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company

IBM

Headquarters

Armonk, NY

employees

10,000 +

industry

Tech

Representation - Gender Identity

66.7%
Male
33.3%
Female

Representation - Race

6.8%
Black
18.3%
Asian
6.0%
Latinx
Native American
White
Other

How do I make my application stand out?

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What’s the best way to prepare for the interview?

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What should I do soon after I start working?

August 11, 2020

Find your people. It doesn’t have to be senior people. A lot of people put emphasis on attaching themselves as senior leader, which was hard for me because there weren’t any that looked like me. It’s important to have people that will reach out to you about open projects and people that will be friends. That’s crucial at any company, but especially at IBM.

June 22, 2020

Networking. Everyone at IBM is really willing to help out and have conversations with you. I wouldn’t contact executives, but talk to managers about technology and the field sales process. There are so many routes you can take, so have conversations to figure out what your career trajectory is going to be.

What do I need to do to get promoted?

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August 16, 2020

Associate Consultant

New York City, NY

tenure:

1-3 years

Diversity programs

They didn’t have any. I don’t remember any robust programming or a strong presence, especially compared to my current employer or previous internships. There was a lot more emphasis on women, but that’s not always the best avenue for women of different intersectional identities. There wasn’t a strong diversity group or coalition at IBM outside of what they had for women.

Relationships with manager(s)

My primary manager wasn’t super helpful in getting me on a project when I first started. That says something about IBM because they didn’t have a lot of projects and they over-hired associate consultants the year I joined so work was scarce. My manager wasn’t the most helpful in introducing me to people to get an engagement to work on. My relationship with her wasn’t particularly strong.

Relationships with manager(s)

My manager did help when I took on a project that wasn't client-billable, and when I needed her approval to switch projects, she was helpful in making that happen especially at a time when they were doing layoffs.

Relationships with manager(s)

My manager didn’t do a good job on a particular project in advocating for me when the project team attempted to blame me for a project going badly. She wasn’t very good at helping me navigate the internal processes of IBM, and she didn’t provide the right support. She assumed I was in the wrong as well instead of asking how the project was going for me.

Relationships with manager(s)

When I was putting in my two-weeks notice, my primary manager was unreachable. It was only when I reached out to tell her that I was leaving that she showed interest. I didn’t think the managers at IBM were good or that they were very well-trained. I don’t think there’s any diversity or sensitivity training, which should be required if you’re managing different types of people.

May 28, 2020

(Former) Senior Consultant

New York City, NY

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

Lots of support for my career decisions and good advice on progressing at the company

May 28, 2020

Business Partner Representative

Midwest Region

tenure:

Application and interview process

I submitted my application online, and I had to do an online interview, and I didn't hear back for a couple months which was frustrating. I expected the process to be quicker, but there was a 3 month gap between the computer screening and someone actually contacting me.

Promotion discussions

I’ve had a different track than a lot of people. I’ve gotten two promotions in two years. I’ve been up front with my manager about what motivates me, which is money. As soon as I get on a team, i have a conversation about how I can go from Band X to Band Z (band is what determines your salary). The process has been good to me, but I don’t know if that’s the norm.

Company culture

"I love the flexibility of things. I can work from home all the time. I was doing 50% travelling. I really like the work that I do and that it gives me time to enjoy life as well. When you think of IBM, you think of buttoned up, old white men, but I went through the Summit program, and in that program there was a good amount of diversity. Since I’ve been at the firm longer and progressed a bit, representation has gone down. I work with fewer people that look like me than I used to."

Diversity programs

"IBM has been really good about recruiting from HBCU’s. I’ve met the HBCU recruiter, and he went to an HBCU himself, so he’s really passionate about getting Black talent. IBM always touts it’s diversity and inclusion efforts, so you can see that they want to incorporate it in their culture. I’m the lead for my office’s Black summit network. That’s been fun just in terms of building a friend group at work, and we’ve done volunteer efforts and things like that. We also are working on mentorship and career development programs for people in the group."

