Why is SalesForce considered a great place to work?

Mar 30, 2018 70 Comments

Offer barely matches (that too with a one time joining bonus) my current salary. My Microsoft benefits are pretty good and we even have free food now - at least in the bay area. Other than slight difference in tech, what is the compelling reason to join SalesForce.. also do folks from FB, Amazon and Google really move to SalesForce?


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TOP 70 Comments
  • Salesforce UkIp66
    If you’re not a software engineer, it’s probably better than other places. But it’s definitely not a great place if you are in software.
    Mar 30, 2018 7
    • Salesforce dgka
      Bellevue office has strong chemical odors. Make you feel sick.
      Mar 30, 2018
    • Salesforce Monetary
      I love the Bellevue office. Has views of the lake and mountains. Free espresso bar staffed with barista and kitchen full of snacks are great too. Friends who have visited love the offices too. Yeah, the whole decor honestly seems cultish, but it’s fine after you get over it’s cheesiness.
      Apr 1, 2018
  • Salesforce / Eng -r
    Infra works on new shiny things and has stronger colleagues.
    Srini's org has more of an old stuff but more relaxed.

    Overall wlb is good, pay is not bad, we do have folks who switched from Amazon, google, and Facebook. A lot of ex-bing and ex-azure folks in Seattle but culture is different from MSFT. Politics exist but way better than MSFT and easily ignorable on the level below VP. Colleagues are very collaborative. A lot of groups work and contribute to open source projects. Overall I am lucky to work with really sharp folks but none of the Srini's guys made past infra's screening on my memory. YMMV.

    Somehow all these ex MSFT, ex Amazon etc folks managed to get offer that exceeds what they were earning or owere offered in other places.

    Stock refresh is not guaranteed and quite a few folks roll on to relaxed or do not understand expectations and never see stock refresh as result.
    Yes, FB and google may offer bigger paycheck.

    Easy to move between groups within infra.

    I.e. for me commute to salesforce is significantly better than commute to FB or Google, benefits are decent, and for the first time in 20 years I have weekends and evenings that I can spend with family, guaranteed. I can work from home 2-3 days a week, I learn new things and don't remember dealing with a single asshole during my tenure.
    I guess I'll stay for another year and see if my stock refresh next year exceeds this year's.

    Again, YMMV.
    Mar 30, 2018 4
    • Salesforce / Eng

      Salesforce Eng

      Ya I agree with what you said. I am with Salesforce for over 3 yrs now. I don't remember working any weekends at all not even checking my email. Except for may be 3 Sundays when I signed up myself to deployment coverage so that I can take extra days off later.
      Mar 31, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng

      Amazon Eng

      Anyone know anything about the flex team they have started in Dallas office?
      Jan 22, 2019
  • Salesforce b$vip
    It’s not. It’s all marketing gimmicks.
    Mar 30, 2018 0
  • Google Techmeme
    It’s not
    Mar 30, 2018 0
  • Facebook Owler
    And outdated tech too
    Mar 30, 2018 0
  • Salesforce VVyG70
    When I first watched Silicon Valley I knew that Hooli was loosely based on Google, but after I joined Salesforce I kept thinking about how it is literally Hooli. It’s kind of cult-like, and a lot of problems are left ignored to perpetuate this idealistic “Ohana”-#1CRM-BestCompanyToWork2018-culture. If your team is good, you’ll probably be fine, but there are definitely a lot of politics and bad egg managers/“directors” that can make work life shitty
    Mar 30, 2018 1
    • Salesforce / Ops

      Salesforce Ops

      Yes this is so true, alot alot of bootlicker managers that does next to nothing and left the brain at home just to act as a messenger to present up.
      Mar 31, 2018
  • Salesforce yidle
    Not worth joining salesforce if you are in tech. Certainly there are few bright people but mostly below average engineering, lot of politics.
    Mar 30, 2018 0
  • Microsoft wlb
    I think salesforce WLB is better than msft, but that is just from random people I have heard so far. Hopefully salesforce is less political also.
    Mar 30, 2018 2
    • Microsoft / Eng AmIEwok
      How much better can it be?

      Mar 30, 2018
    • Salesforce / Eng

      Salesforce Eng

      Infrastructure software dev
      Salesforce is most definitely NOT less political. Imagine 5000 engineers hungry to solve interesting problems but being forced to use outdated tech to solve uninteresting problems other companies solved 15 years ago.

      Starved hungry engineers + boring work = ravenous fights over the smallest technically interesting problems. Epic Game Of Thrones as the managers squabble over ownership and the executive leadership can only watch in despair because #Ohana.

      Stay at MSFT in my opinion.
      Mar 31, 2018
  • Salesforce Mulesoft
    WLB and Managers almost literally cannot fire you if you don't work.. Witnessed it first hand.
    Mar 30, 2018 0
  • Salesforce editprof
    Good work life balance (usually). But that's it. No yearly RSU refresh so if Microsoft provides that, then you're getting a pay cut to go to Salesforce.
    Mar 30, 2018 2
    • Microsoft / Eng AmIEwok
      Microsoft does give refreshers in about the same amount as your bonus, in my experience. It’s not based on your base, but it might as well be.
      Mar 30, 2018
    • Salesforce editprof
      Yeah... so don't go to Salesforce. You'll be lowering your pay by a lot
      Mar 30, 2018


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