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IBM Consultant Reviews

Updated September 20, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1043 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 481 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to start working as consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart people to work with, recruiting made sure everyone is adequate and technical enough

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure makes it hard to get opinion across to senior management


  2. "Great company with lots of opportunity to grow"

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    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is going through a transformation to adapt to fast changing technology industry. This has created an environment where new jobs and positions are continuously appearing and is a great place to start, build, and grow your career.

    Cons

    As you would expect for large company, it is very political, which is hindering the company's attempts to transform.

    Advice to Management

    Too many underperforming products and services. Streamline and focus the company.

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    "Older IBMers Beware"

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    Former Employee - Business Consultant Senior in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Business Consultant Senior in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Flexible Work Schedule

    Cons

    I'm By Myself - working remotely at client site really separated me from the company culture
    No Idea why I was laid off, maybe I was getting too old


  4. "OK entry-level, but going down the gutter"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    CbD used to be a slightly better program, but there have been significant management issues that have made it go down the gutter.
    - Great work life balance
    - Decent breadth of experience
    - Good resources/training
    - Much better diversity at the younger level than other huge companies or banks, etc.

    Cons

    - They pay market rate, but then you cannot get a raise for 2 years (no exceptions).
    - No year end bonuses (I don't count $200 as a bonus)
    - Not a rotational program
    - No say over your staffing/career goals
    - Somewhat diverse but not enough... tons of younger women but not many female executives because no women want to be high up there...
    - Ivy league school grads get paid $75k or more to start. Other schools will get $70 or less. YOU CAN NEGOTIATE PAY AND LOCATION AND TYPE OF CONSULTANT. Do it!!

    Advice to Management

    It's gotten to the point where I don't know what to say to management


  5. "Managing consultant"

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good people in middle level

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and less options


  6. "Leadership has lost their way"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge company, good place to get basic skills, future is limited, transformation is not what they say it is

    Cons

    Transformation is not working, limits to advancement, focus on sales and process

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to criticism and learn from mistakes. Repeating past mistakes is not progress.


  7. "IT Project Manager"

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    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Malvern, PA
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    large company with USA and global sites

    Cons

    Lost core focus (customers/employees). Became a body shop focused on getting contracts but not staffing to meet contract.

    Advice to Management

    Your were #1 admired corp; where are you now! Also, jetting worse (if possible)!

  8. "Good People, Bad Management Systems"

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    Former Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with intelligent, driven people with large companies. Took on impactful projects

    Cons

    Many uninteresting projects, impersonal management (never once met my manager in person, only spoke once every few months), review criteria are applied broadly across differing roles.


  9. "A Taste of Retirement"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - A lot of free time on your hands
    - Work life balance
    - Free training programs offered (at least 3 per year)

    Cons

    - Very slow pace
    - Brain drain
    - Politics


  10. "Big Company"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    - Great pay and benefits
    - Generous amount of vacation time

    Cons

    - Client projects can vary, sometime you feel like you are working for the client and not IBM

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to try and grow your lower band level consultants