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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1.  

    IBM Consulting by Degrees

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large company, get networking, global, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes too large and a little impersonal

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Very positive. Have enjoyed working at the company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    If you have an interest in technology there is no better company. It is a technology company to its core.

    Cons

    It is a large company and can be challenging meeting people and understanding the corporate culture. One must have a close relationship with your manager to avoid this obstacle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to gain skills

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great culture, large company with various career opportunities.

    Cons

    Complex career advancement procedure which makes promotion a little hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust the career advancement program for faster promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Eh, it's ok.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They have a lot of great company software products.that have gradually become available to the employees.

    Cons

    They do not do enough training on their own software products so that their consultants are well versed in them. This would make it easier to sell these same tools to the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your consultants in the software products that you sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Mobile Solutions Architect

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mobile Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Mobile Solutions Architect in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work from home if client allows it.

    Cons

    Too much paper work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    15+ years and no salary increase for 5 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working from home. IBM has mastered the telework culture and actively encourages its workforce to give up their offices and work from home.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive.
    Since we work from home, we are expected to always be available.
    Billable hours expectation means you have to work one hour overtime for every one hour of vacation time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Senior Consultant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Work / Life Balance. Ability to work at home.

    Cons

    Salary, dwindling benefits, quality of work, career growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your resources and manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    A lot of technical experience.
    Great culture.
    Everyone wants you to succeed.
    With a few years at IBM you can go anywhere.

    Cons

    No appreciation for employees in monetary form. Someone who starts a year later than you probably makes more.
    Can get "stuck" with a client. Sometimes "forced" (encouraged) to stay with a particular client.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    A big, stodgy, mismanaged ship that's sinking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work schedules and locations, work from home options, offices everywhere
    - A big name company
    - So big and poorly managed that you can coast while you look for a new job

    Cons

    Everything about IBM's software group is so backwards, behind the times, and inefficient - the leaders, the technology, how they work, etc.

    They only people who speak well about IBM are those who have been with the company since they were 22 and have pension plans waiting for them. The positive reviews here on Glassdoor are all fake and from their HR department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nearly all the managers and leaders should quit. Nothing will change unless they bring in new leadership and management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    IBM is not recommended.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I honestly have no good things to report about working for IBM. I do not recommend working for this company.

    Cons

    Disorganized place that disrespects it's employees.

    Too large to give employees individual attention.

    Even though this is a high tech company they still give their employees very outdated, failing computers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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