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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. Great Opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Product Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Product Sales Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You meet a lot of people who are working in the same capacity as you but you also get to appreciate the diversity in backgrounds and interests,

    Cons

    There is a lot of company jargon, so you always have to be on your toes and listen closely to what goes around.

    Advice to Management

    I think that a lot of what makes working at IBM tricky is simply the colloquialisms and jargon that get circulated throughout the office, just reinforcing their meaning to interns would be helpful.


  2. Consultant/Professional level, mid-career and journeyman, an overall positive experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Brand identify, technology leader, innovator

    Cons

    None, none, none, none, none

    Advice to Management

    None, over 400k employees, idiotic and arrogant to apply my shortcoming or experience on the entire company.


  3. IBM Consulting by Degrees

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Large company, get networking, global, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes too large and a little impersonal


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  5. Great company for self-motivated people - be careful if you are used to being micro-managed!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, many bright employees, specialized resources available for almost any challenge.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to navigate through the many groups at IBM to find the resource you need.

    Advice to Management

    More patience, less knee jerk reactions when it comes to establishing sales territories and sales strategy.


  6. great place

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

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

    Pros

    the pay is fantastic and the people are great and smart and funny

    Cons

    they work you really really hard but its not all that bad

    Advice to Management

    pay your people even more


  7. Sr. Consultant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move up

    Cons

    Matrix leadership forces you to be tied to multiple leadership to get opportunities

    Advice to Management

    offer training that is transferable in the real world and not offer IBM certifications


  8. Great projects, great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is involved in so many things that there is an opportunity for everyone if you know what you want to do. I have had the ability to talk to a number of different people to learn about all of these opportunities within IBM.

    Encourage/reward you for taking on new opportunities

    Great benefits.

    Cons

    Size of company can feel overwhelming at first

    Advice to Management

    Make on-boarding easier


  9. It was exciting every day.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    excellent leadership, amazing training, wonderful benefits, good work environment, challenging projects

    Cons

    there are no cons so far.


  10. IBM was a growth opportunity as I learned about the processes and strategies needed to be successful in business.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Excellent people
    - Strong commitment to career growth and management
    - Excellent benefits
    - Great for families

    Cons

    - Siloed work - difficult to move between verticals
    - Career management, while excellent, is very time consuming
    - Dispersed (but friendly) teams


  11. A company that truly invests in its employees and the global community

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategy & Change Consultant, Public Sector in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Strategy & Change Consultant, Public Sector in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee benefits (healthcare and 401k), competitive salary, work/life balance, promotional ladder, opportunities outside of initial career position, executive management grown internally

    Cons

    Lower annual bonuses than major consulting companies like McKinsey, Accenture, BCG, etc, rely on "hour glass" resource model so college hires are sometimes isolated from other young professionals in the company if you're stuck on mid-long term client site projects.

    Advice to Management

    At the time that I was departing the company 5 years ago, management was beginning to invest more time, money, and resources into social events and team building exercises. Because IBM consulting relies on more experienced career professionals than college hires and junior resources compared to major consulting companies like McKinsey, Accenture, BCG, etc., there is less of a familial culture at the bottom of the company that other places.



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