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IBM Washington DC Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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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 925 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 441 reviews)

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  1. "Overall good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary. Great people to work with, lots of room for growth

    Cons

    Large company, always restructuring and very siloed so it's hard to keep track of what's going on

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can meet some of the most brilliant people. I ended up doing a TED Talk

    Cons

    I had 4 bosses in one year. GBS can be a body shop.


  7. "Managing Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    As a remote worker, I'm totally on my own most of the time, you get the best flexible work environment in the world.

    Cons

    The consulting operation is very decentralized, you don't have a typical corporate office, or traditional team.

  8. "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Yeah it a great place to work great salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Had to happy say what when u Hoi g this place.


  9. "Great Company!"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Employee equipment (iPhone, Macbook Pro)

    Cons

    Titles of products change very quickly


  10. "Project Variety with Disconnected Management"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Project variety
    * Generally smart, motivated co-workers
    * Get to work with some huge, well-known companies and organizations
    * Robust career path options
    * Excellent company reputation

    Cons

    * Inconsistent project & project team quality
    * Only minor control over what projects you work on
    * Two projects ended abruptly due to budget mismanagement, which eats into your utilization
    * Utilization is absolute king during performance reviews
    * Formal management is disconnected from your day-to-day work


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