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Updated February 2, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1011 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 474 reviews)

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  1. "IT Business Development"

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    Current Employee - Cloud Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Cloud Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has great people and a great brand. They are actively working to reinvent themselves and they continue to invest in technology. They lead the world in patents applications.

    Cons

    IBM is large and prone to administrative delay. They frequently reorganize because business results have been a challenge. They don't always absorb lessons learned, hence mistakes are often repeated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up training and recruiting programs. IBM's greatest strength is the dedicated and smart people who work for them. Take care of these people.


  2. "Technical Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    tons of learning and education. Good starter job

    Cons

    moribund and low pay. If you need to pay the bills, work here and then move on

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "Opportunities!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of great opportunities

    Cons

    Bonus is weak, salary increaseses not many

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employers!


  4. "Not Too Bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Focused on delivering Watson thru all their business dealings.

    Cons

    Too obsessed with delivering Watson in their business, even if customer doesn't need it.


  5. "Public Sector Consulting by Degrees"

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

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

    Pros

    - Good starting base pay
    - Consulting by degrees program training
    - Fast promotion to senior consultant

    Cons

    - Can get pigeonholed easily
    - Public sector projects are year long commitments and therefore you do not have a true consulting experience
    - Lack of project diversity
    - Easier to quit IBM and get rehired than to move to another department
    - Hard to differentiate or shine when you're on a government contract

    Advice to Management

    You should see where your young talent's strengths are and allow them to be in projects that will foster growth. Do not just pigeonhole them on a giant government contract for the sake of being billable. You will keep losing talent if you do that.


  6. "Nothing Special..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Solid reputation and respect in the industry

    Cons

    Most co-workers dissatisfied and unhappy

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like you are God's gift to Corporate America.


  7. "GBS Federal Marketing Leader"

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    Current Employee - GBS Federal Marketing Leader in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - GBS Federal Marketing Leader in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative company, work from home culture, client's mission comes first, super smart people, changing the world with Watson

    Cons

    Really big, in-person training is hard to come by, hard to move to other divisions

    Advice to Management

    honesty is the best policy

  8. "Compensation & Software Group, intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    World Class Company with unique environment

    Cons

    Big company has simple task


  9. "Overall Good Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, Name carries weight, Great exposure to different kinds of work

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on shareholders, raises weren't great, no tuition reimbursement, often bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize employees best interest and professional development just as much as shareholders and the bottomline if you want a sustainably successful business.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Stability and benefits but a horrible experience"

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    Former Employee - Public Sector BA&S Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Public Sector BA&S Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    - Strong focus on innovation and working to truly improve the planet
    - Kind and intelligent coworkers who really care
    - Consulting by Degrees (CbD) has great training and opportunities to connect with other consultants who are also right out of school
    - Great benefits and salary

    Cons

    - Public Sector contracts are currently in testing and quality assurance even if you're in Business Analytics and Strategy. I was put in a position where I was supposed to have at least a BS in Computer Science or Engineering.
    - Huge mismatch between employee's skills and project placement. The emphasis is putting lower bands who are cheap labor onto projects that need bodies asap.
    - Horrible experience working at the USPS and was required to be on the project for a minimum of a year and most likely two years. Worked 6 days a week including Sunday mornings on client site at 4am.
    - Inability to move from project to project. I had almost 10 IBMers leave the company during my 9 months on my project because movement to another project was so impossible, and I did the same.
    - So many young consultants are having issues with their projects that it is falling on deaf ears. The managers and upper management are overwhelmed and don't listen and are surprised that young consultants are leaving.

    Advice to Management

    - Increase mobility within the company when a project is being poorly managed and consultants are being treated horribly by clients
    - Young consultants may be cheap labor for the time being, but there will be no one left if they continue to be treated horribly.
    - Sometimes, there is more to life than money and no money in the world will make someone stay in a horrible position.


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