IBM Canada Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Dan Fortin
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Pros
  • The opportunity to work from home (in 28 reviews)

  • outstanding work-life balance support (in 20 reviews)

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

  • No more recognition, Salary increases are a joke (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Large Enterprise

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at IBM Canada (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - good place to learn
    - good work culture (if you take advantage of it)

    Cons

    - large enterprise making a lot of changes
    - no current stability


  2. Marketing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Armonk, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None that cone to mind.
    Recognized brand all over the world

    Cons

    Oppressive mgmt
    No opportunities for advancement
    Rife with nepotism
    Minimum 70 hour work weeks

    Advice to Management

    1% of the current mgmt is good. The rest need to be fired.


  3. Mgr

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM Canada

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work option, home, flexible hours, access to very smart people

    Cons

    Major industry and business transition, the business is redefining itself which makes things complicated, very little reward & recognition

    Advice to Management

    reinvent the Canadian IBM culture; bring back Canadian management positions; create a more collaborative performance evaluation program


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  5. Great Work Environment

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Canada Corners, MI
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Canada Corners, MI

    I worked at IBM Canada

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  6. As you might expect...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Good place to learn and grow

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist
    Current Employee - IT Specialist

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn and grow your career

    Cons

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


  8. Embrace Change

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Technical Support Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM Canada

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great potential, but challenging reality...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM Canada full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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....


  11. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

    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.



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