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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 16, 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 1225 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up(in 1184 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work(in 369 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management(in 202 reviews)

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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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    Lost in a deep BLUE abyss

    Human Resources Leader (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsVery smart people, with deep personal and professional commitment, who remain blissfully unaware that they will have no future.

    ConsOne of the most depressing, alarmingly arrogant and confused IT companies in the world. Acting like wolves, hunting in small packs, they eventually run out of food and are then forced to eat their own kind. Greed remains the key motivation for leadership, who will seemingly stop at nothing to best a colleague, weaken a partner or flip a customer. Reckless outsourcing of American jobs for low paid, often unqualified personnel in so called “growth markets”. Stay away from this work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring back the H in HR?
    Work with, not against your people resources
    Get a plan for the future
    Clean out the top of the business, not the people who actually perform.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Training, Poor Opportunities

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsIBM'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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward top performers and don't stifle their growth by saddling them with the quotas of their peers.

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    Work and People are Just OK

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsPay 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementClean house of the non-performers

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    Overworked but well paid

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat salary and benefits
    Great people
    Good work flexibility

    ConsConstant dumping of workload on people as they fire thousands
    Expectations are undeliverable
    Pressure to deliver is unrealistic
    Internal competition is off the charts
    Very little chance for advancement unless you are cut throat

    Advice to Senior Management-Give people a realistic schedule that they can meet and make the Personal Business Commitments something that can be achieved, instead of a way to penalize people, when you weren't giving them a high rating anyway, because you don't have any to give.
    -Bring back a sense of community and loyalty in teams.
    -People should not constantly fear for their jobs, it makes it hard to be productive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Advisory IT Specialist

    Advisory IT Specialist (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThere are lots of opportunities to be exposed to different technologies if you have a great people network to be able to jump between projects.

    ConsEvery year there will be different goal or focus area, and most of them are in addition to what you expected or your job description. Performance review process is always on need-to-know base, and most of the time you have to go through a complex petition in order to have a reasonable compensation adjustment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand the technologies and methodologies will truly enable yourself to manage your employees and tasks and set up expectation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It really is a sweatshop.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsI can't think of too many - the pay is just OK for the area,

    Cons-frequent layoffs keep the workforce terrorized
    - utilization targets effectively negate any vacation benefits - all time off must be made up
    -promotions are almost impossible to come by, and if one does get promoted, then one is penalized for being "too expensive" for new projects

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of several layers of management so that the utilization targets are obtainable without burning out the staff. Stop the constant layoffs.

    No, I would not 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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    No leadership or management, horrible culture

    Senior Managing Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsFlexibility, great coworkers, decent salaries, chance to work with international colleagues

    ConsDeceptive leadership
    Lack of respect for employees
    Everyone refers to their layoff as "not if, but when"
    "Wal Mart of consulting" - projects are staff augmentation
    Benefits greatly reduced
    Company won't pay for any expenses

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart at the top - it is the execs who are destroying the company, not the workers. You say we aren't delivering for customers, but who is responsible. If it truly the workers failing, then it is your hiring and training causing the problem. But let's be honest: you keep cutting resources, provide no support, and then wonder why we are failing. More and more of your top talent are either laid off or have left voluntarily. The rest of us (yes, top rated) are just waiting for the severance because we know we can get a job easily elsewhere when we are the one selected to go. And, it is telling that while you have lots of openings, those laid off can't transfer to one of those without a HUGE amount of executive intervention.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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