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Updated February 20, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Every IBMer has a unique anecdote"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - International company; lots of opportunities to interface with people from different backgrounds and perspectives
    - Part of a company that houses some of the best inventors and patent holders in the past decade; Exposure to some of the smartest minds in industry
    - New technology is pervasive at IBM; whether you are interested in Agile, Design Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity or more - there is an opportunity for you to learn and contribute
    - Great compensation and benefits
    - Depending on team, opportunity for flexible and remote work

    Cons

    - With a company of more than 300,000 people, it's hard to have a consistent company culture or set of values across the organization; every division and team will have its own set of expectations
    - For some, growth trajectory can often be slow given the limits on how many people can be promoted a year
    - While there are lots of exciting things going on at IBM, a lot of where you end up depends on timing and luck versus merit

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in your employees and be honest about what they need to move on to the next level


  2. "Great technology opportunities, if you can navigate the beaurocracy."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to great technologies and products, great mentors, and fascinating projects. If you get in with a group that keeps selling interesting work, you will not be bored!

    Cons

    The beaurocracy can be daunting, and the compensation is not quite in line with competitors. You really have to be a self promoter to get anywhere, because otherwise management has no inventive to promote you.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to top performers. You will keep losing them without competitive bonuses.

  3. "IBM on the comeback trail"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Highly Collaborative, Global, Technology Leader, Reputation

    Cons

    Offers lower than market rate wages for longer term employees

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  4. "Managing Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to grow within the company

    Cons

    None that I can think off

    Advice to Management

    Retain talent at any cost


  5. "Enterprise Transformation Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure, learning, great work life balance

    Cons

    Slower career growth, limited options


  6. "Senior Manager Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great range of areas to grow within IBM

    Cons

    Last 5 years slow growing, small salary increases


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Managing Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Littleton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good name recognition known around the world.

    Cons

    Poorly managed from the top down. Employees are commodities and not valued.

    Advice to Management

    Time to clean house. Focus on your employees and not management bonuses.

  8. "Overall, working for IBM as a Business Transformation Consultant is a good entry-level job."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have state-of-the-art technology in areas such as blockchain, cloud, AI and robotic process automation. They offer great resources to learn about the different technologies and how they apply to certain industries. The hours usually aren’t bad (8-10 hours/day) and the people I’ve worked with are nice and helpful.

    Cons

    It’s easy to get lost in the crowd. IBM has recently hired a lot of entry-level consultants, so it can be difficult to get on a project, especially within the technology area and/or industry you’re interested in.

    Advice to Management

    I would be more transparent about why you are hiring as many entry-level consultants as you are, if this hiring rate will continue and if so, for how long, and how you plan to help practitioners find meaningful work that can help them develop their careers amongst so much internal competition.


  9. "IT Business Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cloud Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Cloud Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has great people and a great brand. They are actively working to reinvent themselves and they continue to invest in technology. They lead the world in patents applications.

    Cons

    IBM is large and prone to administrative delay. They frequently reorganize because business results have been a challenge. They don't always absorb lessons learned, hence mistakes are often repeated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up training and recruiting programs. IBM's greatest strength is the dedicated and smart people who work for them. Take care of these people.


  10. "MANAGING CONSULTANT"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Not good for salary raises