IBM Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. Will suck the life out of you

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    honestly can't say (was part of an acquisition)

    Cons

    management only know how to manage up, lots of talkers (very few execute), so fixated on numbers and the next quarter that they can't see past it, I can honestly say that there isn't one IBM software product that I "loved" to use everyday.

    Advice to Management

    promote more X-Geners!


  2. Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Can be interesting work if you're working on new technology.

    Cons

    If you're unlucky to be stuck on legacy product then the workload can be overwhelming because of smaller team.


  3. My review

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, Pay, Experience, Surrounding talent

    Cons

    Politics, Bonuses, Leadership, Promotions, Training

    Advice to Management

    Leadership change, Facilitation of promotions, Bonus payouts


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Poor Management

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    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)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (5)

    They used to have credibility but those days are gone.

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    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (4)

    Poor business model

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Blue Chip Company - strategically positioned

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Change is hard; manage with care.


  11. Excellent

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

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Professional, great people, organized and supportive team

    Cons

    Occasional long hours compensated by allowing remote access

    Advice to Management

    keep up good work



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