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IBM Washington DC Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  1. "Great entry-level opportunity"

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    Current Employee - IBM GBS Consulting By Degrees Entry Level Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IBM GBS Consulting By Degrees Entry Level Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great resume builder
    -Lots of opportunity to grow, on your own and if you take initiative
    -Good entry-level salary
    -Really good people

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy
    -Little organization
    -Can be quite monotonous work


  2. "Datacenter Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    Good company and environment to work at

    Cons

    Pay less but experience you get is worth it

  3. "IBM review"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company with broad resources

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate with duplicative solutions and sellers


  4. Helpful (4)

    "#PlayToWin"

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    Current Employee - Learning Leader in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Learning Leader in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leading edge technology with amazing people around

    Cons

    sometimes global complexity or bureaucracy can test your temper ,,,, just push on

    Advice to Management

    Full steam to Cloud and Cognitive investments


  5. "Make Your Our Adventure"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analytics Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analytics Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Wide range of engagements
    + Smart / kind people
    + Not overly network-y
    + Great work life balance

    Cons

    - People can get lost or in a bad spot if they're not careful
    - Internal operations are sometimes lacking

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on growth not margins.


  6. "Why I Like IBM"

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    Current Employee - Executive Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Executive Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I consider myself to be a "graybeard" having been around IBM for 20+ years. Over the course of my career I've learned, delivered and succeeded multiple times for multiple clients. Most importantly, I got to decide exactly what I wanted to do each step of the way. During 2016, I participated with the IBM Corporate Service Corps, deployed to Dakar, Senegal with 14 other practitioners to work on several "pro bono" projects that will pay dividends to the Senegalese people and to IBM. I must say this project stands alone as being a highlight of my IBM career.

    Cons

    Like any other organization you must deal with a bureaucracy; however, IBM continues to re-make itself and to remain relevant all practitioner's are challenged to do the same, continuously.

    Advice to Management

    #NewIBM... move forward with integrity.


  7. "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.

  8. "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"


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IBM Public Sector Consulting is a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Public sector consultants mostly stay in the DC area, so there isn't as much travel as commercial consultants.
    - Pay starts off very competitive when you're first hired on.
    - IBM's software suite and knowledge base is unmatched.
    - Good coworkers, good clients, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    - IBM is very stingy about bonuses, and annual raises do not keep up with the market. After you've been at IBM for a while you're better off leaving for a year or two, then coming back, in order to stay at a competitive salary.
    - There's a lot of bureaucracy and pointless busywork that affects your annual performance review. But that's probably unavoidable at a company the size of IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that you focus on retaining your talented employees, rather than just acquiring them. Pay loyal employees a competitive market wage, just as you do for new hires.


  10. "A great Tech company"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment conscious of work family balance
    Great technology company with a lot of innovative ideas

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to move up the Ladder and get promoted. Easier to leave the company and get rehired at a promoted level


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