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IBM Washington Reviews

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. Helpful (1)

    "Partner"

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

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The rank and file people are really smart and want to do well and help.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership is only out for their own Stock options and gain.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and bring in technical leadership to run a tech company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great People, Too Many Mouths To Feed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unqiue opprotunity to consult and offer products and solutions that no other company can provide. Also, opportunities for career growth and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Lots of middle management, partners, and other mouths to feed. Big concern on P&L affects job security. Worst thing is manadatory 44 hour work week and demand for make utilization numbers. Money always seems to be an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the fat


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A once great company that has lost sight of their original values"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Many Over A 21 Year Career in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Many Over A 21 Year Career in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, excellent infrastructure, and technological resources. An early adopter of work at home for most of the workforce. Truly an international company these days, with the most IBMers now working in India.

    Cons

    IBM no longer cares about the employee. The share holder is the most important person to IBM these days, the customer second. IBM used to value the customer first, the employee second, and the share holder third. Those days are long gone. IBM used to not lay off employees when there was a downturn, now they are keeping the stock artificially inflated by constantly laying off older employees amid quarter after quarter of diminishing sales. Like many other US corporations, they will offshore most any job possible to a lower cost country. Despite receiving excellent ratings year after year, you would be lucky to receive greater than a 1% increase.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the values Watson founded the company on, and look at what it is today. He is rolling in his grave at what you have done to what was once one of the best companies to work for in America. Until you value your employees and customers over the share holders you will continue to decline.


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  5. "Great place to launch a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing breadth of work, tons of opportunities to dive into industries and grow skill sets exponentially.

    Cons

    Typical cons from working at a large company, changes happen slowly (but many do seem to be for the better). Bureaucracy can be slow, but can be a pro when compared to small companies. For example: established practices for promotions, etc rather than by the whim of a manager/owner.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Small cog in Antikythera mechanism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior IT Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Brilliant people.
    -Diverse teams.
    -Great happy hours.
    -Job security (in Public Sector in DC).
    -Best benefits in industry.
    -Awesome work/life balance

    Cons

    -Government clients are morons, though I guess that why they need us.
    -Management is doing its own thing, meaning not thinking about you.
    -Bureaucratic assessment and promotion system is tedious and useless.
    -Separate day-to-day manager and career manager (who you may meet once if you're lucky).
    --Guess which one is responsible for your promotions?
    -Worst salary in industry.
    -Working in government office because they are old and dreary (in Public Sector in DC).
    -Working with out-dated technology (in Public Sector in DC).

    Advice to Management

    There are too many levels of management. Flatten the organization and reduce the number of managers at partner level and higher. Everything will run much smoother.


  7. "learn a lot here"

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

    I worked at IBM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture and access to their tools.
    Very stable and professional business practices.
    Good support form back office tasks
    Treated with respect

    Cons

    Too large to grow easily, sometimes you get lost in the culture
    Can be confusing on the account direct, I had more than 1 mgr in a period of 36 months, which made me uncomfortable. Often the client would look at us to make decisions while we were not empowered to.

    Advice to Management

    incorporate and support diversity, back your employees.
    Invest in education and training on the current tools.
    I was hired here for my expertise, but never got to improve on it.


  8. "Senior Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Project allowed telework 5 days/week.

    Cons

    Absolutely NO work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    My company was acquired by IBM. Almost all employees from former company left IBM within 2 years of acquisition.


  9. "Excellent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people with great ideas. Life changing place to work in.

    Cons

    No Cons. Amazing place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  10. "Working with IBM was a good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    IBM has great people working for the company, interesting opportunities

    Cons

    IBM is a very large company


  11. "Global Business Services - US Federal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBM is a very ethical company with very high standards. The teammates that I worked with were very professional. IBM is committed to individual's professional development. Becoming a certified Project Manager is a plus.

    Cons

    As a salaried employee, don't expect a 40 hour work week. IBM can be somewhat bureaucratic with a lot of "stovepipes" within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Too much uncertainty when it comes to RAs.



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