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"Mis-Management at its peak"

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Consultant
Former Employee - Consultant
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Excellent exposure to a wide variety of clients and their business needs
Great intranet sites that help you overcome most hurdles

Cons

Poor Management with no concern for good work put in
Lack of pro-active customer oriented initiatives thus losing out on potential customers
Bad paymasters.

Advice to Management

Like all previous posts, please relook at the number of managers per resource. The hierarchy is too complex to decipher.

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    "Incredible capabilities but US career growth is limited"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner
    Former Employee - Partner
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBM can accomplish amazing things when it puts its collective shoulder to the wheel - applying consulting insight, real original thought leadership from IBM Research and a sales organization that is focused on customer success. When those capabilities are aligned, some real transformative work can be accomplished and can be a "once in a career" opportunity.

    Cons

    For most situations, IBM has put innovation and business insight off to the side and focused on lowering the cost of service delivery, which means providing more services remotely from India (and where ever else labor arbitrage will lead), less US-based consultants, but more stress on the consultants that remain, increased reliance on sub-contractors and limited opportunities for career growth here in the States. Competing on cost rather than quality increases the risk of "troubled" projects and, with the flat economy, there is no job security at any level.

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth to your employees - IBM is global business with little concern about the well being and long term career plans of the US employees. So be it.


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    "IBM UK - GBS Financial Services Sector"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for young, aspiring individuals looking to gain broad experience in an industry sector and learn valuable skills through a consultancy environment. Good for senior level executives coming in from industry backgrounds with a lengthy rolodex of contacts and good sales skills.

    Cons

    Not good for mid-career individuals. Lower than average salaries. Miniscule/non-existent bonus pool (6% of salary for very few top-end staff with 2%-3% being the average rate) to compensate staff for working demanding hours and being held to a high standard of delivery, especially within the Financial Services Sector. Inflexible toward staff aspirations as project placement is dependent upon staff and partners hitting a high utilisation target as opposed to placing staff in roles on projects where they can utilise their strengths and grow professionally. Very political - consultants/managers have to meet & greet (kiss up to) partners and associate partners from day one to get staffed on the best projects and roles. Fall out of favour at any time and be relegated to less than ideal projects.

    Advice to Management

    IBM GBS FSS - priority should be on utilising staff to the best of their abilities and where the greatest value will be added to IBM and in-line with the staff's strengths and aspirations, not solely dependent upon whether it impacts a particular partner's or service's profitability. Resources should be fungible. Alignment of staff to sectors/practice areas greatly limits growth for staff perspective and achieving optimal results from an IBM project delivery perspective.

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