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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
12,333 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    EPS and profits above everything else... rapidly becoming a giant mumbling rathole

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Global company with huge portfolio of advanced software and hardware products, competitive cloud platform (SoftLayer) and good (but not great) service capabilities. Vast sales and distribution network across all industries, strong ties to government institutions (in most countries), access to the largest companies across the globe. Solid (but rapidly deteriorating) technical and consulting know-how. Attempts to "move decisions closer to the clients" are laudable, but drown in the sea of incompetence.

    Cons

    Mid-level management structure and their lack of skills (both technical and people-management) are absolutely atrocious. There are layers upon layers of "pointy-hair managers" - every other Dilbert cartoon seems to be inspired by IBM. 2015 EPS target drives all decision making, cost-cutting replaces innovation, and there is shortage of ideas where the new growth should come from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate redundant management layers - not ground-level workers who do their jobs. Get real about rhetoric and make everyone "walk the walk", while getting behind the employees and focusing on client needs, not just profits and revenue disguised as "value-based pricing".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lost in a deep BLUE abyss

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, with deep personal and professional commitment, who remain blissfully unaware that they will have no future.

    Cons

    One of the most depressing, alarmingly arrogant and confused IT companies in the world. Acting like wolves, hunting in small packs, they eventually run out of food and are then forced to eat their own kind. Greed remains the key motivation for leadership, who will seemingly stop at nothing to best a colleague, weaken a partner or flip a customer. Reckless outsourcing of American jobs for low paid, often unqualified personnel in so called “growth markets”. Stay away from this work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the H in HR?
    Work with, not against your people resources
    Get a plan for the future
    Clean out the top of the business, not the people who actually perform.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Training, Poor Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    IBM's size makes it a good place to start a career, there's a good work/life balance, and its reputation opens doors with other companies.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can make work extremely challenging, there is limited opportunity for advancement, and salary is at or below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward top performers and don't stifle their growth by saddling them with the quotas of their peers.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work and People are Just OK

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Pay was above average. I got a nice jump to come here from PwC (where it seemed impossible to get a raise) and a nice raise my first year. My second year I got a promotion with a nice jump too.

    Cons

    The quality of the people overall was not impressive. I was pretty surprised by this. And they use a lot of subcontractors - also of low quality. Finally, they push all their products as the solution to every problem and these products do not integrate well together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house of the non-performers

  6.  

    Overworked but well paid

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits
    Great people
    Good work flexibility

    Cons

    Constant dumping of workload on people as they fire thousands
    Expectations are undeliverable
    Pressure to deliver is unrealistic
    Internal competition is off the charts
    Very little chance for advancement unless you are cut throat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Give people a realistic schedule that they can meet and make the Personal Business Commitments something that can be achieved, instead of a way to penalize people, when you weren't giving them a high rating anyway, because you don't have any to give.
    -Bring back a sense of community and loyalty in teams.
    -People should not constantly fear for their jobs, it makes it hard to be productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Advisory IT Specialist

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    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to be exposed to different technologies if you have a great people network to be able to jump between projects.

    Cons

    Every year there will be different goal or focus area, and most of them are in addition to what you expected or your job description. Performance review process is always on need-to-know base, and most of the time you have to go through a complex petition in order to have a reasonable compensation adjustment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the technologies and methodologies will truly enable yourself to manage your employees and tasks and set up expectation.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Senior consultant

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, working from home

    Cons

    Bad management communication skills and lack of cohesion among team members

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry more about your work product, less about menial internal protocol violations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    S&T Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities at IBM.

    Cons

    Can be hard to find the right opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Diverse opportunities for career growth.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive enough to keep employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in staff. Provide competitive salary to employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It really is a sweatshop.

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    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

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of several layers of management so that the utilization targets are obtainable without burning out the staff. Stop the constant layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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