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Sybase Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
139 Reviews
3.6
139 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    A Mix of Good and not so good experience

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

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    There were days when the company was not acquired, those used to be golden days.
    Each team was considered equally important. The focus was merely in achieving best product quality

    Cons

    Senior management does not consider all teams as equal. There is a heavy bias on core team/product at the expense of overlooking activities by non-core team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineers consider work as worship no work is good or bad to them, same feeling should be honored by the management, they should treat all teams/groups with equal respect.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people; great life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - I T Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - I T Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    People are passionate about their work, and cooperative (if asked nicely).

    Cons

    Too much east coast vs west coast. Senior executives a little out of touch with the business - too Wall St quarterly # focused which results in doing whats right for the short term, and not the long term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Work life balance is excellent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Best reason to work here is because of work life balance. Excellent colleagues and benefits are excellent

    Cons

    Salary not as great and career progression is very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions and compensation needs to be looked into.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good benefits

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

    I worked at Sybase full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, interesting work, I had a great management team.

    Cons

    Hierarchical management style, okay work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Low stress work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Sybase full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Low stress work environment. Opportunity to work with latest software technology. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    No opportunity to improve yourself for your next move. You might get involved too much in Sybase products depending on projects, which may not be very helpful after you leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunity for employees to improve themselves.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A big, successful company trying to figure out how to stay ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Engineering Technical in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Director, Engineering Technical in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Sybase full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company is probably too big for its own good, and in fact, it is currently trying to consolidate offices (and probably even businesses). Through acquisitions its picked up a lot of software products but is not sure how to coordiante them into a more unified soluition offering. But it understands it has this difficulty and is actively working to resolve it from the top down.

    Cons

    It seems to have not done well in unifying the corporate culture of its various acquisitions. For example, I became an SAP employee through its acquisition of Sybase, but for the 3 or 4 years following, I never felt like I left Sybase even though it was clear that the "core" of SAP operated in a completely different culture - that I think I would have prefered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest about actions. For example, in the recent round of layoffs management claimed to be simplifying by eliminating redundant positions. However, it is obvious for those on the inside that this was not the case at all. "Simplifying" is not achieved by simply shutting down offices and eliminating the positions located there. It takes a little more effort than that to detemrine what is needed and what is not. Talent (which you say you want, which you had, but which you summarily dismissed) is not attracted by a company that behaves as if it thinks that talent is everywhere but within the company. It sends the message that "once we hire you, you are no longer talented and we will treat you that way".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great technologies and learning experience, decent salaries and benefits

    Cons

    No upward career mobility, and get a sense that its staus quo for ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce cronyism.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    SW QA & Enterprise Database Systems

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

    I worked at Sybase full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I loved working in and learning SW QA in the original small tight-knit group of OmniConnect in Concord, NH and even as we expanded and became part of the ASE team HQ'd in CA, Spent 14 years in SW QA here from the time I graduated college until the time I resigned. I got to learn not just SW QA, but multiple Enterprise Database Systems, from Sybase's own (ASE, ASA, IQ), but competitors as well (Oracle, DB2, MS SQL Server [which initially was created as a collaboration between Sybase and MicroSoft to port then Sybase SQL Server to the Windows platform]), I got to learn about database replication and got to help improve different Sybase products so that they worked and played well together.

    Cons

    in the later of my 14 years at Sybase the team kept being splintered by upper management for different projects and into different corporate divisions and therefore for the most-part the office I worked out of was just that - the office I worked out of - still the same physical location for the entirety of my 14 years, but at the end was working with a team/division HQ'd in a different state and not with anyone else in my physical office. Also people took a backseat to project needs. At the end I was getting so burnt out and had requested a transfer to a different group/project of which I had previously been a part, I was told that that group's function wasn't 'critical path'. I therefore tendered my resignation and they let 14 years of product and QA tools knowledge walk out the door. This was just prior to them being bought by SAP. Not sure how SAP management would have handled it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees - especially long-term employees on the verge of burn out -- don't let knowledge-base walk!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Pretty good and stable work environment

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

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

    Pros

    Company understands balance of work and family
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    Career progression wasn't the fastest. Favouritism was common.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience

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

    I worked at Sybase full-time

    Pros

    Work from home, great co-workers

    Cons

    Unrealistic quotas, upper management made poor decisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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