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IBM San Jose Reviews

Updated May 18, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 993 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 467 reviews)

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  1. "Computer Scientist"

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    Former Contractor - Lead Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Lead Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Work, Technology & Colleagues

    Cons

    None that I could think of!

    Advice to Management

    Think out of the box more!


  2. "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.

  3. "Great people to work with"

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    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


  4. "Lots of potential, way too much red tape"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    IBM has tremendous potential for its employees and customers. The breadth of products and roles that a person can hold makes the company incredibly attractive.

    Cons

    The red tape is ridiculous. After you get your manager's approval, you can place a request for pre-approval. You may need to go back and forth with the pre-approval group several times to get that part completed. Assuming your pre-approval is "approved", you can then place your request. Then you repeat your pre-approval experience. Assuming you make it through that stage, you then proceed with the expense. Once the invoice comes in, it goes through yet another round of approvals before being paid. Assuming that the process is "relatively straight forward" it may take months before you can submit your purchase. IBM's processes are out of whack. They're overly complicated. They've also forgotten that the people are the company's asset. They've gone through many RA's (euphemism for layoffs). The people left over after "surviving" the RA's feel disheartened. They no longer wonder IF they'll be laid off; they wonder WHEN they'll be laid off. Favoritism definitely plays a part of the RA process as well.

    Advice to Management

    IBM does have many talented people in management. They also have too many people in roles they are not qualified for. That doesn't mean they're bad people/employees; it means they either lack the skills or capacity for some roles. Quit making the ranks suffer through bad management in an attempt to mold someone without guidance. Either watch what happens to the area they're assigned to more closely and provide better mentors or just stop putting people in positions they just are not qualified to have.

    IBM could definitely stand to take a closer look at the tenets of the culture and make sure they are applied evenly all the way to the bottom of the organization.


  5. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Production management very knowledgeable. Did those things (LEAN) that made sense without making the ideas flavor of the month.

    Cons

    Old equipment. No money for investing in new equipment or new ideas.
    Owners were largely caretakers with no vision for future growth and expansion (ans subsequent growth for employees).

    Advice to Management

    Missed opportunity to make something great.


  6. "Great people!"

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    Former Intern - Summer Research Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Summer Research Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    A lot of collaboration possible, especially at IBM Research.

    Cons

    Management is old and needs to keep up with the latest technologies in order to compete with the giants.


  7. "Senior SAP FICO Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior SAP FICO Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior SAP FICO Consultant in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment and opportunity to work different countries.

    Cons

    Low compensation & Benefits&promotions

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Started great. Grew progressively worse over the years."

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    Former Employee - Advisory Information Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Advisory Information Developer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wide variety of work. Lots of talented people. Opportunity to learn. Design Thinking. A good place to gain experience before you jump to a thriving company. They’ve been around for 100+-year-old tech company. (Not sure if that’s a pro or a con.)

    Cons

    Soul-crushing executive leadership. Feels like a sinking ship. No 401K match until December so that they don’t pay the match if you leave or get laid off. Insultingly low bonuses. (Would be better if they gave you nothing at all.) Seeing the CEO grinning while sitting between Donald Trump and Jared Kushner was a source of embarrassment. (Although she wasn’t alone.)

    Advice to Management

    Quit taking bonuses and ridiculous executive pay until you get the company turned around. Your employees see your incompetence and your greed is demotivating. Get rid of “relative contribution” rating system, it’s rigged for grandstanding and promotes the worst team behavior.


  9. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Software in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    A diverse, inclusive, tolerating culture is codified.
    Formal procedures and channels for personnel issues.
    Opportunities for professional self-improvement.

    Cons

    Employees are just a resource--company has no loyalty. Layoffs can occur at any quarter if the budget demands.
    Some managers are too focused on protecting and enhancing their little kingdoms.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are your greatest asset; nurture them.


  10. "perfect work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    work life balance is good and the distance to commute

    Cons

    food is a big minus for everyone ...very less options


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