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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated July 8, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014
11,963 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    20 years and gone !

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    Former Employee - Database/Business Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Database/Business Analyst in Washington, DC

    Pros

    I worked from home successfully for last 12 of my 20 years with the company. Management trusted their employees and supported the work-at-home model.

    Cons

    I think my story is common at IBM - once you're in your 50s with many years of success and service and making a bit more money, your position is eliminated through re-organization. What's worse, the internal job posting system uses keywords instead of people to sift through internal transfers and applications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the experience that your more mature employees add to your business. And if the position of a top performing employee is truly being eliminated, try placing them in another position before pushing them out the door.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    IBM

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    Current Employee - SAP Consultant-GBS  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - SAP Consultant-GBS in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great money for someone coming out of college
    Good benefits
    Room for growth
    People are candid

    Cons

    Training is rigorous
    Information is thrown at you quickly
    They expect for you to catch on to practices without thoroughly explaining

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Like most consulting service companies. Good, but not great, with benefits that are dwindling fast.

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Washington, DC

    Pros

    In GBS, especially public sector, if you have a sought-after IT skill, you will always stay busy. Then there's just the cachet of working at Big Blue. I'd only recommend it as a stepping stone.

    Cons

    It's always more give than take - they want 110% (sometimes much more) and somehow the benefits continue to diminish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the two-faced talk. You can't tell the world what a great year/quarter it was, then tell employees there's no bonus/raise/etc. because we didn't make the numbers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Training, Poor Opportunities

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

    Pros

    IBM's size makes it a good place to start a career, there's a good work/life balance, and its reputation opens doors with other companies.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can make work extremely challenging, there is limited opportunity for advancement, and salary is at or below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward top performers and don't stifle their growth by saddling them with the quotas of their peers.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work and People are Just OK

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Pay was above average. I got a nice jump to come here from PwC (where it seemed impossible to get a raise) and a nice raise my first year. My second year I got a promotion with a nice jump too.

    Cons

    The quality of the people overall was not impressive. I was pretty surprised by this. And they use a lot of subcontractors - also of low quality. Finally, they push all their products as the solution to every problem and these products do not integrate well together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house of the non-performers

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Vast knowledge base, ability to move laterally if you are looking to move to a different position. Tech refreshes have been executed very quickly. Free use of IBM spaces.

    Cons

    Poor promotional structure, intranet is extremely confusing and cumbersome to navigate. Company email is full of spam, forwards, and 'entire sector' emails, it's difficult to manage what deserves your attention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start out. But found the top-down nature stifling

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Brand. Stability. Exposure.

    Cons

    Focused on utilization rates instead of innovation and productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just give lip service to work/life balance. Focus more on delivering successful project versus just making the sale. Attract and retain talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    IBM is an interesting place to work

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

    Pros

    Strong brand name and smart people!

    Cons

    They treat employees just like a number and let go of people left and right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Being employed at IBM is a great learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Consulting By Degrees  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consulting By Degrees in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Many opportunities to get involved in a lot of different industries.

    Cons

    They hire too many recent grads and do not have enough space for them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great place to start your career as a young professional, but not a long term place of choice

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

    Pros

    Great place to start as a college grad; a variety of opportunities within one firm; being proactive and taking initiative is received well; professionals are willing to mentor and take time for informal career dialogues

    Cons

    noncompetitive compensation; cut costs on too many employee benefits;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward your top performers well with salary and benefits and they will stay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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