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3.5 of 5 stars (18 Ratings)

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Patent Professional

5.0 of 5 stars

October 2018 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

There is a plenty of room to grow and you work with some of the smartest engineers in the world. The work is intellectually stimulating.

Downers

Pay is a bit below market and lack of job security can be a concern.

Advice to Candidates

Be entrepreneurial both internally and externally. Network within the company for opportunities to grow.

Senior consultant

3.0 of 5 stars

August 2018 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Depending on the client remote work can be useful
Most PMs are humans and understand you have a life outside of IBM and generally don't expect 60+ hr weeks
Compensation while not an industry leader is above avg

Downers

IBM is constantly reorganizing their businesses which can cause for some divisions or sectors to get let go which is demoralizing
Depending on the client remote work is not a guarantee which is pretty bad considering it is 2018

Advice to Candidates

Make sure you are aligned with a group/division you strongly care about if not you will spend years trying to untangle how to get out of SAP or Analytics, PMO, etc.

Lot of flexibility, slow career growth, slow compensation growth

3.0 of 5 stars

February 2018 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Flexibility, work life balance,company wide engagement initiatives, office facilities

Downers

performance management process, compensation growth, can sometimes get stuck in never-ending projects, can sometimes get stuck with incompetent managers

Advice to Candidates

Ask the questions that get you past the surface answers. If you feel you are on the wrong career path, try making a switch.

IBM Global Services is a balanced organization

4.0 of 5 stars

September 2017 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Job stability and, more importantly, world of job opportunities. I have personally known many people who have changed careers from software to HR and sales within IBM.
IBM does train its employees, encourages self paced learning and offers a real vast and deep education platform on many topics.
Work location flexibility is a huge advantage ; although it is trying to shift away from work-from-home culture.

Downers

Performance review system, while slightly improved compared to how it was, is still a miss. The bell curve applied at project or small team levels does not help.

Advice to Candidates

Ensure you get a fairly good idea about the project you are being hired for. You may not be able to change within 18 months internally once you commit to it.
Many quarters of under-performance has forced the company to really cut its bottom lines harshly. It translates to limited benefits compared to its competitors. So, understand your package very carefully before joining IBM.
If you like job security, welcome to IBM. If you want agile career movement, look elsewhere. Here it will move slow and steady for most.

IBM GBS Intern

2.0 of 5 stars

December 2016 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Staffed on an interesting project working to improve clients sales targeting. Some great managers and firm obviously is highly recognizable and trusted.

Downers

Unhelpful required trainings, dry corporate culture, generally older colleagues than other consulting firms

Advice to Candidates

Some managers can be excellent, while others are not. Find a good mentor and stick with them. Some politicking can be required in a firm so large.

Losing it's edge and no longer a leader

3.0 of 5 stars

October 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Brand permission and recognition
Access to high level executives
Decent benefits

Downers

Lack of consultant training
Can be on the bench for extended periods of time
Patchy talent

Advice to Candidates

Learn what you can, seek opportunity to move around the company

IBM Global Business Services

4.0 of 5 stars

September 2015 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Client oriented. Huge development opportunities and a very wide network of highly skilled people.

Downers

A highly structured firm, every request requires a procedure which could make life a bit tougher

Advice to Candidates

A clear interest in the digital technologies is a must. showcase a mastery in a specific area to convince recruiters and get successfully staffed in an engagement. on the engagement, relational skills with clients and coworkers are very helpful to keep good relations and get staffed in other engagements

Big Blue

4.0 of 5 stars

September 2015 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

The company is building strong capability in futuristic products and services

Downers

Mammoth size of the organization and move from the traditional consulting services

Advice to Candidates

You must be highly motivated and get a lot of things done on your own, there is a lot of freedom to explore, however it depends a lot on the individual to make the most out of it.

Good for starting consulting

4.0 of 5 stars

April 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Good work life balance
Flexibility
Great for analytics and more techy consulting

Downers

Get lost in big company
Too rigid of a structure for promotion and project reviews
Hard to make an real impact

Advice to Candidates

If you are looking for traditional management/strategy consulting, look elsewhere. However, if you want to get into analytics, cloud, mobile etc. they are really investing heavily and this space. They are trying to turn a giant ship, so time will tell if their late move into those areas succeed.

Challenging Company to work for

3.0 of 5 stars

October 2014 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Career opportunities, Global opportunities, Certain benefits, Brand name, Quality of some colleagues

Downers

Red tape, Too silo'ed processes, Bonus payout is terrible, You could easily become just a drop in the ocean,
Professional growth and salary growth can be challenging if you don't have the right network within the company

Advice to Candidates

Good IT consulting company for entry level consultants, Build a good network, Utilize global opportunities well

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