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Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Managing Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall good benefits, with the exception of 401-K......................................................................................................................................

    Cons

    IBM will match employee 401 K contributions up to 6%, but will fund the employee's 401-K only if the employee is active as of December 15th. So if the employee leaves the company or included in IBM's infamous "reduction in workforce" effective December 1st of the calendar year, IBM will contribute $-0- for the year.

    Advice to Management

    IBM is only as good as it's Resources...
    Treat your Most Valuable Asset with Respect
    Listen... to your Client's Needs...


  2. "Contracts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts Support Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Contracts Support Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    lots of interaction, good contracts, helpful coworkers, and clear guidelines

    Cons

    management only cared about their favorite employees, the rest were just sheep

    Advice to Management

    invest in your employees


  3. "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    large company with potential to grow if you are in the New Your area. Good people who are client focused. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Company is going through a lot of change right now. Lots of layoffs and uncertainty about the company's future. It's tough to work here sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    They need to really focus on the people they want to keep and reward them.


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  5. "Good Not Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Senior Consultant Title in two years
    Competitive starting salary
    Competitive signing bonus

    Cons

    Boring Projects
    low to no bonus
    benefits too expensive

    Advice to Management

    Match current employees salaries to newer higher entry level salaries


  6. "DRAIN THE IBM CORRUPT SWAMP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  7. "Dhruba"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work from home flexibility , good learning , huge knowledge base, diverse areas you can seek work

    Cons

    Slow growth , not best compensation , politics

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent to employees , be good to good employees, respect employees


  8. "IT Consultant-CbD program"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, great traninng programs that give you the chance to network with many college hires in the program.

    Cons

    The program advertises the benefit of moving around/rotating to other projects during the 2 year duration of the program. In my experience, I've had many difficulties moving to other projects in the public sector and have been on my first project for a year plus now. My managers are not helpful and really have an "oh well" attitude when I express that I want to move around to gain different experiences. It's a very tough spot when you want to learn and soak in as much information and possible, but no one is there to help.

    Advice to Management

    Place CbDers in the position to grow and get the best out of the program. Assign us to managers that possess the skills sets that we are working towards, and allow CbDers to move around to other projects to grow their skill set. We want to grow but we are being placed in roles that have nothing to do with our interests or experiences and it doesn't help us. It seems like we are just being placed to fill a seat regardless of what skills we have especially when a lot of us are very skilled.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company losing direction and out of touch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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. "Not Too Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Focused on delivering Watson thru all their business dealings.

    Cons

    Too obsessed with delivering Watson in their business, even if customer doesn't need it.


  11. "Public Sector Consulting by Degrees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    - Good starting base pay
    - Consulting by degrees program training
    - Fast promotion to senior consultant

    Cons

    - Can get pigeonholed easily
    - Public sector projects are year long commitments and therefore you do not have a true consulting experience
    - Lack of project diversity
    - Easier to quit IBM and get rehired than to move to another department
    - Hard to differentiate or shine when you're on a government contract

    Advice to Management

    You should see where your young talent's strengths are and allow them to be in projects that will foster growth. Do not just pigeonhole them on a giant government contract for the sake of being billable. You will keep losing talent if you do that.



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