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Updated 3 March, 2015
Updated 3 March, 2015
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    QA Developer

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

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Good pay, good experience as a university student, relaxed work environment and dress code

    Cons

    boring job, tough to stay motivated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make us feel like we matter and are doing a good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Business like environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Great opportunity to develop valuable technical and soft skills.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, like with any major company.

  3.  

    great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    lots of opportunity to grow

    Cons

    a bit of a slow company to move, which is natural given its size

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Exciting company to work for. Innovation is always there, requiring continual upgrades to skills and training.

    Cons

    Very large company with a lot of overhead in processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good perks, work-life balance and time-off

    Cons

    not much training, promotions take a long time

  7.  

    Engineer in informatics. I manage computers for Canadian Airline and other private jets.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Montreal, QC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good environment.
    A lot of teamwork.
    Experienced technicians and co-workers.
    Good technology and equipment.
    Cheerful manager.
    Not very busy if you do your job.

    Cons

    Not many cons. Do what is asked and do not make silly mistakes. It will cause to your loss. :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Stable and low stress

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    A good solid company. Seems like a lot of the workers at IBM are just there for the paycheck and go home right at 5, not necessarily a bad thing

    Cons

    Hard to move up, there's a lot of bureaucracy. Projects are kind of boring. The office is a far commute from the city center

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    software developer

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

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

    Pros

    easy work and nice environment, good for new graduated student
    flexible work time and good for the one having kids

    Cons

    lack of communication, people are not working together, process is too long for everything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make it more effecient

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    IBM is in decline

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Markham, ON

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

    Pros

    The people are excellent, work from home is a nice thing to have, and access to best practices is nice too.

    Cons

    There have been so many cuts over the years: cuts to salaries (some even docked 10% for not "keeping their skills up to date" even though IBM has cut the training budget drastically years ago), cuts to simple things like the Thank You Award you could give a peer to buy $25 in IBM logo wear - now gone, cuts to bonuses (most don't get one), little if
    any raises, cuts to travel even if necessary for your work, massive layoffs (or worse: trying to manage people out without severance through poor ratings and performance improvement programs). Most targeted for layoffs are the highly skilled and experienced workers in their 40's and 50's meanwhile the company hires new grads or offshore personnel to replace them. It is surprising that this company gets away with these shady practices but it does. Oh and there are so few remaining that it is getting more and more difficult to deliver. And recently in Canada, benefits were cut (no more paramedical) while prices went up over $100 per month. So if you are a new grad and you want a year or two of experience, then great. But if you are in your 40's, just be aware that you may be targeted for dismissal not too many years from now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the continual layoffs of critical people. Those of us left are finding it impossible to make deliverables and as a result we are losing customers. It's fine to build up the CAMSS (Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social, Security) side of the business but not at the expense of the traditional side of the house. The traditional side is what is paying the bills currently, plus if you destroy customer relationships on that side, you'll never sell the CAMSS side to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Pretty much what you'd expect

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    The main advantage of working for IBM is that they have well defined processes and procedures.

    Cons

    the main disadvantage of working for IBM is that they do not pay well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try treating your employees as a name rather than as a number.

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