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Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging Environment"

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

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

    Pros

    One of the largest technology companies in the world. Depending upon where you work in the company it can be interesting work.

    Cons

    If you are not in one of the "strategic growth areas" the prospects are not good as IBM tries to reinvent itself.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job at looking after the long time employees rather than mass layoffs, which are called resource adjustments.


  2. "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I always liked every manager I worked for. They ran their business but yet caring, respectful and were fair.

    Cons

    Too many management layers and these layers actually impeded progress.

    Advice to Management

    Let your managers manage, give them support and let them make decisions. They are a capable.

  3. "Portfolio Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Portfolio Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Portfolio Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to new technology. Innovative products. great benefits

    Cons

    Duplication of effort for weekly cadence/management meetings is ridiculous. Amount of time discussing vs. doing.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the sales cycle relative to forecast


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Used To Be Great"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Professional education opportunities and ability to expand your knowledge by working with some very smart people was great.

    Cons

    IBM is now inivating ways to bring employee moral to a new low in order to refocus the blame of a terrible CEO who should have been fired a few years ago. Company is now about saving executive careers rather than enhancing the careers of the real workers.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO and replace the Board who supports her.


  5. "Management Consultant, Positive Overall"

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

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

    Pros

    Overall my experience was very positive, I learned a lot. I was part of the PWC Consulting acquisition and nonprofit sector. For the most part the people I worked with were smart, hard-working and dedicated, and my managers worked hard to enable me to succeed.

    Cons

    Squeezed in the middle of reporting up to senior management and managing the nitty gritty of the project - and being called out for exceeding profit targets - ridiculous!

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the shared revenue and signings allocation - splitting and assigning to only one practice area created ugly competition and did not foster teamwork at all!


  6. "Senior Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting project work, great coworkers (for the most part)

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement and raises

    Advice to Management

    Give control to project managers and direct managers for employee's compensation and career path


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Very political"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Software Sales in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Security Software Sales in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good income potential. Broad portfolio of software solutions. Decent technical help. Known enterprise software vendor. Easy to get to higher levels of customer due to name.

    Cons

    Old school versus new school. Too many people who have only been at IBM their entire career. They think that gives them some sort of special status. Many don't have external contacts needed to do business

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond years at IBM

  8. "Make Your Our Adventure"

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

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

    Pros

    + Wide range of engagements
    + Smart / kind people
    + Not overly network-y
    + Great work life balance

    Cons

    - People can get lost or in a bad spot if they're not careful
    - Internal operations are sometimes lacking

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on growth not margins.


  9. "IBM is steadily changing and becoming a top company again"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Client Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Watson makes ibm the place for data and analytics. Lots of opportunities to work in different areas

    Cons

    Remote life can be cold

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your tea


  10. "Great Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - EVP in Washington, DC
    Former Freelancer - EVP in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great working teams and dedicated employees

    Cons

    Sometimes communication is hard to drive


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