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IBM Washington DC Reviews

Updated April 9, 2018
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  • At times difficult work life balance (in 983 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. "Senior Security Architect"

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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

    I was in the professional services organization and a fast growing division. The technical aspect of the job was very interesting. Working in a big company has a lots of advantages to expose one to several technologies, professional peers and understand broader industry knowledge. Working from home most of the time is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Working with global teams is very challenging and counters most of the advantages the position has to offer. The fast growing division succumbed to the shorts falls of being part of a big company. In short great idea with growth potential with less promising future in reality because of the strong competition

    Advice to Management

    Need to have better insight into smaller but fast growing divisions to compete with other relatively small players in the industry.

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    "Too big and slow"

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

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

    Pros

    IBM has a ton of different opportunities and if you can find yourself lucky to get on a project there is a lot of opportunity to grow. Also the salary is incredibly competitive for the industry.

    Cons

    IBM is way too big. Management is poor and career development is non-existent. It is way too easy to get pidgeon-holed into a role you don't want. IBM also has a deep bench and if you find yourself on the bench it can be impossible to get off.

    Advice to Management

    Look into your hiring strategies. Stop hiring new people if the ones you already staff cannot find project work. Also work harder for managers to work with their reports.


  4. "Work Hard and Invest"

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    Former Employee - IT Architect in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    IBM helps tech people build and prove their resumes, facing the tough global labor market. IBM motivates employees to constantly re-invent themselves to bring value to each customer. Well-defined corporate ethical policies enable employees to stand on high moral ground in technology projects.

    Cons

    IBM's stock buybacks amid sagging revenues may be feel like disinvestment. Technology careerists like IBMers benefit from investment, which helps them research & develop, train, innovate, produce revenues, and thrive.

    Advice to Management

    Your tech people are your best assets. To drive and to realize IBM's CAMSS (Cloud Analytics Mobile Security and Social) aspirations, transparently expand US headcount, especially for GBS services that are sold in the US. To competitively invest in the cloud, stop GTS layoffs. To build customer relationships, invest long-term in local-market career development and retraining. Create and sell scientific expertise, leading new project areas. Generously leverage and reward employees' sincerity and hard-won expertise by investing in sabbaticals to hone productivity.


  5. 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.


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    "Great but frustrating place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    There are a ton of potential opportunities all over the US and the world.

    Cons

    IBM has a very deep bench at the moment for entry/mid-level employees which can make finding a project incredibly difficult.


  7. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote work culture, ability to travel, involvement in complex client projects.

    Cons

    No clear career progression path, commission is unpredictable, leadership is essentially non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    So many great people leaving because constant "reinvention". Invest in a capability that gives salespeople a real-time understanding of deals closed/commission earned.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "IBM Federal is awful"

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    They pay ok and do have some nice people

    Cons

    Selling software that does not work to Federal. Inexperienced management, clickish, only interested in hiring 20 something’s who will work 44-50 hr weeks. Not interested in solving problems just interested in billing gov max hours.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful of lawsuits, ageism and likeability over expertise is very dangerous.


  9. "Good stepping stone"

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    Current Employee - Datacenter Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Datacenter Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good stepping stone to get real life experience in the IT world

    Cons

    Sparse management, hard to move up, and underpaid.


  10. "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


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