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IBM Reviews in Canada

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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3.2 443 reviews

                             

62% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(108 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    More Pros than Cons

    IT Manager (Current Employee)
    Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsWorking from home
    Technology
    Benefits and support

    ConsVery high expectations
    Constant financial pressure

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful growth opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- training programs
    - ability to switch career pathways
    - strong focus on moving ahead in your career

    Cons- not many incentives
    - not very active

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot many. Decent salary but taken out in blood

    ConsEveryone seems to holding fast to retire. Slow, inflexible. Hard to turn a battleship

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue and move FASTER

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    mixed

    Senior Managing Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsPros - reputation of the firm, no one used to get fired for hiring IBM, perhaps no longer the case. Many opportunities for those interested in outsourcing.

    ConsCons - just another employee number. Management has a very short term outlook, when stock price dips, expect mass layoffs. Company will hide layoffs

    Advice to Senior Managementhuman resources are your most important asset, treat them as such

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing experience as an Intern student.

    Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsLearn a lot from managers and team members

    ConsNeed to implement agile methodologies

    Advice to Senior ManagementI need advice from higher management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Prosvery much professional, and technical

    ConsNeed to have more thoughts on employee benefits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to have more insight into an employee expectation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not Too Big To Fail

    Senior Managing Consultant (Current Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsOnce was a good place to work

    ConsIt's now all about shareholder value. The reviews here are plants by the HR department. It's well known. All jobs have been offshored. Customers HATE dealing with India or Costa Rica but IBM doesn't give a crap. It's all about "shareholder value". They actually haven't made a real profit in several years. All gains have been by laying people off and shipping the jobs to the third world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're next. Freshen that resume.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to build your career, but move on when you can

    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsIBM is a great place to build your sales career. Its large enough where you have the resources to get the help you need and can really push work off to other departments (marketing, brand, etc). Education system is second to none. Really gets you ramped up fast and invests in your education.

    ConsVery political. Moving up can be easy, but there is really a wall at times. Pay is not great.... seriously. If you want to make money at IBM... leave. They also don't give proper raises. 1-2% is the average unless you change positions. The endless paper work also gives you little time for sales and more time in giving forecasts and daily updates.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the burden of reporting off the rep and on the manager. This should be monitored and caught. I can already see the talent loss. Also, start paying what your competition is paying. The last comment I had before I left IBM was "why is this company willing to pay you so much?". This was insulting and if feels great making money over IBM's lose in almost 100% of my accounts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    An organization with too many moving parts.

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsWork/Life Balance
    Exceptionally brilliant people within Engineering, Project Management, Consulting and Marketing.
    Tremendous resources to global knowledge and best practices.
    International assignments.
    Education and training.

    ConsGood managers can make work fun, meaningful, and all those warm, fuzzy things. Good managers can make work feel like a home away from home. They can make your team feel like a family. Not within IBM.

    Mid-Manager leadership in sales and some areas of marketing are segregated to relationships, personal goals and bias.

    IBM Canada Management for example behave like school yard cliques. You're either in or you are out. Pedigree and social status also factor in on who receives coveted sales territories, and leadership positions. Diversity of people in prominent executive level positions in IBM Canada are near to non-existent.

    Acquired companies such as Cognos have an internalized culture that at times does not embrace the spirit of IBM's values to develop and grow one's career from within. Career progression is select and bias.

    Innovation is stagnant in some divisions.

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    IBM was a good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proswork/life balance, friendly work environment, good payment for an intern

    Consyou get used to some software and tools which just IBM cares about

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