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IBM San Jose Reviews

Updated August 15, 2018
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  1. "Great people to work with"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Wide variety of opportunities
    - Mentoring programs
    - Caring People
    - Work flexibility - work from home etc

    Cons

    - Too big
    - Pay package is kind of middle of the road
    - Some business units always fear layoff
    - Disconnect between leadership and employee some times

    Advice to Management

    - Improve pay
    - Improve culture by being more transparent
    - Recognize teams and not individuals


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    - great work environment, wfh too

    Cons

    - large company, difficult to move up


  7. Helpful (1)

    "IBM a great starting company to work for after graduation"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance and team!

    Cons

    Innovation is slow. Development is not fast enough.

  8. "Technical Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager 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

    Work from home, Watson group

    Cons

    Everything else is a con. salary is the biggest downside

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good Place to Start and Learn but not a Great Place to Stay Long-Term"

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    Former Employee - Business Strategy/Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Business Strategy/Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to get your start and learn about technology. You will get to understand the dynamics of different business models(i.e. SaaS/PaaS/Hardware/On-Prem Software) and learn about new technologies (i.e. blockchain, AI, Quantum). Option to work from home which lets you avoid the commute.

    Cons

    Compensation is below market; my base pay was comparable to average pay according to Glassdoor but the bonus was basically non-existent. I literally got ~$700 after tax for the bonus! Many underfunded products/projects and long lead times to get things done lead to subpar products that aren't competitive. No ability to retain good talent; see good people who can leave defect to other tech companies (i.e. Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Startups, etc.) all the time. Lack of opportunity to grow in the company. Since IBM is shrinking, there are almost no attractive opportunities to switch roles and get promoted. IBM is getting it's butt kicked by Google, Amazon, and Microsoft in IaaS/SaaS/PaaS and AI and it is unlikely IBM will be able to reverse this market trend anytime soon. Senior Management is too secure in their positions. IBM has underperformed vs. peers for a decade yet most of the Senior Management team have retained their positions.

    Advice to Management

    IBM has too many mediocre products...better to do a few things well and be a leader in those markets than doing a lot of things that are mediocre. Overall tech talent is poor....if you want to compete with tech companies for talent you need to match compensation and other benefits such as free food.


  10. "Great place to work when you aren't worried about lay offs"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to build a strong foundation in tech.

    Cons

    Seemingly annual re-org, which often leads to huge lay offs over recent years.


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