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IBM Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
12,665 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to learn new skills

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Especially for new graduates, IBM is a great place to learn more about the consulting business. People who want/need structure would love working there
    - When you outgrow your position you can explore career opportunities elsewhere in the company. It is such a large company that whatever you find interesting there will be a group of people working on that
    - Great people. You really bond with the people you work with

    Cons

    I guess as a large company, IBM suffers from all the problems the other large companies suffer from:
    - Not a ton of visibility beyond your direct supervisor
    - Not a lot of excitement. Slow to move to the market's changing demands
    - Slow to recognize success

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    One of the last great fortune 500 companies

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    Former Employee - Executive Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    If you are looking to differentiate yourself and perform at a high level, you will enjoy working at IBM.

    Cons

    Depending on your position, travel requirements may be high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your subject matter experts on how to improve the services business and client delivery

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not so good

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Lots of HW, SW and services products

    Cons

    Lots of HW, SW and services products

    Lots of C, D and F players

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove layers of bureaucracy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work life balance company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    no much pressure
    larger company is good for switch your career path from engineer to a different position

    Cons

    salary is not competitive
    difficult to get promoted due to controlled opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many mid-level management reduces the efficiency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    IBM and the other old guard companies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Design Verification Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Verification Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have been in business for a very long time, have re-invented themselves repeatedly in order to stay relevant, and they are relevant still. They are also very DEEP and forward thinking in terms of technology, still have one of the cutting edge semiconductor research capabilities along with software as well. No they aren't always as sexy as the latest valley social media knockoff startup but are still, in my mind, as an engineer, pretty solid

    Cons

    They are a LARGE company, and you do have to spend some time figuring out how to navigate within the organization. Due to their size they can sometimes be. I worry a bit because like many other tech companies, they undervalue doing development domestically at times and are under pressure to streamline in areas where I think in the long term could be leaders

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Slow moving company

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Enough time to look for next job

    Cons

    horrible management/process. No focus on innovation , no technical leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience...take your patience pill.

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    Current Employee - Associate Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great learning ground...if you can unearth the offerings. Varied projects, self determination.

    Cons

    Travel can be an issue. Certain groups are not cohesive in strategy. It's who you know that determines success and many languish in bands without promotions or increases for years. Can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many good consultants and managers lost due to myopic focus on bottom line and not investments in people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    There's a lot to be said for working at IBM

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Professional Services in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Professional Services in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technical challenges & the resources to meet them
    A professional, ethical culture

    Cons

    The very size that is an advantage is also a disadvantage - there is no singular vision.
    It seems a shame to be chipping away at a benefits program that is one of the crown jewels at IBM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes, the matrix management style gets a bit stifling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best company I've worked for so far !

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Paid on time and often early which is nice. People I work with are generally very smart and professional. IBM does do a good job of getting rid of dead weight usually and so that makes everyone else job easier.

    Cons

    Its tough to move vertically in IBM and pay raises come slowly. I have found that if you are good in your job, they tend to want to keep you there, which can be frustrating if you want to move on to new challenges.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As long as you are comfortable in a big company, there are actually a lot of opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the org structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to best practices from start ups in Siicon Valley.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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