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"Liking IBM"

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Current Employee - IT Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
Current Employee - IT Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Flexibility, Flexibility, and more Flexibility

Cons

Must stay billable to clients to retain employment

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Consulting practice at GBS is a terrible place to be if you are an experienced hire"

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good connections/exposure at the C level in large corporations
    Opportunity for travel based on available assignments

    Cons

    There is tremendous pressure on sales team to meet quotas - so consulting engagements are always over sold and over promised.
    Once the contract is signed the sales team moves on to sell the next engagement. The sales teams incentives seem to be based on sales numbers and not on project delivery or profitablity. The delivery team instead is measured on client satisfaction and profitability, making it very challenging in all oversold assignments.
    This over promising of assignments together with a team that is mostly average or mediocre performers puts a lot of pressure on experienced hires to deliver - thus most client engagements end up being 60 to 80 hours a week including weekend work to meet the client expectations.
    The available technical talent at GBS is made up of a limited number of star performers and a large majority of average or mediocre performers. Most GBS projects have an abundance of contract employees from other staff augmentation firms. There is no control on the quality or delivery of these contract consultants. GBS Partners are ok with this arrangement as long as there is a mark up that is being made from the contract employees.
    A very small percentage of star performers stay back to attempt at promotions, a large majority just move on after getting burnt out in a couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Tie GBS sales bonuses with delivery and profitability measurements.
    Stop being bureacratic in all your processes. Even the process of promotions is enough to turn off the most committed employee.
    Understand what work and life balance really means and make sure the partners know how to apply this across all employees in the field.


  2. "Columbia, MO - It's not worth it."

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    Current Contractor - Confidential in Columbia, MO
    Current Contractor - Confidential in Columbia, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's all in the name.

    Cons

    The environment was controlling and uncomfortable. White noise was piped into the facility, and you couldn't hear anyone a few cubicles away.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your employees as actual people and not numbers. Don't conform the environment to upper management's personality. Let your employees be themselves, and comfortable in their own skin. The culture of the facility should be organic and not forced.

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