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Updated April 19, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 847 reviews)

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  1. "Different company than 2 years ago"

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, focused on tactical

    Cons

    Eliminating telework - focusing more on millenial employee preferences.

    Advice to Management

    Balance outside hiring with nurturing existing employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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

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

    Pros

    The IBM "brand" is still one of the most recognized brands in the world. Employees don't have to explain what the company does.

    Cons

    There is a complete disconnect between executive leadership and employees who work with customers every day. There are massive resource actions taking place at the end of every quarter based on sales performance - regardless of how these changes are impacting customers. There is very little research and development investment being made in legacy software solutions, instead IBM is putting all their eggs in the Watson (cognitive) basket. Product names are changing all the time but there's been very few capabilities added. The IBM Cloud is not a market leader by any sense of the imagination.

    Advice to Management

    Write off the Softlayer acquisition and get out of the cloud business. Partner with Amazon, much the same way you recently partnered with Salesforce.com

  3. "need to take care of employees"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager Business in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager Business in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good salary can be made
    good work

    Cons

    dont care about employees
    your just a number.
    Too many re-orq's every year.

    IBM Response

    Apr 6, 2017 – Program Consultant - IBMer Engagement

    Thank you for the review.


  4. "Toxic Environment"

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    Former Employee - Client Executive in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Client Executive in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative technology and smart people. Flexible working environment with resources to support telework. There are not many pros I can come up with unfortunately.

    Cons

    Toxic environment with continual lay offs the call resource actions. Lack of effective leadership and terrible management. No growth opportunity or support of employees career aspirations. Focused on cost cutting by eliminating senior high cost employees with low cost millennials. CEO takes huge bonuses while employees are being cut each month.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on supporting employees that results in growth dedication.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "IBM is driving peole away"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worldwide reach for projects, access to experts in your field, access to almost infinite online training.

    Cons

    Low and decreasing pay, lack of recognition (both monetary and public/social), lack of choice in projects, fear of losing job at any time, unfair and unsubstantiated ratings, impossible to be rated more than "acceptable."

    Advice to Management

    1. Pay people what they are worth, and ensure current employees are paid the market rate. Don't bring in new hires at higher pay than people who have many years experience and institutional knowledge of IBM.
    2. Look for, and find ways to recognize people. Managers are too overworked themselves to take time to nominate staff.
    3. Be transparent about how people are measured and how to be a superstar. Secret metrics only frustrate people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Managing Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Very large multi-year complex projects @ IBM GBS.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Poor advancement. No salary increases. No bonus. Monthly layoffs. Expected to work off hours and weekends and not record time. Contractor roles taken over employees. Zero loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Do not oversell resource or software capabilities. Stop churning and burning internal resources. Reward employees over contractors. Set reasonable project time lines.


  7. "DRAIN THE IBM CORRUPT SWAMP"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Fairfax, VA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No positives with this company. Highly corrupt and stuck in old management style. A few nice employees but they will be corrupted in time. Stay far away especially if you are a contract employee. A few

    Cons

    So many. Extremely corrupt and political environment. Stuck in old management style. There are so many other places to work that are fair and ethical.

    Advice to Management

    DRAIN THE SWAMP.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A little cog in a big wheel"

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

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

    Pros

    The people I met at IBM were beyond friendly and smart. There were others that weren't very good, just like at all companies. I had the opportunity to work on many projects that were interesting. Pay is good for my age level and experience.

    Cons

    -Constant fear of layoffs which do happen
    -Attrition levels are high
    -Pay is better elsewhere, hence why people leave.
    -The CBD program is not organized and doesn't adequately prepare kids to become fully chargeable.
    -IBM's sales are down and hence it has very few projects, this makes it tough to become utilized.
    -Upper management is atrocious and there are many senior people, who literally do nothing.


  9. "Nothing Special..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Solid reputation and respect in the industry

    Cons

    Most co-workers dissatisfied and unhappy

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like you are God's gift to Corporate America.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Partner"

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    Former Employee - Partner in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Partner in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The rank and file people are really smart and want to do well and help.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership is only out for their own Stock options and gain.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and bring in technical leadership to run a tech company.


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