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IBM San Francisco Reviews

Updated May 4, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 993 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 467 reviews)

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  1. "Large and In Charge"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic network of some of the smartest people in the world

    Cons

    Lengthy processes to change house-keeping details (personal details, access to programs, etc.)


  2. "Not bad for a big company"

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    Current Employee - WW Performance Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - WW Performance Marketing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Can really make a big global impact if you can get the resources aligned.

    Cons

    Tries to be fast and agile but often just running around with heads cut off .

    Advice to Management

    Get clarity on roles so individual contributors can contribute to their max.

  3. "Very smart and dedicated colleagues, but the company leadership values shareholders over employees."

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of women in leadership which means voices of women on teams are included. Incredibly smart and dedicated staff. Culture of collegiality.

    Cons

    Constant churn of layoffs and shifting strategy. There is little change in leadership and new industry experts are exited out.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on industry expertise to build diversified accounts over transactional business as usual in low growth segments (hardware, software, ERP.)


  4. "Respectable brand with misguided management"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Matching 401k
    Good Pay
    Smart Coworkers
    Top Technology to Sell
    IBM Watson

    This job provides good experience with a well known company. This makes it easy to approach prospects by cold call / email.

    Cons

    Management constantly changing the direction of the company
    People get laid off if your division isn’t doing well
    Crappy CRM and internal business tools
    Dumb processes that slow down the sales process

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexibility


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Hopeless Business Unit"

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    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Proximity to incredible researchers
    Plenty of practitioner-level talent

    Cons

    It's a hopeless, confused situation for some Business Units. Middle and upper management should be replaced entirely. No strategy, no sense of direction or purpose, and our competition is eating us alive. A lot of management promotions will leave you scratching your head, too. Like, are your products are stagnant? Do you hire ridiculously bad managers? Is your staff morale in the toilet? Have you experienced more attrition than anyone before you? Promoted.

    On top of it all, good luck trying to get a promotion, access to new software, or even a steady supply of napkins or cups in the kitchen. IBM can't afford it.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire visionaries. People with experience leading and making an impact. And please, please just let go of the people who fail to perform. Many products, employees, and of course millions of dollars in revenue are at risk.


  6. "sad state"

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

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

    Pros

    still on leading edge development

    Cons

    too many to list.
    Stack ranking, PBC, too much of dead wood
    0 career opportunity

    Advice to Management

    replace entire middle and senior management


  7. "Marketing Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home
    Work Life Balance
    Plenty of career opportunities to do many different things

    Cons

    spend a lot of time in phone meetings
    sometime you feel invisible as the organization is too big and you dont always know what the upper management is thinking.

  8. "Great"

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

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cloud is growing with diverse applications

    Cons

    Privacy risks, saturation of market

    Advice to Management

    Keep calm and carry on


  9. "Executive"

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

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

    Pros

    Great collegues & high integrity culture,

    Cons

    Becoming agile, and investing more in services talent and visionaries

    Advice to Management

    Dig deeper into issues and talk to the people on the ground and in trenches, and hire visionaries who have executed plans vs corporate managers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Tug and pull of Flexibility and Processes/bureaucracy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Offering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Offering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to explore and work on what you want (though this obviously varies per manager)

    Cons

    Internal politics, processes, paperwork, processes, and difficulty finding the right resources/info

    Advice to Management

    Create cohesive goals that are tracked, data oriented, and realistic. Incentivize leaders to not fight each other but work together cross-functionally.


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