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IBM San Diego Reviews

Updated September 1, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 896 reviews)

  • Long hours required during peak work periods (in 432 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Offering Manager"

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    Current Employee - Offering Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Offering Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Career opportunities + great colleagues

    Cons

    Low job security, especially when you get older (that's the rumor) + High chance you have to relocate to a specific office where they want you to go, not just any IBM office.

    Advice to Management

    The 'move back to the office' policy will likely cause some great colleagues to leave to an employer who offers more flexibility.


  2. "great place but be prepared for internal distractions"

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great company on the move. changing its profile from hardware to software. IBM Watson and IBM Marketing to me are the great leaps for them.

    Cons

    way too much internal paperwork in sales departments. Just insane internal systems. if you know them your ok but coming in is hard to maneuver and it takes a good year to ramp up.

    Advice to Management

    lets internal systems, more companies that offer these solutions instead of internal older tech.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "IBM GBS"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has a solid vision and plan to grow the IBM business and truly revolutionize businesses into a globally interconnected digital ecosystem

    Cons

    Work life balance is poor. No one simply works 40 hours per week as you're expected to support internal growth or business development efforts in the evenings or weekends at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest more in your employees with promotions and retention bonus


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Long term employee - joined via acquisition"

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Provides unique opportunities for employees, including advancing education, leadership training and the ability to move into new areas of the business without changing companies.

    Cons

    Quarterly pressure on results can lead to short term decision making, for example including short term cost controls, etc. Also, support for "mobile" employees seems to be changing in favor of locating groups of employees in specific locations, which apply constraints on specific roles and will lead to significant reduction in opportunities for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid short term decision making and "all or nothing" policies such as employee co-location, in favor of encouraging desired employee behavior via collaboration tools and incentives.


  5. "Consulting Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Wide variety of opportunities
    Crapo shoot on whether you can build a career in consulting with IBM

    Cons

    Too large to manage and a lot of opportunity to have bad project and bad managment
    Bonuses are not even close to competition
    Too many cooks in the kitchen. Every department wanted to add their $20mil to RFP's pricing us out of the market
    Consulting is not a good fit with IBM

    Advice to Management

    NA


  6. "IBM review as a network solution sales executive"

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    Current Employee - Networking Solution Sales Executive in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Networking Solution Sales Executive in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    IBM is an industry leader with strong client relationships.

    Cons

    Continued business changes and market focus create a challenging position to be successful in as a solution sales executive.


  7. "Hardware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company culture, family oriented.

    Cons

    Efficient is low, management should be more hands on

    Advice to Management

    Listen customers' feedback

  8. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Evangelist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Evangelist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company. Excellent training in Sales. Global Sales School of IBM is probably the best in the world. It is like 4 month mini MBA. Excellent resources and very bright people to work with. Great products.

    Cons

    400,000 people company is tough place. Many people who make decisions are not knowledgeable in all areas. They get to be decision makers since they did very well in some areas. Hence their decisions can take the company into difficult spots.

    Advice to Management

    Hire really strong people with rich experience. Make sure these people are placed in the right jobs and are given proper authority to take decisions.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "In long, slow, decline"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There have some great people, and interesting technology. The established products have a lot going for them.

    Cons

    They don't seem able to transform themselves from a company that makes money selling to established customers, to a company that can break into new markets. If a product doesn't make a profit right away, look for cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in yourself. Cost control can only stem the bleeding for so long, and it is eating the company from the inside.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be Good"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working remotely, health benefits, coworkers, and first line manager.

    Cons

    401(k) matching once a year, the lack of being able to reach anyone human in HR or any other department, lack of communication from the top.
    The biggest drawback, the constant layoff's, or as IBM calls them, Resource Actions. While Companies layoff employee's, it is usually to rid themselves of deadwood. At IBM, the cut to make the balance sheet look better. Currently they are laying off as the Company transforms itself, but after 4 years of declining revenues, quarterly layoffs, the problem is not the workers, it is the upper management. Being in sales if I have a few bad quarters, I get terminated, upper management has them and they get a bonus?
    Don't apply here if you want an employer you can grow with, here you will go down with the ship that is sinking faster than the Titanic.
    The CEO keeps changing direction and shedding assets to keep the shareholders earning.
    The ship is sinking a slow but deliberate death, unless the top managers are changed it will continue to decline.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the upper crust not making their numbers, get rid the CEO and her cronies, obviously the layoffs are not working to boost the productivity, they are morale killers. Look around the good people have left, you cut the remaining good folks, and that leaves a vert few of us to hold down the ship.
    You have forced me to look elsewhere. I want a company that leads by example, respects their employees, not subject to constant stress of am I next layoff mentality that has been projected, and keep the talent you have, stop alienating them.


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