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IBM Senior Consultant Reviews

Updated August 9, 2018
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  1. "Good place to start working as consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart people to work with, recruiting made sure everyone is adequate and technical enough

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure makes it hard to get opinion across to senior management


  2. "Great start to my career, but only if you get mentored by a partner"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a big company has a lot of resources you can take advantage of.

    Cons

    They don't know what business they seem to want to be in and are not willing to take risks

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of senior mgmt get fresh forward thinker in

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good amount of responsibility; difficult to move around projects"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was based entirely in Washington, DC, so never traveled. This review is not for public sector consulting, which seems pretty different from private sector. I was given a good amount of responsibility pretty early in my career. Managers were always very supportive of me and were reasonable about deadlines. Since it's a large company, there were regular discussions about my career trajectory and options for growth within the company. Benefits were excellent, with many low fee index funds offered in the 401k. There were lots of happy hours and networking opportunities. I never worked more than 40-45 hours per week.

    Cons

    I was in the Public Sector Consulting division, and it was basically impossible to move form one project to another. It didn't really feel like "consulting", more like you were IT support for government agencies for certain types of business software. Most of the projects were very long term.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to move around between projects.


  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 (4)

    "My experience at IBM was one of constant change."

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Lake Mary, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning possibilities are endless, internal networking was phenomenal, and accessibility to anyone at any level was unlike any other organization I had worked for previously.

    Cons

    A constant , nervous feeling that there was no ground beneath your feet due to the constant disruptions, transformations, and restructuring. The move from a being a largely telecommuting company back to bricks and mortar is one such painful example where lives were disrupted. I wasn't around for it, but I lived through other disruptions. The move back to offices must have been horrific for many. While at IBM, many were prepping for the eventual day that they that they are told you are being 'resourced' - that's IBMese for you're laid off. How does one stay productive and focused in such an environment?

    Advice to Management

    While welcoming change is for the most part good, realize that a state of total constant change is completely counter productive for both the employees and customers.


  6. "Overall Great Experience - others may disagree"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexibility of work life balance and work from home options
    - Great sources of resources, connections to help build career
    - Surrounded by very intellectual people that can help you grow your skills and learn new ones

    Cons

    - Constant Travel
    - In the beginning, project staffing is luck of the draw
    - dog eat dog mentality as no one is going to hold your hand to learn, must put yourself out there to be noticed
    - Training is a bit weak

    Advice to Management

    Focus on new hires getting placed on important foundational projects. Build better training for CbD to prepare early consultants for future projects.


  7. "Senior Strategy Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Strategy Consultant in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Strategy Consultant in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, exposure to senior leadership, good growth trajectory, very little man-management

    Cons

    Commute from NYC, work is not strategic

  8. "Take the pros with the cons"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Southbury, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Southbury, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing is knee-jerk. In fast-growing markets, a surprisingly low amount of pressure to integrate companies in similar spaces.

    Cons

    A bit on the cheap side, slow moving boat that takes a lot of room changing course. Disconnect between market hype and day-to-day reality.


  9. "Good but not Great"

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

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

    Pros

    Easy, laid back, fun, independence, openness

    Cons

    too big, hard to network, bureaucratic, slow, small expense budget, disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Commit to something, anything at all, for more than 1 year.


  10. "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.