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IBM Managing Consultant Reviews

Updated May 25, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 993 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 467 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Delivery Manager/Senior Software Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Delivery Manager/Senior Software Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Consulting Company and Leader in all IT innovations

    Cons

    Growth is slow. Not much increase in compensation.


  2. "Big Company, big politics"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good internal training and access to internal resources. Extensive opportunities, often involving travel. Diverse work opportunities, solid professional workforce. Makes big effort to stay ahead of technology curve, as a leader in the market in many areas. Most people pull their weight. Frequent use of internal collaboration tools make communication forthright. Through training opportunities, ability to keep skills current to keep pace with areas of emphasis for the company. Solid ethics throughout management and culture.

    Cons

    Big company politics. Sometimes, for that reason, career progression can be slow. Expectations are to work after hours. Need to keep skills current to keep pace with areas of emphasis for the company, in addition to hours already worked.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if "work/life balance", touted strongly, was real.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great if you love to travel"

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great travel perks and good opportunity to network with industry leading consultants. Great internal learning infrastructure.

    Cons

    The onus to stay billable is on you, your practice partner does not necessarily try to get you on projects. Billability above 95% is of utmost importance as a consultant.

    Advice to Management

    Improve mentoring and make it more easy for new hires to network within the organization. Put less onus on the employee to get himself staffed on projects, instead Hold the partner responsible for his team's billability.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Poor culture and lack of direction and management"

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    Former Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and the name. The benefits are okay but the bonus is horrible. A lot less travel than normal firms

    Cons

    Horrible project management. Inability to relate to clients. Lack of coordination across the practice. Ibm still uses lotus notes for email and other custom developed software solutions which make your work life suck

    Advice to Management

    Have a longer term vision than end of month utilization.


  5. "Too big to properly manage projects"

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    Current Employee - Managing Security Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Managing Security Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of work and opportunities to participate in different industries and technologies. Also areas of focus are varied but you have to decide where to concentrate in.

    Cons

    Often losing clients to issues related to their inability to manage the India managed services. Very difficult to navigate all of the different service lines that are routinely changing.

    Advice to Management

    Do not over sell the ability of India managed services when in reality they are not well organized.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing global experience. The only truly global behemoth who invest in R&D for tomorrow and boasts of 5 Nobel Laureates. One of the most recognized brands globally along with the likes of Pepsi and Coca Cola.

    Cons

    As in any every large and organization, there are multiple super-talented people that you need to compete against for fast career growth. Unless one is excellent, each band progression can take 4-5 yrs, which is fine as long as one is looking to settle down

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  7. "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

  8. "Enterprise Transformation Consultant"

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    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


  9. "Senior Manager Consultant"

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    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


  10. 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.