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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.1 243 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(62 ratings)

57% 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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    S&T Consultant

    Consultant (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsLots of opportunities at IBM.

    ConsCan be hard to find the right opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good learning experience

    Advisory IT Specialist (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsDiverse opportunities for career growth.

    ConsSalary is not competitive enough to keep employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in staff. Provide competitive salary to employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    So-So Company to work

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsFlexible work/life balance, ability to switch projects

    ConsManagement doesn't care about what you want

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    Fractured and Disappointing

    Associate Partner (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    Prosemployee stock purchase; range of experiences via feet into the fire approach; looks good on a resume and sounds good in an interview

    ConsIBM Business Consulting was fractured, and peppered throughout with disengaged management. Most project co-workers were all of the same mindset: we're all only cogs and will be the next to go. What a terrible way to run a business - and what a terrible environment in which to work.

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to people outside of the yes sir/yes ma'am' exec suite

    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 experience- get what you expect working for such a large company

    Strategy Consultant (Current Employee) Herndon, VA

    Prosbreadth of opportunities- can get involved in any industry, any role
    ability to grow and learn a lot very quickly
    lots of travel opportunities

    ConsVery large
    Relatively impersonal management
    It's up to you to make your opportunities- very few are there to help you
    Not as much movement/rotation as is advertised in the program

    Advice to Senior ManagementRevamp our people management structure

    – I'm not 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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    IBM

    IT Specialist (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsVast knowledge base, ability to move laterally if you are looking to move to a different position. Tech refreshes have been executed very quickly. Free use of IBM spaces.

    ConsPoor promotional structure, intranet is extremely confusing and cumbersome to navigate. Company email is full of spam, forwards, and 'entire sector' emails, it's difficult to manage what deserves your attention.

    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 out. But found the top-down nature stifling

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsBrand. Stability. Exposure.

    ConsFocused on utilization rates instead of innovation and productivity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't just give lip service to work/life balance. Focus more on delivering successful project versus just making the sale. Attract and retain talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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