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IBM Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
115 Reviews
3.2
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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.  

    Smart people, world class R&D and technology, high bureaucracy due to massive company size and pockets of silos

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industry Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Industry Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, personal growth opportunities abound, corporate branding is world wide and recognized

    Cons

    Leadership is powerless due to the massive size, limited funds for internal initiatives unless a client pays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to corporate values that Big Blue is known for as the current model is slow, non-progressive and filled with lack of empowerment even at the execute and VP levels.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Little value to employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    The travel can be fun at times.

    Cons

    The pay did not reflect the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take more time for employee benifits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Sr. Storage Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    The backing of a world class company, opportunity to work anywhere in the world, Great 401k plan

    Cons

    1st line managers restricted in ability to give personnel ratings that they deserve (Upper Management dictates the number of above avg ratings allowed), Bonuses are dictated by how the company performed, not for individual or Business Unit performed, required to pay for all home office supplies and communication from personal finances

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start rewarding the people who do the work and sacrifice time away from their families, you will find we will work even harder if we feel apprecaiated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cluster F

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Sales, Software Group in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Field Sales, Software Group in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    best reasons: room for unqualified advancement due to high attrition

    Cons

    No executive leadership. Incompetent CEO who is nearly invisible to customers, the public, and the employees. She's like the Obama of IBM - under qualified, no ability to call shots or strategy then execute, and generally disconnected from having any direction for predictability / steering. Uncertainty all the time, annual re-orgs, rotations, reassignments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace yourselves with competent people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    IBM Armonk is filled with kleptocrats

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Sales Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Sales Leader in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Still a lot of great people are trying to do good work for their customers, their employees, and for IBM. They're holding out for IBM to return to the type of leadership that made it great in the past. Some of the products are world-class and haven't been too damaged yet by the cycle of corner- and cost-cutting that's taken place since 2008.

    Cons

    IBM HQ in Armonk continues to focus on EPS and shareholder value to the exclusion of all else. Annual resource actions are a torpedo to innovation and morale. The only people with confidence in the leadership in Armonk are the sycophants in Armonk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your focus to include your customers, employees, and other stakeholders when setting budget priorities. Instead of firing people annually, encourage internal mobility to address changing business needs. Dump the rank-stacking PBC system which hurts the morale of employees as well as the managers who are forced to administer a specific ratio of PBC 3's. Give anyone who changes jobs internally immunity from PBC 3 ratings for a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to learn new skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a 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
  8.  

    Boring, average company

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Big company, lots of different kinds of opportunities, could make a career there

    Cons

    Very few divisions are doing innovative exciting work. Definitely not a Silicon Valley company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want the best silicon valley talent you'll have to seriously step up what you're offering in terms of work, environment, structure, and comp.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not so good

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    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 a 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

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