Ariba Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated May 3, 2014
Updated May 3, 2014
235 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 13 reviews)


Cons
  • HR says work life balance is there, but dont give any support for employees working late nights (in 15 reviews)

  • If 40% of staff is only managing who is left out to do Bug Fixing (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    High pressure, poor work-life balance, upper mgmt priorities skewed by SAP acquisition

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

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

    Pros

    Strength of the people in general. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Unrealistic dreams, insufficient funding to actually deliver. Many projects have gotten killed as a result.
    Really heavy process creates too much friction. Lack of willingness to prioritize and really fix things.
    Things now worse with the SAP acquisition. Is quite political.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Company with a great potential for the next gen eCommerce

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

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

    Pros

    Great customer base that uses Ariba on a daily basis

    Cons

    Need to be more agile towards innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good employer working to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large company, stable employment, steady growth.
    Flexible work hours
    Owned by SAP

    Cons

    Lots of legacy code, struggling to keep it current. And innovate.
    Lots of layers and groups
    Train release model, with lots of moving parts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify all the processes and embrace change.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    great team, great benefits ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - smart and motivated people to work with
    - great support from management on career development
    - ample vacation time

    Cons

    - work long / weekend hours sometimes :(
    - open to hear new ideas for improvement but slow (if at all) to adopt
    - out of date, or lack of adequate documentation on processes in certain areas
    - too many meetings (managers are sometimes hard to catch)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - host more team building activities
    - enforce importance of work-life balance
    - listen to and consider employees ideas and concerns
    - despite your all day meetings, make time for your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people but needs more energy

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people to work with

    Cons

    Energy in the workplace was low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More team building required

  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    small

    • 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

    huge upside if the company dumps legacy views, and thoughts that we don't sell software

    Cons

    12 hour days, every day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Try to keep up

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

    I worked at Ariba

    Pros

    . Agile, no BS, get the job done.
    . Smart people.
    . People work with you to help unblock issues.
    . Spend management product ideal for the economic downturn, so company actually made money.

    Cons

    . Prepare to work.
    . Things are very high paced. If you don't keep up, then you'll end up getting dragged along on the ground .. face down.
    . You are just a grunt unless you've been there long enough to be deemed valuable to be promoted.
    . Escalations are rampant. Always feeling you are in reactive mode rather than proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down and let people catch up. Granted, some people are just too slow and those needs to be dealt with, but everybody needs a breather. You're dragging more people through the dirt with the current pace than you realize.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    An OK place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Lot of smart folks, Stock is going very good. Stable job

    Cons

    There is no work life balance and not much career growth. Just keep working 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Very poor leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees and don't treat them as robots who can work 24/7. Employees play a big role in Ariba's success so don't hesitate in acknowledging that

    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you are afraid of long hours in other company

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

    I worked at Ariba

    Pros

    Great talent people, and many of them are very senior 10+ years. Good technical (UI) framework to learn. Good compensation and benefit. Great balance between person life and work.

    Cons

    Bad executive leadership. They only care about how to suck more money/stock out of the company. Lack of leadership to get more business. Since company is not growing, it helps created politics even within engineering people. Engineers could be fighting for promotion and responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your workers well with fair promotion and compensation.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place to learn, not for career advancement

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

    I worked at Ariba

    Pros

    Market leader, gets people exposed to the cutting edge of Spend Management. In general good peers tend to be very well educated in the field, and contribute significantly to running projects.
    Benefits package is outstanding, and salires tend to be a little above average.

    Cons

    Career advancement was very poor. Remote employees were reporting to managers that changed in average every 9 months during my time there, therefore preventing the creation of a plan that was meaningful.
    Internal politics are very close to be unmanageable. Managemen teams in Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Sunnyvale tended to communicate very poorly and created a lot of friction and compromises.
    Executive compensation is hugely out-sized. The only quarter in which management forfeited their bonuses, the company was suddenly profitable by a wide margin

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The incredible loss of talent that currently affects Ariba is a direct result of internal staffing practices that try to extract maximum performance with little guidance or formal training. My team was top-heavy, meaning a lot of expensive management overhead, and not that many delivery people who could actually deliver the work. The team members were heavily overworked and given additional responsibilities without properly offloading others, with the result that we couldn't deliver the goods without working 70 hours a week.

    Disapproves of CEO

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