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Updated August 28, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time

    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


  2. Helpful (236)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  3. Great company- if a bit corporate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Expert in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Expert in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salesforce runs like a well oiled machine, which can be refreshing if you're coming from start-up chaos. They give you lots of options and support for career development/advancement. Work/life balance is good, and benefits are comprehensive.

    Cons

    This is a big company that focuses mostly on B2B tech, so it can feel very corporate. Vibe depends on which division you're in.


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  5. Great place to work at

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Marlboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Marlboro, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Salesforce (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company outlook and culture

    Cons

    Limited professional growth opportunity and lots of red tape


  6. A Lot of Opportunity to Make a Big Impact

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee Success in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Employee Success in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * A lot of opportunity to innovate - fairly good level of empowerment to decide how to do to the work * Smart, energetic, passionate people * Flexibility to work from home or the office; great office space, including the option to work from different "campuses" around the area; love the free barista-made coffee

    Cons

    * Would like to see more accountability for being great managers * Be great to have a real gym in our building (do get a fitness studio (no equipment) and gym discounts) * Better, healthier, more snack and lunch options, including a true cafe

    Advice to Management

    * Take more of a leadership role on leadership & management


  7. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time

    Pros

    Awesome culture. Fast Growth

    Cons

    n/a. no cons from me


  8. AE Role

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of growth opportunities, good pay, ability to impact customers business for the better.

    Cons

    lots to learn and things are always changing. high quotas.


  9. Amazing Company

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

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

    Pros

    Innovative, fast paced, great fun culture that cares about employees

    Cons

    Need to improve work/life balance


  10. Highly recommend

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Services
    Current Employee - Corporate Services
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salesforce full-time

    Pros

    Employees are treated as the #1 stakeholder and valued greatly. Theres a huge emphasis on career growth and employee services. There is a high emphasis on delivering results, but also good work life balance. Management is approachable and employees are passionate about what they do and are generally happy to be there.

    Cons

    Headcount is growing rapidly and at times feels like youre losing the community feel the company is known for. Could be difficult to maintain company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Continue valuing your employees and push to retain the small community feel despite the rapid growth in headcount.


  11. Data Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - November in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - November in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic Company and CEO Great employee perks Flexible work times Great location

    Cons

    Company is growing fast and so scope of work is reducing exponentially.



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