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IBM Ottawa Reviews

Updated October 25, 2017
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Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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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 929 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 442 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Recommend Recent Graduate Program"

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

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

    Pros

    Starting from the recent graduate program, there is clear career progression
    Endless resources and training opportunities

    Cons

    Slow, Bureaucratic. Work life balance difficult but manageable


  2. "Recommended"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Good company for new grads
    - Great team and people
    - Flexible working hours

    Cons

    - Low salary as compared to market

  3. "nice place"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice place to work and friendly staff

    Cons

    none actually! cool place! no cons

    Advice to Management

    challenge people


  4. "Excellent Opportunity"

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

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

    Pros

    After assessing your skills, the'll give you a project you can take on, and own. They gave me a problem and the freedom to solve it in the manner I chose. It was intimidating, but I appreciated the level of trust, and it was an amazing learning opportunity.

    Cons

    I was given a lot of autonomy. I was a little lost at first. They didn't give much guidance, so I got what I put into my work. If you don't know when to ask for help they won't tell you. This was the team's first coop so they didn't have much experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Coops know the diference between trivial, and non-trivial tasks, and giving them real opportunities made a great first impression. I would recommend working at IBM in Ottawa to anyone.


  5. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, challenging, fast pace, flexible, diverse environment

    Cons

    No job security in resent years


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It all depends on your manager."

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

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

    Pros

    If you get a good manager, they'll take care of you, and you'll likely to enjoy your work.

    Cons

    ... but if you don't, you'll end up with small pay increases and a stressful environment.

    Advice to Management

    Perform regular skip-level meetings.


  7. "excellent company"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    unlimited access to online training , you decide your career path and goals

    Cons

    too many internal processes, performance reviews

  8. "Lot of opportunities to learn."

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, lot of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Multitasking is required, lot of pressure to get the work done in time.

    Advice to Management

    Continue keeping a good work environment!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training availability, 401K match, Unrealistic Goals

    Cons

    They grow through acquisitions and make there numbers adding the revenue on acquisition spreadsheets and by regular mass layoffs. Having excellent performance reviews makes no difference.

    Advice to Management

    Be less short sighted. Support your products.


  10. "Great company!!!"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM provides a great playground for professionals with intent and drive to learn and grow.. IBM also provides ample guidance (through mentors) and opportunities to switch roles and even domains and geographies to keep growing and being happy doing so!!
    Great leadership programs giving IBMers across the world an opportunity to come together for a bigger cause!!

    Cons

    it's a huge company and hence sometimes process-centric!!

    Advice to Management

    Management takes keen interest in guiding budding professionals and helping them fulfill their aspirations..


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