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IBM Washington Reviews

Updated January 30, 2019
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  • "Work life balance especially to new mothers" (in 1085 reviews)

  • "Low Salary growth in comparison" (in 528 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Consultant"

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    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

    Flexiblity, hard work, Global, cutting edge

    Cons

    Dated Management, some dated technology, no annual raises,

    Advice to Management

    Manage Better


  2. "Sorta Good Company to start out at"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, decent team, good tech

    Cons

    lots of pressure to sell

    Advice to Management

    get a new CEO - now

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of smart people but not friendly to those of us over 50"

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of really smart dedicated people.

    Cons

    Company run by accountants and lagging in innovation.


  4. "not sure what they want to be when they grow up...."

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

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

    Pros

    there are some good folks there, just not in positions of management

    Cons

    no idea what they want to be


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Big Blue"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with a rich past, plenty of opportunities within the company

    Cons

    Large company easy to get lost

    Advice to Management

    Needs new management


  6. "Senior Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Experience in diverse industries; smart people

    Cons

    Groups are unorganized, and hires more consultants than available projects, especially in IBM Federal


  7. "Managing consultant"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    work from home, plenty of vacation days and sick leave

    Cons

    utilization targets are hard to meet.

  8. "Great company to work for!"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible company and great work-life balance

    Cons

    Things move quickly so it is important to be flexible to change.


  9. "Don't care about employees"

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

    Pros

    People are very friendly; work/life balance is great in public sector (often capped hours on projects per contract)

    Cons

    Lack of culture here; each employee seems to be an island on to themselves; people often feel more like an employee of the contract that they are on vs an IBM employee;

    IBM seems to be trapped in a cyclical cost cutting mode to meet Wall Street requirements and run like a finance operation. As a result, the organization isn't attuned to its employees--the only thing that matter is meeting it's numbers--which could be understandable except for the fact that the company's financial results are underpinned by the talent that is retained and their performance. But that doesn't seem to register.

    Not impressed by management at all--some combination of people that don't seem qualified and a massive organization structure that impedes efficiency and an ability to enact real change.

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking about your employees as your best assets and build a culture that supports them and matches them to their highest and best use.

    How can you get better trained folks into management positions and eliminate organizational red tape?

    Also--way too many meetings w/o actual results.


  10. "Big Company"

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    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

    - Great pay and benefits
    - Generous amount of vacation time

    Cons

    - Client projects can vary, sometime you feel like you are working for the client and not IBM

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to try and grow your lower band level consultants


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