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IBM Montreal Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 850 reviews)

  • Working long hours is pretty typical (in 420 reviews)

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  1. "IBM Canada Ltd."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great potential, great products, great people.

    Cons

    Main problem is that what is offered to customers is not applied internally.
    Overly concerned with procedure at the expense of efficiency or common sense.

    Advice to Management

    Effort should be made to utilize the innovative tools IBM make/develop internally instead of exclusively for the customers. It would boost morale and make the work so much more efficient, less bureaucratic.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "a short title"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Right now I am at a loss to think about any pros.

    Cons

    Employee morale in my department is at an all time low.


  3. "IT"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the location is very good

    Cons

    Salary is not that good for the amount of work

    Advice to Management

    keep improving


  4. "AR specialist"

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    Former Contractor - AR Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - AR Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    good training provided. really great team and managers

    Cons

    2 year contract required before providing a full time position


  5. "Good place to work, but no room for advancement"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked in tech support in the Montreal office doing support for a large investment bank in the USA. The work environment was pretty good. It had a large open environment, with modern cubicles, and adjustable, standing desks. I had the option to work from home, which was great and I took advantage of that usually once a week. The team I worked with was great, and the team leader I had was fantastic. However, I was lucky, and other management I seen was terrible.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. If I would have stayed at IBM, I would be doing tech support forever. Evening/Night shifts were sometimes required (but only occasionally as other team members opted to do it).


  6. "deployment leader"

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    Former Employee - Deployment Team Leader in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Deployment Team Leader in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work in large environment .

    Cons

    working at night for that contract .

    Advice to Management

    test .


  7. "Technical support"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team - Good experience

    Cons

    Not much of benefits for contracted employees. No permanent employment possibility.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize good contractual members and offer permanent positions.


  8. "Follow the processes, then innovate"

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    Former Contractor - Advertising & Social Media Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Advertising & Social Media Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Met some of the brightest and most dedicated people in the world... unfortunately in many cases they were freelancers like I was. Learned a ton and had lots of flexibility in my daily schedule and in the work I did. Worked from home after two years. Was there for 14 years.

    Cons

    As a freelancer, I had no benefit and when they decided I was a liability, I was out of the door. While their marketing and communications tactics are all about helping customers innovate or find new value in existing operations, they definitely don't apply these same ideas internally or they fail miserably at it. The race to the quarterly results and the heavy processes around it drive the bulk of every employees time. Sales reps are forced to join meetings on weekends to review pipelines so trying to get them involved in social media, business associations or charities is almost laughable. At the end of my mandate there, I was pretty much handling every aspects of French Canadian Advertising from start to finish and it was still not enough. When they learned I was involved in trying to bring back full decision making (and budget) locally, they felt threatened. In reality they should have embraced the idea and let us prove that there could be at decentralizing marketing decisions, especially in a country like Canada where business priorities can vary geographically.

    Advice to Management

    Like many organizations in Canada, IBM thinks that centralizing marketing operations and decisions at their head office in Toronto is the best approach to achieve success. However, they should look at how the Federal government operates to learn a few tricks. For instance, there's a reason why most of the advertising agencies working for the government are based in Quebec... it's the only place where you can find fully bilingual resources at all levels and they seem to think it's the best way to deploy "national" campaigns effectively and affordably. Maybe IBM could see the same value in decentralizing its marketing efforts (internally and externally) and become an example to follow for the private sector.


  9. "Great people!"

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    Former Intern - Junior Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Junior Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    People. Team Spirit. Collaborative. Work Life balance. Flexible options to work remotely.

    Cons

    As an intern, no formal process to induct you in for future hire although that may have changed now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring good people! And hire personalities that are easy to work with and have the right attitude.


  10. "Buyer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM part-time

    Pros

    Good environment good wfh timing

    Cons

    Low wages, no annual appraisal proper

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary


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