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"Working at IBM in Calgary"

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Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
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Pros

For one, you are with like-minded peers with similar education levels. There are many resources to help you learn on the job, and you are on the leading edge of knowledge.

Cons

The compensation in Calgary for consulting does not compare well to similar roles in corporations. The other downside is the bonus structure is significantly lacking compared to corporate calgary.

Advice to Management

IBM in Calgary is in a unique position due to proximity to oil and gas industry. Special attention to this group is necessary to not only attract and retain quality employees, but to identify services and offerings that are higher in the value chain compared to IT.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "IBM is good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I joined IBM because of the variety of job opportunities within the company and it certainly delivered that. During my almost 25 year career, I was in sales, programming, marketing and management. They provided me with paid time off for personal reasons multiple times. Though they laid me off, the separation package was very fair.

    Cons

    It's a very large company with lots of politics. The best people aren't always the ones promoted to management and executive positions. Communication can be difficult because of the matrix management and, again, politics.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the basics and examine the promotion policies. Make sure the best people are promoted, not just the best "talkers" and folks who distort their results.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great education & training, but little recognition, thanks or pay."

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great education, some of IBM's training courses are world class.

    Cons

    Little recognition, low pay, no promotion.

    IBM's newer management had none of the metoring or people development culture of the old IBM, and introduced a ruthless approach to exploiting their people. The trouble was that they did this with the old IBM system, where excellent education and a lot of mentoring had compensated (a bit) for the low pay and slow promotion in a large organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Management need to decide if they want the cheap (but skilled) resources of the old IBM and provide the education & culture for that, or if they want a go-getting consultancy culture, then provide the pay, resources and devolved authority to make that happen. They can't have it both ways.....!

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