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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 1, 2014
Updated November 1, 2014
12,337 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work. Smart employees, lots of project work to choose from.

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, lots of project work and diverse staff.

    Cons

    Salary, raises and bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    3 years and no raises for top performers is why people leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    IBM has been a great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    My manager is very flexible, it seems like most managers will allow you to work from home at least a portion of the week. Many resources are available too, being such a big and established firm.

    Cons

    Having so many employees can make you feel unimportant. You have such a small hand dealt to you in regards to the grand scheme of things. Can sometimes make your work feel unimportant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Predictable work schedule and plenty opportunity to learn and grow

    Cons

    Limited move up opportunities and other career opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more creative on top of procedure and process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    good

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    a lot of opportunity and can try new things

    Cons

    too many smart guys and competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Application Developer career at IBM

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    A wonderful company with employee friendly policies. Mother of computer , it has vast opportunities in different vertical and countries. It does the business pretty much in all fields related to IT, spanning over consultancy, infrastructure,software, services and research.

    Cons

    A great company with lot of bureaucracy , a lot of unnecessary process and documentation became cause of inefficiency. Poor business model encourage sales over software development. They are becoming inefficient day by day due to burden of its own legacy and inertia against change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't focus on documentation to measure employee performance. Management need to realize , people run the company not the company run people. Help subordinates to grow up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, my experience at IBM was very good. It was a great place to begin a consulting career.

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

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

    Pros

    Mostly smart, hard-working individuals work as consultants at IBM. The company name opens a lot of doors and provides instant credibility. There is a lot of room to grow and if you work for the right people, you will be given opportunities.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is OK as far as consulting goes. You work hard, but most people at the company do as well. The compensation is a little below average from what I can tell. With respect to training, there are a lot of online training resources available, but in-person, in-class training is very limited and is the first thing to be cut when the economy goes south.

    As with most consultancies, the major emphasis is on "utilization," which more experienced consultants may be able to affect, but entry-level ones have very little power over, so this can be frustrating.

    My biggest beef with IBM is that it is a constantly changing environment in the sense that there always seems to be a re-organization going on so it is hard for employees to understand how they fit in. Also, I do not believe they truly understand/appreciate strategy consulting. They know IT strategy, but not pure strategy because they focus on big, long-term, multi-year contracts, which is not how strategy consulting works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a better incentive system for employees that eliminates competition among business units.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's an ok place to work but like all places has its issues.

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant - Strategy in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant - Strategy in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Reputation, opportunities, great colleagues from which to learn
    Clear how to get promotions
    You own your destiny

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for training or other growth opportunities
    Making all employees be sales people. As a managing consultant had to always try to sell things that weren't needed and had to find our own jobs or sit on the bench and risk getting laid off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make everyone be a sales person and look at the required utilization rates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A highly capable company struggling to keep up with the pace of change in IT

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    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people and range/depth of innovative IT products

    Cons

    Quality of life within Big Blue has declined over the past five years as IBM has skimped on internal investment to focus on external acquisitions and stock buy-backs. Company continues to cut experienced people in an attempt to drive down costs but now struggles to maintain its edge for large, complex solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abandon the maniacal adherence to achieving a 5-year EPS goal established by the previous CEO in a different economic era.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    undisciplined

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    friendly env., a lot of talented people, flexible schedule

    Cons

    undisciplined management, not much efficient

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience is hit or miss based on project assignment and direct manager.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Job security, great benefits & vacation time, decent salary

    Cons

    Difficult promotion process, evaluation metrics are not always well tailored to "real life"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make decisions without actually thinking through the impact to all employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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