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IBM San Jose Reviews

Updated February 9, 2019
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  • "Work life balance especially to new mothers" (in 1085 reviews)

  • "Low Salary growth in comparison" (in 528 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Apprentice in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Apprentice in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Little stress. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    No free food. In the middle on nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    Free food and free coffee


  2. "Data Center Technician"

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    Former Employee - Data Center Technician in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Data Center Technician in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small team you get to know well
    Training from ground up to get you up to par
    Coworkers are really helpful
    Good benefits and time off

    Cons

    Low pay compared to others

  3. "IBM Review"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Big company - moves at slow pace.

    Cons

    Work life balance especially to new mothers.


  4. "Old Company Trying to be Young"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance in most teams. IBM is trying hard to innovate in cloud, so there are many good projects to work on in that area.

    Cons

    Non-transparent management team. There is a clear sense of the old hierarchy system in work. Many information do not get pass down and employees don't get much of a say in important decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Be a lot more transparent.


  5. "WOW"

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    Current Employee - Cloud Solution Architect in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Cloud Solution Architect in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Honesty, being essential, awesome for technical people who get it.
    Generalist, Specialist, any level interested
    Focus on Customer Value, doing technology right, and business ethics.

    Cons

    What have you done for me lately.
    Huge gap between Technologist and Senior Management . (Senior Management is academic and bottom line (their RSUs)

    Advice to Management

    Stop flushing the front lines. Flush middle and upper management. Solve the entire customer problem not just piece parts.


  6. "Great colleagues but no vision."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, strong history, good engineers

    Cons

    No vision, becoming process focused, no focus on excellence.


  7. "Excellent experience and outstanding people!"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technical, professional, and leadership opportunities with amazing resources and a start up mentality!

    Cons

    Big company lots of products

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Most mismanaged company I ever worked for"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation are pretty good

    Cons

    Poor management, no direction, no communication, totally mismanaged company

    Advice to Management

    get real managers, hire people who has a vision and see past tomorrow


  9. "Intern at Almaden"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good location, well-known engineers, nice work

    Cons

    None, everything there was fine except commute


  10. "Good place for research"

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Research oriented company, good for publishing papers and patent

    Cons

    a bit under paid, still changing its scope to AI


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