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Updated Apr 14, 2014
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64% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Management allows me to work from home and have flexible working hours"
    in 1053 reviews
  • "Work/Life balance and they still have some of the smartest people in the industry"
    in 1013 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance has magically morphed to work/life integration meaning your life is your work"
    in 319 reviews
  • "Practitioners on the other hand literally abuse the "Work from home" culture and "Sick leaves""
    in 74 reviews
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overall good

Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
Markham, ON

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

Prosflexible schedule, casual attire. My team members were very helpful and knowledgeable. I was lucky to work on an important product of IBM

Constakes time to learn the environment. Sometime steep curve of learning for the interns. Fierce competition between teams.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

ProsGood Benefits
Various Project sizes
Good Management
Work From Home Flexibility

ConsLow Pay
Easily overlooked as part of a 400K employees
Slow Growth Rate
Old Technology i.e: Lotus notes, AS400
LOTS of Red tape

Advice to Senior ManagementCut on the red tape, promote faster and better recognize team efforts

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Too big and too politics

Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Markham, ON

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBig company, many fields you can work on or learn.
Very computer science and has good smart colleague to guide you.
Work time is flexible once you master your work. For me no overtimes.

ConsToo big and too politics. Wasting resource and time all the time...
The evaluation process is just discouraging people to "work hard" rather than to "work smart"
Very like to have the trend of missing middle level good people, either young fresh students, or old "senior" people who more likely to "work smart" but getting the high pay instead of get things done...

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employee first! Not your customer or stock holders! Your customer will only pay you if you have good product and service! Which are created and supported by good and happy employees! Not because you have happy stock holders!!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to start your career

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsReasonable salary, Flexible hours, Good work life balance, anytime work from home

ConsSlow, not have chance to learn latest or open source technology, only uses internal tools, too much process.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf work environment is more dynamic and fast it would be better.

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Good

Software Developer (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

Pros* Good name on CV
* Ability to work on various projects
* Ability to travel

Cons* Feels like a sweatshop sometimes

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great group of people, little motivation to excel

Management (Former Employee)
Markham, ON

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

ProsWorking from home was a definite advantage for me as could avoid the commute. The majority of the people encountered were great, professional and hardworking individuals striving for the best for the customers

ConsLittle incentive or motivation to work hard and do well... lots of employees were successful on doing the minimum whilst others worked hard and extensive hours for little or no recognition. Lots of talk about the ability to have additional training, but no opportunity provided for this

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your staff and allow them creativity to develop/design something new.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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IT Specialist (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat work life balance, supporting managers and great people to work with. Working on client site most of the time and great job security.

ConsCompensation could be higher and more competitive. Heavily technology focused, so this may be a concern for some people. Also, less interaction among team/group members as you may be at client site most of the time.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter performance incentives

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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overall, it's a good place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at IBM

Prosgood people, good environment and interesting job

Conslife balance is not that good for consulting

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Respectful Environment

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

ProsFriendly atmosphere, decent location, and cool projects.
Manager treated all interns nicely and didn't give us the crappy jobs.
Had a lot of fun overall.

ConsHousing can be expensive. Projects are difficult so it wasn't really a easy job. Interview process was not very selective and some of the code had serious bugs that were not caught until several months after the release.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Compilers - great team, smart people, not enough career opportunities

Computer Programmer (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at IBM full-time

ProsGreat team, everybody is supper smart and friendly (for an eng company in Toronto...)

ConsHard to move up, and fairly low salaries

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