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IBM San Francisco Reviews

Updated October 16, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1049 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 488 reviews)

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  1. "Portfolio Manager"

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    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging work, important to create value for investors.

    Cons

    Can be long hours spent in front of a computer.


  2. "great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job freedom, pay benefits, chance for advicement

    Cons

    Constant push for revenue without rest,.
    Quest for for and more revenue as product prices decline

  3. "Still needs to improve, executive top heavy"

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    Current Employee - Associate Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    autonomy and freedom to work in many different way and places around the world.

    Cons

    bureaucratic and old way of thinking when trying to win new business.


  4. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Environment is slow. Too many meetings than coding.


  5. "Summit Program"

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    Current Employee - Summit Program - Solution Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Summit Program - Solution Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, easy, and an ability to make lots of friends your age.

    Cons

    Very little to actually do.. why am I getting paid?


  6. "QA Engineer"

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

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment was very motivating and inspiring as well as flexible!

    Cons

    The culture is a hit or miss depending on which office/company within IBM you find yourself in. Also, HR at IBM is probably the worst ever.

    Advice to Management

    Better supplement incoming employees with the necessary resources and information to get themselves on their feet, especially if they're relocating!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Got Lucky with a Great Team and Non-Legacy Product"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At the time of my employment, IBM was providing a 3-month bootcamp for new hires, where they essentially walk you through how to design for an enterprise company. I felt extremely fortunate to have started my professional career with this program, as it taught you how to collaborate, organize, present, and execute outside of a college context.

    IBM's Design program also cares deeply about company culture, and hire people that I found to be some of the best to work with in my professional career. They understand that the ability to collaborate is far more important than talent alone.

    Additionally, I found extensive room to grow during my career at IBM. My boss allowed us to create our own programs, such as "learning sessions" to learn, for example, Github from our front end dev, and attend conferences. Teammates who stayed on after I left were also promoted to leads to reward their growth and contributions. If you find the right team within the company, the opportunities were invaluable.

    Cons

    Retention. Unfortunately, the structure of this bootcamp led to lofty expectations of work environments outside of the Austin office. I gave such a high rating because I personally was very fortunate to be part of a great product we have a lot of personal control in, and saw through from research to launch. However, it really comes down to the team and the office location. The design program is large, and every experience I've heard has varied greatly, along with how long they stayed on at IBM.

  8. "Senior Engineering Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance
    Work/exposure to bleeding edge tech
    Great 401K

    Cons

    Base pay is good but not topped with bonus/stock options
    Health Insurance for employee is paid for, but family gets expensive

    Advice to Management

    It is never clear how the business is doing and what steps are taken across each vertical (sales, product management). Each department has their own agenda instead of common high level goals.


  9. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to expand

    Cons

    Not very organized senior management


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Bogged down by corporate policy and a ridiculous amount of low/mid-level managers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good 401k plan

    Cons

    Focused on moving work off-shore. Hard to get any actual work accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Let people get work done.


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