IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
11,597 Reviews
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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.  

    Great company for self-motivated people - be careful if you are used to being micro-managed!

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    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, many bright employees, specialized resources available for almost any challenge.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to navigate through the many groups at IBM to find the resource you need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More patience, less knee jerk reactions when it comes to establishing sales territories and sales strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great place

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

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

    Pros

    the pay is fantastic and the people are great and smart and funny

    Cons

    they work you really really hard but its not all that bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your people even more

  3.  

    Good place to start your career

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    IBM was a great place for training and professional development. The managers were trained in their area of expertise and some had additional human resources training. Worldwide the talent pool was impressive and the work exciting.

    Cons

    You can get lost in a place where nobody knows you. There were a few caring individuals but most people were busy staying on career track. The place is best for those starting not finishing a career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get personal; the global voice and color of talent is changing worldwide

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Talent is poor

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn: Business and Technical

    Cons

    The talent at GBS is very poor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    IBM is an interesting place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Strong brand name and smart people!

    Cons

    They treat employees just like a number and let go of people left and right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Being employed at IBM is a great learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Consulting By Degrees  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consulting By Degrees in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to get involved in a lot of different industries.

    Cons

    They hire too many recent grads and do not have enough space for them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great entry level job

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

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

    Pros

    Great entry level opportunities, good work life balance, interesting, smart, passionate people within the company. Many great resources but you have to push for them

    Cons

    It is all about utilization. There are shine weird company policies too

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better bonuses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    great place to start your career as a young professional, but not a long term place of choice

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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 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to start as a college grad; a variety of opportunities within one firm; being proactive and taking initiative is received well; professionals are willing to mentor and take time for informal career dialogues

    Cons

    noncompetitive compensation; cut costs on too many employee benefits;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward your top performers well with salary and benefits and they will stay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    was a great company, not any more

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Field Sales Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    management used to listen to employees

    Cons

    mgt doesn't listen to employees any more, just focused on quarterly targets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sr. Consultant

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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 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move up

    Cons

    Matrix leadership forces you to be tied to multiple leadership to get opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offer training that is transferable in the real world and not offer IBM certifications

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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