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IBM Edmonton Reviews

Updated June 21, 2018
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Edmonton, AB, Canada Area (Canada)

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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1011 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 474 reviews)

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  1. "Network Analyst"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very Professional team.
    Outstanding work culture
    gives you chance to work with latest technologies
    Very helpful colleagues

    Cons

    long working hours some times.

    Advice to Management

    Management was really nice.


  2. "IBM Canada"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great if your into the new technologies lots of innovation

    Cons

    bureaucratic , management too top heavy, doesn't take customer concerns into consideration when making resource action decisions

  3. "Procurement Sourcing"

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    Current Employee - Sourcing Specialist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sourcing Specialist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work from home and good people

    Cons

    Too many processes and red tape, all focus on cost and no growth

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk


  4. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated lower positioned staff that have some concern for co-workers.

    Cons

    As a contractor your are considered as a menial part of the machine and seem to be the brunt of any cost cutting measures regardless of any contractual obligations... it becomes take it or leave if you want to work there regardless of any negotiations when taking on a contract with them. In 9 yrs they dropped the agreed upon contracted hourly rate by 10% to "stay in business" they said. While stakeholder profits appeared to raise 15%. So yea... after 9 yrs we made 10% less than when we started!

    Advice to Management

    Why? they don't listen or care. Their hands are tied by the shareholders who want more off the backs of the little people in the company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Work from home, but little chance for advancement"

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    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Work from home
    * Lots of variety in the work, each day is a new experience
    * Interesting people - employees from all over the world

    Cons

    * Very few raises or bonuses
    * Long hours, heavy workload
    * Near certainty of job being moved overseas


  6. Helpful (1)

    "System Security Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn many things

    Cons

    High pressure, constraint resources and constantly cutting cost

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as the essential asset and improve employment engagement.


  7. "IBM"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Java Developer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Senior Java Developer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best thing about working with IBM is Work from home.

    Cons

    no incentives, no bonus, less salary for permanent employees

  8. "Company review"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are really good in execution and planning of project. There was a lot of learning I got from the phase I joined the company. They treat freshers up to the mark and show proper confidence in them.

    Cons

    Being that said, I have sometime felt as I was not able to make a work life balance due to over time in the project. Although it was great learning!

    Advice to Management

    They should work on team management, where they should be planning the proper person with proper team w.r.t their skill set.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Project Management"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM Is a large company with lots of clients and opportunities

    Cons

    The company is being run by the accountants who only see as far down the road as the end of the current quarter and will they make their numbers. I did not see a single business decision made in the last 3 years that had to do with long term planning or customer satisfaction. Most of the employees in North America have either been let go, or will be let go shortly. Replacement workers are no where near as well trained, but that's not why they are being hired.

    Advice to Management

    You need to look a little farther into the future than the end of the current quarter.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Is your career progressing too quickly? IBM has the solution."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are pretty cool, workload is minimal, performance reviews are basically an exercise in copying and pasting, and you will probably be able to work remotely or have flexible hours.

    Cons

    Caveat: median salaries for everything are higher where I live.
    Wages are completely uncompetitive -- other employers are paying 20-50% more for the same work. You need to be "compliant" with whatever meaningless metric the executives are freaking out about this month. Career opportunities are slim to none. You get micromanaged by someone in another country who has no clue what your particular customers want or need. Everything from the aforementioned executive gets filtered through 5 layers of middle-management (think telephone game).

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of 80% of the management, offer competitive salaries, PBCs are a waste of everyone's time, and try retaining people who actually love their job instead of the people who are most "compliant".


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