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IBM Toronto Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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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 896 reviews)

  • Long hours required during peak work periods (in 432 reviews)

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  1. "IBM Sales Summit"

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

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

    Pros

    Comprehensive training on all different aspects of becoming an advisor to the client in sales
    Great sales procedure and methods and frameworks
    Access to a lot of training material and expertise
    Willingness from other IBMers to help us learn and grow in the company

    Cons

    Sales organization is incentivized commission-based so it would make it very competitive in some cases.
    It might sometime get hard to find the resources you are looking for, but if you keep looking and asking help, you can do what you and your client need
    on the summit program we have not been aligned with specific brands internally, so as tech sellers we had to put a lot of effort in learning technical solutions after the six months, this could be managed better for the tech sales summit.

    Advice to Management

    Manager of all the summit was the same person who came from sales background, I think the tech sales summit is better to have a tech sales manager similar to brands, one sales manager for all the seller and tech sellers, but the tech sellers are actually with a tech sales manager


  2. "Always changing and great place to learn and advance your sales career."

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary, people, opportunity for advancement or lateral position moves to gain more experience.

    Cons

    Politics, extremely large, constant changes of focus, frequent territory changes.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and have more trust in employees to get the job done efficiently.

  3. "IBM software enginner job"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good company Decent salary

    Cons

    Low bonus but it may rise

    Advice to Management

    Just offer high salary to new graduate


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Proposal Writer"

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    Current Employee - Proposal Writer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Proposal Writer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fellow employees are some of the smartest people in any industry, and are generally terrific to work with.
    Flexible working options in many roles, ability to work from home part time or from remote locations. Internal IT is excellent (devices for employees) .
    Ample opportunity to learn, grow your skills, mentoring from senior executives, and the ability and support to extend formal education (complete Master's degree,PhD, etc.
    Ample opportunity to explore new career opportunities in a global marketplace.
    Ongoing training and education on product lines for all employees, focused programs on employee engagement lead by senior leadership team.
    A very active, dynamic, ever changing business environment where bold ideas and new ways of working are encouraged and supported.
    Travel is common and my experience has been very good. Top airlines, great hotels (required amenities, clean, and secure accommodations.

    Cons

    Demanding hours, travel requirements, and constant change. The business requires all employees to constantly upgrade their skills, which is a pro, but can be a con when trying to meet mandatory education deadlines while performing daily duties. Competition for roles internally is fierce, but again that can be a pro (opportunity to stay current on resume and interviewing skills) depending on your point of view.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to treasure wild ducks. In order to keep pace with changes in the business world and ever changing technology, it's crucial to retain experienced employees who have been successful in the business and can mentor, coach, and support new employees.


  5. "Profit first"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A good employer and vendor.

    Cons

    Used to have customers first. Now, its profit first.


  6. "Project Manager"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flex time and excellent support from 1st & 2nd line managers.

    Cons

    Too much work and sometime no weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Great support! Keep it up


  7. "Staff Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Learning new technologies
    Work life balance
    Opportunity
    Knowledge

    Cons

    Compensation
    Remote working not allowed
    No perks

    Advice to Management

    Recognition is important for employee satisfaction

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Service delivery manager"

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    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility to work from any where.
    Very little management involvement in managing your time

    Cons

    Thank less job supporting tough clients
    Support teams located off shore causing communication and support barriers

    Advice to Management

    Build local teams


  9. "IBM Canada"

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    Former Employee - Program Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Program Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked at IBM for 35+ years
    - great opportunities to work across a variety of business areas
    - competitive compensation package
    - great place to learn
    - great people to work with

    Cons

    As you can imagine in 35 years a lot has changed
    - no longer a place to work for life
    - you need to manage your career don't expect them to do it for you


  10. "Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great hours, excellent team environment

    Cons

    not feeling challenged to the fullest

    Advice to Management

    introduce newer technology, challenging employees, and employ new methods


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