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IBM Senior Consultant Reviews

Updated May 19, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 993 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 467 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Manager Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great range of areas to grow within IBM

    Cons

    Last 5 years slow growing, small salary increases


  2. "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.

  3. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, work from home when not traveling to client site

    Cons

    Long hours, hard to know how to move up in the organization


  4. "It Ended too soon"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Armonk, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits and management overall. Remote work once a week.

    Cons

    Do not work with your girlfriend on the same team because she will get you fired when your relationship goes south.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing some of your employees better for acts of criminal wrong doing like financial fraud both personally and against the company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "No loyalty to their employees"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of free education and access to certifications.
    Chance to grow and explore skill sets within a project
    Access to senior leadership if you look for it

    Cons

    No loyalty - this is a place where you can have excellent year end reviews, excellent project reviews, excellent relationships with your management and still be Resource Actioned (laid off). They will allow senior leadership who got IBM into this sticky situation to keep their jobs and lay off entire analyst start classes hired directly out of undergrad.

    Don't expect a bonus over $2,000. This means that even if you have a perfect rating at the end of the year, you are only worth $2,000 more to IBM than their employees who have average or below average ratings. Are all of those 80+ hour weeks grinding worth it? Probably not at IBM. Not to mention that annual raises will always be below inflation..

    Poor culture. You have to be in the "cool kids club" to be part of any strong culture here or to expect any recognition. Otherwise, expect to work long and hard hours with little recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Really look into how and why you are promoting people.

    Don't hire resources you can't staff. (Don't hire non technical resources if you only want to staff technical resources)

    Think about who you have sitting in the VP, Partner, Senior Partner and Managing Partner roles... Aren't they the reasons for our poor delivery and inability to sign work in our consulting business?


  6. "Disappointing start to my career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary is excellent and you can't beat a company name like IBM

    Cons

    Currently, there is not enough for work for consultants. A lot of time spent "on the bench" with a lot of pressure to to find your own work, even if it means finding a project that is out of your area of interest

    Advice to Management

    Please consider the amount of CBDers you hire per class. It is unfair to all of us looking to get our careers started.


  7. "Continuing to pivot"

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

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

    Pros

    Unique opportunities, good exposure to executives

    Cons

    Limited ability to influence, hierarchical, top heavy

  8. "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


  9. "Unsupportive Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Relatively competitive pay. 60% of the time your teammates on the project are very smart and fun individuals.

    Cons

    The management on the consulting side at least expect everyone to put in long hours, overnight travels, weekend travels. The practitioners at IBM are expected to find their own projects which add a lot of unnecessary stress. Just because the partners can't sell their projects, the practitioners get punished for low utilization when there are really no projects available to be staffed on.

    Advice to Management

    The whole culture and performance/ accountability system for employees need to change if they want to keep any remaining talents. But I don't think the management listen to what employees have to say anyway. The company doesn't care about its people, they "only cares about making profits" according to a C suite exec in front of a large audience.


  10. "Senior SAP FICO Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior SAP FICO Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior SAP FICO Consultant in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment and opportunity to work different countries.

    Cons

    Low compensation & Benefits&promotions