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Updated May 23, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1012 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 477 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Contractor (Third Party) in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Contractor (Third Party) in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome people that work well together

    Cons

    I have no complaints at all


  2. "Big Company, big politics"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good internal training and access to internal resources. Extensive opportunities, often involving travel. Diverse work opportunities, solid professional workforce. Makes big effort to stay ahead of technology curve, as a leader in the market in many areas. Most people pull their weight. Frequent use of internal collaboration tools make communication forthright. Through training opportunities, ability to keep skills current to keep pace with areas of emphasis for the company. Solid ethics throughout management and culture.

    Cons

    Big company politics. Sometimes, for that reason, career progression can be slow. Expectations are to work after hours. Need to keep skills current to keep pace with areas of emphasis for the company, in addition to hours already worked.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if "work/life balance", touted strongly, was real.

  3. "Systems Admin"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits for employees

    Cons

    No autonomy...cannot make decisions...has to go up the ladder

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees


  4. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, work from home when not traveling to client site

    Cons

    Long hours, hard to know how to move up in the organization


  5. "Sr. Account Executive"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent software solutions developed in house and augmented by strategic acquisitions. Extensive resources supporting client engagements from R&D to marketing events.

    Cons

    Frequent changes to industry verticals and territory assignments not always aligned with enterprise customer buying cycles. Restructuring could sometimes derail momentum on deals initiated prior to integration ("blue washing").

    Advice to Management

    Leverage extended network of internal and external resources capable of supporting a sales cycle early and proactively clarify any questions around the compensation structure for sales representatives with overlapping responsibilities/territories...


  6. "IBM Consulting by Degrees Program"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Compensation
    Solid Work Life Balance
    Benefits

    Cons

    Very dependent on project
    Poor work/office culture
    boring

    Advice to Management

    Try to improve the conditions for employees. Office spaces/ social events cannot compete with similar large companies


  7. "Okay start for new consultants"

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

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

    Pros

    You are “guided” throughout your first two years in the CbD program

    Cons

    Everyone wants you to be billable. However, it’s hard to find projects when IBM hires way too many people and not enough projects to choose from.

    Advice to Management

    Be selective with new-hires.

  8. "Senior Security Architect"

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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

    I was in the professional services organization and a fast growing division. The technical aspect of the job was very interesting. Working in a big company has a lots of advantages to expose one to several technologies, professional peers and understand broader industry knowledge. Working from home most of the time is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Working with global teams is very challenging and counters most of the advantages the position has to offer. The fast growing division succumbed to the shorts falls of being part of a big company. In short great idea with growth potential with less promising future in reality because of the strong competition

    Advice to Management

    Need to have better insight into smaller but fast growing divisions to compete with other relatively small players in the industry.


  9. "Work Hard and Invest"

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    Former Employee - IT Architect in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    IBM helps tech people build and prove their resumes, facing the tough global labor market. IBM motivates employees to constantly re-invent themselves to bring value to each customer. Well-defined corporate ethical policies enable employees to stand on high moral ground in technology projects.

    Cons

    IBM's stock buybacks amid sagging revenues may be feel like disinvestment. Technology careerists like IBMers benefit from investment, which helps them research & develop, train, innovate, produce revenues, and thrive.

    Advice to Management

    Your tech people are your best assets. To drive and to realize IBM's CAMSS (Cloud Analytics Mobile Security and Social) aspirations, transparently expand US headcount, especially for GBS services that are sold in the US. To competitively invest in the cloud, stop GTS layoffs. To build customer relationships, invest long-term in local-market career development and retraining. Create and sell scientific expertise, leading new project areas. Generously leverage and reward employees' sincerity and hard-won expertise by investing in sabbaticals to hone productivity.


  10. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote work culture, ability to travel, involvement in complex client projects.

    Cons

    No clear career progression path, commission is unpredictable, leadership is essentially non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    So many great people leaving because constant "reinvention". Invest in a capability that gives salespeople a real-time understanding of deals closed/commission earned.


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