IBM Canada Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
243 Reviews
3.3
243 Reviews
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Pros
  • Very mature organization, great work life balance flexibility to work from home or remotely (in 27 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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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot as an intern

    Cons

    The company has restricted headcount

  3. 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
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  5. 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.

  6. 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad experience...not very ethical (shareholders company all about max. profit)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people and the various cultures is rewarding...

    Cons

    Sweatshop mentality and a poor work/life balance as you must work 45+hrs weekly to reach measures (where so much reduces your ute) and receive no annual reward (base increase or otherwise), even if you meet all targets/measures. Deceived by being hired for one role with identified tasks/duties and quickly realized it was not true. Pushed to work more than 48hrs/week regularly (against labour laws). No employees at current location able to work from home. Expected to work outside my areas of expertise (with no training). Expected/pushed to work some weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons (albeit max. profit for shareholders is the main driver, and will not change)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of room to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to get new competencies, lots of available training . Good work life balance. First line management close to their people.

    Cons

    Actions of high management is hurting morale. People are there to work for their pay check its less of a family feeling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of the people, that will help your bottom line. Let go of the 2015 vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    IBM riding on its past

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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

    Work from home is available. Tremendous work life balance. Everyone gets a laptop to work on. Good policy with Sunlife for benefits. Nice people working there. Quite professional.

    Cons

    No Raises. No appreciation of long term staff. They hire new staff and pay them more than someone who has been working there for a long time. Terrible pension.

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

    Pretty good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM Canada as an intern

    Pros

    Helpful colleagues, nice working atmosphere

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy. Long decision making process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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