Ariba Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated June 14, 2014
Updated June 14, 2014
231 Reviews
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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  

    Poor Technology Stack , Away from Modern World...

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

    I worked at Ariba full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are nice and warm. People are willing to help and spend time with you.

    Cons

    - slow and averse of change
    - not aware of latest trend of industry
    - risk of failure supersedes willingness to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - bring change agents and give them authority to make changes
    - let technology leaders to go to technology conferences and learn new thing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Still feel the pain

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

    I worked at Ariba full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Still feel the pain of working here after bailing out months ago. And its not just for me but a lot of folks who have worked there. You would think that there would be some fond memories. The deterioration started with tagging people as "resources", putting them on a spreadsheet, and allocation them to random projects without any training or ramp up time as a 100% resource. The company should realize that skills are not interchangeable, a good app engineer may not be a good infrastructure engineer or a UI engineer. Let people do the jobs that they are good at and give them choices - it will benefit both the people and the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no management only mismanagement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not so good

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

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

    Pros

    Enterprise software is a good domain to learn.
    You can learn a lot if you are given the time.

    Cons

    Management layer above first line managers is bad. They will not admit the mistakes they make and push the blame down. People in power tend to abuse it. It certainly seems to be the case here. Top heavy. Process heavy. Process seems to be the solution to all problems but ends up exacerbating it. No sense of empowerment. Public humiliation in some meetings. Internal demos are a farce. You may develop a good product only to see it publicly nitpicked over some trivial issue. No, its not Apple's culture of excellence if thats what you are thinking. Schedule is king. Beware if you slip. Constant stress and negativity. No work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How does one change the incorrigible?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good for people who want to end their career here or retire....worst for others

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Captain  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Captain in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Ariba full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get to work with talented and smart people.
    Salary offered is competitive.

    Cons

    Laid back approach, few new features/enhancement coming in.
    Good for people who want to retire or end their career here.
    They own a propriety stack which is poorly documented and not much help from peers.
    No opportunities for new joiners and first year you shall be working on fixing bugs, editing csvs, xmls, etc
    Energy level is very low amongst employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to motivate your employees, simply giving ppt presentations and talks every quarter doesn't help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 10 people found this helpful  

    Outdated Technology Stack, Methodologies and Processes

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    - colleagues are generally nice and competent people
    - new campus with lots of parking and free drinks
    - weekly informal get-together

    Cons

    - product is married to a proprietary technology stack that is hard to learn, poorly documented, and has a limited feature set
    - aversion to open source, with a strong not-invented-here mentality (Ariba Web does not count)
    - open hostility towards engineering practices like test automation, code coverage, etc. that do not directly correlate to new or better features
    - outdated engineering processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From an engineering perspective, spend some time to clean up your technical debt and embrace modern engineering processes

    From a management perspective, please don't drive your engineers to work nights and weekends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible leadership, terrible place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Ariba

    Pros

    The one good thing about Ariba is they give a lot of vacation time. But you need it if you have to deal with all the political BS there.

    Cons

    The people and the politics. There are a few good people, but for the most part nobody gives a crap and just looks out for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your incompetence is unmatched in any company I've ever seen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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