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Updated November 14, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1071 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 510 reviews)

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  1. "Sr. Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    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...


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. "Security Services Leader"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Leadership Not Customer Oriented"

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

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

    Pros

    Name Brand; Entry level Resources

    Cons

    Sr leaders get bonuses- mid level to entry level bonus minimal. Yearly bonus last year for high performer was $321. As a manager of high performing team I was allotted $218 to split between two resources. Company does across the board furloughs for subKs at a moment's notice. The only exception if an SLA will be missed. If IBM misses a committed deliverable without penalty- so be it- they would rather do furloughs so they can meet their numbers. Resources have not received raised in over 5 years. Promises to next band level put on freeze and never revisited.

    Advice to Management

    Put customer first and repeat business will follow. Remove senior leaders that are focused strictly on financials as they never sat across the table from the client. Keep the salesman on the account for 1 year after final sale to support as they undersell, get commission, and walk away - leaving delivery to support.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  10. "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


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