IBM Employee Reviews in Canada

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Excellent team, very good process-driven environment
Senior Systems Analyst (Former Employee), Calgary, ABNovember 2, 2015
Very diverse work environment, good technical challenges made the assignment engaging and enjoyable.

Very good team dynamics, supportive and engaging.

Management was solid, albeit a little cautious or slow in bringing new technologies onboard.

Some internal tools are extremely archaic and unsupported.

Enjoyed the flexibility and balance afforded to meet my family's needs as well as the team's engagements.
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Amazing workplace to build a career.
Senior Support Specialist (Former Employee), Markham, ONMarch 23, 2015
Pros: amazing food in the cafeteria.
Had a great time working at IBM. Management and co-workers were easy to get along with. IBM offered me many great opportunities to expand my experience by giving me different responsibilities. The benefits and employee perks are among the best. They were very flexible with my work schedule and even the location where I would work in a day.
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Decent workplace with decent pay
tester (Former Employee), Bromont, QCJanuary 10, 2016
Pros: Good environment for extroverts, team spirit, decent pay
Cons: Terrible environment for introverts, union causes some injustice regarding seniority
The factory offers a nice social element and good advantages. Teamwork and socialization is pretty important to make it a good experience. Keeping to one's self will antagonize the coworkers who basically see IBM as an actual ecosystem.
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Highly productive environment
Project Proposal Manager (Current Employee), Brampton, ONJanuary 6, 2016
Pros: Very fast pace
Cons: Long hours
Looking for a fast pace environment to manage a high-complex project from the initiation to closure phase. Working at IBM has been very rewarding and have been there since 2008.
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Great Experience!
Senior Support Analyst (Former Employee), Markham, ONJanuary 19, 2016
Pros: Highly professional, strong ethics, product, services and global reach
Cons: no notable cons. But IBM needs to provide more jobs opportunities
Worked at IBM for just under a year.

Good culture for students fresh out of University/Collage -Great Intern programs

Good managers and business culture flexible working hours and long vacation good training systems.
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Senior Solution Architect (Current Employee), Markham, ONJanuary 3, 2016
I like the work from home policy in IBM. It gives us more flexibility to optimize our time.
The online training courses are excellent, I can learn the most recent technologies to keep up with the new trend.
We manage our career in IBM. The career path is well defined.
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IBM Review
Senior Voice/Data Network Specialist (Current Employee), BramptonApril 13, 2016
Pros: Fast paced
Cons: none
Work on Rogers account implementing multiple Voice and data platforms. Troubleshoot outages and involve vendors if required. Work on projects for Rogers 77 sites across Canada. Handle problem management with customer defining root cause for outages.ONcall 24/7 for Rogers platforms.Always learning new technologies on different platforms for a fast growing environment
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Leadership Development
Delivery Project Executive - Scotiabank (Current Employee), Toronto, ONJanuary 25, 2015
Pros: professional development, workplace flexibility
Cons: long hours
IBM is a challenging environment and consequently an ideal place for leadership development. A leader who spends a few years working for different IBM customers, will become very versatile and ready to accept any future challenges.
One of the greatest benefits of working for IBM is the flexibility. Most IBM positions allow working from virtually anywhere. This contributes to leveraging work-life balance.
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Friendly office environment
Executive Assistant (Former Employee), Toronto, ONFebruary 12, 2016
Pros: Nice spacious lunch room to enjoy one's break
Cons: Some rigidity in the work.
Co-workers made a great team to work with every day. Always ready to help each other and cover as needed. Management was supportive.
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Enjoyably small work compared to compensation and time allotted to do it.
Deployment Technician (Former Employee), GTA, ONMarch 13, 2016
Pros: Small work and good hours
Cons: Command Center is very hard to get a hold of
Would prefer to work here again and also trying to join back in after contract ended.

