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Updated January 10, 2018
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Calgary, AB (Canada)

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  1. "IBM is great to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management and senior teams are amazingly helpful. You have the freedom to explore different opportunities and to pursue projects which you're genuinely interested in. Also work remotely is on of the great features that you may have.

    Cons

    Some of the internal processes are really complicated and lengthy. and sometimes it may take moths or years in order to get it done.


  2. "Great company and people - challenging at times."

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    Current Employee - Project Executive in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Executive in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard working people; good pay; historical company; great reputation; great teams; incredibly supportive under all circumstances.

    Cons

    Not the best at communicating plans; long hours; typical issues like resourcing, time, money.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Sales Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues. Stimulating and challenging work. Continuous technology education for everyone. Useful wide and deep scale of the organization to leverage when working on complex deals. Reasonably flat organization where most upper management or above region (global) executives remain accessible to those in the field. That is admirable given the natural political dynamics that exists in any large organization.
    Enjoy your work and you can ignore the discordance that accompanies a large public company. One that is beholden to shareholders every quarter.
    Company has made genuine efforts at transformation through a combination of product development, acquisitions and strong messaging to the marketplace. Resulting in some areas of significant technology strength capable of protecting market share or holding a relevant offensive position against the competition.

    Cons

    Perpetual sense of panic and desperation in the tone from management. Many micro managers. Lacks a genuine sales culture that supports fundamental sales behaviours. Persistent battle to find time communicating or meeting clients, instead of attending internal meetings.

    Failure of middle managers and up-line management to uniformly recognize that selling at IBM is similar to playing in a team sport. Over-weighted attention to individual contribution has led to practices that encourage individual sports habits. This generates unwarranted, conflicting attitudes that fail to deliver the results required of a sports team.

    No work-life balance unless you draw that line in the sand yourself. Urgency is over played regardless of the time of the year - at the start of the fiscal year, in the middle and at the end. It reduces the value of when a sincere urgent activity requires execution. Up-line management are tone deaf when delivering demands that only fulfill internal, administrative reporting versus authentic field sales efforts.

    Management fails to recognize the need to build relationships with clients. Incessant territory and account coverage change - every 6 months, produces a culture of vulnerability and uncertainty. Often veiled with the term agile.

    Advice to Management

    Create more realistic timelines. Be sincere in treasuring the contribution of those in the field. Respect the time field sales require to be with clients. Halt the demands to respond on internal reporting requirements within hours.

    Stop the culture of fear. That management style was acceptable in the 60s, to the 80s but has no place today. Be truthful in your desire to hear dissenting opinions with an open culture. Do not penalize or stifle honest feedback if it is constructive.

    Keep up the great work in staying relevant in the market. Continue to foster the culture of 'THINK'. It is a welcoming element of this great company.


  4. "Consulting"

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting work, flexibility and truing opportunities.

    Cons

    Lots of reorganization and shuffling of the deck.

    Advice to Management

    Help lead your people through the change and improve communication.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Some good people, horrible processes."

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    Current Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Huge company, so lots of potential areas of work
    - Massive internal knowledge base, can always connect with experts
    - Decent reputation externally

    Cons

    - Political mess, constant restructuring
    - Accenture and Deloitte eating our lunch
    - Partners are not involved in delivery at all, thus can only sell
    - Lack of mobility or bonuses or promotions
    - So many approvals and crap to get anything done
    - HORRIBLE internal software suit (Lotus notes sucks)


  6. "Good Company"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was fun to work at as you usually had the support needed

    Cons

    not always having the support needed when working there.

    Advice to Management

    Treat senior staff with respect be it when talking to them or giving tours and not making them feel like part of the team and not introducing guests to ALL staff.


  7. "Good Company to Work"

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    Former Contractor - Desktop Support Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Desktop Support Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Provides resources and training to advance its employees

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Stuck in the past"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, very flexible hours, quarterly bonus plan, benefits

    Cons

    Work in a cube, managers don't care, self-serve system for everything, no HR personnel, using IBM's own software like Lotus Notes. It's basically a pyramid sales organization.


  9. "Analytics"

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    Former Employee - Big Data Segment Leader in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Big Data Segment Leader in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of good tools from acquisitions and pockets of good people from those but a lot of that talent leaves

    Cons

    Horrible people care, no local HR, no computer support, way to much management with no input and not enough doers.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way of the people on the front lines with the clients


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    OK pay, bonus unlikely to materialize as the company continues to lose maney

    Cons

    Management is unwilling or unable to provide opportunities, mentorship or guidance. You may never meet your manager and if you take direction on yourself it will likely impact you negatively at review time.

    Different parts of the company are run quite differently so perhaps a product/solution group will be better as may a sales position.

    Advice to Management

    I understand the push to acquire companies but the integration and management has been very poor. You are making big bets on technologies without covering the basics of running and managing a company. Invest in good leaders at the operational level. You have a wonderful company built over a hundred plus years that is dissolving at this moment.


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