IBM Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1308 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1281 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 414 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 208 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 (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
  2.  

    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 (more than an 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
  3.  

    IBM is an interesting place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
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  5.  

    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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  8.  

    Great entry level job

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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 an 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.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    Always changing experiences with top notch people.

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent resources to improve your skill set
    Co-workers are dedicated and provide exceptions skills
    Challenging project assignments and clients
    Home on Thursdays night from travel

    Cons

    Extensive travel and time away from family
    Demanding deadlines
    Always looking for next assignment to make performance goals. Resource managers don't provide reliable assistaance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to respect work-family/life balance
    Continue to provide additional training to the consultants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Penny Wise - Pound Foolish

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    There are a core of excellent and incredibly skilled professionals employed within IBM. There are also an incredible set of well skilled and experienced business partners who can put the IBM solutions to work.

    Cons

    There appears to be little if any balance between long term growth and quarterly results. With the recent Resource Action (i.e., LAYOFF) many essential people and roles were eliminated. One of the most extreme and ludicrous examples was the recent elimination of its Small Business Program Office in the IBM US Federal Organization - at a time that the US Government has declared its increased and expanded focus on small business content in federal acquisitions of solutions (products and services). Not exactly the right message to the government and even more negative to the small businesses who could think about working with IBM ... "the baby went out with the bathwater with this decision".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the self proclaimed clout that IBM has - it should attempt to rise above the quarterly death march for numbers and take a world leadership position changing the measure of what a successful organization for the future should be like. Beating on people to sell things vs. solving problems is not the formula for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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