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IBM Washington Reviews

Updated September 21, 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 916 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 436 reviews)

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  1. "Managing Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    As a remote worker, I'm totally on my own most of the time, you get the best flexible work environment in the world.

    Cons

    The consulting operation is very decentralized, you don't have a typical corporate office, or traditional team.


  2. "Project Variety with Disconnected Management"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Project variety
    * Generally smart, motivated co-workers
    * Get to work with some huge, well-known companies and organizations
    * Robust career path options
    * Excellent company reputation

    Cons

    * Inconsistent project & project team quality
    * Only minor control over what projects you work on
    * Two projects ended abruptly due to budget mismanagement, which eats into your utilization
    * Utilization is absolute king during performance reviews
    * Formal management is disconnected from your day-to-day work

  3. "Great Company!"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Employee equipment (iPhone, Macbook Pro)

    Cons

    Titles of products change very quickly


  4. "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Yeah it a great place to work great salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Had to happy say what when u Hoi g this place.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "AppDev GBS (PubSec) - Some things were good, other weren't... harder to tolerate the bad things as time goes on."

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    Former Employee - .NET Web Applications Developer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - .NET Web Applications Developer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Work from Home and Employees are encouraged to manage their own time for Work-Life balance (depending on assigned project and team).
    2. Learning resources are easily available (and company encourage learning - it's part of the annual employee evaluation).
    3. Partnership with Apple provide employees with selection of work related hardware (Mac, iPhone or IBM's Lenovo) and support.
    4. Plenty of Senior colleagues that can mentor and provide guidance.
    5. Standard Benefits Package: VAC/SIC (full from day 1), ESPP, 401k, Health Plan with HSA employer contributions (Medical, Drugs, Dental and Vision), Life Insurance, Disability, Employee discounts.

    Cons

    1. Difficult to keep a work-life balance as management keeps pushing for increased utilization time (Ex. for 2016, my role was assigned a minimum 100% year-end utilization goal). A typical employee will exceed the goal as, depending on assigned project and role, workload is around 10-15 hours per day - including some weekends.
    2. Performance review is highly subjective. The team that review your performance (and therefore recommends your salary revisions and promotions) is not the same group that works with you on a daily basis. Even your manager (SAM) might not know the details about your work (the SAM might not even know who you are or even met you in person).
    3. Salary increases (revisions) and bonuses are never guaranteed even with excellent performance reviews (1=best, 3=worst). (Ex. I worked here for three years, was considered a "rock star" employee but never received a raise, last year bonus was $850 while having PBC ratings of 1 on all years and exceeding my utilization goals in 20%-30% above the mark).
    4. Combination of Health Plan Premium + Contributions + Commuting (non-reimbursable) expenses will take a big piece of each paycheck (depending on where you live+work) - all needed just to go to work.

    Advice to Management

    None - they are doing what is best for the company (not the employees).


  6. "Summit Intern"

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    Current Intern - Summit Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Summit Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, Flexibility, Travel, Involvement, Sales training

    Cons

    Hub locations (not enough places to choose from as an intern)


  7. "Long Con- stay away"

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

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

    Pros

    It pays money so you won't starve to death.

    Cons

    The position that I unfortunately accepted is not what I signed up for. I have no career growth and I am forgetting what I knew technically. I am being switched to another project after 6 months from when I started and it is very hard to get another project.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure people are not overqualified. Or make the work less terrible.

  8. "Awful place to work"

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    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I receive a paycheck.
    I have a job that offers mediocre benefits.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Management at all levels have no idea what it actually takes to achieve the desired results and will not pay attention to those who do.
    Experience means nothing, the "process" is everything. Square pegs must fit in round holes with no thought given to trying to help the client, being proactive or what it takes to achieve the desired results. Managers have one agenda and that is making themselves look good at the expense of their employees who have no say in how things might be run better. The CEO sends out several emails gushing about her great achievements and accomplishments that appear to have little to do with the actual operation of the company and more about making herself look good. The bottom line is more important than employees. Benefits are adequate to poor with everything done to benefit the company at the expense of the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Work with production employees, try to understand that they hold the keys to corporate success and are not pawns.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Employment Review"

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    Former Employee - Client Partner in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Client Partner in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a large company and that gives you the chance to explore many options without changing companies.

    Cons

    Sometimes you can get lost in the size of the company and not feel like you matter.


  10. "Long term employee"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance available for most employees

    Cons

    Company has become stagnant with too many layers of management and little new talent coming in at senior manage to levels.

    Advice to Management

    Remove layers of management, pay employees better,


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