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"An okay company to work for."

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Provides a very good environment for work life balance - the support is just awesome. You also get to work with people of various calibers coming from diverse backgrounds.

Cons

It is a set of independant companies competing with each other. The pay is substantially below the local market, but is presented to you as if you are earning a few percentage points above the market value. Its a mystery where HR gets these figures.

Advice to Management

Employees are savvy enough to see beyond the facade that management raises. It would help resolve some of the issues plaguing the company by treating them as partners instead.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are quite a lot of projects to be worked on and flexibility in working on other projects. There are a lot of intelligent people there for advice on all sorts of ideas and technologies.

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy for doing processes in a specific way. A lot of approvals need to take place before anything can be done, and information regarding anything HR related is difficult to find.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage personal growth and development, and allow ideas to incubate. Consolidate your products and product lines, there is far too much going on.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Company Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - work / life balance
    - 401(k) match is awesome
    - flexible work hours
    - vacation time is great
    - they don't work you to death (at least in my dept.)
    - free light rail pass for commuting
    - encourage learning, having a mentor, moving around in the company

    Cons

    - the ability to affect change is difficult because the company is so large
    - career growth is a slow process

    Advice to Management

    - listen to your designers when designing software products, not developers
    - focus on the user experience to retain customers and attract new ones
    - avoid pushing feature overload vs. designing a solid experience that customers want
    - in companies other than IBM, designers LEAD developoment - not the other way around. It's backwards at IBM (a VERY old mentality in product design)

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