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IBM San Jose Reviews

Updated June 25, 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 850 reviews)

  • Working long hours is pretty typical (in 420 reviews)

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  1. "Overall a great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, very supportive to a diverse workforce, cutting edge research, excellent resources to accomplish the research you're interested in, senior management is trying to shift the culture and business model in a modern and positive direction

    Cons

    Old mentality in some individuals, esoteric and inefficient policies for HR, purchasing, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire a more diverse workforce.


  2. "Awesome experience to work with IBM"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team and good exposure

    Cons

    Upper management issue. Re-org happens usually in a month


  3. Helpful (1)

    "IBM Management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is currently top notch

    Cons

    Pay not as competitive. Company in transition so job security is questionable

    Advice to Management

    Consider competitive pay. Use design thinking in decision making. Stick with a strategy for long enough to reap the benefits. Control the chaos


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Project Executive - Emerging Technology Division"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Executive - Emerging Technology Division in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Project Executive - Emerging Technology Division in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Can tackle large projects if you are into that kind of thing.

    Cons

    In financial distress.... no job is safe, and cuts are random.


  5. "The worst company to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Put IBM in your resume, may be impressive to some recruiters.

    Cons

    - compensation is under the average in bay area.
    - no room to grow.
    - The higher level managers are, the less Software knowledge they know.
    - healthcare insurance is one of the worst package across US. I had to pay triple price to get 1/3 benefits comparing with my current employer offers.
    - Manager calls you anytime they want, even 5AM on Saturday/Sunday Morning.
    - Lay off at least fourth times per year. Ginni increase IBM's income by laying off people with something she calls to hire more new talents.
    - If you're good engineer, do not ever apply for a job at IBM. IBM isn't worth for even 1 cent in your career.
    - Free coffee only from 2pm - 4pm in SVL site? One of the worst coffee service in Bay Area.


  6. "Smart, nice people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Many smart, academically accomplished employees who are nice and respectful to each other

    Cons

    Some employees may be too academic, too non-hands-on


  7. "Once A Great Company... A Little Shaken Right Now.. But Under The Right Leadership Can Rise Again!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Watson ( and Bluemix to an extent) will be a game changer for company over the next few years as the use cases for AI gets vindicated by small and medium sized companies all over. The Agile transformation over the past few years has definitely put IBM in a position where it can now compete with other nimble companies in a more lean manner. There is a a lot of opportunity for an employee to focus on learning and enhance their skill sets.

    Cons

    1. Compensation is paltry compared to other players in the market.
    2. High probability of getting stuck with a manager who does not care for you or the company.
    3. Even with a good manager and a stellar performance record, it is very difficult to get promotions these days.
    4. Difficult to stay motivated because of all the above reasons - which lead to a not-so-fulfilling day @work.

    Advice to Management

    Companies tend to see both a positive and a negative trend in performance and growth over their lifetime. It is individual motivation and passion then which keep the talented employees to continue fighting the battle. And that really boils down to the managers who can truly determine if the employees reporting to them are satisfied and motivated enough.

    ".. People leave managers, not companies.. " is true more often than we like to believe.
    Senior management need to look into this and work with first line managers on improving their leadership, relationship and trust building abilities


  8. "Good learning"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can learn lot of new stuff. Flexibility. Depends on which team you join, but mostly positive.

    Cons

    Being a big company has its disadvantages. Mainly the processes involved in releasing a product can be lot and delaying.


  9. "Best company to work next generation products"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of innovation and focus on new products

    Cons

    Nothing that I could remember


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Sales - Cloud @ IBM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - as IBM is a huge conglomerate, you can have many different career experiences in one place.
    - despite all the negative press, the company has a strong balance sheet and strong product margins, i.e. good stability and a cautious view on taking risk
    - good benefits, though like most companies they pare back - 401k match (up to $16k annually), deferred comp for high income earners, low-cost medical.
    - if you are good at your work, work/life balance is at least possible

    Cons

    - need to negotiate starting salary strongly - raises/promotions are very, very rare
    - bonuses even on sales plans seem totally subjective and random
    - 60% of your colleagues suck, and somehow the resource actions never seem to get those people
    - near constant organizational and territory change disrupts client and partner relationships, a competitive disadvantage and leads to a lot of internal "self-promotion"


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