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IBM San Jose Reviews

Updated September 19, 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 896 reviews)

  • Long hours required during peak work periods (in 432 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Forget It's a Large Company"

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of people like to make the blanket statement that just because one's experience at a company was bad, then the company itself is bad. Yes, there have been horror stories about layoffs/RAs and out-of-date tech and annoying in-house software, but just remember that with how many teams and employees IBM has, your (potential) experience won't be like that of others.

    For example, I have:
    -seniors and managers who care deeply about my professional development
    -a modern tech stack, where almost nothing is internal (I'm looking at you, IBM Verse)
    -amazing work flexibility so I can balance my personal life and my work.

    For my priorities, my position at IBM is exactly what I needed for who I am and where I am in my life right now.

    Cons

    -Everyone has a lingering worry that they're going to get laid off, which isn't healthy for the morale or our work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    As a whole, the company's morale and image would benefit from being more transparent about their future intentions of their workforce, not just their products.


  2. "Great Experience"

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    Former Intern - Blockchain in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Blockchain in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely flexible work hours.
    A very open-minded group of people, who are always more than happy to hear your thoughts.

    Cons

    Coordinating interns properly and organizing events.

  3. "Good work, not so good company."

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Work is research oriented, there are chances of getting a paper and a patent within 12 weeks.
    Good accomodation - Mariott, where all the other interns live together.

    Cons

    Low Pay compared to other tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Amazon.
    Not much interaction within the team, I couldn't learn much about what others in my team are working on


  4. Helpful (1)

    "IBM Review"

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

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

    Pros

    Only WFH flexibility is the reason good employees are with IBM.

    Cons

    Looks like in recent years the trust is depleting and technically experienced employees are leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the salary to market standards

    IBM Response

    Sep 8, 2017 – Program Consultant - IBMer Engagement

    Thank you for your feedback. IBM does regularly review salary benchmarks and update pay scales based on experience, performance, role, skill type, ect. We also encourage all IBMers to have regular... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Research Staff Member"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Calm Environment, Nice People, Ethics,

    Cons

    Very little perks or sometimes none.


  6. "Sr. Technical Support Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great team.

    Cons

    Remote team w/o much interaction


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid IBM Systems (z/OS, CICS, IMS, DB2, MVS, DFSMS...)"

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

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

    Pros

    When you are hired out of college you'll be protected for about 2 years, usually as long as your hiring manager and 2nd line stick around.
    If you get visibility and perform well early on in your career then you can get fast tracked for your entire career! You'll almost always get more opportunities than people not on the fast track and be able to fail repeatedly without much consequences.

    Cons

    People on fast trackers must never say no to an idea. Often management has brought you an opportunity they think will help your career, rejecting it implicitly means you are rejecting their help and you will be punished for it.
    People not on the fast track are doomed to middling careers without much growth.
    You'll notice a huge gap between software development veterans (20+ years) and younger talent. This shows that IBM doesn't do a good job of keeping younger people happy as you progress in your career. The older folks are there because they can't find another job. The mid-career people are all gone because they realized there is no future except for a few fast trackers at senior, STSM or DE. The early career people are there because they don't know better yet.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring managers need to have the integrity to be honest with college grads they hire that by working in z/OS they will lose a chance to work at software company. The trade off is flexible work schedules and a reliable job for 10-15 years. Please stop selling new hires on a "wave" of young people changing the mainframe when that wave consistently vanishes every 2-5 years after people realize executive management doesn't live up to its promises.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunity to expand professional skill set"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home and for the most part, define your own working hours.

    Cons

    Working across international time zones. Sometimes working very early or very late hours to accommodate team meetings.


  9. "Software Developer Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Developer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Software Developer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    This is so far my best internship experience. I had the chance to lear a lot of new technologies (Node.js, JavaScript). We used IBM DSX tools, wrote our own blog. My manager, mentors and everyone made us feel like we are a big part of the team, provided us with great guidance, and help. Many execs attended our sprint playbacks. Everyone gave us great feedback.

    Cons

    The location I worked at doesn't have much open space environment. It is more like everyone has their own office room. As an intern I got to sit along with other interns in small open area. But I would prefer a big open space environment.


  10. "Amazing Experience"

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

    I have been working at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    Good team, Flexible work hours. Best and understanding manager.

    Cons

    Pay compared to other software companies in Silicon valley.


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