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IBM Washington DC Reviews

Updated September 11, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1043 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 481 reviews)

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  1. "IT Business Development"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "IBM Global Business Services - needs to work better with other organizations within the corporation."

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    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Herndon, VA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and a generally cooperative and collaborative environment within the consulting organizations

    Cons

    Poor interaction across divisions. For example, the Software Group does not collaborate will with Global Business Services (the consulting organization), and I often found that the two groups were working at cross purposes within the same client organization

    Advice to Management

    Need to realign incentives to drive more cross-organization collaboration.

  3. "Big Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great pay and benefits
    - Generous amount of vacation time

    Cons

    - Client projects can vary, sometime you feel like you are working for the client and not IBM

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to try and grow your lower band level consultants


  4. "Security Services Leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to work remote .
    An aggressive security Portfolio Services
    Company good leadership and the security organization.
    Salary is it within industry standard

    Cons

    I'll be your man still making a turn around within the industry. Slow change to make progress back to where IBM should be.


  5. "Poor Leadership Not Customer Oriented"

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    Current Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Name Brand; Entry level Resources

    Cons

    Sr leaders get bonuses- mid level to entry level bonus minimal. Yearly bonus last year for high performer was $321. As a manager of high performing team I was allotted $218 to split between two resources. Company does across the board furloughs for subKs at a moment's notice. The only exception if an SLA will be missed. If IBM misses a committed deliverable without penalty- so be it- they would rather do furloughs so they can meet their numbers. Resources have not received raised in over 5 years. Promises to next band level put on freeze and never revisited.

    Advice to Management

    Put customer first and repeat business will follow. Remove senior leaders that are focused strictly on financials as they never sat across the table from the client. Keep the salesman on the account for 1 year after final sale to support as they undersell, get commission, and walk away - leaving delivery to support.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good amount of responsibility; difficult to move around projects"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was based entirely in Washington, DC, so never traveled. This review is not for public sector consulting, which seems pretty different from private sector. I was given a good amount of responsibility pretty early in my career. Managers were always very supportive of me and were reasonable about deadlines. Since it's a large company, there were regular discussions about my career trajectory and options for growth within the company. Benefits were excellent, with many low fee index funds offered in the 401k. There were lots of happy hours and networking opportunities. I never worked more than 40-45 hours per week.

    Cons

    I was in the Public Sector Consulting division, and it was basically impossible to move form one project to another. It didn't really feel like "consulting", more like you were IT support for government agencies for certain types of business software. Most of the projects were very long term.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to move around between projects.


  7. "Fine. Just fine."

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    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good entry level pay, good on a resume

    Cons

    Everything else, essentially. Find good people and you'll be alright

  8. "Fair"

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    Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Intelligent motivated coworkers

    Cons

    The constant reorganization of departments

    Advice to Management

    Listen to managers opinions


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director Cloud Division"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. The talent pool is tremendous and the people truly want to do right.

    Cons

    The transformation is not going well. It is strategy of the month, sales play of the quarter, org chart of the half... Too focussed on showing quarterly results, and not on the long game

    Advice to Management

    Invest. Take a hit on the stock and really invest to make the strategic initiatives a success.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Public Service Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Service Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Smart people and remote work

    Cons

    - There's a disconnect between leadership and lower bands. Executive stay silent to during rough period, so false and negative information spreads without assurances from leadership

    Advice to Management

    Participate in activities with younger consultants


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