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First 3 years was very acceptable. Last year and a half was soul-crushing.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

I worked at IBM

Pros

Good benefits. Good job security. If you're on the right team it can be a good place to work.
There are some good people there and some are very knowledgeable. If you can work with the right people you can learn a lot.

Cons

Don't expect to get any raises, not even to keep up with cost of living.
You will always hear the same excuse, "there is no money for raises" even during times the company is posting record profits.
Don't expect the company to look out for your best interests. I worked through a bout of hard chemo therapy with no recognition for my sacrifice.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Recognize your employees efforts. Try and see past profits and see people as people.

Doesn't Recommend

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    Dead End Job

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    Current Employee - IT Advisory Professional  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Advisory Professional in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    The IBM office in Markham is a behemoth, looks more like a shopping mall than an office. THe IBM brand defined carries prestige with its name. The training courses available are good.

    Cons

    The downside is the lack of career growth, when times got tough, they really really squeeze the life out of you by doing multiple peoples jobs at once. In addition working at such a massive organization, it is very difficult to gain visibility. You feel like a serial number, one of thousands. Common for many interns to work here, good advice and brand name but not a long term career option.

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    More and more frustrating

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Homeworking
    Some very talented people amongst the "working middle class"

    Cons

    Top management at HQ have no clue what goes on and are not interested
    Politics everywhere, complete lack of transparency, BU lines competing.
    Company saves money off its employees and hardly gives back...
    Senior people (not in position but in years and knowledge and talent) are laid off in a minute
    Company saves money by sacrificing its "base" - people, tools, databases...
    Lots and lots of meaningless business talk without any meat...
    I leave it up to the next person to continue the list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A good friend is not one who always praises you but one who is brave enough to raise concerns and tell you when "the king is nude". The king is almost nude by now...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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