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Updated 18 November, 2017
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  1. "Supportive environment!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    On-site gym, business casual - casual wear, lots of friendly coworkers, helpful management, and able to receive help whenever it was required. Able to work with a diverse set of individuals.

    Cons

    Work was a little stressful at times - there was much to do. Cognos is a very large product, and it will take a long time to become an expert in even a specific field.

    Advice to Management

    Continue what they are doing and continue assisting indviduals


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    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Developer
    Current Employee - Staff Software Developer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Huge corporation with different technologies to work with
    - Easily switch work area within the company

    Cons

    - Pay is not that competitive


  3. "Fantastic opportunities to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Markham, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM was my first full-time job after graduating from college, and it afforded many professional growth opportunities. I worked on a mature product in the middleware division.

    My management chain was supportive of my career development and I received promotions, raises, and bonuses during my tenure. I had opportunities to learn many aspects of enterprise software development for a global customer base, such as internationalization, accessibility, fault-tolerant architecture, databases, and more. I also learned about other parts of the IBM organization, working with respected colleagues in sales, consulting, and support. IBM is a very client-centric company, focused on developing a deep understanding of verticals like healthcare and financial services.

    Cons

    IBM is a large global conglomerate with hundreds of thousands of employees, so many of the cons for me personally are simply due to its size and age, and are actually considered pros by others.

    First, it is inevitable in a company of this scale that political prowess is necessary to make progress - a natural consequence of Metcalf's law. It can be frustrating at times but also a fantastic learning experience, and I've found these skills to be useful throughout my career.

    Second, many IBM products are in maintenance mode, which provides stability and great work-life balance that many mid-career engineers enjoy, since they often have families and other commitments. For me personally, I was looking to have more of an opportunity to "think like an owner" and be heavily invested with a product and company.

    Consider whether a large company or startup would be a better fit for you. HBR's "Do You Belong at a Start-Up" is a great read.

    Advice to Management

    Treat each initiative as if it had its own profit-and-loss accounting, providing product teams more freedom and discretion to implement solutions, but hold them accountable for their financial results. Consider the number of ex-IBMers that went on to create startups that were then acquired by IBM: those are missed learning opportunities and lost value for shareholders. IBM can be a market leader in software development, not just consulting and related services, but only if decisions are delegated to the lowest possible level: IBM cannot respond quickly to a rapidly-changing market if all decisions must be escalated five levels "up the chain". Specify constraints, then get out of the way.


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  5. "Engaging and Well Managed"

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    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Victoria, BC
    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Victoria, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Excellent management
    Interesting tasks
    Ability to move up the ladder
    Take your lunch whenever you want, smoke breaks not an issue either

    Cons

    Huge corporation means complicated HR and rules
    They laid me off

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work Mark, Keith, Allison!


  6. "Managing Consultant- Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employee friendly global company for all levels

    Cons

    To big for HR to address individual's issue
    Does not hire full time in Canada


  7. "Solutions Architect"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best work life balance and flexible

    Cons

    Limited opportunities in this city


  8. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to assume challenging tasks

    Cons

    Not a positive corporate culture

    Advice to Management

    Allow fresh people & approaches


  9. "Program manager - Real Estate Mission Critical"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Challenging, flexible, remote office, work from home, travel, construction, work on mission-critical projects, agile principles,

    Cons

    No raise, paperwork, dumb financial approval process, slow processes,

    Advice to Management

    Give raise to motivate employees


  10. "Not the worst place in the world"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    good people, decent starting salary, nice office environment

    Cons

    can feel like there is a disconnect with manager


  11. "Good place to work and learn but not the best pay"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a great place to work with talented people and learn from them. The management of my team was not into much micro managing so I had a great deal of flexibility such as work from home.

    Cons

    Like all other corporates there is office politics and usually people who talk a lot will get promoted even if they are not very knowledgeable in what they do.


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