Consulting Method Architect and Process Engineer (Former Employee), Silicon Valley, CA – June 17, 2012
Overall OK place to work BUT: - No clear relationship between what you do and the bottom line - Reactive management practices including laying off employees (esp. in geographical areas where they are expensive, i.e. the US) whenever the economy in salary is likely to offset the resulting loss in business or productivity - Possibly using the constant – more... threat of lay-off to create internal competition among employees by scaring them into working harder
BOTTOM LINE: As an IBM employee your highest priority is not to do your job or help the corporation, but constantly manage your career and image by maximizing your visibility, the opinion management has of you, as well as your general popularity. In other words, the key to success is being a much better politician than everyone else, while professional skills are secondary.
Clever politicking will keep you off lay-off lists (that are created twice a year during so-called "ranking sessions") and may qualify you for the elusive promotion or 20+% performance bonus (let's face it, the ordinary 3 to 5% is a tip, not a bonus) – less
A very organized company with innovative work culture
CODA SME, PL/SQL Developer (Former Employee), India – July 22, 2014
I learned a lot and I really enjoy every challenge I have the opportunity to face, the management is short and every manager work in a different way. The atmosphere there is professional and you can see the Team spirit all the time.
Help Desk Analyst (Current Employee), Markham, ON – June 29, 2014
Pros: cafeteria if you work the day shift and parking, it you live in the east end the commute would be good, work experience
Cons: low pay. no prospects.
A job acquired through third party companies. Survival job for me. Workload is heavy and the pay is low as a contractor. No room for advancement and no pay raise for anyone no matter what you do. Good for experience if you are just starting out other than that no real reason to take this job unless your skills are lacking or there is nothing available – more... out there. – less
System Storage Client Technical Sales Support (Former Employee), Toronto, ON – June 18, 2014
Pros: exposure to leading edge technology
Cons: difficult to maintain any work/life balance and poor recognition programs
Over the years, IBM has improved it's yearly results by slashing benefits and compensation rather than invest in it's workforce. The latest example is when they reduced their already thin sales force due to poor sales results in a growing market. Our competitors, on the other hand, owe their success to better sales coverage and a higher ratio of customer – more... to customer facing employees. – less
IT Analyst (Former Employee), Markham, ON – June 11, 2014
My day to day responsibility is to help clients over the phone, e-mail and through messaging systems. I analyze the problems and try to find the solutions and send incident tickets to next level if it is out of my scope. I troubleshoot different applications, servers and mainframes to resolve the issues of the end users. I also check the status of the – more... account of end users and edit it or reset the password if needed. I enjoy to find the solutions for others to resolve the issues. – less
Desk side Support Technician (Current Employee), Calgary, AB – June 10, 2014
Good training, responsible from the get-go, good colleagues and good atmosphere. Bureaucracy
The company provides an opportunity for any chosen career and many changes to this along the way. The work they sign is compelling and interesting and often working to improve the world at large, not just make money. There are also opportunities to take days – more... out and give time back to the local community.It is easy to get lost in an organisation of this size and lose track of your progress. It is also very competitive and lots of 'game playing' occurs between senior employees etc.
the people are great and everyone is really supportive (for career development, personal issues, etc.)everyone works on client location so you don't get to see many people outside of your project. – less