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IBM Toronto Reviews

Updated December 9, 2018
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Toronto, ON, Canada Area (Canada)

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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1071 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 510 reviews)

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  1. "Work/Life Balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working remotely is biggest advantage depending on project/client

    Cons

    Resource management since teams can be all over remote locations


  2. "Great Learning Opportunity"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good support from managers, they have a great open-door policy, and are happy to answer any questions about work or personal development
    - Overall there's a very supportive culture here across different departments
    - Wide range of learning resources
    - Competitive pay

    Cons

    - Lack of young culture, difficult to connect the cool things IBM does across various departments
    - Difficult to be hired back full-time

  3. "IBM - Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn new things for students and new grads
    Exposure to the software culture like never before

    Cons

    Can get stuck doing the same thing
    I've seen people struggle with work/life balance even though I've never experienced this myself


  4. "Software Developer"

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    Current Intern - Software Developer Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Software Developer Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice work environment as team is very helpful

    Cons

    Couldn't find anything as I have joined recently


  5. "BDM"

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    Former Employee - BDM in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - BDM in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    stay focused in your work


  6. "Good but not great"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Great working Environment
    - Decent Pay

    Cons

    - Sometimes not intellectually stimulating work


  7. "Application Suport Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Applications Support Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Applications Support Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well established company. Good standards and ability to work with Linux in the desktop. Good technical crowd to work with.

    Cons

    Slow pace can make difficult to make an impact. Too much red tape and paperwork. Some colleagues are accommodated and resilient to changes.

    Advice to Management

    Use the annual review to keep the best performer employees around.

  8. "Blue Steal"

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

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

    Pros

    Access to professional development training

    Cons

    Too much management; never-ending layoffs


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company in general"

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

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

    Pros

    Depending on which team you work for you will get different feedback. In my case, my team has a flexible schedule, is dynamic/agile, and has good people (with exceptions). The type of work is deteriorating though.

    Cons

    Bad people drive good people out of the company. Apparently, management is not realizing this as I see many good people leaving, and bad ones staying (I'm in transition as I do consider myself a good one!)

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "People don't know how to code"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, pay is okay, not amazing but okay. Brand new macbook pro, free gym, nice building and location.

    Cons

    IBM goes very very slow, many full time employees here don't know how to code but still work here. They have little knowledge about what they are doing. Many of the full time employees perform worse than interns. Many good people leave for Amazon or Google. Don't come here if you want a great career path.

    Advice to Management

    please hire good people


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