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IBM San Jose Reviews

Updated October 12, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1049 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 488 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "Not great but good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great benefit, work life balance.
    located in the south the middle of no where (go against traffic)

    Cons

    many level of managements,
    pay not as competitive as other giant techs

    Advice to Management

    na


  4. "IBM rveiew"

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    Current Employee - Cognitive Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Cognitive Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Watson is great to work in

    Cons

    Personal Growth is relatively harder


  5. "IBM Research"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Left alone to do your job. No micromanaging.

    Cons

    Bad pay, no advancement opportunities, raises are very rare.

    Advice to Management

    Company as a whole needs to treat employees better.


  6. "Solid company"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    skilled colleagues, mostly collaborative environment

    Cons

    financial pressures led to challenging environments and leadership


  7. "Amazing company"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, benefits, locations, inclusion, cafeteria food

    Cons

    I have. Of found any cons

    Advice to Management

    I believe management is doing a great Job

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Invaluable Work Experience & Looks Great on Your Resume!"

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    Former Employee - Information Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Information Developer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've never been surrounded by so many smart people, who genuinely enjoyed their work, and worked on some rad stuff. IBM is such a massive company, they truly are International. I lived in the US but my teammates were in Canada, China, and Israel. It was awesome to work with so many different people from all kinds of cultures. I got to work from home a lot because of the time zone differences. Also, IBM has some pretty cool research projects. And they really do encourage your personal development-- there are databases of excellent presentations that you can watch to teach yourself new skills.

    Cons

    Working from home makes it harder to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
    There is a proper procedure that must be followed for every little thing. Everyone gets hung up on bureaucracy to the point where it severely limits your productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the amount of bureaucracy compared to your employees' productivity. Imagine how much more your staff could get done if they weren't stressed out doing soul-crushing busywork that has no financial impact on the bottom line.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Software Advisory"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is changing a lot, employees get new mac books, HR is changing, even the tools are all changing. We have adopted Workday, Travis, GitHub, JFrog, etc.

    New employees get decent market salary.

    It's flexible and lay back unless you're in a hot project.

    If you work in emerging technologies with teams that are using latest tech then IBM is definitely a fun place to work at. Our leader is very flexible and allows us to build things from the ground up and use any technology necessary for our solutions. I often get to develop tools and products from end to end. (Disclaimer: I've only experienced this with my current manager/director and team. Most people in IBM aren't as lucky to have a leader like mine)

    The company is trying hard to get new blood who are passionate and talented but it's hard to keep them with the package they offer and specially the salary.

    If you are a new parent or are expecting, IBM would be perfect to work at. Like I said, it's very flexible and lay back. Most people work from home on Fridays and leave early when ever they need to.

     IBM is also great for new hires! Most new hires last 2 - 3 years.

    Cons

    • Annual Bonus is nothing ($500 - $600 after tax)
    • No stock options unless you are executive
    • No annual increases even with excellent annual reviews (top performer)
    • Hard to get a promotion unless you have a good manager that is respected and fights for you
    • Some employees are really old school and outdated - they make it hard to innovate and work on new ideas. They are really outdated, some can't even code and aren't technical. It's really surprising that a senior "technical" worker is not technical. Stay away from employees who have been in IBM for more than 6 years. A 10 year IBM employee is a huge red flag.
    • Most employees lack drive and passion. They do the minimum. (hard to innovate)
    • Not enough resources to kick off awesome projects
    • POLITICS (specially from people who aren't technical and are all talk)
    • I often feel like we develop demos and prototypes too often to make our managers, VPs and overall upper management happy and making them feel like we are doing awesome rather than focusing on building really good products. As long as the UI is beautiful, they don't seem to care.
    • Managers and senior people always play the game... it's like if they have a play book. They don't try.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the politics, more doing, less talking. Focus on making great products, help your people grow, motivate, innovate, reward your employees, change the old culture. If you focus on leading by example with passion, good ethics and drive the rest will follow.


  10. "Data Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good work culture, good work life balance

    Cons

    work is more related to data engineer than data scientist


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