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Updated February 22, 2018
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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. "Great technology opportunities, if you can navigate the beaurocracy."

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

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

    Pros

    Access to great technologies and products, great mentors, and fascinating projects. If you get in with a group that keeps selling interesting work, you will not be bored!

    Cons

    The beaurocracy can be daunting, and the compensation is not quite in line with competitors. You really have to be a self promoter to get anywhere, because otherwise management has no inventive to promote you.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to top performers. You will keep losing them without competitive bonuses.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sr SAP Consultant(GBS)"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Don't have to wait between projects.

    Cons

    Growth and salary increase is possible only if you know partners personally. No salary raises unless you get promoted. You can be at the same position for 10 years and no salary raise. No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees who make you the money.


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    "You're better off somewhere else"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel and opportunity to work with great clients

    Cons

    the people, lack of development, lack of corporate culture, you're by yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people more and provide feedback on how to grow.


  5. "Consulting in a software company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Coral Gables, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Coral Gables, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits, good compensation overall.

    Cons

    Too many reorganizations. How many times per year can a company change directions? It seemed that there were large layoffs, almost every quarter.

    Advice to Management

    You can't solve every problem with technology. As consultants, we cannot lose sight of the business problems we're trying to solve for customers, as they are not always solved by throwing more technology at it. Instead of looking at it like, "I have this software, how can I sell it to ABC company?", look at it this way, "How can I help ABC company, and what would be the solution to their problems?"


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Every IBMer has a unique anecdote"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    - International company; lots of opportunities to interface with people from different backgrounds and perspectives
    - Part of a company that houses some of the best inventors and patent holders in the past decade; Exposure to some of the smartest minds in industry
    - New technology is pervasive at IBM; whether you are interested in Agile, Design Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity or more - there is an opportunity for you to learn and contribute
    - Great compensation and benefits
    - Depending on team, opportunity for flexible and remote work

    Cons

    - With a company of more than 300,000 people, it's hard to have a consistent company culture or set of values across the organization; every division and team will have its own set of expectations
    - For some, growth trajectory can often be slow given the limits on how many people can be promoted a year
    - While there are lots of exciting things going on at IBM, a lot of where you end up depends on timing and luck versus merit

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in your employees and be honest about what they need to move on to the next level


  7. "Engaging workplace to grow your career and deliver significant transformation"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant - Strategy
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant - Strategy
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Career development opportunities
    - Training resources
    - Coaching and mentoring
    - Scope and purpose of work
    - Collaborative culture
    - Working with industry-leading technology and thought leaders

    Cons

    - Large organization with a diverse portfolio poses unique challenges to driving transformation

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing in the development across the organization and driving the transformation for IBM! Proud to be an IBMer!

  8. "Senior Consultant, Organizational Change Management Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Organizational Change Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Organizational Change Management
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I joined the Strategic Enterprise Transformation (SET) team of the Transformation & Operations (T&O) Organization on April 25, 2017. The SET organizational culture, ways of working, and mission and objectives are the key reasons why I love working at IBM. My current role has given me an opportunity to drive transformation in multiple, creative ways from a stakeholder management and communications perspective. If you're looking for a new and different challenge to redesign the way one of our most storied global organizations work, please join our team!

    Cons

    IBM is a very large and complex organization, so it can take some time, patience, and resilience to fully understand how each Business Unit and Function operate to support IBM's performance in the market. Please keep this in mind as you consider opportunities for any role at IBM.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning opportunity, many jaded employees"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible with remote work, working with biggest names in industry

    Cons

    Lots of corporate policy, promotions are tough to come by


  10. "Amazing Start"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    - The people I work with day to day are brilliant
    - The freedom and flexibility I've been given from day 1 has been great
    - The benefits are good

    Cons

    - The bureaucracy can be a bit stifling
    - The need to hit quarterly or yearly numbers can be a bit distracting from LT needs and goals
    - Long hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep heading in the direction you are