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IBM Ottawa Reviews

Updated December 14, 2018
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Ottawa, ON, Canada Area (Canada)

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  • "Low Salary growth in comparison" (in 528 reviews)

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  1. "Great Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
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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. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. 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


  4. "Good coop"

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    Former Intern - Core Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Core Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good team and lots of learning

    Cons

    The work isn't all that exiciting


  5. "Great Experience!"

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    Former Intern - Front End Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Front End Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The product is fairly interesting insofar as it is a large and non-trivial user interface, with a lot of different components interacting with one another. As such it is a great learning experience.

    The work life balance was great and included the opportunity to work remotely on occasion.
    The team was excellent in terms of both their onboarding/ramp up process, and their mentorship throughout.

    Competitive compensation.

    Free gym membership and personal trainer

    Occasional social outings covered by the company

    Cons

    I ended up mostly working on defects (with a bit of QA). Would have been nice to do feature development as well, but the whole team was in a defect fixing mode during the entirety of my stay.
    The onsite food is not free or (so far as I can tell) subsidized.


  6. "Not cool but it pays the bills."

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay, very good managers, lots of opportunities to move within the company and try new things.

    Cons

    No real culture. IBM has the issues with any large company, opaque leadership decision making, not much individual pride in products.


  7. "Software Developer coop"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Coop in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Coop in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    amazing team, amazing food, amazing coffee

    Cons

    nothing,nothing ,nothing, nothing nothing

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Solid employer, good job experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Curriculum Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Curriculum Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multitude of resources available
    Supportive of learning and personal development
    Very competitive salaries
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Large company, so some processes take a little longer, or have more red tape


  9. "Cognos Technical Analyst"

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    Former Intern - Cognos Technical Support Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Cognos Technical Support Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salary and excellent working environment

    Cons

    Inefficient and hierarchical system makes things slow

    Advice to Management

    Excellent employer to try as an intern


  10. "Software Developer"

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    Former Intern - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good company culture and mentors

    Cons

    Lack of freedom to choose tasks


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