Relationships with manager(s)

All of my managers have been really good. I prefer to have autonomy in my work; I don't like managers that are on top of you in your day to day. All my managers have been pretty open, and we have regular touchpoints where we just get to catch up personally, and then talk about the work that I’ve been doing, and then what they can do to help me progress.

May 28, 2020

Client Executive

Boston, MA

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

Pretty good. He encourages and pays for certifications and conferences.

Training and career development

The training is great. A lot of resources to grab information so we can position ourselves as thought leaders in front of client. In general, the people are cordial. Some are more inviting than others. The company is greatly remote, meaning you can work from anywhere.

Diversity programs

IBM does not recruit Black and Brown populations well. We don't partner with organizations or schools to push diversity and inclusion forward. There is more of a discussion around women than there is about black and brown, and it shoes in our senior leadership. We have more white women in position than black women.

May 28, 2020

Technical Solutions Specialist

Southeast Region

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

My manager and I have a great relationship. She is always interested in hearing my input and I have been able to make great contributions to the team in the short amount of time I've been there.

Company culture

Provides resources (and opportunities) for me to feel heard, respected and appreciated.

Company culture

Internally and externally the enablement information can sometimes be very repetitive and wordy. We can improve by creating a high level synopsis of the "what, why and how." A few bullet points or visuals in regards to what's important to know and what's the latest regarding the company. I believe if the information is more digestible more people (especially externally) would have a better understanding of who we are as a company.

May 28, 2020

Security Services Rep

Smyrna, GA

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

My manager is always available when I need him!

Company culture

IBM has so many different types of people and groups that it is so easy to find coworkers who are in similar stages of life or in the career that you aspire to be in. Everyone is helpful and willing to mentor anyone at any level.

Company culture

It’s hard to navigate a big company like this. Especially with all of the work flexibility...most people work from home, so it can feel a little alone at times.

May 28, 2020

Engineer

Northeast Region

tenure:

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May 28, 2020

Business Transformation Consultant

Houston, TX

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

I like my managers a lot. One manager works with me on my personal development at the company, and she is committed to helping me find the best projects. The other manager I work with on my actual project has been incredible-- she trusts each of us to do our jobs and has been very patient with our team. Additionally, when I asked for time off to attend a black BRG event, she gave me the okay and was supportive.

May 28, 2020

(Former) Account Manager, Central / South

Southwest Region

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

Excellent

Company culture

While IBM is a huge company, I've generally gotten the vibe that they are more "liberal" and "progressive" than some other places. I think it's important to keep in mind that the tech industry in general is more liberal than, for example, the banking industry. If you compare IBM only to other tech companies...I think they may fall on the more conservative side (most likely due to their age). In my particular office (for consultants) in Houston, it is smaller so my voice is generally heard. I definitely feel like I can make a difference in the office culture-- which is very important to me and my favorite aspect of IBM.

Diversity programs

I can only provide information about my specific location, but I believe there is a great level of diversity at the low level (where I am). However, once you start to climb up the leadership ladder, it is drastically different. There are hardly any women or people of color (with the exception of people of Indian descent). Of course this problem isn't specific to IBM...but they certainly aren't trailblazers in this area either.

August 14, 2020

Overall

Salary

$75,000

Associate Consultant

New York City, NY

tenure

1-3 years

Diversity

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role transparency

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February 27, 2020

Overall

Salary

$58,000

(Former) Account Manager, Central / South

Southwest Region

tenure

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role transparency

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January 2, 2020

Overall

Salary

$70,000

Business Transformation Consultant

Houston, TX

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October 2, 2019

Overall

Salary

$64,000

Security Services Rep

Smyrna, GA

tenure

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role transparency

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September 30, 2019

Overall

Salary

$76,000

Technical Solutions Specialist

Southeast Region

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role transparency

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September 24, 2019

Overall

Salary

$90,000

Business Partner Representative

Midwest Region

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September 24, 2019

Overall

Salary

$110,000

(Former) Senior Consultant

New York City, NY

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September 24, 2019

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Salary

$105,000

Client Executive

Boston, MA

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