IBM Canada Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Very mature organization, great work life balance flexibility to work from home or remotely (in 28 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is pretty good, no excessive overtime except for those who choose it (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • 0 work / life balance: an unspoken expectation that you are 'always' available (in 12 reviews)

  • Little recognition and little incentive to be a high performer as salary increases seem to be minimal (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Great Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Canada Corners, MI
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Canada Corners, MI

    I worked at IBM Canada

    Pros

    Great environment for all kinds of background and the work life balance is optimal depending on your job.

    Cons

    Training is always tough but could use more materials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. As you might expect...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large company, lots of opportunities. Salary grows slowly even for top performers, but is quite competitive. Great support for education, patent development, and opportunity to leverage great technology.

    Cons

    Process quagmire's abound, and building software here is neither "Agile" nor agile. Work life balance is completely out the window - 60 hr weeks are norm, 80 are frequent, and 100 is at least a couple of times a year. Latest of (very frequent) senior management changes sees more people with a long IBM history parachuted into an business where they have no domain experience, and make predictably bad decisions as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with customers to gain broad and deep domain expertise that can guide more fact based decisions. Do your best to hang on to folks who have that experience - the software marketplace is changing quickly, but the problems that customers pay us to solve haven't changed that much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. Good place to learn and grow

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist
    Current Employee - IT Specialist

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn and grow your career

    Cons

    Lot of processes, which is god though but consumes effort in completing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Embrace Change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    IBM is re-inventing itself which bring about change and growth.
    Many of the managers have a focus on their people and want to see them grow and develop amongst the change.

    Cons

    Not a lot of reward in place for non-client facing employees. Many challenges ahead as the company tries to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the 'little people'. Need to focus on promotions, onsite training versus online training and a more substantial bonus plan.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Technical Support Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM Canada

    Pros

    Amazing environment to work with and lot of motivation to do better at your job. Amazing work ethics environment

    Cons

    Cannot think of as of now.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great experience

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at IBM Canada as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot as an intern

    Cons

    The company has restricted headcount

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great potential, but challenging reality...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM Canada full-time

    Pros

    Solid brand; depth of products/services; smart and talented people

    Cons

    one-size-fits-all bureaucracy and red tape that's inefficient and verging on the soul-crushing; insufficient focus on the customer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, a focus on shareholders and the market are paramount for a publicly held company. But I can't help but feel like we're losing focus on customers and employees, and they're ultimately what will drive shareholder value....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Leadership more focused on shareholders and profit than actual innovation and valuable solutions.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM Canada

    Pros

    IBM attracts really great people - my immediate team members have always been great to work with. Relatively fair compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership focused on short-term profits and shareholder priorities which in turn creates a lot of organizational changes which can be disruptive and create inefficiencies.

    Lots of processes and red tape to navigate just to get your job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Be the conduit to listen to your team and help bring ideas up the management change rather than just pushing process down from the top level down.

  10. 1 person found this helpful

    This used to be a great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - ITAP-ADV in Markham, IL
    Current Employee - ITAP-ADV in Markham, IL

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

    Pros

    Only a job now not a carreer

    Cons

    No more recognition, Salary increases are a joke.Career advancement almost doesn' t exist anymore

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the old IBM values where employees are IBM's most important assests

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Worked with the best and brightest

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    Former Employee - Office Administrator
    Former Employee - Office Administrator

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

    Pros

    You work with the most talented, prominent and innovative people in the universe. The learning opportunities are many and your technology skills stay current. Cultures vary in different divisions. I was fortunate to have worked with IBM Global Business Services - Ontario Public Sector practice under the leadership of Nancy Brown Andison. My best work experience so far. Having IBM in your experience record never fails to impress.

    Cons

    HR processes especially how performance is measured,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We know you have a responsibility to your shareholders but the company is falling apart.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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