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IBM San Jose Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 782 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 392 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative culture, Drive towards innovation, Opportunity to work at the bleeding edge technologies in the areas of Cognitive, Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Security, Social, Machine learning, Blockchains, IoT to name a few. Supportive management at all levels.

    Cons

    General operational issues that any large scale company faces.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build culture of innovation that matters to IBM's clients, Empower IBMers to go beyond comfort zone, to take calculated risks and accomplish greater good for IBM.


  2. "Workday Integration Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Integration Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Integration Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to Work with

    Cons

    None, A good company to work with

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for the great opportunity


  3. "Great Company - Harder to Navigate, but doable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, lots of resources and leadership training

    Cons

    It is a really big company can can be intimidating to navigate. It is doable if you put yourself out there.

    Advice to Management

    Make things happen sooner. Because it is so large, there is a lot of "red tape", but I would like to see management act faster and implement changes quicker.


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  5. "If you're a self-starter, you can shine here."

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    If you're a self-starter, you can shine here.

    Cons

    Overall, not a lot of support.


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    "Operations Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting experience with many challenges

    Cons

    Very little personal time available

    Advice to Management

    More cross training to allow personal time


  7. "Very nice work culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Delivery Lead and SAP Basis Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Delivery Lead and SAP Basis Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Career Opportunities, Work/Life balance, Senior Management are very good.

    Cons

    Free facilities are little less for the employees.

    Advice to Management

    They were best no advice


  8. "senior software engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent team work and great process in developing qualify products.

    Cons

    Could have shorten the planning cycle in product development.


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    "IBM Almaden Research Center"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great location in South San Jose. Good salary.

    Cons

    Aging infrastructure and some questionable management.


  10. "Good office space"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Build and Release Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Build and Release Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    The location was great at the lab I worked at since it was a reverse commute.

    Cons

    Tough to make change in a new direction. Open source tools are discouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Why be so political when there are so many other things to consider.


  11. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with many different jobs and can change career within the company. It provides some training online and in classroom. The working environment is nice.

    Cons

    Employee benefit is getting worse and worse. Paid less among big companies. The company is heading downwards and shifting jobs overseas. Job security is minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO and find some smart people to manage the company.



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