IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
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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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  1.  

    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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    a lot of opportunity and can try new things

    Cons

    too many smart guys and competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3. 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 for 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
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  5.  

    Big Blues

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time for less than a 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
  6.  

    Application Developer career at IBM

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Consultant Public Sector

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not many, access to a lot of material but no real director on how to use it.

    Cons

    Mis-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 ManagementAdvice

    Hands on management there is none

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

    20 years and gone !

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    Former Employee - Database/Business Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Database/Business Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Think 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    IBM

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mostly 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a better incentive system for employees that eliminates competition among business units.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't make everyone be a sales person and look at the required utilization rates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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