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IBM Consultant Reviews

Updated November 12, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1060 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 502 reviews)

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  1. "Consultant in CBD program, College hire"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of money to spend on your training, great place to start your career, lots of young hires to connect with

    Cons

    Can feel lost in the large company, lots of managers assigned to you but no clear direction of who to report to


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to learn and grow skills; working with top notch people; opportunity to travel to places I never thought I would.

    Cons

    Salary and bonuses; work / life balance

    Advice to Management

    Value and

  3. "Managing consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    work from home, plenty of vacation days and sick leave

    Cons

    utilization targets are hard to meet.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "GBS Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They provide good pay benefits

    Cons

    Poor job security, nobody cares about individual, “I’m too busy to care” culture, hard to grow

    Advice to Management

    Care more about culture


  5. "Not a bad place to start a career"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, 401K match, ability to buy stock if you want.

    Cons

    Hard to get on projects since IBM is lacking signings, not a lot of strategy work, can be hard to navigate such a massive organization.

    Advice to Management

    Help new hires get staffed on projects sooner. Also give them more flexibility/weight their role and sector prefrences more.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with lots of opportunity to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "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

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership has lost their way"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Managing consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    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