IBM Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
11,682 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1279 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1260 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 398 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 205 reviews)

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  1.  

    Work life balance company

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time for 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
  2.  

    IBM and the other old guard companies

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Verification Engineer  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Verification Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time for 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
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    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Professional Services  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Professional Services in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time for 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
  7.  

    Best company I've worked for so far !

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    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 for 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
  8.  

    Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time for 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
  9.  

    Great and fun company to work for until the economy crashed, then lay off after lay off

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    Former Employee - Software Tester - WebSphere  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Tester - WebSphere in Foster City, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work on developing some of the world's most famous software.

    Cons

    Too many corporate rules and guidelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no comment...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good long term company

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    Former Employee - Computer Programmer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IBM as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Though the company culture can be demanding there are many benefits afforded like career advancement, training, relocation and education on new solutions.

    Cons

    It can be demanding at times due to the political environment and hectic pace and schedules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand you are in competition with other companys that want to recruit top talent and thus realign some older outdated policies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Top heavy company, too many incompetent "Distinguished Engineers" and directors, below market pay for non-execs

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    Former Employee - IT Architect  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Architect in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Training/resources, global travel, old recognized brand on resume (though for technical people, the brand is becoming toxic to have on resume)

    Cons

    little respect for technical talent, serious money only starts at DE level or director+.
    top heavy: too many directors, vps and DEs, who aren't technical and are seriously out of touch with the dynamics of the tech market
    promotions are political, smart people sidelined and credit for their work taken by directors and DEs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take a cue from microsoft and start trimming the fat at the top, else watch your market get gobbled up by the likes of google & amazon in the coming years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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