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IBM Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • 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.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Strategy Planner in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Market Strategy Planner in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Work-life balance (able to work remotely, flex-time within reason)
    - Positive culture (flexible and collegial yet results oriented)
    - Good amenities (at the lab)

    Cons

    - A majority of the team could be working remotely (less face to face interaction)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limited opportunities for interns of a business background to progress into full-time opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work with

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    strong name, ppl are very friendly and easy to work with, most are young ppl,

    Cons

    benefit is not that good, salary is way too low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Test Lead

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Lead in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Test Lead in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Training and development
    High client base

    Cons

    Political environment
    HCCM model ( Killer )
    Appraisals are a joke
    Be prepared to slog and bite peoples backs for promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please think about employees for heavens sake rather than just numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, option to work from home, international experience, online training options

    Cons

    No job security, very low morale, high turnover, direct managers' hands are tied and have little say in employee evaluation and compensation, shockingly outdated internal technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at IBM full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lab facilities, flexible working hours

    Cons

    N/A, every thing is great so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits and compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rough 5 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Work from home
    It wants more then 20 words, but currently beyond having a pay check, and hunkering down, hoping the nightmare will end, there is very little else.

    Cons

    Long hours with no Overtime pay, shifts can last 20-70 hours at a time. 15 minute couch naps is considered okay
    Bonus's are a rarity
    Staff Moral, resembles that of a WW1 soldier in the trench's after a bombing. With such high turn over, everyone is wondering who is next
    No training. Although asked at the start of each year, training is a rarity. Think 40 is expected to be done on your own time.
    Serious worker shortage often leads to canceled holidays
    Christmas Bonus? Party? Gifts? non existent. Past 5 years building owners have thrown a Christmas Luncheon for all Building occupants. IBM is invited and this appears to be IBM's idea of Christmas.
    Last new years day, employees called in for unexpected work. When complaints launched Manager proclaimed this will provide good motivation not to drink on New Years eve.
    Complaints to management on work conditions are often buried and never answered
    Work life balance is non existent, as your often called in even when on holidays
    Benefits changed this past year and added as taxable benefit, then deducted as expense
    Employee awards become taxable income, that $20 mouse pad as an award for good work will turn into $150 taxable income.
    Most staff is waiting for an Exit Package, just biding time waiting for the offer to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to stop focusing on the stock growth and focus on company growth.
    Current direction is to grow stock value, through cannibalization
    Company needs to look to inter relations between departments to understand the relations in value.
    The selling of the hardware divisions have led to the destruction of the lucrative Services Market, has also lost the companies public Brand Value. Ask anyone under 30 who IBM is and they either don't know or ask if the company still exists. This is a major issue, as these people move up through companies to decision makers.
    A prime example selling of US based plants which made hardware components for IBM assembly. After the sale, component costs rose, driving down profit on assembled items. Resulting in the sale of the second division, which then resulted in the services attached to maintenance to lose traction. Which also results in software and software support services to lose traction. And, after sales competitors now have access to patent portfolio's which allowed the company to have a market edge.
    Stop concentrating on breaking down smaller and smaller cost centers.
    Stop thinking about revenue generation, and concentrate on revenue retention.
    Stop, projects where one department rush's the work to look good, knowing the other department that takes over has a mess to clean up. But the cost of the mess shifts to the other department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    HR Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    great collaborative teams to work with

    Cons

    must navigate own career so networking is essential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior IT Specialist (Software Group)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Working for a vendor looks great on a resume
    - Great people to work with

    Cons

    - Morale at all-time low
    - IBM has lost it's direction. It's far behind in it's key growth areas such as Cloud and Analytics
    - Budget cuts have hit bone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the 2015 Roadmap plan finally being scrapped, take the effort and invest in your people and products. Customers are upset about paying a premium for products that are buggy when there are lower cost alternatives. Make this once great company something to be proud of again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    very great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    great exposure to different industries

    Cons

    the organization politics, limited personal growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Used to be the best company to work for IMO .... 15years ago.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Have access to the bigger IBM ... lots of interesting work

    Cons

    Too many management ... not enough senior technical people.
    Loss a lot of good senior technical staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People is your resources. Retain the good technical staff.
    Salary adjustment constantly less then inflation is killing your people. We all have family to feed too.
    Workload leads to stress; Underpay leads to frustration; net result is people left for other company even when we like what we are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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