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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
11,973 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.  

    Application Developer career at IBM

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

    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
  2.  

    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

    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
  3.  

    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

    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
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  5.  

    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

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    undisciplined

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Washington, DC

    Pros

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

    Cons

    undisciplined management, not much efficient

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    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
  8.  

    good company and great reputation

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

    Pros

    great reputation, lots of opportunities

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember, employees are people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to start your career

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing in Washington, DC

    Pros

    IBM 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.

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get personal; the global voice and color of talent is changing worldwide

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great entry level job

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better bonuses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Always changing experiences with top notch people.

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

    Pros

    Excellent 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

    Cons

    Extensive 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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