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

Pros

Brand, Great clients, Good Projects

Cons

Pay is low compared to other technology consulting firms

Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

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No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    Outstanding Company - treating employees professionally

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    IBM institutes a philosophy for keeping its employees by offering them the opportunity to build career experience with the encouragement to move about the company. Overall this works well although one needs to also cast a wide net which can take quite a long time.

    Cons

    My position pertained to selling the smarter commerce suite of applications which are well accepted in the market place. If you are a seasoned sales person and truly do not like to cold call then you will fail. IBM is NOT a marketing company and depends almost exclusively on each seller to build the field product buzz on their own. You have 12 month to do that and make your numbers before your accounts are thrown back into the hat and you start almost from 0.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the money on local marketing by providing your SBU executives with a budget that can give a shot in the arm to the sellers. This is 2013.....IBM needs to wake up and understand that products just do not sell themselves any more.....even if the have an IBM logo on them

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    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.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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