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IBM San Francisco Reviews

Updated October 30, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1060 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 502 reviews)

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  1. "great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Internship Experience and Exposure to Software Industry"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great mentor
    Work like a full time
    Worked on a customer deliverable
    Free food

    Cons

    Older crowd of engineers who are stuck using old tech
    Underpaid compared to other big tech internships

    Advice to Management

    More competitive pay. Move the older crowd out, unless they can keep up with the changing industry.


  5. "A very rewarding intern experience that ended with a product I worked on being prepared for launch!"

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    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Emeryville, CA
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good competitive wages
    - Relocation stipend
    - Challenging work, not just filler intern work
    - IBM has an enormous set of resources that you can use to further your learning if your work is not enough for you, I ended up spending many of my free hours earning badges and looking into new tech
    - Very relaxed atmosphere, you could basically come in and leave any time you want so long as you made meetings, though obviously they needed to see you were doing work

    Cons

    - With a company as big as IBM, the pros and cons may vary by location. I worked at a very startup-y subcompany called Aspera, and it was great there, but I can't vouch for the rest of IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really, very rewarding experience!


  6. "IT Analyst"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady Work, large company, ubiquitous

    Cons

    Anachronistic Company, backwards culture, repressive

    Advice to Management

    Value and develop your employees


  7. 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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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?


  10. "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!


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