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Updated September 17, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1043 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 481 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "IBM Canada WebSphere Commerce"

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    Former Employee - Applications Security Analyst in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Applications Security Analyst in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours
    - Brilliant Work Ethic
    - Surrounded by the best professionals in the industry
    - Huge learning experience

    Cons

    - Outdated Technologies
    - Slow Progression


  4. "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


  5. "FA review"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing company with lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Going through transition so financially tense situation


  6. "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.


  7. "High stress and overtime."

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Markham, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Good for getting into IT industry
    - Many opportunities to learn technologies
    - Vast array of organizations within the company to move around

    Cons

    - Lot of stress for little reward
    - Hard to balance life/work
    - Pay is below industry standard unless you're a higher band/client-facing

    Advice to Management

    - Pay your developers better or they WILL leave to another company that offers competitive salary
    - Stop overworking your band 6/7s

  8. "Good experience overall"

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

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

    Pros

    - A good and challenging work environment
    - Opportunities to grow within the firm

    Cons

    None as far as I'm concerned


  9. "System analysis"

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    Former Contractor - Business Development Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Business Development Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and lots of overtime
    Led by a great team leader
    The staff really made the job fun and trained on the fly as a learn as you go which made it easier

    Cons

    Long 12 hour shifts overnight sometimes
    Not a lot of room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Maybe do more routine checks on employees to get feedback from them


  10. "Good teams but poor incentive pay"

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    Former Employee - Client Technical Professional in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Client Technical Professional in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The best thing about IBM is it's people. There are great opportunities to learn from others and you can usually find someone to help when you need it. When there's a crisis, it's all hands on deck.

    Cons

    Poor incentive programs for technical sales staff. A portion of your base pay is held back (typically 15%) and you earn the rest in incentive. However, without a true quota system, but rather a team quota which means a pool of available money is divided between the others on your team (basically profit sharing). The pool of money varies depending on how your business unit performed. Even when you do very well personally, you can still get a poor incentive bonus if the overall results are poor. There is no insight into how the pool is determined nor how the money is divided amongst the team.

    Advice to Management

    Incentive payouts must be more transparent and rewarding of level of contribution. Otherwise, very talented people are going to continue to leave IBM for other companies that will value their efforts.


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