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IBM Senior Consultant Reviews

Updated November 22, 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 929 reviews)

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  1. "Place with many career opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large firm with numerous career tracks within and between business units. One has to own his or her career at IBM, it's a very big place and critical to keep focus on what one is trying to achieve.

    Cons

    IBM is a public firm, the quarterly wall street demands require heightened focus on reporting and financial data.

    Advice to Management

    Continue cultivating the type of leaders Ginni is grooming. The old management mentality should become obsolete and those managers as well.


  2. "Sr Managing Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable employment, Good benefits, excellent place to learn, great colleagues

    Cons

    No salary increases, extremely bureaucratic, slow to change, opaque management decisions

  3. "IBM"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Great Online Training on internal websites

    Cons

    Need to learn the culture


  4. "Ibm Review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisory Consultant in Claymont, DE
    Current Employee - Senior Advisory Consultant in Claymont, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big brand and huge reputation.

    Cons

    Too much process. No green card processing.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Quick Thoughts"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with some smart and passionate people.
    Depending on your role you get to work directly with some great Fortune companies.
    There are a lot of training opportunities within IBM if you can convince your manager they are worthwhile for the business unit you are in.

    Cons

    Seemed like it sometimes ended up being more about the numbers than the people.
    Can end up working with employees who don't share passion or enthusiasm for what you they are working on.


  6. "Sr.Advisory Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Advisory Consultant in Chesterbrook, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Advisory Consultant in Chesterbrook, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    +Learning Facilities
    +Switching opportunities within projects

    Cons

    -Low Pay
    -Leave policies
    -Top Heavy

    Advice to Management

    Please focus on employees needs.


  7. "Sr. Managing Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging engagements/Projects with upcoming technologies

    Cons

    Demanding clients and lack of work and life balance. Not clear career path.

    Advice to Management

    The Managment needs to help employees with career path

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Typical pros and cons of a huge, old company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources available, brand recognition (although the brand value is waning), some cool projects/people. If you get lucky with your teams and projects, it's awesome. If not, well.....

    Cons

    For every great coworker there's at least another incompetent or misguided one. Lots of inefficiency. Some projects that are doomed to fail.


  9. "Workday Practice - stay away! (this review is specific to IBM's Workday practice in GBS)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM brand recognition. Some great colleagues but don't expect them to still be there after November 2017 when retention bonuses are paid.

    Cons

    This practice is failing. It failed in integrating the Meteorix acquisition by not providing the tools needed to succeed and then replacing the bonus with a small %'age of that amount as salary. The practice appears to be losing at least 1 experienced consultant per DAY and replaced by new consultants with 0 experience. This translates to the worker that stays there continually expected to do more while pay does not increase.

    This practice is led by SS who was the previous CEO for Meteorix. Meteorix was successful in spite of him because he had smart people around him that he was able to empower to make the practice successful. As part of IBM, he now has to stand in a boardroom and fight for his practice to get a piece of the pie against more experienced/groomed executives in other practices that are more politically savvy and he is failing miserably. His leadership team are all frustrated and handcuffed with no ability to improve the situation. It is astonishing and sad to see how quickly the great Meteorix practice has crumbled and fallen apart as a product of IBM's acquisition.

    The technology at IBM is lacking. It still uses Lotus Notes (IBM Notes) which is a great tool for administrators but lacking from an end user perspective (compared to Outlook). Other tools necessary for the job are rudimentary and may meet the needs of a large consultancy but does not work well with the Workday practice with a predominantly remote workforce. It has recently introduced Concur, Webex and Outlook but the execution is lacking (Outlook is just a front end replicating Notes) so you always feel like you're getting a knockoff version of what the real tool should do.

    The pay is not comparable to Workday eco-system standards. Base salary pay seems like it is 10 to 15% under what you would see at other Workday partner firm practices. Also, there is no bonus for utilization (this may be a "pro" for some) so your "total" pay will be 10 to 20% less than other Workday partner firms.

    While employed, I got more spam at my work email address (from internal IBM) than I do in my gmail box. There is so much junk email coming from executives about things that you will have no interest in and you wonder why the organization is paying executive salaries to a glorified blogger. There is no "unsubscribe" option for these.

    The intranet has a wealth of information but is set up like a flea market. You'll have to dig thru the content that is 10 to 20 years old to find the info you need, and hope that it is current. Everything goes to a call center which seem to be in the Philippines or India. They are generally helpful for simple troubleshooting but they read from a script only so if you have anything out of the ordinary, you will spend an exorbitant amount of time trying to get something resolved. I went from spending 5 to 10% of my time on "administrative" tasks while at Meteorix. With IBM, this was closer to 15 to 30% of my time. This is less relevant now since utilization bonuses have been taken away but you will still find yourself working more hours because of the lack of efficiency.

    Communication from leadership is non-existent. Townhalls are a lecture with no Q&A opportunity and there have been no comments/communications to dispel or confirm rumors that affect the practice (are remote workers required to come back to the office? rumors still exist that retention bonuses will not be paid in Nov 2017). What little communications that I did get were given at the last minute (we missed the cutoff for the salary remix so it will be in 7/31 payroll instead of 7/15). Meteorix was a crystal clear lake with open/consistent/clear communication from leadership. IBM's acquisition stirred up the sand and has made everything cloudy. The management team for this practice seem inept and incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Why did you bother to buy Meteorix if you had no intention of preserving/maintaining/growing the Workday practice?
    Please make some (any) effort to help the consultants that you still have.
    Someone outside of the Workday practice needs to look at this organization to see why the turnover is as high as it is, despite the generous retention bonuses.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pay new comer well"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are management consultant, you can enjoy the project with the advanced technology such as Watson, digital, IOT, etc.

    Cons

    IBM has strong screening process to identify new executives and managements. If you are not recognized at this process, you have less opportunity to promote. In addition, IBM pays much salaries to new comer rather than existing employees.