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IBM Washington DC Reviews

Updated November 14, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1060 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 502 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible company and great work-life balance

    Cons

    Things move quickly so it is important to be flexible to change.


  2. "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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience in diverse industries; smart people

    Cons

    Groups are unorganized, and hires more consultants than available projects, especially in IBM Federal

  3. "Financial Analyst intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Financial Analyst Intern in Herndon, VA
    Former Intern - Financial Analyst Intern in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn at your own pace. Take on as much work as you would like.
    IBM always an easy connection to any and all employees/co-workers. So I recommend utilizing this resource and you will have endless opportunity.
    A broad overview of the federal division.
    You don't feel like an intern.

    Cons

    Independent atmosphere.
    You must have high adaptability and learn quickly. (Pro for me, maybe con for others)
    A lot of department works from home so you really only communicate through email/messaging platform. Which can be tough at times. I like to collaborate in person for the most part.


  4. "Managing consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    work from home, plenty of vacation days and sick leave

    Cons

    utilization targets are hard to meet.


  5. "Federal Inside Sales at IBM"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everybody knows IBM, so calls are more likely to be returned
    Big Installed base

    Cons

    You get overloaded with internal meetings and conference calls
    Bureaucratic overhead
    Constant negative feedback from fearful middle management


  6. "Don't care about employees"

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

    Pros

    People are very friendly; work/life balance is great in public sector (often capped hours on projects per contract)

    Cons

    Lack of culture here; each employee seems to be an island on to themselves; people often feel more like an employee of the contract that they are on vs an IBM employee;

    IBM seems to be trapped in a cyclical cost cutting mode to meet Wall Street requirements and run like a finance operation. As a result, the organization isn't attuned to its employees--the only thing that matter is meeting it's numbers--which could be understandable except for the fact that the company's financial results are underpinned by the talent that is retained and their performance. But that doesn't seem to register.

    Not impressed by management at all--some combination of people that don't seem qualified and a massive organization structure that impedes efficiency and an ability to enact real change.

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking about your employees as your best assets and build a culture that supports them and matches them to their highest and best use.

    How can you get better trained folks into management positions and eliminate organizational red tape?

    Also--way too many meetings w/o actual results.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Rethink the sales organization"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a company always l had innovation as a strength.

    Cons

    IBM is a company always l had innovation as a strength. Unfortunately in the last several years, they have created a commission environment that isn’t transparent. This has forced reps to question where they stand against their quota or pushed many reps to look elsewhere. They have let go of so many reps and not enough of middle management.

    Advice to Management

    You need to rethink the compensation of sales reps. You are replacing experienced sales reps with new hires out of college that don’t have the sales experience and then expecting them to succeed.

  8. "Fulfilment / Sales Support"

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    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Teaming. Proactive work environment. Great place to get your foot in the door and learn.

    Cons

    Highly Pressured. Mobility no longer offered. Limited career paths if you were not hired in at Mgt level.


  9. "IBM Global Business Services - needs to work better with other organizations within the corporation."

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Herndon, VA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and a generally cooperative and collaborative environment within the consulting organizations

    Cons

    Poor interaction across divisions. For example, the Software Group does not collaborate will with Global Business Services (the consulting organization), and I often found that the two groups were working at cross purposes within the same client organization

    Advice to Management

    Need to realign incentives to drive more cross-organization collaboration.


  10. "Big Company"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    - Great pay and benefits
    - Generous amount of vacation time

    Cons

    - Client projects can vary, sometime you feel like you are working for the client and not IBM

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to try and grow your lower band level consultants


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