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IBM San Francisco Reviews

Updated July 26, 2018
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  1. 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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. 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.


  5. "Good but not Great"

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

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

    Pros

    Easy, laid back, fun, independence, openness

    Cons

    too big, hard to network, bureaucratic, slow, small expense budget, disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Commit to something, anything at all, for more than 1 year.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. "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.)

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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


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