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IBM Senior Consultant Reviews

Updated November 30, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1076 reviews)

  • "Hard to get promoted with low salary" (in 511 reviews)

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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 place to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to get involved with different projects (GBS, AMS)

    Cons

    Consulting is about logging hours, not delivering solutions

    Advice to Management

    The business and consulting side needs to be more in tune with technology, which is not the same as learning some technology marketing speak.

  3. "Oracle Sr ERP"

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    Former Employee - Senior ERP Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior ERP Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent and resourceful company to work for

    Cons

    Didn't find any, had great team to work with

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. "Full consulting experience - cross-industry, travel, visible client interaction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Multiple new discipline learning opportunities in trendy tech
    - Workstation choices
    - Travel policies
    - Career advisement

    Cons

    - Minimal bonus opportunities
    - Not every location has a strong communicating home base


  5. "Senior technical consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really good benefits invl 401k match and 12 weeks of parental leave for dads.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is non-existant beyond a certain ceiling.


  6. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience in diverse industries; smart people

    Cons

    Groups are unorganized, and hires more consultants than available projects, especially in IBM Federal


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Older IBMers Beware"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Sr Managing Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have some interesting projects and have enjoyed traveling with my work.

    Cons

    Unethical practices by executives. Employees are at risk of age discrimination.

    Advice to Management

    Find your "Why". A truly successful company needs more than a single-minded focus on revenue generation. Having a successful company goes beyond competitive differentiators and catchy corporate mission statements. It takes passion, and commitment that resonates throughout your organization. IBM is lacking in knowing their "Why".


  10. "A Taste of Retirement"

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    • Senior Management
    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