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  • Probably couldn't find a better work-life balance anywhere in the bay (in 199 reviews)

  • great culture and 1/1/1 is inspiring (in 86 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a challenge but it is supported by management (in 162 reviews)

  • Fast paced, expect to be held to quota every month (in 91 reviews)

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  1. "Good team, mid-managers in over their heads"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Support Manager in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good co-workers
    humane climate (mostly)
    good compensation

    Cons

    beware being perceived as "too radical" (trying to innovate here) in your proposals to management. it will limit your career incredibly fast.

    Advice to Management

    quit telling staff you want them to innovate, and then clearly chopping them off at the knees when they try.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to learn how to listen to customers and build products they will love"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like the focus on usability testing to ensure the products don't create pain and curses when customers sit down and use them.

    Cons

    Product metrics are really hard to come by - it could take 4 months+ just to learn if anyone is using what my team had built.

    Advice to Management

    Fund the product metrics team for quicker feedback on what's useful and what missed the mark so corrections can be made.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "A fun but consuming job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work at salesforce is because you'll get to work in a highly competitive space with some of the smartest people in software. The product is truly innovative, and is a lot of fun to sell. The compensation and perks are great as well, you will get paid fairly, get a great benefits package, and a chance to work in downtown San Francisco.

    Cons

    Salesforce.com moves at light speed, and is filled with overachievers. On top of these, expectations on one's performance are always high. The result of this is that you will constantly be struggling to achieve a balanced work/life ratio. Salesforce.com is fun, and it can be fun to get completely involved, and to immerse yourself in your work. However, you will find that working nights and weekends is pretty much a requirement to keep up with the pace, management expectations, and your coworkers. Unless your a workaholic, this gets old, and is probably the main reason why people end up leaving the company.

    Advice to Management

    Trust that your employees do good work, in good time. Respect their need to have their time to live their lives and be with their families. Don't be afraid to push back on your own manager if you feel that your team is being overworked.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "smart politics .. bad management, especially mid level managers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    smart developers.
    philanthropy is advocated.
    Cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Politics
    Beware of Mid & senior level managers. They spend a lot of time trying to get projects, even if it mean screwing people who report to them. Unless you have a sugar daddy in management, don't expect promotions !!!

    Advice to Management

    Mid level managers need to be trained.
    reduce the politics ... one thing that can help is stop pitting managers against each other.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great executive team, but middle management are terrible people-managers. Too many gunners, and too few team-players."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product. Innovative culture. Leader in its market. Fast pace and exciting work.

    Cons

    Too many gunners, not enough true team players.
    Most middle management are terrible people managers...they are really high-level individual contributors who are just thrown into those roles.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your middle management are actually trained and measured on their people-management skills. When the economy picks up, you will see an exodus of some very talented people because of the bad politics at the middle management layer, and their lack of people-management skills.