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IBM San Francisco Reviews

Updated November 2, 2017
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  1. "Senior Manager Product Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Company has an amazing portfolio and talented engineers. The company is rapidly simplifying its internal processes, roadmap and leadership. They definitely have the lead in AI, Hybrid & Blockchain. Co-location was a good thing for culture and speed. Work life balance is good, and people are very respectful compared to most tech companies in the Bay Area. I think they're on the right path to turning the company around quickly!

    Cons

    None that I've noticed so far.

    Advice to Management

    As the company is changing quickly, Ginni should have a comms. person continuously communicating internally with a clear vision and results. Simplify day to day work and internal systems and tools. Break down silos. Make things simpler. Reduce the number of things IBM employeees need to do vs. add.


  2. "Technical Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Technical in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move to various businesses. Name recognition.

    Cons

    Poor retention rate since IBM's revenue has dropped while the Dow increases every year. No severance for employees on incentive programs. Continually laying off workers over 55.

    Advice to Management

    Loyal employees are your greatest asset. Treat them accordingly, not as disposable assets.

  3. "Too much internal focus - need customer first!"

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

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

    Pros

    Many resources, deep technical product knowledge(if you can find the correct resource) and dedication to employee growth

    Cons

    Too much transition of account ownership, management, team structure and compensation. Teaching the customer to not engage with IBM reps given constant turnover of account and product ownership.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stay the course.


  4. "Review"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for years ago. Has changed a lot

    Cons

    offshore hiring for onshore jobs

    Advice to Management

    make america great


  5. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure and lots of opportunities
    Lots of learning
    Salary near to market standard
    Global presence, ease of movements
    Market leader and great value

    Cons

    You are of your own. Nothing will happen unless you push it
    Promotion rate very low. For better raise better to switch rather then stay


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Managing Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility, work at home

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, company not growing in past few years

    Advice to Management

    Hire more relatively young employees so that those with medium experience levels get opportunities to manage, instead of remaining individual contributors.


  7. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    Not much oversight, good vibes and great money

    Cons

    No one-on-one learning, Really hard to shadow someone, helped my skills but not my experience working vs school

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Getting paid for sales is like The Hunger Games"

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

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

    Pros

    Still some good people are there. Decent pay and benefits. The company does care about diversity (except for the layoffs of older employees dubiously called "skills transformation.") The company has a few good senior leaders.

    Cons

    In software sales for large accounts, you get paid based on a subjective judgement rather than how much you sold. You have to prove that you worked on a deal. Many people who helped on large deals get nothing, and then those people get PIPs for lack of performance.
    The company is still driven by EPS rather than by making customers successful and employees feel valued.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to save money by reducing sales incentives. Sellers are your most important asset, and you need to give them some credible belief that if they achieve business results for IBM, they will get paid.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IBM is in trouble and sinking fast"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was able to work from home for 12 years.

    Cons

    Pay raises are virtually non existent. I was told to move from California where I worked from home to Chicago to work in an office. I chose to leave IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and get a clue, you're running IBM into the ground and employee moral is rock bottom.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing"

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

    Pros

    You're exposed to a lot of other IBMers who do different things, so you're constantly learning and evolving and discovering more and more about yourself and your interests. You get a lot of support; everyone here are 110% down to talk to you if you need help or if you just want to learn more about what they do.

    Cons

    Sometimes the people you work with don't get back to you as quick as you'd like them to.


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