBM. Only at IBM does that ever happen. 3) Stop being short-sighted and driven purely by this quarter's financials. Plan for the long-term.


  6. Great for Experienced individuals, not great to grow as a College Hire

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - SAP in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great benefits: medical insurance is great, college hires get 15 days vacation off the bat, they have a wellness program to follow where they give you a rebate, work-life balance is determined by you (you can choose to work only 40 hr a week or you can choose to work more). Wonderful to have a Big 5 company on your resume. Higher salary over many other companies when starting as a college hire.

    Cons

    They have great benefits when getting hired out of college, but they do a poor job of teaching college hires the ropes. IBM will place a young (cheap) college hire anywhere and expect them to know the business process/area. There's not much room to grow as a college hire and not much choice on project, you're basically just placed into a position if you have little experience. Even they've said it, you're a body that is charging the client and making a profit for them. Raises are extremely small, bonuses are rare. They try to cut back to make more profit for themselves and don't reward their 'minions' for the work they do.


  7. Eh, it's ok.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a lot of great company software products.that have gradually become available to the employees.

    Cons

    They do not do enough training on their own software products so that their consultants are well versed in them. This would make it easier to sell these same tools to the client.

    Advice to Management

    Train your consultants in the software products that you sell.


  8. Mobile Solutions Architect

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    Current Employee - Mobile Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Mobile Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home if client allows it.

    Cons

    Too much paper work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    15+ years and no salary increase for 5 years.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working from home. IBM has mastered the telework culture and actively encourages its workforce to give up their offices and work from home.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive. Since we work from home, we are expected to always be available. Billable hours expectation means you have to work one hour overtime for every one hour of vacation time.


  10. Great place to start your career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of technical experience. Great culture. Everyone wants you to succeed. With a few years at IBM you can go anywhere.

    Cons

    No appreciation for employees in monetary form. Someone who starts a year later than you probably makes more. Can get "stuck" with a client. Sometimes "forced" (encouraged) to stay with a particular client.


  11. Technical Sales Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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