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Updated January 18, 2019
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1080 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 522 reviews)

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  1. "Great Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work/life balance
    Great benefits
    Great opportunities for those constantly challenging themselves

    Cons

    Slow raises and easy to get lost as a number in such a large company


  2. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    IBM is committed to client success with consistent and stable work environment. An innovative company who are champions of open source.

    Cons

    As a large company, you’d expect ana abundance of opportunity and movement. If you’re good at what you do, there is little chance opportunities to grow in a role that may move you on won’t naturally come your way.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in yourself. Seek opportunities for growth. Communicate your goals and plans. Without communicating, no one will know and therefore not think to share when an opportunity arises.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not the IBM of even 10 years ago...."

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    Former Employee - CTP in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - CTP in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance possible. Unlimited self-enablement options. Still able to do work from home.

    Cons

    No so simple compensation plans. Difficult to get feature requests in products to stick.


  4. "Computer Network Technician"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at IBM as a contractor

    Pros

    Good environment , Great place to learn

    Cons

    No I don’t feel any


  5. "Analytics Sales Representative"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    A great working environment with great people

    Cons

    Benefits and office perks are not great


  6. "Software Development Intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Developer in Windsor, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Windsor, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent workplace for an internship.

    Cons

    The pay was between low and average. Cost of living in area was high.


  7. "DB2 Software Innovator"

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    Former Intern - DB2 Software Innovator in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - DB2 Software Innovator in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible hours, learn a lot of soft skills (collaborating, communicating, problem solving), learn about how a big organization and infrastructure work.

    Cons

    False job posting: Despite the job description this is not a software development position, it is QA. If you want to do any development here you will need to do it on your own time after the daily work is finished (which rarely happens).

    You will need to support a lot of old technology and language, scripts which have been around for over 10 years will break and you are expected to find out where they are and fix them.

    If you have a problem which is beyond your level of comprehension then you will need to go around the office and look for someone to help you solve it.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to employees and tell them this is a software development position when it is 100% QA

  8. "Interview"

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    Current Employee - Cloud Architect in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cloud Architect in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work if You're passion about Technology

    Cons

    Good if we have better raise every year, IBM there are not good pay masters


  9. "Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company, globalization, diversity

    Cons

    too many rules and regulations that need follow


  10. "IBM Ottawa"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work, lots of great people. They recently started adding more perks.

    Cons

    As with every large company, sometimes there can be a lot of red tape.

    Advice to Management

    There has been quite a lot of turnover in the 4 - 6year experience range especially with top talent. Management should do better to keep their best people.


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