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IBM Reviews in Ottawa, ON Canada

Updated Apr 17, 2014
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3.5 34 reviews

64% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(11 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week(in 1225 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up(in 1184 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work(in 369 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management(in 202 reviews)

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    Excellent

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

    ProsProfessional, great people, organized and supportive team

    ConsOccasional long hours compensated by allowing remote access

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up good work

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    Blue Chip Company - strategically positioned

    Managing Consultant (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsGlobal 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange is hard; manage with care.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Avoid, friends don't let friends work at IBM

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Prospay 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

    Consbureaucracy,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 Senior Managementretire

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

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    Rewarding and challenging

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

    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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

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

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    Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsThe resource is good for career

    ConsThe managment is very poor.

    Advice to Senior Managementthere are too many manager level

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

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    It was a good company to work for

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsManagement was easy-going not much pressure.

    ConsThere was a lot of pressure from customers.

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsPay was really high compared to what I'm supposed to get for being so junior. Nice office, really cool building, and really great people. A flexible schedule, yoga lessons, and gym. The company is really large and you feel like you belong.

    ConsNo catered food and other things you can expect from a place like Google I guess. Also lots of bureaucratic tape I find. I didn't really get affected by that too much but I know my co-workers did.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess tape. More food.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to attempt to grow

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsGood self-paced training resources, intelligent and helpful co-workers, casual work environment, flexible hours

    ConsLittle to no advancement, horrible morale, ridiculous rating and review system (PBC), lack of resources

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop cutting back and allow for career advancement before morale completely shatters. Also focus on gaining (and keeping) new and younger talent in North America.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Happy working here for last 4 years, though things old be better with less beauracracy

    Managing Consultant (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsFlexible work hours, challenging work opportunities

    ConsToo many procedural compliances required to be done

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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