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IBM San Jose Reviews

Updated December 11, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1071 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 510 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome experience"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. 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.


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