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Salesforce Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
1,119 Reviews
3.9
1,119 Reviews
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Pros
  • People value a work / life balance and it's easy to maintain if you stay focused (in 53 reviews)

  • Some really smart people working here and the work-life balance has been really good (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. 133 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the Typical Corporate America

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Developer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - User Experience Developer in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    I enjoy my flexible schedule to allow a healthy work life balance. My benefits are second to none with wellness buck reimbursement, employee stock purchasing, our company and floating holiday schedule, opportunities for quarterly bonuses, and outstanding healthcare. I also love that our company has clear and distinct goals from the top down for each year and I feel like I'm contributing to the bigger picture for the company.

    Cons

    A couple processes have been caught up with red tape throughout my time here, but that will happen with a big company. Overall, I have few complaints about my time with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company and Great People

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

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

    Pros

    - Many smart and capable people
    - Visionary CEO
    - Excellent Pay and Benefits
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    Cons

    - Start up like culture with shifting priorities
    - Frequent product acquisitions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very Happy

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

    I have been working at Salesforce

    Pros

    Good management, lots of perks, options to work from home/remotely, emphasis on collaboration and innovation, the company is doing VERY well financially

    Cons

    Very large organization can be difficult to navigate, pressure to succeed can burn some people out, Portland site does not have much room for career development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of career development is the #1 reason for turnover. Even if employees don't have higher positions to strive for, they will stay longer to take advantage of career development opportunities that will transfer. It's a perk whose impact is difficult to measure, but it's very worthwhile.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Executive in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Accounts Executive in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Flexible, employees are hard workers

    Cons

    Culture is dying from ExactTarget

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great culture, can find interesting projects, but slowly moving to large corporation mentality

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Performance Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Performance Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Managers re goal oriented, if you want can always find interesting projects to advance your skills. Employees are valued. Amazing benefits

    Cons

    As company grows it is slowly moving to typical large corporation where meetings take over results, hiring can be done based on "we need to hire anyone not to loose quota)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim some fat, gain start-up philosophy where result matter not process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    So far, so good.

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

    I have been working at Salesforce

    Pros

    High-paced, competitive, smart people, competitive pay.

    Cons

    High quotas, stressful environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More perks to compete with other tech companies in the area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Strategist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Marketing Strategist in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules and working environments.

    Cons

    Culture and the work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Dynamic and fast-paced culture, high intensity and highly rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Corporate Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Salesforce

    Pros

    Lot's to learn from coworkers, 1st in class technology that sells very well, very good chance to make your number if you work hard and smart.

    Cons

    A con for some people is that you have to work out of the office as opposed to many other software companies, but other than that it is really a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very innovative company; great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Industry leader
    Great technology to sell
    Tremendous surrounding talent
    Strong work/life balance

    Cons

    Constantly shuffling territories; realigning
    Quotas increase significantly YoY

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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