IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1308 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1281 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 414 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 208 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's what you make it, and it's a fight to make it.

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Compared to other IT consulting companies, the culture is pragmatic and focused on delivering the right thing for the client. IBM is obviously huge, so it is what you make it. You'll work with very diverse teams. Some teams will be great, others will be poor. If you are willing to put in 60-70 hour weeks doing 40+ of client delivery and 20+ of business development and figuring out how to navigate the internal processes, you'll do great and get promotions and advance. If you want to work 40-44 hours a week just doing client work, you'll have a secure job, but don't expect a raise no matter how stellar your performance is at the client site.

    Cons

    Business development and proposal process is a mess, and you seemingly reinvent the wheel every time.
    It's easier to get a new job than get on a new project (this is really just for Public Sector GBS).
    You have to fight to make your own career happen, no one else is actually looking out for you. It's your job to write your own project performance evaluations, write the case to apply for a promotion and at the end of the day there are really just 2 numbers that matter most: billable utilization %, and dollars of sales wins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bottom few layers of managers are being consistently stripped of any power to actually make changes or make their own decisions in the interest of helping out their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant review

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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

    There is a decent Starting salary and some benefits

    Cons

    Not a lot of training. Opportunities aren't readily available. Change is slow. Lots of Bureaucracy and internal systems aren't up to par to make work easy and efficient.
    Managers don't focus on growth within the current talent or with clients to expand products.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    A lot of indoctrination and dishonesty

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    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are coming, as a seasoned professional, do bargain and max out your offer and the sign-up bonus, You can get a very, very competitive offer when you just come aboard.

    If you play by the rules, don't drop any balls, and follow the crowd, you will have job security and peace of mind.

    Cons

    There is no any real raises after you are hired. There will be some symbolic raises and bonuses, but they are not worth mentioning.
    Be ready to work 44 hours a week or more, and get peanuts in return for extra hours.

    I have seen companies that really strive to develop their employees and facilitate educational endeavors. At IBM, you have to do it in your own personal time and at your own expense. No conference attendance.... No free access to even IBM-owned tools that you would love to master... After 10 years with IBM, you still won't know what Rational tools do, even if you really would love to know. Yeah, you can take an online course about Rational stuff, but you won't have access to any simulation environment or the actual tools!

    You will come in a professional expert in the latest technology and tools, and in 2-3 years you will have no knowledge of current stuff and won't even know about the latest tools...

    Also, they spend about 40% more time of various compliance mandatory educational courses that majority of employees don't really understand and are not interested in knowing.... In private, they despise of of "those non-sense courses".

    There will be constant drumbeat about integrity and honesty... They will offer a fairly low billable rate to the client, and then will saddle that client with a 44-hour base week, 20+ part-time support employees (that will cause headaches to PM and overruns to the project), and an over-bloated team of 20 guys for the job that can be done by 10. But.... who got ever fired for hiring IBM? ))

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Cons and consider.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    I work with good people, but unfortunately the company is mostly driven by meeting EPS goals.

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Very Smart employees, Good for gaining leadership experience, Company still has a lot of prestige (looks good on resume), Competitive Starting Salary & Benefits

    Cons

    Slow & Tedious Promotion Process (You essentially have to write 16 essays on why you deserve a promotion and this is with the new "less cumbersome" Go Organic process). Executive pay is tied to EPS Goals and any failure to meet those goals rolls down on employees and effects compensation. Company changed 401(k) matching so that match is paid in lump sum to 401(k) at the end of the year. You miss out on investment growth throughout the year and if you leave before 15 December, you don't receive any match for the entire year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being a slave to EPS goals and invest in your people, who are your most valuable assets.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Reasonable

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

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

    Pros

    Various oppportunities such as vairous roles

    Cons

    Salary is not as expected with cost of living

  7.  

    Great company to start your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources to learn. Great people. Flexible hours, depending on your project. Exposure to different projects and experiences.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in a big company. No raises at all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    There has to be something better out there

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

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

    Pros

    Having IBM on your resume looks nice, medical benefits are good, really is trial by fire so you really have to learn quickly.

    Cons

    Forget everything they've ever said in onboarding or while talking to executives - IBM's primary goal is their bottom line and to them people are disposable. They do a poor job of selling and writing contracts and the workers bees have to deal with the repercussions of undersold contracts and not enough projects in the pipeline for when we hit the bench. Compensation is terrible, you will not make the market value for your skillset unless you come in at that rate and the possibility of ever achieving that rate is slim to none otherwise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EXTREMELY POOR MANAGEMENT - since IBM is so quick to lay off, how about laying off all of these poor managers and recruiting new managers who actually add value. Mid Level Managers are dismissive, rude, condescending and add absolutely NO value (resource staffing personnel included). Good luck getting an answer or assistance with anything unless you have their boss' boss copied on the email. Good luck on getting funding for training/education expenses. Sure, they tell you they provide assistance but really they don't because there is never any available funding for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Application Developer career at IBM

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A wonderful company with employee friendly policies. Mother of computer , it has vast opportunities in different vertical and countries. It does the business pretty much in all fields related to IT, spanning over consultancy, infrastructure,software, services and research.

    Cons

    A great company with lot of bureaucracy , a lot of unnecessary process and documentation became cause of inefficiency. Poor business model encourage sales over software development. They are becoming inefficient day by day due to burden of its own legacy and inertia against change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't focus on documentation to measure employee performance. Management need to realize , people run the company not the company run people. Help subordinates to grow up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Big Blues

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

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

    Pros

    Great name for your resume, opportunity to get experience in different industries. IBM will over pay for people to come into their company

    Cons

    Working from home gets old fast. Unlikely you'll become a CEO or executive from your couch.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Program manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No cons I can report in my tenure there

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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