IBM Reviews

Updated 21 October, 2014
Updated 21 October, 2014
11,867 Reviews
3.1
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1297 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1271 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 410 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 207 reviews)

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  1.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Intern in Markham, ON

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot from my team and my boss. There was a lot of opportunity and a lot of insight.

    Cons

    It was very boring, not much can be innovated upon. Stuck in the 80s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel that IBM needs to adapt to the times. They are trying to leverage their patent portfolio, but are not failing to do so in execution.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Software Developer in Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Markham, ON

    I worked at IBM as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good company atmosphere and culture

    Cons

    Lack of innovation and creation

  3.  

    comment to IBM

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    big platform, access to resources, easy to transition

    Cons

    complicated process, complicated approval process, too heavy in people management

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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Markham, ON

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    really good environment, great people

    Cons

    commuting near by can be tough lots of traffic in the area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

  6.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales - LDR
    Current Employee - Inside Sales - LDR

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, competitive pay and lots of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Career growth - very slow
    Room for creativity
    Enough with the politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the favoritism. Give equal opportunities to those who have earned it. Let the millenniums take over

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    This company is living off of its past glory.

    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Fellow employees (for the most part) were great.
    - Work was interesting.
    - the Ottawa office was nice and had a good gym.

    Cons

    - Senior management is killing the company.
    - poor salary, no pay raises, minuscule bonuses considering the amount of overtime worked. even those rated a 1 got minimal raises & bonuses.
    - Poor morale, people are fearful of the next 'Resource Action' (aka Layoffs)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Treat employees like people, not as expendables.
    - Listen to employee feedback.
    - Stop blaming the economy and be accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The machine

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    Former Employee - Project Manager/Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Consultant in Calgary, AB

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

    Pros

    Well organized and good career opportunities. Very diverse mix of people and skills. Good place to grow your skill set.

    Cons

    It is a heartless machine. There is no family or team here just the friends you make as they leave to look for some place they feel like they can contribute and not just be a wheel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will have to make your own path and it is very political

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    very great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    great exposure to different industries

    Cons

    the organization politics, limited personal growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It is the best of Time , It is the worst of times

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Markham, ON

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

    Pros

    IBM offers you (sometimes) a chance to change teams when times are tough. it also offers a lot of diversity in the workforce, Some work flexibility and decent privacy rules.
    When you are in a struggling team, you can leave to a better team, but then you have to go through your management which may make life tough for you.

    Cons

    Could be overwhelming, and the Culture is very rigid, it is a gigantic ship that steers very slowly and does not respond to input from individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really, The problems with management is built-in the culture, if they changed the company will not be the same, it is a 'take it or leave it' approach.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Was great now sucks !!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Markham, ON

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology and some good managers.

    Cons

    No pay increases, no bonuses, no work location flexibility any more. The CEO present and former killing the company with an Earning per share target of 20$ by end of 2015 ( was a 5 year plan). Jobs off shored for anyone in North America (the US has lost 50K jobs that were moved to BRIC countries. Very low morale and endless job cuts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the greed and start investing in people (IP capital ) as happy people are better employees.
    42 Billion in share buy backs using borrowed money is not a good idea.. but I guess by screwing the workers you will get those bonuses (greed greed greed)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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