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IBM San Jose Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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  1. "perfect work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    work life balance is good and the distance to commute

    Cons

    food is a big minus for everyone ...very less options


  2. "Awesome experience"

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with one of the best in the industry is an exhilarating experience. Awesome pay. Work is reasonable and team mates who are senior to you will help you and they understand it’s hard starting out as a fresh graduate.

    Cons

    Working with one of the best in the India is a damn scary experience. Besides this no such con. Just filling this out per Glassdoor’s 20 word limit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing.

  3. "IBM"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Do provide work life balance

    Cons

    Terrible bonus plan and 401K match. Heavy processes.


  4. "Poor management (San Jose )"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    Relaxed and slow work life

    Cons

    No agile development, very boring and slow life. Employees often work from hmoe so poor collaboration.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, Interesting work, Room to grow

    Cons

    Lacking many of the unnecessary, but nice to have benefits that a lot of other Tech companies in the Bay Area offer. (e.g. Free Lunch)


  6. "Wonderful Intern Experience"

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    Current Intern - Infrastructure Technician in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Infrastructure Technician in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great business and people! This opportunity helped show me what areas I needed to improve in but also showed me more of my strengths.

    Cons

    If you need micromanaging this is not the opportunity for you.


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    "IBM finding its way"

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

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

    Pros

    Bright, smart people. Generally lots of good collaboration and teaming. Lots of training available and expected.

    Cons

    Bad executive management decisions with no ownership or repercussions to execs. Quarterly layoffs, especially of older employees. Late to market in Cloud and SaaS. Re-orgs poorly thought out. Sellers in different units will often overlap, compete with each other, or fight for account control. Customer satisfaction is often low. Not living up to traditional IBM values.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house.

  8. "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for growth and work-life balance

    Cons

    Too many processes can slow down learning and making a difference


  9. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    One of the best packages in bay area and challenging work

    Cons

    Lack managements if the team size is big as 20.


  10. "internship"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, very intelligent people, everyone very friendly/open to helping

    Cons

    Slower moving work environment, not as much innovation

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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