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IBM Managing Consultant Reviews

Updated August 21, 2018
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Great team, not the best pay or benefits anymore"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Somers, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Somers, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning experience is great. The team i worked with was excellent and we had a great manager

    Cons

    The benefits and business practices are what makes IBM a challenge. Company is penny pinching on things that generate a burden on employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the people. Profits are not the only important thing in the world

  3. "Big company; opportunities await for those who look"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities to do nearly anything within IBM. I have personally be the beneficiary of many good managers and programs. Although my experience has been exceptional, I have seen other not be so fortunate.

    Cons

    Many managers are removed from their reports and are only focused on utilization. It is a big company and is easy to get lost / challenging to find the right place. Bonuses are a joke; pay bumps are fair, but you won't be getting rich.

    Advice to Management

    Take 360 degree feedback seriously -- far too many bad managers. Easy to begin wearing many hats, but no real financial incentives available for managers to reward top talent. Easy to hide and not work hard. The above results in bad talent staying (and not working hard) and good, hard-working talent moving elsewhere for fair pay.


  4. "Senior Managing Consultant - IBM"

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn the functional and technical aspects of dominant software technologies.

    Cons

    The company turns a blind eye to incompetent managers.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the deadwood.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Watson Health Consulting"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Industry leading technology and resources

    Cons

    Questionable direction regarding the future of the business

    Advice to Management

    Provide greater transparency about strategic initiatives


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Chance to work on large teams with diverse skills and on emerging tech.

    Cons

    Old-school processes and legacy systems


  7. "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.

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    "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.


  9. 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.


  10. "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.