IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

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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.  

    Great company for self-motivated people - be careful if you are used to being micro-managed!

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    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, many bright employees, specialized resources available for almost any challenge.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to navigate through the many groups at IBM to find the resource you need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More patience, less knee jerk reactions when it comes to establishing sales territories and sales strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great place

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the pay is fantastic and the people are great and smart and funny

    Cons

    they work you really really hard but its not all that bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your people even more

  3.  

    Sr. Consultant

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move up

    Cons

    Matrix leadership forces you to be tied to multiple leadership to get opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offer training that is transferable in the real world and not offer IBM certifications

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was exciting every day.

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

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

    Pros

    excellent leadership, amazing training, wonderful benefits, good work environment, challenging projects

    Cons

    there are no cons so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great projects, great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company is involved in so many things that there is an opportunity for everyone if you know what you want to do. I have had the ability to talk to a number of different people to learn about all of these opportunities within IBM.

    Encourage/reward you for taking on new opportunities

    Great benefits.

    Cons

    Size of company can feel overwhelming at first

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make on-boarding easier

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    IBM was a growth opportunity as I learned about the processes and strategies needed to be successful in business.

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Excellent people
    - Strong commitment to career growth and management
    - Excellent benefits
    - Great for families

    Cons

    - Siloed work - difficult to move between verticals
    - Career management, while excellent, is very time consuming
    - Dispersed (but friendly) teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A company that truly invests in its employees and the global community

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    Former Employee - Strategy & Change Consultant, Public Sector  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Strategy & Change Consultant, Public Sector in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employee benefits (healthcare and 401k), competitive salary, work/life balance, promotional ladder, opportunities outside of initial career position, executive management grown internally

    Cons

    Lower annual bonuses than major consulting companies like McKinsey, Accenture, BCG, etc, rely on "hour glass" resource model so college hires are sometimes isolated from other young professionals in the company if you're stuck on mid-long term client site projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the time that I was departing the company 5 years ago, management was beginning to invest more time, money, and resources into social events and team building exercises. Because IBM consulting relies on more experienced career professionals than college hires and junior resources compared to major consulting companies like McKinsey, Accenture, BCG, etc., there is less of a familial culture at the bottom of the company that other places.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Welcome to our future, population: everyone

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Forward looking firm, plenty of opportunities for advancement, solid company history. Hard not to be excited working for an industry leader in many

    Cons

    Extremely large corporation, easy to get lost in the shuffle. Hard to keep up with all of the transitional elements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to employees on the direction and vision for the future. Don't ignore what acquisitions were working towards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    IBM is a company you can be proud to work for, where advancement is based on merit, hard work, and passion

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Your colleagues will challenge you professionally, your goals will be set for your ability to achieve them, and there are endless possibilities for the motivated to advance their careers. This is a company that cares deeply for the world it operates in, and seeks to make a profound difference in the lives of it's employees and the world we live in.

    Cons

    We work really really hard. If you appreciate the challenge and opportunity to build and own something, this is for you. If you prefer to coast, you'll slide right off the cliff here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest heavily in your 30-45 year old high achievers to ensure we stay and build our careers with you, we can easily make more money elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best job and company I've ever worked for

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Stellar reputation and merit pay, raises and bonuses. They truly tie your experience, effort and quality output to your deserved compensation. Simply put-- if you don't produce at a high level, then go elsewhere. There are plenty of ambitious, quality driven professionals that are willing to step in to pick up of baseless complainers that troll this sight.

    Cons

    I'm overcompensated and underworked. Three weeks of vacation and eighty hours of personal development are more than enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job, keep it up!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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