Ariba Reviews

Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014
230 Reviews
2.8
230 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Love the work/life balance;enjoy laid back work environment (in 12 reviews)

  • In my short stint, I interacted with some smart people (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • HR says work life balance is there, but dont give any support for employees working late nights (in 14 reviews)

  • If 40% of staff is only managing who is left out to do Bug Fixing (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 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.

  2.  

    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great team members hoping for a miracle

    Cons

    Clueless management and wasting cycles of invention

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 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 for 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
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  5. 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 for 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
  6. 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 for 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    It's who you know, not what you do

    • 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

    Leader in the space. Has made a transition from on-premise to on-demand technology - one of the few companies that has been able to make this jump. Stock price has been jumping.

    Cons

    Politics will get you up the ladder, not productivity. The leadership team is thin on the products and technology experience outside of Ariba. Organizational structure is strange and still shows the effects of growing by acquisition with lots of battles among the tribes.

    Investment in infrastructure has been lacking, and the company is inefficient because of it.

    Sunnyvale may be the official HQ of Ariba, but everyone knows that Atlanta is the emerging and de facto HQ for Ariba.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about a normal organizational structure? How about resolving the multiple overlapping groups? Oh, and why not share some of those millions that you guys are milking from the company?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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