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Updated January 8, 2018
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  1. "Every IBMer has a unique anecdote"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - International company; lots of opportunities to interface with people from different backgrounds and perspectives
    - Part of a company that houses some of the best inventors and patent holders in the past decade; Exposure to some of the smartest minds in industry
    - New technology is pervasive at IBM; whether you are interested in Agile, Design Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity or more - there is an opportunity for you to learn and contribute
    - Great compensation and benefits
    - Depending on team, opportunity for flexible and remote work

    Cons

    - With a company of more than 300,000 people, it's hard to have a consistent company culture or set of values across the organization; every division and team will have its own set of expectations
    - For some, growth trajectory can often be slow given the limits on how many people can be promoted a year
    - While there are lots of exciting things going on at IBM, a lot of where you end up depends on timing and luck versus merit

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in your employees and be honest about what they need to move on to the next level


  2. "Amazing Start"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people I work with day to day are brilliant
    - The freedom and flexibility I've been given from day 1 has been great
    - The benefits are good

    Cons

    - The bureaucracy can be a bit stifling
    - The need to hit quarterly or yearly numbers can be a bit distracting from LT needs and goals
    - Long hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep heading in the direction you are

  3. "Overall good experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary. Great people to work with, lots of room for growth

    Cons

    Large company, always restructuring and very siloed so it's hard to keep track of what's going on

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to


  4. "Senior Solutions Executive"

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

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

    Pros

    IBM has a hundred year history of innovation and development

    Cons

    The company structure of a Matrix provides little leadership or accountability

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the field and minimize the middle management distractions


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Profits over people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working situations, exposure to new/developing technology, variety of roles

    Cons

    Myopic management, profits seems to be prioritized over people, lack of networking opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing to quarters and make long term investments in people and culture


  6. "Consultant"

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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

    You can meet some of the most brilliant people. I ended up doing a TED Talk

    Cons

    I had 4 bosses in one year. GBS can be a body shop.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "Project Variety with Disconnected Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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