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Updated August 14, 2018
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  1. Helpful (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. "Security Services Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to work remote .
    An aggressive security Portfolio Services
    Company good leadership and the security organization.
    Salary is it within industry standard

    Cons

    I'll be your man still making a turn around within the industry. Slow change to make progress back to where IBM should be.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good amount of responsibility; difficult to move around projects"

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

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

    Pros

    I was based entirely in Washington, DC, so never traveled. This review is not for public sector consulting, which seems pretty different from private sector. I was given a good amount of responsibility pretty early in my career. Managers were always very supportive of me and were reasonable about deadlines. Since it's a large company, there were regular discussions about my career trajectory and options for growth within the company. Benefits were excellent, with many low fee index funds offered in the 401k. There were lots of happy hours and networking opportunities. I never worked more than 40-45 hours per week.

    Cons

    I was in the Public Sector Consulting division, and it was basically impossible to move form one project to another. It didn't really feel like "consulting", more like you were IT support for government agencies for certain types of business software. Most of the projects were very long term.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to move around between projects.


  4. "Fine. Just fine."

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

    Pros

    Good entry level pay, good on a resume

    Cons

    Everything else, essentially. Find good people and you'll be alright


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Director Cloud Division"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. The talent pool is tremendous and the people truly want to do right.

    Cons

    The transformation is not going well. It is strategy of the month, sales play of the quarter, org chart of the half... Too focussed on showing quarterly results, and not on the long game

    Advice to Management

    Invest. Take a hit on the stock and really invest to make the strategic initiatives a success.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Service Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Service Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Smart people and remote work

    Cons

    - There's a disconnect between leadership and lower bands. Executive stay silent to during rough period, so false and negative information spreads without assurances from leadership

    Advice to Management

    Participate in activities with younger consultants


  7. "Senior Managing Consultant - IBM"

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

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn the functional and technical aspects of dominant software technologies.

    Cons

    The company turns a blind eye to incompetent managers.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the deadwood.

  8. "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


  9. "Big Company, big politics"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Systems Admin"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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