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Rated as one of the top 100 Canadian employers until 2006. Off the list since 2007. Coincidence? I think not.

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  • Senior Management
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Current Employee - Staff Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
Current Employee - Staff Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at IBM

Pros

Very competitive salary in the Toronto / Ontario region
Flexible work arrangements - flex hours, working at home
IBM still viewed highly in the industry - looks good on the resume

Cons

Layers of management and bureaucracy to wade through, wasting your time from doing your actual work
Little to no organic innovation
Rewards those who play the political game and position themselves well, rather than those who consistently output quality work
50-55 hour weeks are the norm, with 60-65 crunch weeks often enforced, for weeks and months at a time

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Enable and empower your employees to make decisions, take calculated risks, and innovate. Micromanaging them to the tiniest detail wastes everyone's time and doesn't utilize people's skills to the fullest.

Disapproves of CEO

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    IBM

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for self development, career development. Many great education courses can be completed when required.
     Flexible schedule is often available. Lots of work can be done from home.

    Cons

    Lower average salary comparing to other similar companies. A lot of politics involved in any change even within a team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value people more based on their real contribution and not on the fact that they belong to minority or majority group. Right now it seems that people from minority groups get lots of advantage over the majority group. They rarely get fired even if they do not provide any real contribution.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not a bad company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    - Great work life balance.
    - The quality of work is steadily deteriorating given the fact that the company is now placing a higher priority on managed services than new projects.
    - good benefits

    Cons

    - Salary generally lower than the competetive companies.
    - Limited career advancement opportunities.
    - Very little to no salary hikes in the last 3-4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The management must do more to retain good talent. Need to get out of the hardware company mentality and focus on retaining and managing software talent within the company.

    Approves of CEO
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