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Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. "Management Consultant, Positive Overall"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Management Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall my experience was very positive, I learned a lot. I was part of the PWC Consulting acquisition and nonprofit sector. For the most part the people I worked with were smart, hard-working and dedicated, and my managers worked hard to enable me to succeed.

    Cons

    Squeezed in the middle of reporting up to senior management and managing the nitty gritty of the project - and being called out for exceeding profit targets - ridiculous!

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the shared revenue and signings allocation - splitting and assigning to only one practice area created ugly competition and did not foster teamwork at all!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very political"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Software Sales in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Security Software Sales in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good income potential. Broad portfolio of software solutions. Decent technical help. Known enterprise software vendor. Easy to get to higher levels of customer due to name.

    Cons

    Old school versus new school. Too many people who have only been at IBM their entire career. They think that gives them some sort of special status. Many don't have external contacts needed to do business

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond years at IBM

  3. "Make Your Our Adventure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analytics Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analytics Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Wide range of engagements
    + Smart / kind people
    + Not overly network-y
    + Great work life balance

    Cons

    - People can get lost or in a bad spot if they're not careful
    - Internal operations are sometimes lacking

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on growth not margins.


  4. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting project work, great coworkers (for the most part)

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement and raises

    Advice to Management

    Give control to project managers and direct managers for employee's compensation and career path


  5. "IBM is steadily changing and becoming a top company again"

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    Current Employee - Client Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Client Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Watson makes ibm the place for data and analytics. Lots of opportunities to work in different areas

    Cons

    Remote life can be cold

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your tea


  6. "Great Culture"

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    Former Freelancer - EVP in Washington, DC
    Former Freelancer - EVP in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great working teams and dedicated employees

    Cons

    Sometimes communication is hard to drive


  7. "IBM"

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

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

    Pros

    Pays well, plenty of growth

    Cons

    Too large of an organization, impersonal

    Advice to Management

    everything cannot be automated

  8. "Different company than 2 years ago"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analytics Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analytics Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, focused on tactical

    Cons

    Eliminating telework - focusing more on millenial employee preferences.

    Advice to Management

    Balance outside hiring with nurturing existing employees


  9. "Opportunities!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great opportunities

    Cons

    Bonus is weak, salary increaseses not many

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employers!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The IBM "brand" is still one of the most recognized brands in the world. Employees don't have to explain what the company does.

    Cons

    There is a complete disconnect between executive leadership and employees who work with customers every day. There are massive resource actions taking place at the end of every quarter based on sales performance - regardless of how these changes are impacting customers. There is very little research and development investment being made in legacy software solutions, instead IBM is putting all their eggs in the Watson (cognitive) basket. Product names are changing all the time but there's been very few capabilities added. The IBM Cloud is not a market leader by any sense of the imagination.

    Advice to Management

    Write off the Softlayer acquisition and get out of the cloud business. Partner with Amazon, much the same way you recently partnered with Salesforce.com


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