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IBM Herndon Reviews

Updated March 22, 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. "I <3 IBM"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people, awesome leaders, ideal company

    Cons

    that I am not still there

    Advice to Management

    keep believing in yourselves and your coworkers


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Profits over People"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits and learning opportunities

    Cons

    Layoffs without regard for client delivery or employee past performance.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your business. Treat employees with respect, they are the front line to your clients.

  3. "Senior Technical Staff Member"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you have a love for technology, there's a lot going on at IBM at all times. Easy to build relationships with cross-functional team members. And the breadth of knowledge one can gain is limitless. Lots of opportunity to learn from customer engagements, stay on top of industries, good insight from research organizations like Garter, IBV, IDC, Forrester.

    Cons

    Some of the pros can turn into a con as well. Quest for knowledge can sometimes be overwhelming and take away focus on what you want to achieve in your career.

    Advice to Management

    Keep talent and help them grow


  4. Helpful (3)

    "You're better off somewhere else"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel and opportunity to work with great clients

    Cons

    the people, lack of development, lack of corporate culture, you're by yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people more and provide feedback on how to grow.


  5. "Place with many career opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Large firm with numerous career tracks within and between business units. One has to own his or her career at IBM, it's a very big place and critical to keep focus on what one is trying to achieve.

    Cons

    IBM is a public firm, the quarterly wall street demands require heightened focus on reporting and financial data.

    Advice to Management

    Continue cultivating the type of leaders Ginni is grooming. The old management mentality should become obsolete and those managers as well.


  6. Helpful (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.


  7. "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.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  10. 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.


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