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The IBM Ottawa Lab is an amazing place to work and I would recommend it to any of my friends. You are given immense freedom and trust to complete your work (without micro-managing). The people are great and the office is a very relaxing place.
Free coffee/snacks, great salary, great people, work from home, parking provided
Need to start your own initiatives/projects to get noticed and to move up quickly.
Lots of room to move up and laterally and learn many new skills. Great pay, great work-life balance. They gave lots of free snacks, there are free fitness classes, flexible hours, I had a cubicle but I could just go work somewhere else if I felt like it.
free lunches and snacks
If you can get hired by IBM then you could likely get hired by Amazon or some other big tech company. Why bother with IBM at that point? Somebody like Amazon has far more cachet than IBM, and you will be working with Java / Open Source either way. It's an OK place to work. You won't love it, but it's just ok. Very bureaucratic, but you do get lots of regular feedback so that's good.
Looks good on a resume, lots of internal opportunities
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Typical day begins with a stand-up meeting to go over current progress and ongoing tasks/issues and/or demos. Team had multiple managers and seemed to progress like molasses. As always there were a few interesting and fun people to work with alongside multiple non-interesting drones. Hardest part about the job was staying motivated and interested in the project. Software seemed incredibly boring to the average individual and was highly specialized/geared towards management staff. Most enjoyable part about the job was working with those team members who were friendly and outgoing.
Rarely free milk to go in the coffee, boring software, slow and outdated management style
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- Enjoy working with highly competent group of technologists. - Collaboration and communication with management is pretty good.- Working from home from time to time.
Highly competent management
Q1Labs Fredericton (Now IBM) is a corporate company with a start-up culture. Most people are friendly and intelligent. Management is outgoing and helpful, but the work can be monotonous and boring at times, especially if you are involved in QA. Investigative work and core development is the most exciting and rewarding.
No micromanaging of employees
Work can be boring
-Multiple locations on any single day. -Free all day breakfast while on TSX (then TSE) premises -Good management and positive attitude of employees led to productive environment. -Hardest part of job : Detail visual inspection of all software for potential Y2K issues. -Best part of the job was the satisfaction of knowing that all will be good come year 2000. The elaborate all day breakfast. Being surrounded by wonderful hardworking employees.
This company provides employees with all the resources necessary to learn and develop their skills while building friendly, professional relationships with peers. At times the culture can seem competitive, because the company is staffed with some high achievers, but this is what helps to maintain the company's high performance culture that you will find to be a point of pride. I would recommend that new hires begin their career here, then take time to explore other companies or to get a graduate degree. The company expects you to continuously develop yourself and then rewards you for doing so.
Excellent place to develop professional skills
Work-life balance can be hard to manage
Upper management is clueless and wastes the lives of their front line employees. They pour money into research that will never come to anything while letting their money-making products languish. The fact that IBM has now posted 20 consecutive quarters of declining revenue is no fluke. Their upper management is full value for it.
A lot of possibilities, good people, but it looks like the company is not doing financially so well overall. But every IBM office is different. There are good benefits, but there is nothing for the employees like no coffee, not milk, not even tea. Need to pay extra for those basic things that you drink.
They have a good name, for your next job.
Not a good working environment over all.