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IBM San Francisco Reviews

Updated September 18, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1045 reviews)

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  1. "Portfolio Manager"

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    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.


  2. "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?

  3. "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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    "Good Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life freedom, pay and benefits, training/education

    Cons

    Big company, takes time to learn

    Advice to Management

    Don't fire/layoff/RA so much


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    "Be prepared to be laid off"

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    Current Employee - Client Support Specialist in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Client Support Specialist in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent health and 401k benefits

    Cons

    If your organization is acquired by IBM, you will be laid off. It is part of IBM's business model to "buy" organizations from companies and lay of the employees a year after acquiring them. Thereby avoiding lawsuits (because IBM employed you for a year), and making sure you get a tiny severance package based on the one-year you worked for IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Change your business model to something other than laying off US workers in favor for cheaper off-shore employees.


  6. "Staff Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New Technologies, Flexible Timings, Huge Presence

    Cons

    Management Politics in huge corporation, Poor Compensation

    Advice to Management

    Needs goal-driven management and fewer politics.


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    "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.

  8. "Executive Director"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Learning experience and technology exposure as well as innovation is amazing

    Cons

    Innovation needs to be much more aggressive


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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