Pros: you might get a free stainless steel water bottle at some point.
Cons: everything imaginable
The only good thing about Tangerine was their culture, whatever that means anymore. All employees are now disgruntled that all of their counter-parts are leaving for jobs where companies treat them like actual human beings.
Specifically in IT, a typical day 8-4 was a non-stop, no break, work through your lunch, work large amounts of OT kind of day. Was pulling 60-80h a week and it came with absolutely no appreciation.
If you had personal engagements to attend after your already 8h shift (ie. go home to your family), you would be told that your work comes first and that you need to stay to finish whatever and then you MAY go home to your family when it's acceptable for your super/manager.
Projects were by the plenty and when the projects were assigned, they were already due 5 months ago. Once a project finished, the mentality was not to congratulate you on completing it, but to ask you to continue onto another one that was due 3 months ago. Timelines were extremely aggressive and never-ending.
Management was dog-eat-dog. A lot of the IT managers did not get along and tried competing against each other for respect from THEIR superiors, office morale at its absolutely LOW and it's not getting any better by any means.
If you like to be constantly reminded that your job was on the line because you arent loyal enough, then this job is for you. It was a very negative work environment. The only thing that made it fun were normal non-management employees who stuck together and trained through this soul-sucking workplace.
Having any IT certifications for non-networking positions – more... at Tangerine was frowned upon because those managers dont believe in schooling as a proper form of knowledge. They want experienced employees that know the practical work. If you ask about being sent for IT courses to receive a cert, expect to be denied because they feel it is useless and they FEAR that the only reason you get the cert is to leave and find a better job.
Lots of IT have quit, been let go, restructured, etc. It is no better in the rest of the company either from what I am hearing.
The pay is dismal. They do not compensate their employees well. The health benefits are expensive and you get barely any coverage.
Everyone that leaves finds something better that pays at least 25% more because Tangerine has very poor competitive pay rates. They do not comply at all with current job scales of IT positions.
IT contractors are payed almost 30-40% more than real hard-working employees who do 50% more work and are expected to out-perform contractors.
Forget about advancing or moving up in this company. If your Super/Team Lead isnt leaving to another team or job, you arent moving. It is a very very short ladder up to the CIO so expect to be stuck in your same mindless/soul-less position for years.
Tangerine IT is mainly used now as a stepping stone to get you better IT jobs elsewhere..
The only good thing I can say about Tangerine is because of their aggressive timelines and project implementations, they do have some of the latest and greatest technology running the bank. All computers are new and fast (i5/i7), laptops are top-of-the-line with SSDs, operating systems are up to date (No more XP, lots of people on Win 7, even Win 8.1), mostly all servers are Server 2012 with extremely fast networking switches and state-of-the-art infrastructure... Of course this all comes at the expense of draining out their employees of all of their life and bleeding their souls dry because every project implemented is to upgrade the one you just completed.
If you want to work in a very up-to-date IT environment with not as much ancient applications and infrastructure, Tangerine is the place for you, but it comes with a price, your soul. – less