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Updated February 16, 2017
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 799 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 398 reviews)

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  1. "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    large company with potential to grow if you are in the New Your area. Good people who are client focused. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Company is going through a lot of change right now. Lots of layoffs and uncertainty about the company's future. It's tough to work here sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    They need to really focus on the people they want to keep and reward them.


  2. "IT Consultant-CbD program"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, great traninng programs that give you the chance to network with many college hires in the program.

    Cons

    The program advertises the benefit of moving around/rotating to other projects during the 2 year duration of the program. In my experience, I've had many difficulties moving to other projects in the public sector and have been on my first project for a year plus now. My managers are not helpful and really have an "oh well" attitude when I express that I want to move around to gain different experiences. It's a very tough spot when you want to learn and soak in as much information and possible, but no one is there to help.

    Advice to Management

    Place CbDers in the position to grow and get the best out of the program. Assign us to managers that possess the skills sets that we are working towards, and allow CbDers to move around to other projects to grow their skill set. We want to grow but we are being placed in roles that have nothing to do with our interests or experiences and it doesn't help us. It seems like we are just being placed to fill a seat regardless of what skills we have especially when a lot of us are very skilled.


  3. "IBM Public Sector - Great foundation for rest of my career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, amazing benefits, transferrable skills and steady amount of projects

    Cons

    Admin and bureaucracy can be overwhelming, switching groups is highly political

    Advice to Management

    Make performance review process easier and more meaningful by basing it more on client and peer feedback.


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    "A little cog in a big wheel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I met at IBM were beyond friendly and smart. There were others that weren't very good, just like at all companies. I had the opportunity to work on many projects that were interesting. Pay is good for my age level and experience.

    Cons

    -Constant fear of layoffs which do happen
    -Attrition levels are high
    -Pay is better elsewhere, hence why people leave.
    -The CBD program is not organized and doesn't adequately prepare kids to become fully chargeable.
    -IBM's sales are down and hence it has very few projects, this makes it tough to become utilized.
    -Upper management is atrocious and there are many senior people, who literally do nothing.


  6. "No raises for over 5 years, impossible utilization targets,"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots to learn and access to immense knowledge pools

    Cons

    NO raises in over 5 years
    Pay for performance is self-defeating
    110% utilization targets which are impossible to achieve unless you take 0 vacations AND work 48 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees like human beings, not money making machines


  7. "People are great. Upper management lacks direction."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are very good. Matrix organization with opportunity for different roles. Good training opportunities. Mid management cares and filter some of the senior management BS.

    Cons

    Significant turn over. Company lacks direction with software. SaaS is an after thought. The company lacks core applications which are essential to customers.

    Advice to Management

    Skinny down offerings so the customers know what business your in.


  8. "Sales Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home environment with lots of opportunity for career growth and exposure to new business areas

    Cons

    Very slow moving when change is needed, lots of red tape and management layer


  9. "Solid place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior 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 access to a tremendous online training repository, challenging projects, work with very smart people and access to cutting edge technology. I've worked for other big consultancies and they're all basically the same minus some extra time off at other places (that you never get to use).

    Cons

    Project work keeps you disconnected from the bigger company opportunities unless you luck out and find a partner wiling to offer you the chance to work on non-project work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing on the internal portal so we can find some of the great "stuff" IBM produces. Get ride of the time in grade requirement for vacation and tie it to level (like our competitors do).


  10. "Associate Partner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Get to interact with world class clients

    Cons

    If you are not billable, you are history within 30 days. And IBM increases the amount of business you need to bring in almost annually


  11. "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best people in the world to work with, excellent training, incredible R&D, fabulous reputation

    Cons

    High employee turnover, low morale, business declining

    Advice to Management

    Return to core business



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