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Sybase Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
139 Reviews
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Pros
  • Best reason to work here is because of work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • The atmosphere, work environment, and overall benefits of working for the company are good (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Work from home is not entertained (in 4 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is sometimes sacrificed (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Poor culture and work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Director
    Former Employee - Engineering Director

    I worked at Sybase full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The salaries at Sybase are fair, there are opportunities to advance, and there were opportunities to work on leading-edge technologies. If you worked in a remote office (from the Dublin headquarters), there was a good chance the work culture to be much better.

    Cons

    Sybase has a poor work-life balance. Many managers expect you to work very long hours, and working those long hours is what they valued most. It didn't matter how well you did your job or whether you got your job done, if you worked long hours and were a "yes man", then that endeared you to many. Vacation was a max of 3 weeks per year regardless how many years of service, which is unheard of in the high-tech software business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value quality over quantity. Value healthy debate and coming to the best solution/decision over simply agreeing with you manager to avoid conflict. Don't promote a culture of "you should just be happy to have a job".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    For coasters

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sybase

    Pros

    If you are looking for a stable paycheck and low pressure environment this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Must be good at playing politics to advance. Doesn't foster innovation or leadership. Sybase name not a strong resume booster. Dublin is far from SF or Silicon Valley hot spots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look why Oracle and Sybase have done so differently in the market. I think the answer lies in difference between corporate culture and people.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Proficient at failure

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

    I worked at Sybase full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    If life-work balance and ephemera surrounding your work are more important to you than achieving good results, this place is for you. (I got out before my resume was destroyed.)

    Cons

    Almost all the serious talent moved on years ago, leaving a small network of competent individuals struggling against a sea of yes-men in a completely dysfunctional organization. Senior management demands to be told what they want to hear, and the rest of the org battles the short-run exigencies this creates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No need -- SAP will be replacing you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Cult-like leadership and culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA

    I worked at Sybase

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Cult-like atmosphere, filled with yes-men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, they know more than you think.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what I was expecting

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

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    - Great location if you live in Tri-Valley
    - On-site gym
    - Some chances to work on newer technology (mobile, Eclipse plugins)
    - Health insurance can be VERY comprehensive for not a lot of cash out-of-pocket. Really cheap drug co-pays.
    - Lots of good people, who know what they are doing and are good engineers. Everyone I've worked with is good natured and helpful.

    Cons

    Day to day
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    Unbelievably bureaucratic development process. There's a ton of overhead involved in just being able to check out and change one file. Managers must approve code checkins. Code reviews are done, but good luck getting your system set up to take part. Many internal tools were developed in-house, and it shows. Quality seems to be hit or miss, and is quite frankly, understaffed.

    Much work is done overseas, so if there's a problem blocking you, you're pretty much stuck until the next day.

    Strategy
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    Lots of disarray when it comes to product strategy. Who is doing what? What are we doing? It seems to change every couple of months. There's a fine line between reacting to what customers/markets want and not sticking to a strategy long enough to see what works. There's also a sad lack of understanding of the target developers.

    Management
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    While I may be reporting an isolated case, there's lots of micro-management of day-to-day tasks. There are good managers here, but it's very uneven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the jobs back to the US and you'll see a big increase in morale and quality. Take a hard look at your processes and ask if they make sense anymore or could be done more efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    All management care about is bottom line

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

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    Very few companies in the tri-valley

    Cons

    They can do a better job on product roadmap

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just integrate with SAP already. SAP is a better company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad if you don't have other options

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

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    Coworkers are are nice and helpful.
    Dublin location is very good with an easy commute and lots of on-site facilities (gym, child care, caffeteria)
    Some of the work is challenging.

    Cons

    Fear based management culture.
    No business vision from the line managers.
    Executive leadership only cares about short term profits or cost cutting in that order.
    No training.
    Cheap culture so the infrastructure is generally not best of breed but rather the cheapest solution.
    No pay raises while company made record profits!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some money to make money.
    Treat your employees as assets rather than expendable commodities.
    Thin out the management structure.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No risk and no reward.

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

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    Sybase is a company that values and respects its engineers. The work environment is pleasant and the benefits good.

    Cons

    Almost nobody is passionate about their work. The flagship product is in maintenance mode. The parking lot is empty by 6pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make engineers into managers.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place for a good paycheck.

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

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    Good pay and some nice people that work there. Even some folks in middle-management are nice, but if pressed I think they'd admit that you have to attain a certain level of numbness in order to stay sane working there.

    Cons

    Corporate direction is very engineering based and out of touch with what the customers want or need. I've been there for 7 years with no promotions or raises aside from cost of living increases and no feedback on what it will take for a promotion. All this while getting positive focal reviews and significant accomplishments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to customers, stop letting engineering set the direction of the company, let product management determine product requirements, listen to expert advice from employees that work for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Slow growth. Bad management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Not much stress. Good work-life balance. Sometimes the work is interesting.

    Cons

    Bad management. Lot of favouritism. Most projects are in maintenance mode. Little scope for innovation. Career path of engineers is not made clear. Goal setting is not done properly. No visibility. Most managers are settlers who clock 8 hours and leave. Unprofessional!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage at all levels with employees. Make processes more transparent. Managers tend to bend the rules and no one seems to be aware. Give some power to the engineers. Conduct "skip level" meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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