IBM Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
11,849 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1297 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1271 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 410 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 207 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    Sr. Engineer Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Good Place to start your career... but don't stay long

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Build Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Build Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Get good experience at an enterprise level company.

    Cons

    Salary and Compensation does not scale well with your personal growth within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more aggressive growth opportunities (job roles, salary and bonuses) within the company in order to keep your qualified talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Strict process oriented company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company, many interesting software groups to work with.

    Cons

    Internal transfer is full of bureaucracy limiting personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation should match the valley pay. Delegate more responsible tasks to junior engineers and new hires to bring them up to the level of senior engineers. Keep faith on people you have hired :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company if you want to retire

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The company has been very Stable

    Cons

    The company has been very Slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work faster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lots of smart people and good opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people from whom you can learn.

    Cons

    Some projects or products are continuously suffering from not so good business results, but it is not easy to jump to different projects.

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    What you do has enormous effect on business and society

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Cloud Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Cloud Engineering in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Leverage huge technical IBM community, create for impacts and bring changes.

    Cons

    mediocrity, limited personal growth, perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just speed of execution will not make us successful, profit sharing with employee and their investment in the company will make IBM successful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Technical Sales Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Representative in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Representative in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great teams across the entire organization.
    You manage your own time working with other team mates.
    You control your own career path.

    Cons

    IBM is big company and I meet an HR person 1 in 11+ years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On the right track - keep technical team with the latest technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Solid company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, exposure to many different technologies, reasonable people to work with

    Cons

    Behind the times when it comes to attracting and keeping talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not innovating within the software divisions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance was manageable

    Cons

    Job was highly political. There was more work internally selling than actually executing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire some lawyers and eliminate a layer or two of management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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