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Updated March 21, 2017
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 799 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 398 reviews)

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  1. "Challenging and rewarding in GBS"

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    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people, interesting projects, biggest clients. New hires have much more rapid career progression than in the past. Corporate Services Core is an amazing experience. Lots of opportunities to learn new skills and get outside you're comfort zone.

    Cons

    too much internal infighting especially between business units and services lines. AP role can be very stressful. Need to make sure you have Partners that will support you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop measuring units so granularly on targets to stop the infighting and distort collaboration.


  2. "Great place to work if in core consulting"

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

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to grow within the organization. Supportive culture if trying to push forward new initiatives. A great deal of administrative red tape has been taken off the backs of consultants in the last few years.

    Cons

    Long work hours and work can be stressful.


  3. "Management"

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    Current Employee - International Sales Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - International Sales Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, tons of opportunity to grow and learn and have a challenging career but you must be willing to constantly learn, keep your skills current and relevant and love change. Global company so great opportunity to work with people from all around the world and learn from them.

    Cons

    Always pressure to cut budgets and do more with less

    Advice to Management

    Make sure we focus on having the right skills and the right people on our team... which should be a mix of new and experienced.


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  5. "Internship"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, amazing people, option to work from home, opportunities to collaborate with different organizations within the company

    Cons

    Company is too big which means it's hard to make an impact on the whole company (which applies to pretty much any big company)

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay for interns and software engineers, hire students out of coop program. Writing this just for the stupid 20 word requirement on glassdoor


  6. Helpful (1)

    "IBM is losing key people skills which made it safe for companies to select IBM"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Company is going through changes and the initiatives are interesting in Watson, Cloud, Security

    Cons

    Company cut annual employee payout for past 3 years

    Advice to Management

    You are losing the talent which represent the best of IBM, Loyality, integrity, working long hours


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Getting better"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Starting to focus more on people than just process

    Decent salaries

    Finally using better technology for systems that employees need to use (HR, Expenses, Performance, etc)

    Cons

    Very slow and rigid. Benefits aren't what they used to be. Profit sharing is minuscule, while exec bonuses are very large in a period of declining revenues.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying to innovate; the changes over the past couple of years have been impressive. Make IBM a fun place to work again.


  8. "looks good on paper"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Work from home, but also why so many employees become complacent
    Average or above average salaries
    Room to move around and reinvent yourself, but remember there's a lot of red tape, excessive bureaucracy and dated formalities

    Cons

    A lot of reorgs
    Very little focus on people, BIG focus on business need
    A lot of 'perception management' and 'who you know'
    No clear path to promotions
    A lot of office politics
    Not very hip and fun, still very corporate and boring


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IT Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Project Manager IT in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager IT in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment where thinking out of the box is encouraged in both problem solving and creating new product ideas

    Cons

    Major downsizing after decades of double digit growth just to appease the shareholders led to negative attitudes and lack of caring.


  10. "Lots of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing learning opportunities; amazing people to learn from.

    Cons

    "Resource actions" are stressful (but part of business life).

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for breaking down the walls, encouraging cross-team collab, increasing use of social tools like GitHub and Slack. Keep doing this!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Jack of all trades master of none"

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

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

    Pros

    IBM is one of those companies that adopt the formulas of successful and innovative businesses and attempts to adapt it to its own slow and clumsy international business machine.

    - A plethora of enterprise software products, meaning you can work in any sub-industry that interests you, in a wide variety of roles.
    - If you're on a good team with a good product, your work will be noticed and you will go places. I personally had great management and colleagues that I admire. IBM would get five stars based on my personal experience, but my ranking is based on everything I know and have seen throughout my experience.
    - Pay is average to above average.
    - There are some star talents in IBM that bleed blue.

    Cons

    - You're screwed if you're on a bad team. Perhaps that was an exaggeration. But you definitely won't be moving forward with your career. Most likely, you will be spending your time lining up at Tim Horton's downstairs or on cigarette break.
    - Their business model of downsizing as a method of cost cutting is harmful to employee morale and does nothing to move forward their influence as a company
    - Always a step behind, products are generally second tier.
    - There are some freeloaders.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to being a technology-first company rather than being a shareholder-first company.



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