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IBM Washington DC Reviews

Updated July 16, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1011 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 474 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Operation Data Center Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Center Operations Manager in Leesburg, VA
    Current Employee - Data Center Operations Manager in Leesburg, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Benefits which includes, PTO, PCH, Sick Time Off, medical benefits, Matching 401K, Stock Options.
    - learning Resources are so many and free that you can pretty much utilize and learn anything that relates to your career and grow with them.
    - Tools that IBM uses are very intuitive and technologically advanced in the IT market which makes job simple to understand and use.

    Cons

    - In the area where I am working is very competitive and data centers getting build consistently which creates lots Job opportunities with higher pay and Management is not able to match that which causes high turnover and losses of great talent and dissatisfied employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Director Cloud Division"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Senior Managing Consultant - IBM"

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

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn the functional and technical aspects of dominant software technologies.

    Cons

    The company turns a blind eye to incompetent managers.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the deadwood.


  5. "IBM Federal"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a great place to work with challenging projects when the technical and management start align.
    Smart colleagues you can learn from.
    Work location flexibility (can work from home)

    Cons

    Company going through major restructuring of business. New sales pipeline is completely broken currently.
    The management layer is disconnected with the technical layer currently (2017-2018).
    Project delivery and technical resource management communication is broken. There is no objective way to forecast work and ensure that the right person is doing the right job.

    Advice to Management

    institute a culture of end-to-end accountability. Include objective measures for performance along with utilization. Have a technical roadmap for the delivery workforce that is known and available to resources.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Contractor (Third Party) in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Contractor (Third Party) in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome people that work well together

    Cons

    I have no complaints at all


  7. "Big Company, big politics"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good internal training and access to internal resources. Extensive opportunities, often involving travel. Diverse work opportunities, solid professional workforce. Makes big effort to stay ahead of technology curve, as a leader in the market in many areas. Most people pull their weight. Frequent use of internal collaboration tools make communication forthright. Through training opportunities, ability to keep skills current to keep pace with areas of emphasis for the company. Solid ethics throughout management and culture.

    Cons

    Big company politics. Sometimes, for that reason, career progression can be slow. Expectations are to work after hours. Need to keep skills current to keep pace with areas of emphasis for the company, in addition to hours already worked.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if "work/life balance", touted strongly, was real.

  8. "Systems Admin"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits for employees

    Cons

    No autonomy...cannot make decisions...has to go up the ladder

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees


  9. "Senior Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, work from home when not traveling to client site

    Cons

    Long hours, hard to know how to move up in the organization


  10. "Sr. Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent software solutions developed in house and augmented by strategic acquisitions. Extensive resources supporting client engagements from R&D to marketing events.

    Cons

    Frequent changes to industry verticals and territory assignments not always aligned with enterprise customer buying cycles. Restructuring could sometimes derail momentum on deals initiated prior to integration ("blue washing").

    Advice to Management

    Leverage extended network of internal and external resources capable of supporting a sales cycle early and proactively clarify any questions around the compensation structure for sales representatives with overlapping responsibilities/territories...


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