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IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
12,142 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1321 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1289 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 416 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 209 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lost in a deep BLUE abyss

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Good Training, Poor Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work and People are Just OK

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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    Overworked but well paid

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Advisory IT Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience is hit or miss based on project assignment and direct manager.

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

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

    Pros

    Job security, great benefits & vacation time, decent salary

    Cons

    Difficult promotion process, evaluation metrics are not always well tailored to "real life"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make decisions without actually thinking through the impact to all employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    No leadership or management, horrible culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Flexibility, great coworkers, decent salaries, chance to work with international colleagues

    Cons

    Deceptive leadership
    Lack of respect for employees
    Everyone refers to their layoff as "not if, but when"
    "Wal Mart of consulting" - projects are staff augmentation
    Benefits greatly reduced
    Company won't pay for any expenses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start at the top - it is the execs who are destroying the company, not the workers. You say we aren't delivering for customers, but who is responsible. If it truly the workers failing, then it is your hiring and training causing the problem. But let's be honest: you keep cutting resources, provide no support, and then wonder why we are failing. More and more of your top talent are either laid off or have left voluntarily. The rest of us (yes, top rated) are just waiting for the severance because we know we can get a job easily elsewhere when we are the one selected to go. And, it is telling that while you have lots of openings, those laid off can't transfer to one of those without a HUGE amount of executive intervention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Vast knowledge base, ability to move laterally if you are looking to move to a different position. Tech refreshes have been executed very quickly. Free use of IBM spaces.

    Cons

    Poor promotional structure, intranet is extremely confusing and cumbersome to navigate. Company email is full of spam, forwards, and 'entire sector' emails, it's difficult to manage what deserves your attention.

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

    Good place to start out. But found the top-down nature stifling

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Brand. Stability. Exposure.

    Cons

    Focused on utilization rates instead of innovation and productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just give lip service to work/life balance. Focus more on delivering successful project versus just making the sale. Attract and retain talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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