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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.2 243 reviews

54% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(62 ratings)

51% 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 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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    Managing Consultant (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsGreat atmosphere for professional development and upward mobility, very diverse culture!

    ConsNo cons I can report in my tenure there

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsNot many, access to a lot of material but no real director on how to use it.

    ConsMis-management, inability to grow talent and grossly out of touch with their client base. IBM will continue to lose public sector contracts over the next decade.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHands on management there is none

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

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    20 years and gone !

    Database/Business Analyst (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsI worked from home successfully for last 12 of my 20 years with the company. Management trusted their employees and supported the work-at-home model.

    ConsI think my story is common at IBM - once you're in your 50s with many years of success and service and making a bit more money, your position is eliminated through re-organization. What's worse, the internal job posting system uses keywords instead of people to sift through internal transfers and applications.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about the experience that your more mature employees add to your business. And if the position of a top performing employee is truly being eliminated, try placing them in another position before pushing them out the door.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    SAP Consultant-GBS (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat money for someone coming out of college
    Good benefits
    Room for growth
    People are candid

    ConsTraining is rigorous
    Information is thrown at you quickly
    They expect for you to catch on to practices without thoroughly explaining

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart people and good for resume, but not a great experience

    Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe people I work with are really smart. Great for the resume, as IBM is a pretty well respected company. My coworkers have left for great tech companies and top 5 business schools. Good benefits (but getting worse).

    ConsHard to get recognition for good work. You're only as good as your PBC rating (IBM's end of year rating system), which can get pretty political and bureaucratic. Management is out of touch with employees and how they feel about the company. People at my level are VERY negative about IBM. Lots of turnover. In Public Sector you can get stuck on a project forever (I've been on the same one for my entire time at IBM and would have to burn a lot of bridges to get off of it, if I even could). 401K matching once a year is bad for employees. Do not feel connected to company as a whole. Management is out of touch with how employees feel about the company. Hard to motivate for IBM's success when the company doesn't give bonuses or raises for people who are supposedly performing well. After almost two years here, and performing very well according to all of my evaluations, I am actually making LESS money than when I started when you consider inflation and the fact that company healthcare costs have gone up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop making the entire focus of the company to increase earnings per share. Your employees are a great asset, and, from what I can see, you're losing a lot of the good ones by not making them feel like "just a number." Sending out emails about our "practices" is not enough to make employees enthusiastic about IBM.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Like most consulting service companies. Good, but not great, with benefits that are dwindling fast.

    Senior IT Specialist (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsIn GBS, especially public sector, if you have a sought-after IT skill, you will always stay busy. Then there's just the cachet of working at Big Blue. I'd only recommend it as a stepping stone.

    ConsIt's always more give than take - they want 110% (sometimes much more) and somehow the benefits continue to diminish.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the two-faced talk. You can't tell the world what a great year/quarter it was, then tell employees there's no bonus/raise/etc. because we didn't make the numbers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's an ok place to work but like all places has its issues.

    Managing Consultant - Strategy (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsReputation, opportunities, great colleagues from which to learn
    Clear how to get promotions
    You own your destiny

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementDon't make everyone be a sales person and look at the required utilization rates

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, my experience at IBM was very good. It was a great place to begin a consulting career.

    Managing Consultant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsMostly 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementFigure out a better incentive system for employees that eliminates competition among business units.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not What I Expected

    IT Project Manager (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsTeam work; Freedom to drive your own development; "Give Back" opportunities on a global scale; Rewards & recognition;

    Cons1. Too much 'management' responsibility given to 'team leads' which limits individual contributors from having the ability to take on career building opportunities since team leads tend to take on the prime projects.
    2. Much effort put into hitting performance metrics when it comes to completing performance reviews instead of time spent assisting individuals with development.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Name on resumes but disappointing working experience.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat name to have on a resume.

    ConsConsultants are only viewed as billable seat with no real opportunities to develop. There's a great disconnect between the marketing pitch and the reality of how IBMers are treated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop what you're doing. It not working.

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

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