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Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • good work life balance in the company (in 53 reviews)

  • You will work with bunch of smart people together (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be tough to achieve given how competitive people are to move up (in 76 reviews)

  • Long hours and pushes at quarter ends to close deals (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (225)

    Still a lot of opportunity to learn, connect, and chart your own course, but Big Company culture is encroaching.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've spent over 8 years with Salesforce in various management and individual contributor roles, all customer or partner facing. Some of the pros: - vibrant, fast paced culture - smart, fun, aggressive colleagues - management is focused on latest tech trends and staying or becoming a leader for many of them - by and large, customers and partners are very positive about the technology - good benefits and perqs - hip urban culture at HQ - a chart-your-own-course mentality that rewards those who aggressively seek out the job they want and pursue it, or sometimes even create it

    Cons

    After my long tenure and many Dreamforce conferences, I'm nearly fried. To say the culture is fast paced and the focus is always changing is an understatement. The reason Salesforce always seems on top, and chasing the latest trend, and in the press, is because employees are expected to run harder, carry more, cheer loudly, and pivot constantly. It's the world's biggest startup in behavior. But at the same time, with the recent influx of top career sales leaders from Oracle and what appears to be a board-level mandate for doubling revenue, employees are being asked to do even more with even less, fill higher quotas with smaller territories, less help, and the big company bureaucracy is rearing it's ugly head. Worse still is the politics. When you hire a bunch of smart, aggressive people, and put them in an environment of outsized expectations, throw in a bunch of re-orgs and changing management, and sprinkle with uncertainty and constantly changing priorities, you inevitably get people back stabbing each other and throwing others under the bus to appear smarter and more worthy of promotion. The few at the top will get very, very rich. The rest will lose the sense of personal ownership and start to wonder why they've given up health and family

    Advice to Management

    The further you get from the foundational vision of creating great products and ensuring customer success, and instead recruit big company people focused on ego and self-promotion and growing a fiefdom, the more Salesforce starts to become just another Oracle or SAP or Microsoft. My sense is, that's what the board wants. If so, so be it. There will be another innovative and passionate startup to disrupt salesforce some day soon.


  2. Great place, great memories!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Salesforce full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I joined Salesforce in late 2007 and spent five great years there. Great teamwork, teammates, and top leadership. The product was and is still great, exciting as it evolves rapidly, and is brilliant in how easy it is to setup and manage. There was tremendous opportunity and rewards as it grew.

    Cons

    It got big - even bigger now. Still has a great culture for a 10K+ employee company, but getting the Oracle leadership in on the sales side, although necessary for the size and time to grow, stifled the culture a bit.


  3. Best company I've worked for to date. Highly recommend joining the Salesforce team

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Huge emphasis on the importance of charitable giving and being environmentally sustainable (backed by 6 paid volunteer days per employee annually, $5000 annual employee match for charitable giving, frequent internal charitable events) -Prioritizes engaging employees by aligning personal career goals with each employee's duties and encouraging movement between functions and departments throughout the company -Incredibly intelligent workforce: Salesforce is able to use its strong brandname to hire only the top talent and as a result has an environment where you are constantly challenged and learning, which continuously develops your own skill set. (Less than 1% of applicants receive employment offers) -Strong community environment: Salesforce has been able to build a corporate family unlike any company I've been a part of before. People honestly care for each other and will go out of their way to look out for past and present employees. Salesforce focuses on working as a team rather than separate individuals which develops a sense of inclusion. -Incredible parties: Salesforce certainly caters to a more extroverted, lively and connected personality by having frequent social and networking events throughout the year -$100/mth employee fitness benefit and health benefits that are largely absorbed by the company. Free yoga classes and espresso bars are also offered in some offices -Offices are generally situated in the heart of cities rather than in suburbs

    Cons

    -Headcount growing perhaps too quickly which could transform the community feel to a more corporate environment -Does not offer full meals (light snacks and beverages are provided) -Signals of a more corporate future ahead evidenced by a shift away from local vendors to their global competitors

    Advice to Management

    Although we're growing quickly, make sure Salesforce is able to retain it's small community feel rather than becoming a rigid corporation like many older tech companies


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Challenging and Amazing Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everything moves really fast. If you have a good idea and can sell it and get it funded, you can get it done. Teammates have a spirit of wanting to help each other out to get the job done. Coming to work here is fun.

    Cons

    There are so many challenging projects to work on that it's sometimes hard to say no so you can find some work-life balance. High expectations to respond instantly even off hours.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on a high quality bar for hiring and keeping the culture strong. Continue to be transparent with employees about the business strategy and organizational changes.


  6. Helpful (2)

    The Big Leagues

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You need to understand coming in that Salesforce only hires the best. This means if you're used to being the top of your department elsewhere, you still can be here, but it will take a lot more effort and perseverance! The staff is friendly and welcoming, the company is willing to invest lots of money into you from your first day to ensure that you have all of the comforts and material that you need in order to do your best work (including supplies, ergonomic desk furniture, refreshments, paid company iPhone, Top-line Macbook Air, cocktail hours and of course their Aloha theme).

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is that this would not be the place to enter if you are looking for a start up. Salesforce is one of the top 6 software companies in the world and it definitely shows. Many new faces appear in the halls every day (some of which are employees who have been there for years that I just haven't encountered yet). This is not necessarily a bad thing, but just something worth mentioning for anyone who expects the tech startup culture.

    Advice to Management

    Continue growing from within and promoting your hardest and most dedicated talent. Continue offering non-stop training and events catered to employees looking to expand their knowledge. Keep up the great work, Salesforce!


  7. software engineer intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Salesforce

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefit , have good teammates, and the intern project is good

    Cons

    lack of training, lack opportunity to communicate with other teams

    Advice to Management

    should pay more attention to intern, give them chances to get involved in work


  8. Fast-Paced and Competitve

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salesforce is a fast-paced, competitive employer who wants their employees to succeed. There is always something new to learn and a new goal to achieve to help keep you motivated. The people you are surrounded by are top performers and push you as well. I love being surrounded by innovative ideas and people who want to execute on them. The benefits are great too.

    Cons

    If you are not invested in your career then Salesforce is not the place for you. There is always something to learn and you still need to do your day job.


  9. Principal Product Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Salesforce (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Truly one of the best companies in the world to work for. First class benefits, visionary leadership, crazy amount of snacks, drinks and beer(!) in the offices. Very flexible on working from home or remotely. Principal/Director level and above have no defined PTO plan (i.e. no limit).

    Cons

    Need to be more cohesive on product strategy. Still a feeling that if you're not at the mothership (in San Francisco) you miss out on a lot of opportunities and not totally a part of the company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Commonize the look and feel of applications across all clouds. Do more to make employees outside of San Francisco feel like they're not missing out on opportunities for advancement and fun stuff.


  10. Awesome place to work

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

    I have been working at Salesforce

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, great culture, great benefits

    Cons

    can't think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture of innovation


  11. Great company & culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've worked at Salesforce for approximately 18 months. Overall, I love the spirit of the company. Very energetic, team-based atmosphere. Strong, smart workforce. The charitable personality permeates all areas of the company. Products are innovative and love by clients. Great enablement of employee base.

    Cons

    A bit of a boiler-room atmosphere given the unyielding focus on the monthly cadence.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the positive, customer-centric focus.



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