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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated May 29, 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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    It's an ok place to work but like all places has its issues.

    Managing Consultant - Strategy (Former Employee) Washington, DC

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

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementDon't make everyone be a sales person and look at the required utilization rates

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Managing Consultant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsMostly 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementFigure out a better incentive system for employees that eliminates competition among business units.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    undisciplined

    Programmer Analyst (Former Employee) Washington, DC

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

    Consundisciplined management, not much efficient

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

    Associate Partner (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsAmazing people and range/depth of innovative IT products

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsJob security, great benefits & vacation time, decent salary

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't make decisions without actually thinking through the impact to all employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good company and great reputation

    Senior Managing Consultant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    Prosgreat reputation, lots of opportunities

    Conshuge to navigate through and difficult to get support for HR related questions

    Advice to Senior Managementremember, employees are people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to start your career

    Marketing (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsIBM was a great place for training and professional development. The managers were trained in their area of expertise and some had additional human resources training. Worldwide the talent pool was impressive and the work exciting.

    ConsYou can get lost in a place where nobody knows you. There were a few caring individuals but most people were busy staying on career track. The place is best for those starting not finishing a career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet personal; the global voice and color of talent is changing worldwide

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great entry level job

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat entry level opportunities, good work life balance, interesting, smart, passionate people within the company. Many great resources but you have to push for them

    ConsIt is all about utilization. There are shine weird company policies too

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter bonuses

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Always changing experiences with top notch people.

    Senior Managing Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsExcellent resources to improve your skill set
    Co-workers are dedicated and provide exceptions skills
    Challenging project assignments and clients
    Home on Thursdays night from travel

    ConsExtensive travel and time away from family
    Demanding deadlines
    Always looking for next assignment to make performance goals. Resource managers don't provide reliable assistaance

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to respect work-family/life balance
    Continue to provide additional training to the consultants

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    As it is such a large company, you really must manage your own career.

    Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsBig network of New hires, get to move around to different projects, teleworking, and lots of resources and free education opportunities.

    ConsConsulting for the government, working at a computer for 9 hours a day, and being at the client site.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIBM's upper management doesn't exactly care for people who have been with IBM for less than 3 years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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