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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 929 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 442 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Manger"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the most innovative and transformative technology company which has reinvented itself many times in last 100+ years.

    Cons

    Too big and can be difficult to feel your existence - "small fish in the ocean"


  2. "DRAIN THE IBM CORRUPT SWAMP"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Fairfax, VA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No positives with this company. Highly corrupt and stuck in old management style. A few nice employees but they will be corrupted in time. Stay far away especially if you are a contract employee. A few

    Cons

    So many. Extremely corrupt and political environment. Stuck in old management style. There are so many other places to work that are fair and ethical.

    Advice to Management

    DRAIN THE SWAMP.

  3. "Senior Solution Developer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Solution Developer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Developer in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big company, lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Lost of overhead on top of your daily work.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the real business instead of focus on initiatives (it's not real). People doing the job well won't get a good PBC review without a so called good initiative.


  4. "No Loyalty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay isn't bad and if you are in with the right group, you have good career opportunities.
    If you like travel, there are plenty of possibilities.

    Cons

    Uncertainty about keeping your job. No loyalty.
    Every year senior management publishes a new plan, organization and path for the future of IBM, but lately, it hasn't worked.
    It isn't the IBM that it used to be and everyone held in high esteem.

    Advice to Management

    Read -Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family
    Stop trading people's lives for a boost in EPS. I hasn't worked and wont. There is a long term price IBM and it's clients will pay.


  5. "consulting"

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    Former Employee - SAP Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - SAP Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great focus on development of employees, good benefits, good work-life balance. Great network of resources from past and present projects.

    Cons

    As a traveling consultant, I never met my manager in person. It can be easy to get lost in the mix.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with keeping employees informed. In an organization this large, continued transparency is appreciated. Insight into review process was critical for lower level employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of smart people and a lot of support from colleagues. Great benefits. Flexible hours and locations as long as you can deliver your work on time.

    Cons

    Your career growth highly depends on you manager. Your SAM(service area manager) plays a huge role for your promotions. Sometimes it's unreasonable and totally unfair. I saw people did not do any much works, just because he/she worked in the same project as his/her SAM and he /she got promoted rapidly. A lot of good and smart people have left the company for that reason.

    Advice to Management

    Flattening the organization. Reducing the chain of approval. Starting to recognize the people that doing the real works before they are leaving the company


  7. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Big Data Solution Architect in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Big Data Solution Architect in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good setup, friendly, knowledge sharing..

    Cons

    very big and need more interaction from top down

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Promotion process is worse than senate confirmation!"

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    Current Employee - IT Architect in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of well-educated, experienced colleagues. A good company to put on your resume and move on.

    Cons

    Promotion process is very bureaucratic. Average years to be promoted is 8 years if you are lucky. A lengthy process followed by board review makes the promotion process lengthier than senate confirmation!

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be nimbler in promotion and rewards. Do something for employee morale. use Watson


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Practice Executive"

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    Current Employee - Practice Executive in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Practice Executive in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large number of areas to wok across the company.

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant across the company, When layoffs come they circle the wagons

    Advice to Management

    Let the good employees surface based on perfomance


  10. "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, good management

    Cons

    Not too many projects on the pipe line

    Advice to Management

    Move candidates faster


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