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IBM Washington DC Reviews

Updated June 18, 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 850 reviews)

  • Working long hours is pretty typical (in 420 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Downward spiral continues"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and some neat technology.

    Cons

    Three performance appraisal systems in as many years.

    Advice to Management

    Give up on utilization, spend more on training, reduce our overhead, and start paying the market rate.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Broad range of opportunities available

    Cons

    Lots of changes every six months

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some outside ideas

  3. "IBM - A Poor Career choice"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Fake glitz and glamor. Products are no longer what they should be, nor do they meet many of the marketing stated capabilities. Minimal employee investment, with the exception of on line courses. As long as it doesn't cost them $, its fine. Employee rating system is bogus, and don't expect a raise ever again. People try and do well at the expense of others. Customers now come last - which bodes ill for getting future work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people that matter. Become a team rather than individual competitors. Create a culture of creativity & competence.


  4. "I'm just here for experience!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Center Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Data Center Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's IBM!

    Great name

    Free snacks and drinks

    Usually great pay

    Great entry level position

    Hands on experience

    Ibm offers career advancement for employees

    Cons

    Low pay for this position

    Many cliques within workplace

    Not enough training

    A little unorganized

    This position seems a little Secluded from IBM itself

    Advice to Management

    Better training would be nice


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Used To Be Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Professional education opportunities and ability to expand your knowledge by working with some very smart people was great.

    Cons

    IBM is now inivating ways to bring employee moral to a new low in order to refocus the blame of a terrible CEO who should have been fired a few years ago. Company is now about saving executive careers rather than enhancing the careers of the real workers.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO and replace the Board who supports her.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Work-Life Balance is lip service"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of challenging opportunities available, and being a large company, IBM offers a large variety of projects for you to work on. The people are nice and generally hard working. If you want to find another project to work on, your manager will work with you and not stand in your way.

    Cons

    The only time I heard anything about work-life balance was at New Hire Orientation. After that, hours could sometimes be 70 hours a week, and almost every weekend required working, with no recognition from management. If you do something you think you deserve credit for, it's up to you to speak up -- no place for a shrinking violet who waits for good things to come. This isn't just because it's a large company, it also happens on smaller projects and teams.

    Advice to Management

    For all the corporate push to adapt and change, which is essential in today's business environment, too many people and teams refuse to change. They attempt Agile practices, but using old methods and tech. IBM has invested a lot in new technologies and services, but when employees aren't too over-worked to be able to pay attention, they are afraid to change under the trope "if it ain't work, don't fix it." Also, you need to provide training for managers -- and not just employees labeled as Managers. They seem to be making things up as they go along.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Getting better, slowly."

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of incredible people. Constant drive for innovation. News headlines of all the cool things IBM is doing. Ginni is on a mission to transform the company and its future is bright. New performance management system. Huge effort to fix the known problems and making great progress.

    Cons

    A lot of middle managers and mid- to upper-level execs who resist the transformation and have no vision. IBM is slowly weeding them out but not fast enough. Too much focus on haphazardly-set quarterly targets instead of deliberate long term goals. Internal management & information system that is crumbling.

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing in outsiders and weeding out those who resist change.

  8. "US Federal is a mess"

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    Former Employee - Business Unit Executive in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Business Unit Executive in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues were nice.
    Pressure seemed a lot, but in retrospect was simple

    Cons

    Products, all of them, are clunky and uninspired
    Company doesn't meet any Federal regulations and doesn't seem to care
    Could care less about employees.
    Totally understaffed to sell and support the product lines that they offer
    Too many products, and not enough technical expertise. CTO organization is a disaster
    In summary, unfocused and unsuccessful.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a few things that you want to do well and be the best at them. Drop everything else.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company losing direction and out of touch"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Sales Representative in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Software Sales Representative in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to telecommute, good mentors if you seek them out, career progression possible. I met some fantastic people and the best part about the job are the coworkers I work with... outside of them honestly it's an old boys club with a bunch of old white men running the show.

    Cons

    The company is trying to do too much and there is no clear vision. Layoffs are happening all the time because the company is not doing well - letting experienced people go in favor of cheaper younger people. You are (in sales) expected to have no outside life.. Culture is money and revenue over everything including client satisfaction. So much bureaucracy that you're going through at least 16 different people to get anything done. And honestly, there are some questionable business practices going on that in not comfortable with.

    Advice to Management

    ... needs a total reorganization.


  10. "No raises for over 5 years, impossible utilization targets,"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots to learn and access to immense knowledge pools

    Cons

    NO raises in over 5 years
    Pay for performance is self-defeating
    110% utilization targets which are impossible to achieve unless you take 0 vacations AND work 48 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees like human beings, not money making machines


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