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IBM Herndon Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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  1. "It was a great place for me"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It proved me opportunities to grow and develop my career. I had some fantastic managers (and some not so great) who supported me and were truly my advisors. The corporate culture and values were aligned with mine. You are in control of your career but the downside is that you have to take control.

    Cons

    In the 7 years I was at IBM, I had 9 different managers which meant that I needed to establish the relationship over and over. It is easy to be stove-piped into a role and can be difficult to move into a new career path. However, if you are persistent and willing to do the work to make it happen, you can make it happen,

    Advice to Management

    Abandon the "up or out." You are losing some great employees who are comfortable at the level they are and are not looking for promotion.


  2. "Toxic Environment"

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    Former Employee - Client Executive in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Client Executive in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative technology and smart people. Flexible working environment with resources to support telework. There are not many pros I can come up with unfortunately.

    Cons

    Toxic environment with continual lay offs the call resource actions. Lack of effective leadership and terrible management. No growth opportunity or support of employees career aspirations. Focused on cost cutting by eliminating senior high cost employees with low cost millennials. CEO takes huge bonuses while employees are being cut each month.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on supporting employees that results in growth dedication.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great, benefits are good, salary is fair for role/responsibility. Access to emerging technologies with IBM is easily accessible and plenty of online training capabilities to drive your career path

    Cons

    Large company, managers are only available when something is needed from you, sink or swim mentality, hard to exit a project for other IBM opportunities. Difficult to truly understand where you fit in with the larger IBM picture.


  4. "Diverse experiences and opportunities are available to employees."

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    Current Employee - Senior Recruiting Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiting Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company=lots of diverse opportunities. Company embraces work from home as applicable while encouraging direct interpersonal interactions with clients and team members.

    Cons

    Today's workforce wants more immediate recognition and advancement. While ibm does accelerate promotion cycles, it does still take time to gain exposure to all of the diverse assignments one might desire, and need to show their capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Focus your transformation efforts on middle management. The word doesn't always reach them, yet they are the people that impact the masses.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Getting better, slowly."

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of incredible people. Constant drive for innovation. News headlines of all the cool things IBM is doing. Ginni is on a mission to transform the company and its future is bright. New performance management system. Huge effort to fix the known problems and making great progress.

    Cons

    A lot of middle managers and mid- to upper-level execs who resist the transformation and have no vision. IBM is slowly weeding them out but not fast enough. Too much focus on haphazardly-set quarterly targets instead of deliberate long term goals. Internal management & information system that is crumbling.

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing in outsiders and weeding out those who resist change.


  6. "Contracts"

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    Former Employee - Contracts Support Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Contracts Support Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    lots of interaction, good contracts, helpful coworkers, and clear guidelines

    Cons

    management only cared about their favorite employees, the rest were just sheep

    Advice to Management

    invest in your employees


  7. "Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of new faces coming in with new ideas.

    Cons

    Always blames people instead of product quality, ease of doing business with, support and strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like the strategic asset they are.

  8. "Intellectual Playground"

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    Current Employee - Program Director/E-Commerce Strategy in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Program Director/E-Commerce Strategy in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible array of talented and extremely intelligent people across multiple areas of expertise provide for a very stimulating and rewarding work experience.

    Cons

    Very large company, so easy to get lost or capture personal attention.


  9. "IBM Federal"

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    Former Employee - Presales Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Presales Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Team oriented and staffed by professionals committed to customer success and personal integrity in all relationships. I loved working at IBM.

    Cons

    The benefits are VERY expensive. The raises are very small .. so make certain you gain maximum leverage when interviewing for a position there.


  10. "Account Manager from Acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits of the organization were outstanding. Further, there was no shortage of resources online on the internal network

    Cons

    Antiquated systems from everything to desktop systems to the CRM systems. the amount of internal meetings was suffocating.

    Advice to Management

    Let your reps get out and sell. Set no more than 20% of time for internal meetings.


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