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Salesforce Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
1,167 Reviews
3.8
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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. 149 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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    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.  

    Solid company, but far from a perfect employer.

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    Former Employee - Senior Enterprise Account Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Enterprise Account Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Salesforce full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great products, smart people. Many of the teams really do try to constantly improve their value by both general innovation and seeking feedback.

    Cons

    They tend to not pay salespeople as much as many other technology companies because they believe the demand to work there is so strong (recruiters frequently mention that they 'are more difficult to get into than Harvard'). The recruiting/hiring process is almost comically long for most people in Sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing for the most part. There are some areas of the company that do not use Salesforce anywhere close to as effectively as they could be, and it's been a constant source of frustration that there are still situations where the sales teams are asked to update a Google Doc with information needed for a customer event or something similar (as opposed to using Salesforce).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Salesforce

    Pros

    Flexible work life balance. Compensate well. Lots of possibilities to move up in the company.

    Cons

    Can't think of any worth noting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working at Salesforce

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    Current Employee - Lead Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Lead Member of Technical Staff

    I have been working at Salesforce

    Pros

    Salesforce is an awesome place to work; the hours are reasonable, handling of "overtime" or weekend work results in an equal amount given back as PTO, and there are tons of opportunity to move within and up in an organization.

    Cons

    It's a cloud based company that is mostly service orientated; they have mobile teams, but they are minor in the scheme of things and you aren't going to be working on the cutting edge of tech.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Constant change but a rewarding experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Salesforce

    Pros

    - Flexible with working from home
    - Dynamic employees and leadership
    - excellent benefits and employee perks
    - Innovative Technology
    - Well respected
    - Fun (at times)

    Cons

    - Constant change with management and org structures
    - No transparency
    - disorganized
    - too much "red tape"

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work, good people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good culture, salary and benefits

    Cons

    Many Sales oriented aspects of company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great people. Great culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Salesforce

    Pros

    Really enjoyed my time here. As an intern, I got the opportunity to work on some really exciting projects with a lot of responsibility. Happy hours were fun!

    Cons

    Paid a little less than I expected as an intern. Maybe have a base salary which is at par with other Bay Area companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fabulous place to work! The learning opportunities are endless.

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    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    High volume, fast pace leads to incredible learning opportunities; collaborative culture; colleagues are very willing to support you; good benefits; flexibility; management trusts its employees, as long as you get your work done; work-life balance; volunteerism is strongly encouraged

    Cons

    The company's growth is a great thing, but there are challenges with how this impacts corporate culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make sure all new programs and policies tie back to the company's famous Aloha culture. It is not easy to balance Aloha with corporate growth and change, but I have confidence that our leadership can accomplish this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Onboarding at Salesforce.com - company impression

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff

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

    Pros

    This company has a buzz, or pulse, that I can not really describe exactly. It has both young and old but both are equally energized. The customer base is solid and the company has critical mass to become a major force in cloud computing given the Salesforce1 Platform and extended clouds.

    Corporate values are as solid as they get, and they enforce the values, which is a very needed change from my last employer. It is one thing to talk, it is another to walk. A big draw for me was the 1:1:1 charitable focus. When a company commits stock to their foundation from day one, it speaks volumes to the values.

    Also, the company has a firm commitment to personal growth, that is enforced. Nice to see the teeth in the process. But they give you all the tools you need to be successful.

    Cons

    No real challenges so far other than things move fast and you have to keep pace. Not really a bad thing? Growing pains are evident here and there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Senior Systems Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Salesforce

    Pros

    great perks... good work.. fast moving

    Cons

    starting to see the potential pitfalls in becoming bigger and bigger

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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