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IBM Senior Consultant Reviews

Updated October 5, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1049 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 488 reviews)

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  1. "Place with many career opportunities"

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    • 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. Helpful (3)

    "Older IBMers Beware"

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    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

  3. "Leadership has lost their way"

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    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.


  4. "Sr Managing Consultant"

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    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".


  5. "A Taste of Retirement"

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    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


  6. "Big Company"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    - Great pay and benefits
    - Generous amount of vacation time

    Cons

    - Client projects can vary, sometime you feel like you are working for the client and not IBM

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to try and grow your lower band level consultants


  7. Helpful (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

  8. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Depends on Project and project member , the experience vary

    Cons

    Hikes in salary comes with promotion


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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


  10. 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.