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IBM Ottawa Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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Ottawa, ON, Canada Area (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 880 reviews)

  • Working long hours is pretty typical (in 429 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. 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.

  3. "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


  4. "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!


  5. 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.


  6. "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..


  7. "Portfolio Marketing Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Extensive portfolio with many opportunities to grow my career

    Cons

    Co-location required for marketing to only a few cities

  8. "Recently Hired Professional"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Tremendous opportunity, openness, rich tooling and support. Incredible wealth of knowledge and expertise in a company that is filled with kind and caring people.

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy and a few antiquated tools can at times make a narrow set of functions feel lethargic.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the drive to remove unnecessary process that doesn't add value and embracing new tech.


  9. "IBM Review"

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The people are great to work with and absolutely are passionate about making a positive difference

    Cons

    Management is working on gaining feedback from staff to understand pain points and how best to address them in the future.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place if you want to climb a ladder"

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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

    Pros

    For those who want to climb the corporate ladder there is no better place(employee, lead, manager, program director, director, vp, gm, svp, ......CEO).
    big budgets for marketing
    some interesting technologies and chance to make a difference
    Community investment
    Your parents will recognize the company you work for.

    Cons

    All to often marketing is leading with a vision but the products have are not able to keep pace due to changes in direction.
    Not really a products company as things are driven more by budgets
    Frequent staffing reductions

    Advice to Management

    needs integrated strategy across divisions


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