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Great learning experience as an intern

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Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

I worked at IBM as an intern for more than a year

Pros

Great overall learning experience as an intern, pay was competitive, friendly coworkers and management.

Cons

Not many options for buying lunch unless you want to go off site or bring your own. Sometimes it can seem as if you don't have time for anything but work, depending on the team you're on.

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst  in  Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    Massive company and good starting pay

    Cons

    making your way up the ladder can be tough

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    Massive company and resources, that unfortunately nobody seems to be able to leverage.

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    Current Employee - Project Executive  in  Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Project Executive in Markham, ON

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Vast amount of technical and non-technical resources
    - Access to a large amount of on-line training (forget classroom due to budget cutbacks)
    - Location Flexibility (work at home, cottage, etc)
    - Fast paced company (if you like that kind of thing) and definitely looks good on your resume
    - A wide variety of technical and non-technical jobs to find your niche

    Cons

    - Finance runs the company to the point of non-sensibility
    - No value of staff or motivation to retain talent. Contractors are downright abused.
    - Matrix management (everyone is your manager) especially the 'profile holding' structure is horrid in terms of your annual performance rating (ie: person rating you has no real direct involvement in your day-to-day activities)
    - Pay is terrible. No overtime pay for anyone; yet overtime is expected. This is true for pretty much all levels of full-time employees. Contractors are hired and forced time-off (furlough) regularly to meet finance directives.
    - Benefits are mediocre.
    - Offshoring of local resources is rapidly increasing to overseas Delivery Centers; there will be little onshore talent left unless IBM's customers specifically demand so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Treat your employees with respect. Attract talent, not drive it away.
    - Respect and leverage the local resources *smartly* to reduce cost; rather than shipping everything overseas.

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