Dubious culture - impasse for talents
IT manager (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 10 November 2018
This review is a result of careful observations and resulting conclusion without any personal sentiments involved.
Technology groups work in silos resisting the cooperation between teams. Questionable politics and practices flourish. Promotion and high bonuses are available only to those who excel in bootlicking their incapable superiors and subjugate their subordinates as soon as they are promoted. Initiative is punished, so people avoid being too active. BMO employee survey is just a pro forma activity, as the feedback provided by surveyed individuals is never taken into account. Employees laugh at CIOs ineptitude. The most talented and promising employees leave this organization, which remains complete mostly with contractors, mediocrities, older folks and simply lazy individuals.
On the one hand BMO formally promotes a workplace free from harassment and discrimination while at the same time they cover up the workplace abuse by superiors, nepotism, and favoritism that takes place across departments.
To conclude, the BMO culture appears rather hypocritical and overall unhealthy.
BMO however can be used as a startup place for young professionals to obtain some experience and move on. It used to be a desirable place to work years back.