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Updated 25 January, 2015
Updated 25 January, 2015
12,665 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to work with

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    strong name, ppl are very friendly and easy to work with, most are young ppl,

    Cons

    benefit is not that good, salary is way too low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Strategy Planner in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Market Strategy Planner in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    - Work-life balance (able to work remotely, flex-time within reason)
    - Positive culture (flexible and collegial yet results oriented)
    - Good amenities (at the lab)

    Cons

    - A majority of the team could be working remotely (less face to face interaction)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limited opportunities for interns of a business background to progress into full-time opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A/R Rep

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Great work and team environment, target focused with moderate to high expectations, easy communication across employees and management.

    Cons

    IBM is in the process or has already discontinued their AR/collections department. Whether they will re-establish it or not in Montreal in the future is yet to be determined.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I am a long time employee and I thank this company for the vast experience I have had. Transformation is key.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from any location. Access to really intelligent thinkers GLOBALLY which enables unique learning during this new economy.

    Cons

    We work very hard but there are no incentives. There is no assurance of job continuity, or growth and it hangs over your head like an axe. Very hard for morale. No extra money but always here need to move faster, do more, keep at it .... nothing removed just more...more... I have much to give but I am not the right age any more so no opportunity for me 'cause I am not under 40.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO strategy is spot on, however the multitudes of VP's and Sr VP's are getting in the way of success. They each have their take on how this will be executed and it hampers SPEED of execution which is critical. Cut the layers NOW and also listen to the seasoned staff that are closer to the work - they know where the traps and opportunities are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company to start career in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Exposure to multiple opportunities
    Learning from peers

    Cons

    Slow, not as exciting as a smaller company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take bolder decisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working for IBM a IT consultants perspective

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in London, ON
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in London, ON

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

    Pros

    Working at ibm you learn to use several tools that can help you perform at level you clients require.
    People are very nice to work with at ibm.
    There are different departments you can work in. There's training involved in career development

    Cons

    Some managers that you will work for come from other departments and have no clue about what you do in you every day job description....you will need a lot of patients as there will be growing pains at first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees they are the foundation of what keeps the company going!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rough 5 years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Work from home
    It wants more then 20 words, but currently beyond having a pay check, and hunkering down, hoping the nightmare will end, there is very little else.

    Cons

    Long hours with no Overtime pay, shifts can last 20-70 hours at a time. 15 minute couch naps is considered okay
    Bonus's are a rarity
    Staff Moral, resembles that of a WW1 soldier in the trench's after a bombing. With such high turn over, everyone is wondering who is next
    No training. Although asked at the start of each year, training is a rarity. Think 40 is expected to be done on your own time.
    Serious worker shortage often leads to canceled holidays
    Christmas Bonus? Party? Gifts? non existent. Past 5 years building owners have thrown a Christmas Luncheon for all Building occupants. IBM is invited and this appears to be IBM's idea of Christmas.
    Last new years day, employees called in for unexpected work. When complaints launched Manager proclaimed this will provide good motivation not to drink on New Years eve.
    Complaints to management on work conditions are often buried and never answered
    Work life balance is non existent, as your often called in even when on holidays
    Benefits changed this past year and added as taxable benefit, then deducted as expense
    Employee awards become taxable income, that $20 mouse pad as an award for good work will turn into $150 taxable income.
    Most staff is waiting for an Exit Package, just biding time waiting for the offer to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to stop focusing on the stock growth and focus on company growth.
    Current direction is to grow stock value, through cannibalization
    Company needs to look to inter relations between departments to understand the relations in value.
    The selling of the hardware divisions have led to the destruction of the lucrative Services Market, has also lost the companies public Brand Value. Ask anyone under 30 who IBM is and they either don't know or ask if the company still exists. This is a major issue, as these people move up through companies to decision makers.
    A prime example selling of US based plants which made hardware components for IBM assembly. After the sale, component costs rose, driving down profit on assembled items. Resulting in the sale of the second division, which then resulted in the services attached to maintenance to lose traction. Which also results in software and software support services to lose traction. And, after sales competitors now have access to patent portfolio's which allowed the company to have a market edge.
    Stop concentrating on breaking down smaller and smaller cost centers.
    Stop thinking about revenue generation, and concentrate on revenue retention.
    Stop, projects where one department rush's the work to look good, knowing the other department that takes over has a mess to clean up. But the cost of the mess shifts to the other department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    IBM Canada

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in Markham, ON

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexible job, good opportunities to learn and build skills.

    Cons

    To many levels of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to express yourself as you go up the chain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to work if you are a politician or beaurocrat

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large company, good benefits, awesome product offering

    Cons

    everything must be "in policy", slow to react, political culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work, the ability to work from home. Great benefits.

    Cons

    IBM places inexperienced managers in roles who has no idea what their employees do on a daily basis. These managers can be rude, however an employee feels as if there is no outlet where they can address the issues with their current managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to realize that they are loosing some really knowledgable people. They could careless about who you are, at the end of the day, you are just a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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