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Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Philadelphia, PA (US)
Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Philadelphia, PA (US)

I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Brand, Great clients, Good Projects

Cons

Pay is low compared to other technology consulting firms

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If want to retain talent, at match pay and bennefits that other consulting companies are offering.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Outstanding company with great career development opportunities

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    IBM offers a wide-range of challenging work with many opportunities to shift laterally within the organization throughout your career. IBM is a great place to start a career because of the opportunity for recent graduates to work with Fortune 100 clients on high profile projects. The IBM culture is particularly collaborative as well. IBMers are generally very capable, smart individuals who work hard and are great colleagues. The best part of IBM are the IBMers who work there.

    Cons

    Progression and promotions can be a bit slow. IBM is careful to avoid promoting people too quickly and uses a variety of controls to ensure that only those who are already performing at the next level get promoted. For young talent this may be a drawback because advancement seems to be encumbered by bureaucracy. However, IBM is working to streamline these processes to make career development more flexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue streamlining HR processes (career development processes, specifically). Give first line managers more flexibility and power to keep top talent. IBM does a good job of keeping the workforce in the top 50-80th percentile, however the ability to keep the top 20% (at least in the consulting business) is limited. In my time with IBM the top 20% were more likely to leave. I attribute this to an inability or unwillingness to dynamically adjust pay, promotions, and career opportunities commensurate with performance. IBM relies too much on employee loyalty and its many other strong employer brand qualities, rather than offering market competitive pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A good step for career builder

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ability to work from home
    Great place to network

    Cons

    Lower than average pay
    Salary increases low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross train employees into using the newest software

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