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Updated November 15, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1060 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 502 reviews)

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  1. "Great Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Application Suport Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Applications Support Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Applications Support Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well established company. Good standards and ability to work with Linux in the desktop. Good technical crowd to work with.

    Cons

    Slow pace can make difficult to make an impact. Too much red tape and paperwork. Some colleagues are accommodated and resilient to changes.

    Advice to Management

    Use the annual review to keep the best performer employees around.

  3. "Good but not great"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Great working Environment
    - Decent Pay

    Cons

    - Sometimes not intellectually stimulating work


  4. "IT support Specialist"

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    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Move from Montreal to Vancouver

    Cons

    Matching education and experience with job duties


  5. "Good company in general"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on which team you work for you will get different feedback. In my case, my team has a flexible schedule, is dynamic/agile, and has good people (with exceptions). The type of work is deteriorating though.

    Cons

    Bad people drive good people out of the company. Apparently, management is not realizing this as I see many good people leaving, and bad ones staying (I'm in transition as I do consider myself a good one!)

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes.


  6. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, chill environment, no stress

    Cons

    Panic during release, slow paced, no innovation


  7. "Working at IBM is ok. It’s a good company to have on your resume."

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Can learn a lot from some senior developers.

    Cons

    Sometimes teams don’t use the latest technologies. Career development and promotions are slow and can take 5+ years.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Management needs to care and observe more. Treat your team better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Highly technical
    - Good scope to learn
    - Good pay for new grads

    Cons

    -- no worklife balance
    -- especially in support/l2/l3
    -- overloaded with work always
    -- management does not acknowledge your work and efforts
    -- Your nps score mostly defines you
    -- not chilled out management
    -- should be on time daily and work from home is very limited
    -- too stressed always

    Advice to Management

    -- Hire more people
    -- dont overload current employees
    --and then expect to perform best
    -- acknowledge, admire the efforts of your team
    -- Need young and dynamic maangers


  9. "Change Manager"

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    Former Employee - Change Manager in North Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Change Manager in North Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work at home. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    24/7 oncall. Job outsourced out of country


  10. "Application developer"

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    Current Contractor - Applications Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Applications Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    STE is a Good opportunity to move to Canadian market after PR

    Cons

    Fixed salary for STE and no medical benefits

    Advice to Management

    Align the salary with market standards


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