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Updated May 18, 2017
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  1. "Senior Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting project work, great coworkers (for the most part)

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement and raises

    Advice to Management

    Give control to project managers and direct managers for employee's compensation and career path


  2. "IBM is steadily changing and becoming a top company again"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Client Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Watson makes ibm the place for data and analytics. Lots of opportunities to work in different areas

    Cons

    Remote life can be cold

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your tea


  3. "Great Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - EVP in Washington, DC
    Former Freelancer - EVP in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great working teams and dedicated employees

    Cons

    Sometimes communication is hard to drive


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  5. "IBM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Enablement Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Enablement Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well, plenty of growth

    Cons

    Too large of an organization, impersonal

    Advice to Management

    everything cannot be automated


  6. "Different company than 2 years ago"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Opportunities!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great opportunities

    Cons

    Bonus is weak, salary increaseses not many

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employers!


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    "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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. "Why I Like IBM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  11. "Toxic Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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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