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Updated September 25, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1049 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 488 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "#PlayToWin"

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    Current Employee - Learning Leader in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Learning Leader in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leading edge technology with amazing people around

    Cons

    sometimes global complexity or bureaucracy can test your temper ,,,, just push on

    Advice to Management

    Full steam to Cloud and Cognitive investments


  2. "Fulfilment / Sales Support"

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    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Teaming. Proactive work environment. Great place to get your foot in the door and learn.

    Cons

    Highly Pressured. Mobility no longer offered. Limited career paths if you were not hired in at Mgt level.

  3. "Help Desk Level 1"

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    Former Employee - Help Desk Support in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Former Employee - Help Desk Support in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility - opportunity to work 1 day a week from home.
    Health Care - Several plans to choose from
    Opportunity for Career Growth

    Cons

    As the Help Desk hours were between 7 AM - 6 PM, it was hard to make up time off for medical or personal reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Continue Open Door policy for work and personnel issues.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not what I expected."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    It is a good name, looks good on the resume. If you worked here, you are probably smart and that should help you.

    Cons

    There is a book , "A View from Beneath the Dancing Elephant".
    I did not read it, but the title is great. There is a saying, "RAs are family matter", such as people actually try to make a living and support families while the elephant is stumping around them.

    Very bureaucratic and inhuman, people are only resources. If you spend at least 3 years here, you will notice that half of the people you worked with are gone by that time. Extreme amount of talent is let go by the constant RAs. At the same time the company is hiring new people for the same skill set. I have not seen any effort to match existing talents with opportunities. I actually would like to see proactive management of the work force by constant training, re-training, cross-training according to the changing need of the company.

    Benefits are getting more and more expensive, compensation is stagnant with zero inflation adjustment.

    This year's most important stuff is "diversity and inclusion" and giving people lessons about the "unconscious bias", but this seems to be an attempt to tap into cheap labor even more. What about professional competency, which itself would include the above already?

    Look elsewhere and do not waste your time here.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking for cheap labor, make people feel being appreciated, make them feel safe. Stop giving the top executives extreme raises and bonuses without at least inflation equivalent adjustment for the work force.
    Also think about the thousands of people who you let go. This is a small world, do you think they will hire IBM as their vendor, after you make them upset and disappointed?


  5. "Excellent opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Verizon sold their cloud/hosting business to IBM in Sep/2017 and I was among those who transitioned to IBM. From the beginning, I noticed how IBM offers a more organized environment, with excellent opportunities to improve and expand our careers, with clear learning paths and multiple resources.

    Cons

    Health insurance options seem to be designed for singles, who get free health insurance. Married individuals with kids pay expensive insurance to have spouses and kids covered. Compared to what I used to have at Verizon, IBM health care plans offer less and charge way more.

    Advice to Management

    The tuition assistance program should be offered to all employees not only those who are in positions that require a degree.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Application Developer Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer Specialist in Cumberland, MD
    Former Employee - Applications Developer Specialist in Cumberland, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This review is primarily for GBS in Rocket Center, WV. If you are considering joining IBM elsewhere, just know that in this sector, and this location, things are much different than the rest of the company.

    - If you either went to a smaller university or didn't do so great in school and want a big name on your resume to get you good job opportunities in the future, IBM is PERFECT for that. I'm going to get pretty heavy in the cons section, but just know that this point here was what made the experience for me so worth it!

    - This location is ~2 hours away from both Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, and...

    - If you want to travel, there are opportunities to travel. If you don't want to travel, you probably won't have to.

    - Health benefits are pretty decent

    - Most people get to work from home at least once per week

    - There is a pretty good chance that you will get the opportunities you need to advance within the company if you want to

    - If you want to become a good consultant, you will be working with a lot of good consultants.

    Cons

    - The location. Cumberland is a "city" with not much there. Most people that end up staying long term already have an invested interest in the area (nearby college, family, etc.)

    - Turnover is very high. New hires come in groups, and generally if you're still around by 6 months, you are either THE last or one of the last left in your group.

    - Turnover is high because when you are hired, you are put "on the bench". That means you have to come into work...but there is nothing to do. This time frame usually lasts between 4 weeks to over a year (it sounds nice to get paid to do nothing, but it gets old real fast).

    - If you come here for experience in x type of work (development, testing, functional analyst), you're definitely rolling the dice. The "staffing professionals" are not technical people, they're trained to look at requirements for projects and match them to resumes. Their job is to keep you billable, not get you the experience you need in your career. There is a pretty good chance you get placed in a project doing work that you don't want to be doing (they will tell you that it is easy to switch down the road...don't take the bait).

    - There is practically no technical screening (for developers). You have a technical interview and test, but you can get EVERY question wrong and still get an offer (this actually happened in my hiring group twice). So...this goes without saying...

    - If you're looking to work with great developers, you're digging for needles in haystacks. You probably won't find what you're looking for. IBM has a lot of new hires that don't know what they are doing, and a lot of people with a lot of experience, but just don't make the cut.

    - The pay is well below average. Not only that, but even if you are good at what you do and outperform everyone you work with, chances are a year down the road, new hires (on the bench) will be making more many than you. Management will say (this happened to me twice), "Oh that's not right, but there's nothing I can do". Raises happen at earliest every 9 months, and your performance generally doesn't play any significant role. Everyone gets the same raise.

    - The performance review process has currently undergone a change (from what I'm told is for the better). However, managers are very inconsistent as to what the requirements are, and if you happen to be caught in a re-organization, you may quickly find out that what you are doing that was considered acceptable for your old manager is unacceptable to your new manager.

    - You are told that after 2 years in this program that you can transfer out, and they will help you do so. This is true, you can, and they will...but corporate IBM will actively work against you on this. I never saw anyone get transferred out. Places like Rocket Center are where IBM actually makes their money because they can afford to pay you less for the same work that people in DC -> More winning bids on government contracts.

    Advice to Management

    I understand that in a big company, regulations need to be put in place so that managers can't easily abuse/favor employees, but you've made it very hard to reward (in a meaningful way) high performers. Actually try to keep high performers around to get better longevity out of your products (and other high performers). Hire staffing professionals that understand the fields that they are working in, and you won't have employees quit for being stuck in project positions that are detrimental to their career paths.

    Please please please actually put weight on the technical interviews.


  7. "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Great Online Training on internal websites

    Cons

    Need to learn the culture

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Long term employee"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to new technologies and benefits

    Cons

    New up or out management approach is driving good people out. Also going through a thinning out exercise of mid to senior level associates.


  9. "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    company pays less than other consulting firms

    Cons

    various opportunities to advance career

    Advice to Management

    Review


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Rocket Center is mediocre at best"

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    Current Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Cumberland, MD
    Current Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Cumberland, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fresh college grads get much needed experience and a foot in the door, a lot of resources available to you to grow as a professional, very laid-back and relaxed atmosphere, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are not even competitive for the area, career growth and prospects are virtually non-existent or entirely too long, low morale among employees, location itself is a little too remote, policies in place without any justification to their existence, project deployment is slow and the work is often unsatisfying

    Advice to Management

    Until IBM as a whole starts listening to its employees concerns and addressing the core problems, employees will continue to leave and morale will continue to decrease. If you're not going to adjust the salaries to be competitive, you need to do whatever else it takes to entice people to come here and stay.


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