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IBM San Francisco Reviews

Updated November 19, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1071 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 510 reviews)

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  1. "Director of strategy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A lot of freedom to operate and innovate

    Cons

    A lot of freedom to not do your job

    Advice to Management

    More personal responsibility


  2. "It's a stable job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - management takes care of employees work life balance

    Cons

    - UX researcher role not established quite yet

  3. "Laid-back environment, but lack of work consistency"

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    Former Intern - Digital Business Group in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Digital Business Group in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Everyone was very nice and the office environment was very laid-back
    - Very easy to work from home
    - Office and amenities were quite nice

    Cons

    - Lack of consistency in work and projects
    - Often felt underutilized as an intern
    - Work-from-home culture also a negative because it was hard to connect with people

    Advice to Management

    - Encourage intern managers to spend more time in the office
    - Develop stronger relationships between interns and their managers
    - Actually assign meaningful work to interns


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    "Sales Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity, great pay & benefits, large company

    Cons

    complex, red tape, political, bureaucratic


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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?


  9. "QA Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  10. "Portfolio Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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