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IBM San Jose Reviews

Updated November 4, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 929 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 442 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    One of the best packages in bay area and challenging work

    Cons

    Lack managements if the team size is big as 20.


  2. "internship"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salary, very intelligent people, everyone very friendly/open to helping

    Cons

    Slower moving work environment, not as much innovation

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  3. "Software engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Very good company, good work life balance

    Cons

    Company staff average age is pretty high

    Advice to Management

    No


  4. "IBM salary"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-space, learning curve is also good

    Cons

    bad compensation, no good veg. food.

    Advice to Management

    Give good salary please!


  5. "One word: Nepotism"

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    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool projects (Watson), data researchers are cool

    Cons

    Old-fashioned, people work from home a lot

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people just because they know someone high up if they are under qualified


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Don't Forget It's a Large Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of people like to make the blanket statement that just because one's experience at a company was bad, then the company itself is bad. Yes, there have been horror stories about layoffs/RAs and out-of-date tech and annoying in-house software, but just remember that with how many teams and employees IBM has, your (potential) experience won't be like that of others.

    For example, I have:
    -seniors and managers who care deeply about my professional development
    -a modern tech stack, where almost nothing is internal (I'm looking at you, IBM Verse)
    -amazing work flexibility so I can balance my personal life and my work.

    For my priorities, my position at IBM is exactly what I needed for who I am and where I am in my life right now.

    Cons

    -Everyone has a lingering worry that they're going to get laid off, which isn't healthy for the morale or our work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    As a whole, the company's morale and image would benefit from being more transparent about their future intentions of their workforce, not just their products.


  7. "Good place for interning"

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    Current Intern - Applications Support in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Applications Support in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, great place to intern!

    Cons

    -Long processes to be followed to get work done
    -Internal tools rely on old technologies
    -Do not take up a Supplemental role!

  8. "IBM is a toxic environment to work."

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    Former Employee - Technical Sales in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Sales in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    IBM might have resources to help for training. But, IBM no longer teaches classes.

    Cons

    The grand ship IBM has been taking on water for years. The Captain, Ginni Rometty, has no idea how to save IBM and steers the ship closer to the rocks. Her lieutenants all act like puppets blindly following her terrible decisions. Watson is primarily a marketing campaign to make it apear IBM still does innovation. Definitely do not work in sales. Last year IBM reorganized sales to be by industry instead of its traditional regional organization. This reorg has been a complete flop with many top notch sales people being let go and the reorg resulted in a significant reduction in sales. Yet, the executives who implemented this decision are not held accountable. There is no respect any longer for the employee. The morale is the lowest it has been in the history of IBM. The only hope for IBM is that Ginni will retire soon.

    Advice to Management

    The IBM board of directors needs to wake up and fire Ginni.


  9. "Research Intern"

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    Former Intern - Research Summer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Research Summer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, nice people, they treat their interns well. Generous relocation support, full accommodation for 12 weeks, and nice monthly salary.

    Cons

    The research lab in South San Jose is a bit remote. If you work there then you definitely need a car to explore the Bay Area. The food could be better in the cafeteria. The IBM shuttle bus is not frequent enough.

    Advice to Management

    The food could be better in the cafeteria. The IBM shuttle bus is not frequent enough. Otherwise everything was fine.


  10. "Great Experience"

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    Former Intern - Blockchain in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Blockchain in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely flexible work hours.
    A very open-minded group of people, who are always more than happy to hear your thoughts.

    Cons

    Coordinating interns properly and organizing events.


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