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IBM Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
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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.  

    IBM is a good company for anyone seeking work/life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment with great work/life balance; management generally reasonable to provide structure and guidance; people are capable but no that many recent graduates

    Cons

    Working with remote team is typical and can be challenging; management is at different timezone to influence real time decisions; too many processes to be efficient. Not tons of opportunity for growth. Minimal salary increase for the last 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee growth opportunity otherwise company will lose star employee; As much as possible, use local management for teams and reduce bureaucratic process as much as possible

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting and challenging work, but definitely a company in the midst of a transition.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Incredible amount of resources to access, whether it be mentorship or a masters degree, IBM has got your back. This company is focused on building your skills, so it is a great launching pad for people early in their career and lacking experience.

    For people are skilled enough in what they do to work from home, IBM is a dream come true.

    Cons

    IBM doesn't perform cost of living adjustments, in comparison to other Bay Area competition the pay dismal, however if you move out of the Bay Area to say... Texas, where the taxes are low and the living is cheap; you will be making more money than the local competitors.

    Aside from compensation: The company spirit is nowhere near the "Silicon Valley energy" I've seen in other tech firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Undoubtably the transition has been tough for managers and has been a source of the slight social breakdown within IBM's teams (another source has been from the increased spreading out of teams across multiple sites and states). A big effort needs to be made in the realm of social engagement especially if they are expected to keep their recent college graduates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Experience at IBM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Build/Release Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Build/Release Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Always great about work-life balance; Education oriented; Many opportunities for moves

    Cons

    Minimal salary increase, minimal promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Extremely limited mobility and salary potential...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Level II Support in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Level II Support in San Jose, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of nice people to work with and opportunities to learn and take leadership/responsibility. Relatively good job security unless you are in the hardware / storage side of the business..

    Cons

    Even with multiple years in a row of '1' PBC performances, salary raises are incredibly limited. Typically 1-2% a year would be 'great' year. This is coming from someone who put in 50-60 hours a week. Teams and entire groups make it extremely difficult to move laterally within the company because they have such a hard time back filling positions (getting open reqs).

    Get used to having a used (old) laptop and then having to hold on to it for 4 years before an upgrade. Basically "BYOD" is mandatory if you care about your equipment. The security / process is ridiculous.. easily spend 20% of your time just doing that stuff.

    There are too many people who were acquired and have great salaries.. there is just no incentive for them to work hard. For example, in the same job role, there could be one guy making $150k, and another making $75k for the same job. The guy at $150k has no incentive to work hard because they are capped at their band level and are unlikely to make more money. The other guy at $75k also has no incentive to work hard because even if they are an all-star, they will get maybe a 1% raise if they are lucky.

    I can't even count the number of people that work remote that just stay in "meeting mode" all day. You know perfectly well they are just making themselves look busy.. ridiculous. Get them back into the office and productivity would likely crease 2x.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How can you possibly attract motivated and skilled employees when the salary gap is 30-50% off from other companies? Figure out a way to reward EXISTING employees who work hard and demonstrate clear potential. IBM is rapidly suffering a "brain drain" phenomenon - at least outside of R&D.

    Stop letting so many of the higher paid employees "coast" through their jobs. Make it easier for managers to lay people off, but also make it easier for them to reward employees that do well (financially).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Very fun, but outdated

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    Former Employee - Computer Technician in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Technician in San Jose, CA

    I worked at IBM as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a computer technician, training was done by coworkers and not a training program. Being a co-op in school meant very flexible schedules, and every friday would be a team lunch to relax. Time off was granted only by federal holidays for interns.

    Cons

    It was not challenging at all and being, while successful, a very old company, many of the older employees are outdated like the company's values. There was also no chance of a raise, even though pay was to be based of credits complete for college work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Met the best people here, but you're just another cog in the wheel

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    IBM is great for people with families. There is a lot of flexibility in your hours and when/where you work. You'll find some very smart people here, and I do have to say, most of my closest friends are from IBM, because they are just that nice. There's some flexibility in moving around the company and trying different roles.

    Cons

    Everything here, salary/bonus, promotions are generally just a numbers game, whatever is available in the pool. Employees feel under appreciated. No more real perks like free coffee. Salary is more likely on the low end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is just a numbers game now, and that gets passed from upper management all the way down, so I'm not sure how much can actually be done or changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very slow.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good balance of life and work

    Cons

    decision making requires consensus from all teams. very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make it exciting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    None, it is one of the worst places to work.

    Cons

    Behind in current technology. Your job is a job, rather than a career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly and hard working people. Great opportunity to learn new things and expand your knowledge

    Cons

    You don't get to know most people well and the job is tough, especially during crunch hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more vacation and sick leave days.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sr. Engineer Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good learning process and ability interface a global work force.

    Cons

    Slow to adopt new technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always seek out advice from the people trenches.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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