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IBM Reviews in Ottawa, ON

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
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  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

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  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent

    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Gatineau, QC (Canada)

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Professional, great people, organized and supportive team

    Cons

    Occasional long hours compensated by allowing remote access

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up good work

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work, the ability to work from home. Great benefits.

    Cons

    IBM places inexperienced managers in roles who has no idea what their employees do on a daily basis. These managers can be rude, however an employee feels as if there is no outlet where they can address the issues with their current managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to realize that they are loosing some really knowledgable people. They could careless about who you are, at the end of the day, you are just a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    This company is living off of its past glory.

    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Fellow employees (for the most part) were great.
    - Work was interesting.
    - the Ottawa office was nice and had a good gym.

    Cons

    - Senior management is killing the company.
    - poor salary, no pay raises, minuscule bonuses considering the amount of overtime worked. even those rated a 1 got minimal raises & bonuses.
    - Poor morale, people are fearful of the next 'Resource Action' (aka Layoffs)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Treat employees like people, not as expendables.
    - Listen to employee feedback.
    - Stop blaming the economy and be accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    They used to have credibility but those days are gone.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and ability to work from home.
    I worked with some very intelligent and talented people. (Until they wised-up and found better employment.)

    Cons

    IBM is now a gigantic money-generating machine for its top executives and largest investors. Employees are treated like disposable parts. Relentless focus on earnings growths has broken the company.
    Raises and bonuses are rare.
    Low job security. Employees may be let go regardless of absolute job performance. (Hello stacked ranking)
    Career advancement is difficult unless you don't mind being a spineless yes-man. They are looking for overseers, not leaders.
    Morale could not be lower.
    The company likes to talk about innovation but rarely invests in it.
    Demands, responsibilities, and obligations increase while teams are reduced and salaries stagnate.
    Products are falling behind in technology and quality.
    Excessive processes are used in lieu of common sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck on getting SammyP's $225M payout when you go. The company will have been gutted by that point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor business model

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    IBM is good to have on your resume.
    Fairly competative benefits.

    Cons

    IBM has lost its way since it bought PWC and adopted the Partner Model. Now these glorified salesmen suck the profit out of the company with little consideration for those that deliver the customer's requirements.
    International relationshiips between IBM companies is counter productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on the customer and employees to deliver quality products and solutions. Develop an equitable bonus/profit sharing plan that recognises those other tha partners like you had 15 years ago.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work with good people, but being continually asked to do more with less

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I can honestly say that many of the best people that I have ever worked with were from IBM.

    Cons

    do not get comfortable doing what you are doing ... you will be asked to do less with more. you will inherit other projects and not receive backfill for people moving onto newer projects. It demonstrates that leadership generally is not able to balance the product portfolio or make decisions about what is important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the 2015 plan and chasing shareholder value over all other things.
    Break the culture of sycophancy.
    Stop encouraging people to switch jobs every 2 years ... no one invests in a maintainable business because they know it will not be their problem long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Blue Chip Company - strategically positioned

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Global company with interesting consulting opportunities when you can get yourself aligned to participate and are willing to travel. Very focused on client success. Strong project management acumen. Ability to work from home when appropriate. Lots of training is available - most online / webinar. Lots of internal tools to connect and leverage social technology solutions.

    Cons

    At this time, multiple resource actions together with an aggressive change agenda has created a nervous culture... but I'm still optimistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is hard; manage with care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Avoid, friends don't let friends work at IBM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    pay for me is good, that was probably because it was already good from the original company before acquisition, stagnated since acquisition. In my current position my work life balance is good, but other groups its not the same

    Cons

    bureaucracy,bureaucracy ,bureaucracy
    too hard to innovate, too slow, too much management, too much process
    constantly faced with the "department of NO"
    constant requirement to be my own HR
    culture of evil
    forced to use internal IBM tools which are absolute garbage
    everything is too hard to do because resources provided are poor
    does not support employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Rewarding and challenging

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Some very intelligent folks that will keep you on your toes.
    - Challenging work that is engaging
    - Professional culture, professional people, but still fun to go in to the lab to work

    Cons

    - Typical corporate redtape will be present
    - Rating system encourages you to work with an underperforming team, or compete against your co-workers
    - Global Resource business model isn't effective, but constantly pursued

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great experience, but executive direction is driving morale into the ground.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities in seeking out whatever interests you.
    Plenty of training and volunteer opportunities.
    I have learned a lot while I was there.

    Cons

    No longer a fun environment.
    Upper management is tight lip regarding layoffs citing that discussions about staffing numbers hurts their competitiveness in the market... just an excuse to keep the employees in the dark

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful to your employees about resource actions. Not saying anything before and after is crippling your employee morale. Yes you may be one of the biggest company in the world and have plenty of people who (mis)guide you, but there is more to life than the almighty dollar.
    Definitely felt like a number at the end at that executives only answer to Wall Street... quite sad.
    I feel sorry for those who are left behind...because their time will come it's only a matter of when.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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