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IBM Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.2 244 reviews

58% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(57 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week(in 1225 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up(in 1184 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work(in 369 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management(in 202 reviews)

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    Good family work balance

    Sales Specialist (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosflexible work schedule and good compensation

    Consresources limitaton that hold off growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to invest more in technology, resources and people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Managed by a spreadsheet

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Cupertino, CA

    ProsWorking for IBM is like working for many different companies, so potentially you can move about and build your career without changing companies.

    ConsEmployees taken the burden of what I like to call "IBM Blue Overhead". There are processes, tools, databases by the 1000s. Getting help or support often requires contacting someone in another country. Raises and bonuses are abysmal. They have off-shored so many internal support positions that basically you need to be your own IT help desk, HR partner, and BA. Your first line manager has virtually no control over your salary, raises, bonuses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider the burden your workers pay by your "cost-saving" strategies to offshore so many job functions. This may not show up in your spreadsheet, but it's there and you're burning out the hard-working employees whose jobs you haven't yet cut.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Managers don't Manage.

    User Experience (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsCollaborating with my peers to deliver great UX, work/life balance, paycheck, optimism that Ginni will make a difference with the new IBM Design Thinking organization.

    ConsTop-rate managers are very few and far between, and I know of only one actual top-rate people manager, most have been technical leads promoted up to their level of incompetence, and most have far too many direct reports to be able to manage anything effectively. Politics are RAMPANT, in some divisions to the point of shouting matches and complete stiflement of good UX implementation based solely on Exec preferences. Cronyism, nepotism, and good-ole-boys clubs still exist and make for contentious working environments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue about how to OBJECTIVELY manage the human element. Listen to, foster, and grow your people. Provide objective enablement of clear career paths for anyone who wants to grow within the company. Implement mandatory interpersonal management training classes for EVERY manager, present and future, and some form of 360 feedback program for their reports to provide feedback metrics on the success of their manager at the task of managing people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsCompensation benefits work life balance

    ConsNo stock options Lousy Bonus Politics

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsVery Nice people, will train you, flexible schedule

    ConsMight be a boring environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to your interns

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great company

    Chemical Engineer Intern (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    Proslots of intelligent people
    high-end instrumentation
    learning enviornment

    Consno compensation
    less productive
    poor management
    food not good

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    Consider working elsewhere

    Developer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFor new families, IBM offers a good work/life balance.

    ConsManagement performs annual layoffs in most groups. LIttle or no training dollars. The experience you gain at IBM isn't going to be what most of the IT/SW industry needs right now - skills in Mobile and Cloud. IBM's key initiatives are, by-and-large, latecomers to a plethora of major competitors, including Amazon and Google. Add to that IBM's profits have been down for 8 quarters in a row.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lot of work but comes with flexibility

    Advisory Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFlexibility and work at home options available

    ConsLot of work and have to deal with lot of processes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too focused on EPS goal

    Delivery Project Executive (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsWas a terrific 36 year career which offered me incredible opportunity for a guy from the poor side of town who worked his way through college.

    ConsPolitics has gone beyond belief,matrix management is a failure... those who get the best accounts are those closest to their remote managers ... those in other states are ignored and allowed to atrophy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDrop the EPS goal, confess that it was not realistic, take the near term hit, preserve your skills, focus on employee development, re instill respect for the individual. You are about to lose the most valuable asset you have.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great potential blocked by short-term focus of senior leadership in Armonk

    Technical Sales Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat people, good benefits, stable company, culture of trying to do good for the world through innovation. Industry-leading technology in some areas. There are many pockets of people trying to do the right thing for IBM despite HQ Finance's direction.

    ConsIt's frustrating always to be losing colleagues who quit because they got frustrated with IBM's 2015 Roadmap-driven lack of investment in areas that would provide sustainable competitive advantage - both in technology and compensation. Employees are treated as interchangeable resources - history and experience don't matter when Finance orders its annual job cuts. This has demoralized the workforce and inhibited innovative thinking. People are afraid to transfer internally within IBM because they likely will be the first selected should a Resource Action hit their new organization; as a result, cross-pollination of experience and skills that used to lead to great innovations just isn't happening.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes and ears to your employees and customers. Tell investors that focusing on quarterly profit is killing IBM's competitive advantage; it's time to invest again. Read Robert X. Cringely's book, "The Decline and Fall of IBM."

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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