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IBM Washington DC Reviews

Updated February 13, 2018
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  1. "IT Business Development"

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    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. "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

  3. "Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - IT Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Technology, excellent benefits, awesome training

    Cons

    constant downsizing, consultant pricing is high, employee morale is low

    Advice to Management

    keep trying to develop the best technology so we dont have to downsize.


  4. "Technical Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    tons of learning and education. Good starter job

    Cons

    moribund and low pay. If you need to pay the bills, work here and then move on

    Advice to Management

    none


  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. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Vice President/Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President/Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In Sales IBM pays well for performance. They do not micromanage employees and allow them to "run their business" on their own as long as productive.

    Cons

    Sales is internally extremely competitive pitting organizations against each other for the same deal. This creates a very impersonal, cut throat atmosphere that makes IBM a joyless place to work. Additionally the time allowed to make numbers is not long so turnover is high. This is not bad but a consideration for anyone looking to join.

    Advice to Management

    Create better guidelines and practices for mid level (VP/Director) Mgmt to allow for better delivery of corp message/practices. IBM senior mgmt is pretty savvy however their vision and enthusiasm is lost at mid level due to politics, job security and lack of ability on how to manage business sales and delivery.


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    "Every IBMer has a unique anecdote"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    - International company; lots of opportunities to interface with people from different backgrounds and perspectives
    - Part of a company that houses some of the best inventors and patent holders in the past decade; Exposure to some of the smartest minds in industry
    - New technology is pervasive at IBM; whether you are interested in Agile, Design Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity or more - there is an opportunity for you to learn and contribute
    - Great compensation and benefits
    - Depending on team, opportunity for flexible and remote work

    Cons

    - With a company of more than 300,000 people, it's hard to have a consistent company culture or set of values across the organization; every division and team will have its own set of expectations
    - For some, growth trajectory can often be slow given the limits on how many people can be promoted a year
    - While there are lots of exciting things going on at IBM, a lot of where you end up depends on timing and luck versus merit

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in your employees and be honest about what they need to move on to the next level

  8. "Data Center Technician"

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    Current Employee - Data Center Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Data Center Technician in Ashburn, VA

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

    Pros

    Good benefit, relax, good atmosphere , good to get your feet on the door

    Cons

    Very poor paid especially for the job that is performer. $17/hour

    Advice to Management

    Increase employees salaries. People leave everyday because of the bad pay


  9. "Big company, many opportunities, going through transformation"

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

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

    Pros

    IBM has a large amount of opportunities. The more you take advantage of them, the more you get back. I’ve found a large majority of the people to be extremely friendly. You also have the ability to build your career by the projects you work on and the people you network with.

    Cons

    The company is so big and can be confusing at times. It’s currently going through a huge transformation and I don’t think the C-Level’s have a clear end goal in site. There’s a lot of bureaucracy. It leaves a lot of talent untapped.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together and get out of your own way. There’s a lot of smart people ready to do great things. Phrases and slogans go so far.


  10. "Amazing Start"

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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

    - The people I work with day to day are brilliant
    - The freedom and flexibility I've been given from day 1 has been great
    - The benefits are good

    Cons

    - The bureaucracy can be a bit stifling
    - The need to hit quarterly or yearly numbers can be a bit distracting from LT needs and goals
    - Long hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep heading in the direction you are


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