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Updated August 1, 2018
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  1. "Solutions Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best work life balance and flexible

    Cons

    Limited opportunities in this city


  2. "Great company trying to stay relevant in the carzy technology ecosystem"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, products and services
    Leading edge in many areas

    Cons

    Aggressive resource actions (hirings and lay offs) as the company continues to change its workforce to stay competitive - not necessarily a bad thing

    Be part of IBM's core businesses if you are wanting a long term career

    Big push for youthful vigor

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good fight

  3. "ITIL Service Availability Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ITIL Service Availability Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - ITIL Service Availability Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and lots of self- training

    Cons

    Management could be better and crowded environment


  4. "Field Operations / Facility Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Operations Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Field Operations Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive staff, excellent training, work/life balance can work from home

    Cons

    Lots of Management changes - in 7 years I had 5 different managers to report to

    Advice to Management

    none - all the managers I worked with were very supportive


  5. Helpful (5)

    "High Stress Job with no future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The work from home benefit was one of the best benefits IBM had. Sadly that is now gone as they move to the new co-location strategy and further offshore worker strategies.
    Reasonably Good Pay & Benefits
    Some Great People left in the company
    well recognized brand - good for the CV

    Cons

    High Stress
    Extreme hours are expected with no compensation, or time off in lieu, overtime etc.., often for weeks or months on end
    Top heavy - too many mangers with diverse opinions and directions and fewer and fewer technical staff to actually do the work
    outdated technology and processes, that slow down the work rather then enable it
    no real advancement options or career path. IBM wants young workers / offshore workers they can work extreme hours and then toss. No interest by the company in keeping talent anymore. IBM has become another IT sweat shop that turns over at an alarming rate their people.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline Management!
    Streamline processes and use standard s/w not homegrown "one size fits no one databases"
    invest in your people - enable them to succeed not bog them down with useless processes
    value knowledge and experience. The "cheap resource" doesn't get the job done.


  6. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salary and also food

    Cons

    Bad conditions als no breaks fir

    Advice to Management

    More money to those who eork


  7. "IBM Deskside Suppoer technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Deskside Support in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Deskside Support in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IBM as a contractor

    Pros

    IBM is so far one of the best employers to work for as a Deskside Support Technician.

    Cons

    No Cons to list at this time

  8. "Presales - ECM"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CTP in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - CTP in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. lots of autonomy. Really the trick with IBM is your manager -- if they are good, they will save you from a lot of grief.

    Cons

    in late times too many changes without a much explanation to management or employees. Too much consolidation confuses both employeed and message

    Advice to Management

    rally the troops. even thought a lot have left theres still a got of great guys and galls -- they are your lifeblood and have the intimate connections with customers. Please take care of them


  9. "Senior Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good time off. I am really interested in working someplace else and I want to read the interview stuff. It was a great place to be.

    Cons

    Not motivational. This is droll and I really am just trying to add words to get this over with. This is painful and I don't like having to enter it in.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like people


  10. "IBM GBS"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work remotely, flexible schedule, good benefits package, stock purchase plan. Interesting projects, opportunities to learn latest technologies.

    Cons

    Had 4 managers in the last 2.5 years.
    Salary is below average.
    The company has been shrinking the Vancouver office through layoffs and people joining other high tech companies.
    Targets are set so that a practitioner has to work an average 44 hrs/week to meet them. Overtime is not paid.
    A lot of bureaucracy - hard to move inside the company, to change roles.
    Little recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and reward the employees.


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