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IBM Senior Consultant Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 867 reviews)

  • Long hours required during peak work periods (in 425 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "IBM GBS"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has a solid vision and plan to grow the IBM business and truly revolutionize businesses into a globally interconnected digital ecosystem

    Cons

    Work life balance is poor. No one simply works 40 hours per week as you're expected to support internal growth or business development efforts in the evenings or weekends at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest more in your employees with promotions and retention bonus


  2. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    company pays less than other consulting firms

    Cons

    various opportunities to advance career

    Advice to Management

    Review

  3. "Customers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, travel benefits are a plus

    Cons

    Clients typically have a bad impression/connotation of IBM and consultants in general and create unnecessarily difficult work environments

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  4. "I still like IBM 3 years in"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Competitive salary. Willing to work with you to achieve your goals. Supports members of the LGBT community. Managers have always been helpful and supportive.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be slow to act because of internal administrative hurdles.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in making IBM a great place to work especially for the diverse communities within IBM.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Focus on cost reduction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Strategy Consultant in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Strategy Consultant in Armonk, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good work life balance.
    2. Even though IBM is considered an old tech company, it is investing a lot of money on new areas. Even if the new initiatives in AI, Watson, Blockchain do not turn into success stories, you can get hands on experience in them.

    Cons

    1. Layers on layers of management. Nightmare for any kind of change management activity. Leadership understands this, but they tend to respond by adding separate management chains to cut through the original bureaucracy. And of course, this ends up adding more confusion.
    2. Very margin driven company. With declining revenues, they continue to focus on cutting more costs, instead of finding ways to maybe invest and grow. The management layers sit secure, the cost cutting affects the lower level employees. Promotions get delayed, frequent hiring freezes etc. New divisions like Watson get investments, the rest of the company is get cut to the bone, resulting in declining employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Move on from resting on IBM's historical laurels. IBM has the ego of a top tech company, with the behavior of a dying manufacturing firm.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Managing Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Peers have great experience and embrace culture of sharing knowledge.

    Cons

    Senior management not engaged enough with clients and workforce. Workforce endorses strategy but does not understand how senior management intends to execute on strategy. Workforce receives minimal or no salery increases while senior management receives large increases in spite of declining revenues and profits. This results in bad morale that senior management does not seem concerned about.

    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring bad morale problem and understand that declining revenues and profits are largely the result of employees that do not see relationship between effort and rewards.


  7. "Lotus Notes Developement"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large Market share and great services team

    Cons

    Slow to adapt at times

    Advice to Management

    Innovate

  8. Helpful (1)

    "IBM Review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Watson Health Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Watson Health Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Many different industries and jobs to get exposed to
    - Many people to network with
    - Growth potential
    - Easy to get by with minimal effort

    Cons

    - Its a large company and you won't feel appreciated, instead more like a number
    - You might get on a long term project that you are not passionate about and can become stuck
    - Its annoying that you have to quit and come back to make what you want.

    Advice to Management

    - Don't sell deals that you can't deliver...I've been part of far too many projects that fail because management sold something, or promised something that was unattainable.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So much flexibility knowing IBM is located in all major cities. I also get work remote often with is so nice when i want to visit family or friends. I can still work from other cities.

    Cons

    Working at a company as massive as IBM can sometimes make a person feel like they are just a #. Not the most personal experice

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your your younger talent. we need great junior, mid level, and senior employees. Sometimes it feels like we have great juniors, and seniors, but the mid level is lacking.


  10. "Data Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Very good work & life balance .

    Cons

    I did not find any cons.