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Updated February 16, 2017
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 778 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 390 reviews)

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  1. "11+ yrs in GBS"

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

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

    Pros

    High performers promoted rapidly at lower levels; lots of opportunities; reach back to any person in company

    Cons

    Mentorship lacking at senior levels, even for top performers.

    Advice to Management

    Adhere to your policy of rewarding top performers and they will pay you back through loyalty.


  2. "fair"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    They have a lot of projects

    Cons

    its salary is not competitive


  3. "Bus Development Executive"

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    Former Employee - BD EXECUTIVE in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - BD EXECUTIVE in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Talented People in a highly-matrixed business environment

    Cons

    Expensive rates - challenging to compete with competition

    Advice to Management

    Listen closely to BD leader advice.


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  5. "Good company to build knowledge and experiance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provide access to good and very extended on-line training, supports learning through on-job training and mentoring, opportunity to work with different experts.

    Cons

    Long hours, no work-life balance. Little support to find a new project. Little interest in people.

    Advice to Management

    Be more people oriented - they bring the value and the revenue.


  6. "Good Company to start your career"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great company to build your reputation, network and meet some smart folks, a good way to start learning about the technology industry as well as the government sector.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and red tape, set in their old ways


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    "Great place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great, benefits are good, salary is fair for role/responsibility. Access to emerging technologies with IBM is easily accessible and plenty of online training capabilities to drive your career path

    Cons

    Large company, managers are only available when something is needed from you, sink or swim mentality, hard to exit a project for other IBM opportunities. Difficult to truly understand where you fit in with the larger IBM picture.


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    "IBM - Consulting"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on projects for Fortune 500 companies that are the leaders in their industries.

    Cons

    Career is entirely self driven. Not a lot of coaching or career development from your management.


  9. "Consultant"

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    Former Freelancer - Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Freelancer - Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A workforce comprised of extraordinary thinkers, innovators, and implementers.

    Cons

    Too may "companies within a company".

    Advice to Management

    Lean and flatten the organization.


  10. "Senior Manger"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the most innovative and transformative technology company which has reinvented itself many times in last 100+ years.

    Cons

    Too big and can be difficult to feel your existence - "small fish in the ocean"


  11. "Diverse experiences and opportunities are available to employees."

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    Current Employee - Senior Recruiting Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiting Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company=lots of diverse opportunities. Company embraces work from home as applicable while encouraging direct interpersonal interactions with clients and team members.

    Cons

    Today's workforce wants more immediate recognition and advancement. While ibm does accelerate promotion cycles, it does still take time to gain exposure to all of the diverse assignments one might desire, and need to show their capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Focus your transformation efforts on middle management. The word doesn't always reach them, yet they are the people that impact the masses.



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