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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good People Poor work enviroment

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    Former Employee - Power Systems Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Power Systems Sales in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The talent of people that you are able to work with in great and motivated. You have the ability to gain customers attention and start a conversation easily by stating you are from IBM and I would like to talk to you about .....

    Cons

    Cumbersome processes which make you feel that you are not in control or that your view point matters. Can not reach fast to customers questions and always need to set expectations that solutions or answers may take several days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the smart field sales people and organize the company to help them meet and beat customer expectations instead of having them catch arrows for sluggish responses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant review

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a 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  

    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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Good benefits and great work life balance. Not a great work environment

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good work life balance. Except to get what you would get at any large american corporation. The benefits are good, the network is large, there are opportunities to work remotely.

    Cons

    No training, not great work environment, no mentorship. IBM is a factory for entry level work. Tons of people leave after a year or two in the organization. The people that stayed for longer in the consulting world were not very happy at the company and they showed it. It was hard to find people who had been there for an extended time and were happy with their jobs. I didn't know any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Create career pathways
    - Get people on remote consulting projects more involved with other people
    - Assist with B-school payments so people are incentivized to come back

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for the motivated, or those wanting to grow their career.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Name recognition looks good on resume.

    Cons

    Lack of raises and bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not like they care, so I am not going to bother.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    a lot of opportunity and can try new things

    Cons

    too many smart guys and competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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