Ariba

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Ariba Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
238 Reviews
2.9
238 Reviews
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Pros
  • There's a decent work-life balance s (in 14 reviews)

  • Excellent work environment, plenty of opportunities to learn and advance ones knowledge (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • For senior management there may not be much of work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • If 40% of staff is only managing who is left out to do Bug Fixing (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Politics and Favoritism

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Ariba full-time

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Flexible schedule
    - Some great co-workers and smart employees willing to help
    - Opportunity to learn a lot about software technology (ERP and SaaS)
    - A few good managers who actually get in the trenches with you, provide on-going training and development, and show a genuine interest in helping team members advance
    - Made some life long friends with some truly caring people with good hearts.

    Cons

    - A lot of management play favorites and senior leadership ignores this even though it is obvious to everyone that it goes on, especially in certain departments.
    - Promotions and career advancement are stalled/blocked by upper management and HR.
    - Sense of management not caring when you bring issues to them and give you a feeling that you are on your own to fight your battles.
    - Upper management is aware of cheating going on with certain individuals/teams but turn a blind eye because they want to make their monthly and quarterly numbers and bonuses.
    - Company does not take care of employees, lets them get frustrated and unwilling to fix internal issues.
    - Management gets bogged down in metrics and micro-managing.
    - God forbid you ever ask a question to a senior manager or executive that is deemed 'tough' or makes them feel uncomfortable when they ask for questions on a conference call or in a meeting. Senior leadership only want to hear positive feedback and accolades of how great they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Take care of your employees who have consistently worked hard and performed at the top.
    - Don't let your upper management frustrate your good employees to the point of them wanting to leave.
    - Nip the favoritism that some directors and vice presidents have been allowed to practice.
    - Communicate better with your employees.
    - Invest in your employees and help them achieve their goals.
    - Get rid of the old management style of "top down" mentality. Create a more open and collaborative atmosphere that would be more conducive to productivity and employee satisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Customer Support Ran Like Highschool

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ariba

    Pros

    The employees I worked with, original "potential" of growth, "cutting edge" procurement software.

    Cons

    Where to begin... Promotions are not merit, experience or skill based, rather they are strickly based on looking or acting a certain way. When confronted about why people with lower satisfaction, less tenure and less work experience were promoted and what I can do to get the promotion they next time leadership replied "you're doing great we just decided to go in a different direction."

    After hearing that 5 times with no constructive or just flat out criticism to work with, I took my talents elsewhere. I only wish I did it sooner rather than follow the dangling carrot.

    Leadership treat the support employees as bodies to answer the phone, nothing more. Sure your team lead will appease you but its all for naught unless you look and act like the vapud drones they wish to surround themselves with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you care about keeping outstanding, productive, free-thinking employees; change how you promote. If not, carry on.

  3.  

    High Expectations delivered spinning cycles

    Current Employee - Senior Principal Architect in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Architect in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team members hoping for a miracle

    Cons

    Clueless management and wasting cycles of invention

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not that great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits and vacation time are good. For some teams, it has a very flexible working hours and locations. Pays are OK as well!

    Cons

    It depends on the team you work for. For customer support organization, if you are young (fresh out of high school), and good looking (for women), you will get promoted very fast. Otherwise, you will be working at the same job forever. For the commercial team, it depends on who you know and not what you know. If you are a managers puppy, you will get promoted really fast! Overall, there is no direction with the management, no clear guidance! And half of the time, they don't even know how to do their jobs!That is why it got acquired by SAP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know they don't care, so no words!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Completely underpay internally promoted people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Growth Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Network Growth Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    easy work - and people leave you alone if you just do your job

    Cons

    pay is not comparable to other outside hires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest - we are losing the culture due to SAP - it is becoming mindless and it is scary - SAP is ruining this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    No innovation, old technology stacks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Ariba full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ariba has a very rigorous recruitment process and the people hired are top notch.
    Peers and colleagues will be very helpful and intelligent
    Weekly beer bash on Fridays
    Perks and benefits pretty decent by Bay area standard.
    Flexible on working from home, good for people with family.

    Cons

    No innovation. They have a propriety code which is very heavy and interdependent among its modules. No documentation and takes time to learn.
    Employee morale is very low. They keep on hiring more and more VPs, directors and PMs some of whom are of no good.
    Some teams have to co-ordinate with India team on daily basis which can get frustrating.
    Life for Ops team is a hell.
    Senior management talks big in managerial and technical jargons and delivers less on paper.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    A huge waste of career time fixing their proprietary bugs. AVOID THESE GUYS!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    Learned a lot about huge configuration management issues and a **few** other interesting pickups. Good benefits and vacation.

    Cons

    Extremely arrogant management, very click-ish, terrible people skills, poor work life balance, millions of lines of code that is ancient and of little value to your next employer, very old architecture. They are opening a Shanghai development center and heavily staffing their Bangalore development center. You will spend a lot of time talking to them to all hours of the night.

    You will be assigned to work on bugs for your first year of employment. If you do not excel at this, you will not make the cut and will be let go. Absolutely no documentation and people are so stressed with work, few people will take the time help you out. You are on your own, Pilgrim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop and appreciate your people and not just the ones who have been there 10 years and know all the code.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Not an exciting or pleasant environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits - 20 PTO days plus extra holiday in late December. The company is currently doing well, and is therefore a stable place to work.

    Cons

    The culture is (inadvertently) hostile to new blood and new ideas. The software stack is proprietary and increasingly out of date, yet new employees are expected to hit the ground running without any training. Development processes and policies are not the most effective, and lead to micro-managing, along with a lack of a true spirit of teamwork. Not a good place for a senior engineer to join, unless you don't mind being an over-paid code monkey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ariba Engineering has a culture problem, which needs to be addressed sooner or later. Change has to be initiated from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    Ok company with boring technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    Smart people
    Process oriented (can be a con)
    Good compensation and benefit, 4 weeks vacation + 1 week Christmas break

    Cons

    The company is stuck with 10 year old technology stack with ill-documented proprietary frameworks. What you learn is mostly only applicable to Ariba. Not much interesting stuff is going on. The company is not really innovative. People seem busy but they are not producing much. This is a quite boring place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to innovate. It's not easy given the budgetary constraints, but as time goes by, the proprietary stuff will only get more out-dated. Company will have hard time attracting and retaining people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not very good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    Good technology, financially stable, subscription base is stable

    Cons

    micro management, very unfriendly, no exposure to external technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better treatment of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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