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Great company, but very large where you feel more like a number...

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Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  White Plains, NY
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in White Plains, NY

I worked at IBM

Pros

Great company and the know their businesses. They have great intellectual property and a lot of solid employees. You definitely have a lot of competent peers to work with and depend on. They have great strategies and a culture of being number one in the services they provide.

Cons

It is such a large organization, you feel like a number and not that important. Everything is done and reviewed with very formal systems. Lots of data for data sake. You have to fill out a lot of forms all the time to document everything.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to make each of the business units feel more independent. Where the people feel that they are having an influence on the company and its performace.

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