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IBM Toronto Reviews

Updated October 17, 2018
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Toronto, ON (Canada)

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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1050 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 490 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment and great senior management

    Cons

    Can be very demanding at times

    Advice to Management

    Keep organic growth going!


  2. "There is an opportunity"

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    Former Intern - Data Scientist Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Data Scientist Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very flexible & open-ended work style and office
    The sky is your ceiling when it comes to what you can do
    High chance of return offer

    Cons

    Supervisors are very busy, and I have seen them very seldomly
    Less cohesion between teammates, as they work independently
    Coding on 12-inch macbook without a second monitor. Yikes.

  3. "Software Developer with Acquisition"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, benefits, modern technology initiatives

    Cons

    Company onboarding program and training for developers is more of a distraction than it is helpful.


  4. "Company in transition"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Product Marketing in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to move to new roles withing the company.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs have many people gun-shy... creating an odd working environment.


  5. "Good company to work with"

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    Former Employee - Functional Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Functional Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice culture, helpful colleagues, work from home policy

    Cons

    too many managers. too many meetings


  6. "16 Month Finance Internship"

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    Former Intern - Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great team
    - Lots of autonomy and very little micro-management
    - Exposure to very senior C-Suite executives

    Cons

    - Very Beaurucratic
    - Political atmosphere
    - Certain mangers are not so personable

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing the skills of the interns, dont just let them work and work. Its an internship, there should be some formal progression


  7. "Mainframe"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome company to develop technical skills

    Cons

    Don’t give hikes and much opportunities

  8. "Lost their way"

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    Former Freelancer - Sales Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Freelancer - Sales Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Was a place where there were different areas to work.

    Cons

    IBM became a "me-too" company, buying up companies for their potential revenue, only to alienate existing clients in a cash grab, as well as employees through cost cutting. Lower management did the bidding of the mother ship and became miserable to work with as they protected their jobs, and those of their friends and family.


  9. "Excellent experience"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They foster a collaborative culture

    Cons

    Did not have a bad experience during my time there.


  10. "Senior Application Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people within the company
    - Wealth of resources
    - Flexible working environment
    - High profile projects

    Cons

    - Lack of personal guidance (could be tough for a new hire)
    - Often (99% of the time) detached from your direct manager. Performances are simply heard, not seen
    - Complex and tedious promotion process. Often hindered by old-timers that believe in time over performance

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate employee engagement approach. IBMers often feel lost and unwanted (unless there is a project for you to bill). Place more focus on performance and rethink career development approach. When I initiated conversation with management regarding promotion - the response I got was "don't you think it's a little too soon?". This is 1.5 years after my previous promotion and performing at the next level for the past year.


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