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Updated July 19, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1076 reviews)

  • "Hard to get promoted with low salary" (in 511 reviews)

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  1. "Lead SAP Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    High degree of work life balance

    Cons

    Not much projects in Canada
    compensation is below the market level

    Advice to Management

    Focus more not to loose the existing big accounts like Husky or Suncor etc..


  2. Helpful (2)

    "IT Service Desk Analyst"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent starting pay for this type of work

    Cons

    IBM does not give merit raises. You go through a series of "lateral transfers" that involve increased responsibilities without an increase in pay assuming you don't get laid off first

    Advice to Management

    Removing freezes on cost of living increases and re-implementing merit pay based on job performance would incentivize employees to provide top quality production vs the inevitable slump that occurs after years of unrewarded excellence. Bonuses would also be a good way to reward those who excel at all levels.

  3. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Very friendly and smart coworkers. Perfect employee support. Very caring and innovative.

    Cons

    Work is very demanding. Nothing else.

    Advice to Management

    Not much a manager can change for such a huge company with so many going on and a lot of philosophically made policies.


  4. "Client Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training and overall compensation

    Cons

    Highly stressful work environment with constant targets chasings


  5. "SAP consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    the interview process is quick

    Cons

    Don't have support in the consulting team


  6. "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.


  7. 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.

  8. "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.


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    "IBM is great to work for"

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    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.


  10. 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)


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