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Updated November 3, 2017
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  • sometimes work-life balance gets out of order (in 953 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 451 reviews)

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  1. "Consultant"

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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

    You can meet some of the most brilliant people. I ended up doing a TED Talk

    Cons

    I had 4 bosses in one year. GBS can be a body shop.


  2. "Awful place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    I receive a paycheck.
    I have a job that offers mediocre benefits.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Management at all levels have no idea what it actually takes to achieve the desired results and will not pay attention to those who do.
    Experience means nothing, the "process" is everything. Square pegs must fit in round holes with no thought given to trying to help the client, being proactive or what it takes to achieve the desired results. Managers have one agenda and that is making themselves look good at the expense of their employees who have no say in how things might be run better. The CEO sends out several emails gushing about her great achievements and accomplishments that appear to have little to do with the actual operation of the company and more about making herself look good. The bottom line is more important than employees. Benefits are adequate to poor with everything done to benefit the company at the expense of the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Work with production employees, try to understand that they hold the keys to corporate success and are not pawns.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Long Con- stay away"

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

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

    Pros

    It pays money so you won't starve to death.

    Cons

    The position that I unfortunately accepted is not what I signed up for. I have no career growth and I am forgetting what I knew technically. I am being switched to another project after 6 months from when I started and it is very hard to get another project.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure people are not overqualified. Or make the work less terrible.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Long term employee"

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance available for most employees

    Cons

    Company has become stagnant with too many layers of management and little new talent coming in at senior manage to levels.

    Advice to Management

    Remove layers of management, pay employees better,


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not for technology folks"

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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

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable colleauges who share their ideas.

    Cons

    Non techies get promoted. No room for techies here. Techies, do not join this place ever.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure promotions are given to employees with skills, not bean counters.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "pathetic, old, dead"

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

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

    Pros

    none, dont do it. it sucks

    Cons

    this company is just a zombie

    Advice to Management

    kill it off now


  7. "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

  8. 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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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