The work is usually small and starts later so its easier to get to, usually left alone to do what you need to and head on home.
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One of the best place ever worked for
IT Windows Admin & Application Support (Current Employee), MississaugaOctober 6, 2015
I am very thankful for the opportunity to be part of a great organization. During this time I was exposed to state of the art products and practices serving critical environments for major clients. Developed long lasting relations with capable coo-workers in various disciplines producing valuable solutions. Had good feedback from all my managers and Project Managers during all this time. I do recommend IBM for a career opportunity and a place to grow."
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productive and good services
Network Specialist (Current Employee), Markham, ONFebruary 19, 2016
1, Follow up Project progress, dealing with mail inbox and attending regular meeting and planning changes and trouble shootings
2, Learned following process for doing things right
3, Self motivated and proactive planning jobs
4, All my co-workers are very good and collaborate online
5, The most enjoyable part of the job is able to help client keep their network stable and growing as their need.
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productive and advance workplace
Wintel / VMWare , System Admin (Former Employee), Markham, ONJanuary 11, 2016
Pros: IBM technology
Cons: long hours
continous work load make actively learning new technology, working weekends make life through ibm day in day out, good luck.
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Promises work / life balance, but doesn't deliver!
Business Analyst (Former Employee), Toronto, ONNovember 5, 2014
Pros: good salary & benefits
Cons: poor management, terrible attitude towards employee needs
Good salary and benefits, and on the surface offers many employee programs to further career and training, plus flexible working hours and locations. HOWEVER: should you actually request access to these programs or increased flexibility, they then refuse all requests. Beware if you have 'invisible' disabilities such as mental health issues: you WILL be discriminated against.
It's a pity that a company that has built it's reputation by respecting employees and being a leader in equal opportunities, has fallen so far below the standards you'd expect. Working here has been the biggest disappointment of my career.
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Good for a first job but bad for growth
Software Developer (Former Employee), Toronto, ONJune 13, 2015
Pros: High starting salary
Cons: Incompetent management, limited salary growth, limited innovation
IBM has a high starting salary for developers ($70K) but it offers very little raise and bonuses (if any) even if you are promoted.

The benefits are okay. They are being reduced year by year though.

The company does not care about employees and its overall prospect the is negative,

Career managers and career executives have run the company to the ground by gaming the books instead of innovating. The company tries to make up for its shortfall by regularly laying off people and cutting benefits/salaries/bonuses - instead of addressing why it is losing market share.

This causes many of the good people (including myself) to leave for greener pastures.

The management in IBM is over-bloated and inefficient. Politics between departments often pose severe obstacles to achieving business results. For instance, if we are to use an IBM product to serve a customer, then that product's department will try to rip us off by charging a premium (because that counts towards their quarterly results)

At other times, we can have departments rejected request of assistance to a customer by citing the request was improperly filed (in this case, it's my department doing it to others).

Job security is low if you are in a department that is not making a lot of money. On the other hand, if you are in a department that has good revenue, then you are also unlikely to be fired even if you are grossly incompetent.

In overall, IBM is a good place for people to start their career because it pays a fair amount for new graduates. It also gives people a taste of a typical corporate culture. – more... However, the stay in the company should not exceed two years. – less
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Inefficiently run and lack of management follow up.
GTI SDK Hybrid and Automation Engineer (Former Employee), Remote position with IBM US.January 20, 2016
Pros: Exposure to new technologies.
Cons: Geographically scattered team, Lack of good team culture, Approvals takes too long, Inefficient processes.
Took 2 weeks to get my laptop setup with appropriate security and corporate software.

Was assigned to work on a project that requires mobile devices to develop and test with.

I spoke with management about requesting several devices from various platforms and the request didn't get approved for over 2 months. The whole team lacked test devices which made development and testing difficult and inefficient.

Management was weak at times and felt that they didn't have a handle on various aspects of the team. i.e: Some senior staff were too comfortable and arrogant, which prevented manager from fulfilling their role. Some staff were cut throat and did anything to protect their job even when they sucked!

Most difficult part of the job was that the team was scattered all over the country and communication was via conference calls. There wasn't the face-to-face communication between your co-workers and manager to developer that personal relationship. Manager with held important information that would impact the length of an existing contract. i.e. Management didn't give a heads up about the lack of funding for resources and equipment and kept employee in the dark.

Working for this department made you feel like your a machine with a number, not as a human.

Most enjoyable part of the job was the exposure to various technologies.
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Nice place to work
Infrastructure Architect/Network Specialist (Current Employee), 245 consumer RoadApril 3, 2016
Pros: nice team and job culture
Cons: company not doing good now a days
I worked with them for like 6 years. nice workplace and very flexible for work hours. Allow you to work from home. They good stable clients with new infrastructure to work on.
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flexible working hours
Deskside Support Technician (Former Employee), Calgary, ABMarch 22, 2016
Pros: flexible working condition
Cons: long trip to work
the work was located at a hospital in the far south of the town.It took me one hour to get to work everyday.regardless of commuting to work, working hours were quite flexible.
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midiate
PFSS Team Lead (Current Employee), Markham, ONMarch 31, 2016
It's very stressful. And the management style is business driven. Only very aggressive people would like it.
not a good company for mid aged people
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Lab support work as SA
Advisory IT Specialist, IBM Endpoint Manager (Current Employee), Ottawa, ONJanuary 18, 2016
• Administered Active Directory and Exchange Server including new user accounts and groups
• Deployed updates and patches to Windows Servers via Windows Server Update Services
• Setup and configured MS SQL server
• Managed LAN switches, cabling and end user connectivity
• Keeping inventory of equipment and supplies and ordering when necessary
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Headquarters
1 New Orchard Road
Armonk, New York 10504-1722
Revenue
more than $10bn (CAD)
Employees
10,000+
Industry
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