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IBM San Francisco Reviews

Updated September 8, 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 (2)

    "Amazing"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You're exposed to a lot of other IBMers who do different things, so you're constantly learning and evolving and discovering more and more about yourself and your interests. You get a lot of support; everyone here are 110% down to talk to you if you need help or if you just want to learn more about what they do.

    Cons

    Sometimes the people you work with don't get back to you as quick as you'd like them to.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Getting paid for sales is like The Hunger Games"

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    Current Employee - Software Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still some good people are there. Decent pay and benefits. The company does care about diversity (except for the layoffs of older employees dubiously called "skills transformation.") The company has a few good senior leaders.

    Cons

    In software sales for large accounts, you get paid based on a subjective judgement rather than how much you sold. You have to prove that you worked on a deal. Many people who helped on large deals get nothing, and then those people get PIPs for lack of performance.
    The company is still driven by EPS rather than by making customers successful and employees feel valued.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to save money by reducing sales incentives. Sellers are your most important asset, and you need to give them some credible belief that if they achieve business results for IBM, they will get paid.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Decent old-line company where you need to be moving around a lot"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity to create your own career paths.
    Great, smart employees to work with and for.
    Lots of exciting travel to work on customer problems, both domestic and international level.

    Cons

    If a manager and their employee DO NOT get along for whatever reason, your IBM career will most likely be over unless you can move out of the division you're in to something with a new manager.
    Too many employees who have been working there for 25+ years and are pulling down the competitive quotient to move the company forward.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house with a lot of layoffs in the middle management level worldwide.


  4. "Never ending flow of new products, services , clients and technical growth"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ibm's sheer size allows one to migrate easily to achieve growth goals without quitting . Because ibm is on a competitive growth curve to be the most relevant cognitive company- opportunities to learn machine learning, Watson, data science , IOT and more are endless

    Cons

    Can be a bit of a challenge managing the enterprise red tape . Antiquated internal systems of record make the day to day tasks such as project management, time management, sales pipeline even Core HR experience is hell. Sometimes you just gotta buy software from a competitor folks! We can't be experts at everything!


  5. "GWC DBG intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    -interacted with amazing IBMers every day who were genuinely interested in my future career and networking
    -managers were really great, very passionate and supportive
    -IBM Watson West office in SF is great- wonderful people and environment
    -overall environment at IBM is very warm and welcoming, people always want to help

    Cons

    -sometimes there was confusion over our assigned projects because our project managers seemed to be on different pages (this was resolved)
    -wish we had more regular times to meet with our managers, our managers were always willing to talk with us, but it was difficult not having a weekly meeting period for us to check in

    Advice to Management

    -keep on letting the interns have free-rein of the office!
    -clarify what projects the interns are supposed to be doing beforehand
    -keep on being amazing!


  6. "End of summer"

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    Current Intern - DBG in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - DBG in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    executives, managers, and advisors are very open and approachable to having conversations with interns.

    Cons

    the company culture is not up to date with many other tech giants

    Advice to Management

    make sure there is a manager that is regularly at the office. We had one that traveled very often


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Mediocre"

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - they know how to promote the company
    - will teach you long term endurance in getting through projects
    - supportive community internally

    Cons

    - not a lot of growth potential for designers
    - low retention rate
    - often feel stuck doing work that doesn't make sense
    - company is so large communication becomes nearly impossible

  8. "Excellent Organization / Challenges / Learning"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent people, genuinely interested in your development
    Fantastic learning opportunities
    You see your role in the greater scheme of things and how your work translates to the betterment of the company as a whole
    Fast paced, never a dull moment

    Cons

    Pay is not as high as one would like for the comparative amount of work done compared to others in this position in other companies

    Advice to Management

    Improve the pay packages


  9. Helpful (1)

    "End User Support"

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    Former Employee - End User Support in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - End User Support in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Learned a lot of past IT knowledge from former co-workers and some managers.

    Cons

    Management cut too many jobs and went over seas for cheaper cost.


  10. "Customers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, travel benefits are a plus

    Cons

    Clients typically have a bad impression/connotation of IBM and consultants in general and create unnecessarily difficult work environments

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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