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Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. "IBM"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pays well, plenty of growth

    Cons

    Too large of an organization, impersonal

    Advice to Management

    everything cannot be automated


  2. "Different company than 2 years ago"

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    Current Employee - Analytics Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analytics 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

    Very smart people, focused on tactical

    Cons

    Eliminating telework - focusing more on millenial employee preferences.

    Advice to Management

    Balance outside hiring with nurturing existing employees

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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

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

    Pros

    The IBM "brand" is still one of the most recognized brands in the world. Employees don't have to explain what the company does.

    Cons

    There is a complete disconnect between executive leadership and employees who work with customers every day. There are massive resource actions taking place at the end of every quarter based on sales performance - regardless of how these changes are impacting customers. There is very little research and development investment being made in legacy software solutions, instead IBM is putting all their eggs in the Watson (cognitive) basket. Product names are changing all the time but there's been very few capabilities added. The IBM Cloud is not a market leader by any sense of the imagination.

    Advice to Management

    Write off the Softlayer acquisition and get out of the cloud business. Partner with Amazon, much the same way you recently partnered with Salesforce.com


  4. "Why I Like IBM"

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    Current Employee - Executive Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Executive Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I consider myself to be a "graybeard" having been around IBM for 20+ years. Over the course of my career I've learned, delivered and succeeded multiple times for multiple clients. Most importantly, I got to decide exactly what I wanted to do each step of the way. During 2016, I participated with the IBM Corporate Service Corps, deployed to Dakar, Senegal with 14 other practitioners to work on several "pro bono" projects that will pay dividends to the Senegalese people and to IBM. I must say this project stands alone as being a highlight of my IBM career.

    Cons

    Like any other organization you must deal with a bureaucracy; however, IBM continues to re-make itself and to remain relevant all practitioner's are challenged to do the same, continuously.

    Advice to Management

    #NewIBM... move forward with integrity.


  5. "fair"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    They have a lot of projects

    Cons

    its salary is not competitive


  6. "11+ yrs in GBS"

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

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

    Pros

    High performers promoted rapidly at lower levels; lots of opportunities; reach back to any person in company

    Cons

    Mentorship lacking at senior levels, even for top performers.

    Advice to Management

    Adhere to your policy of rewarding top performers and they will pay you back through loyalty.


  7. "Good Company to start your career"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great company to build your reputation, network and meet some smart folks, a good way to start learning about the technology industry as well as the government sector.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and red tape, set in their old ways

  8. "Bus Development Executive"

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    Former Employee - BD EXECUTIVE in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - BD EXECUTIVE in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Talented People in a highly-matrixed business environment

    Cons

    Expensive rates - challenging to compete with competition

    Advice to Management

    Listen closely to BD leader advice.


  9. "Good company to build knowledge and experiance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provide access to good and very extended on-line training, supports learning through on-job training and mentoring, opportunity to work with different experts.

    Cons

    Long hours, no work-life balance. Little support to find a new project. Little interest in people.

    Advice to Management

    Be more people oriented - they bring the value and the revenue.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "IBM - Consulting"

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    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on projects for Fortune 500 companies that are the leaders in their industries.

    Cons

    Career is entirely self driven. Not a lot of coaching or career development from your management.


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