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IBM San Francisco Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 870 reviews)

  • Long hours required during peak work periods (in 426 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Organization / Challenges / Learning"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent people, genuinely interested in your development
    Fantastic learning opportunities
    You see your role in the greater scheme of things and how your work translates to the betterment of the company as a whole
    Fast paced, never a dull moment

    Cons

    Pay is not as high as one would like for the comparative amount of work done compared to others in this position in other companies

    Advice to Management

    Improve the pay packages


  2. Helpful (1)

    "End User Support"

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    Former Employee - End User Support in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - End User Support in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Learned a lot of past IT knowledge from former co-workers and some managers.

    Cons

    Management cut too many jobs and went over seas for cheaper cost.

  3. "Customers"

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

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, travel benefits are a plus

    Cons

    Clients typically have a bad impression/connotation of IBM and consultants in general and create unnecessarily difficult work environments

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Managing Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant 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

    Peers have great experience and embrace culture of sharing knowledge.

    Cons

    Senior management not engaged enough with clients and workforce. Workforce endorses strategy but does not understand how senior management intends to execute on strategy. Workforce receives minimal or no salery increases while senior management receives large increases in spite of declining revenues and profits. This results in bad morale that senior management does not seem concerned about.

    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring bad morale problem and understand that declining revenues and profits are largely the result of employees that do not see relationship between effort and rewards.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "great company"

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    Former Employee - Advisaty Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Advisaty Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work , research oriented projects

    Cons

    work location and projects change often


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company - things to improve"

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

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

    Pros

    Global leader with continuous innovation and change

    Cons

    ongoing internal transformation causes disruption on business and it is difficult for sales people to succeed when they change your clients every 6 months

    Advice to Management

    whatever you decide to do GO WITH IT - stop moving things around every few weeks


  7. "Data Science Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    Brand name on Resume
    Interesting projects (if alloted) to work on
    Good pay

    Cons

    It is a very big company so as an intern you mostly feel lost because they don't have proper mentors assigned for every intern.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place and motivated people"

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

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was in cloud development department.
    People are ready to help, thus good environment to grow up.
    Company with great legacy.
    excellent HR.

    Cons

    Sometimes stagnant work.
    Hiring problems for international candidates.

    Advice to Management

    Going great


  9. Helpful (1)

    "marketing colocation initiative is a nightmare, and the company is too big to thriv"

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

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

    Pros

    overall I have had a good ride, but company is struggling

    Cons

    massive disruption in marketing organization due to forced relocation
    20 quarters of declining revenue due to massive transformation -- still unclear if leadership can make it successful
    company so large it has a hard time getting out of it's own way

    Advice to Management

    break the company up into smaller, more nimbler subsidiaries


  10. "Compnay is going downhill"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexability with work schedule, smart people to work with

    Cons

    To many processes, Upper management does not provide clear objectives


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