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IBM Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2014
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3.2 10,000 reviews

61% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(3,365 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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    1 person found this helpful  

    It was good while it lasted, but was going downhill quickly, so I left on my own terms and am happy I did.

    Software Sales Representative (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsFlexibility, work from home, ability to change jobs every 2 years, really great group of people

    Conslow base pay, horrible conversion to US dollars, high quotas, you can only make money every 2 years. Training has dropped drastically and they do not invest in their people like they did over 10 years ago. Too many people in upper management positions. Everyone who makes, or exceeds plan does not get 100% club trip, or bonus money, it only goes to a select few and you cannot bring your spouse. I can go on and on....

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe positive, invest in your people through training and reward through paying bonuses and better incentives.

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

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    Project Lead

    Project Lead (Current Employee)

    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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    Challenging but resume strengthening

    Compiler Developer (Former Employee)

    Pros- Great opportunity to work on a completely proprietary computation stack, from the processors up to the applications running on it
    - Taking advantage of being able to use and influence pre-release hardware/software
    - Participating in the only company that's been around since the beginning of the computer industry, and has shaped so much of every part of it
    - Practically the only company which does long-term academic research--on par with universities

    Cons- Depending on which team you're on, work/life balance can be miserable
    - There are positions that equal or exceed the coolness factor of anything at the other tech giants, but on average, most positions are probably worse

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore focus and tighter controls needed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    overall good

    Systems Analyst (Former Employee) Markham, ON

    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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    Good

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    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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    Good place to start your career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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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    Great group of people, little motivation to excel

    Management (Former Employee) Markham, ON

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

    Computer Programmer (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    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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    IT Specialist

    IT Specialist (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    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)

    Prosgood people, good environment and interesting job

    Conslife balance is not that good for consulting

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