Sybase

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Sybase Reviews

Updated Jun 22, 2014
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3.4 130 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

Sybase Chairman & CEO John S. Chen

John S. Chen

(83 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Work Life balance and very good work(in 8 reviews)

  • The atmosphere, work environment, and overall benefits of working for the company are good(in 11 reviews)


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

  • Fear based culture - Dictator CEO surrounded by "yes" men rather than competent/passionate leadership(in 6 reviews)

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    Low stress work environment

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Boulder, CO

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementProvide opportunity for employees to improve themselves.

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

    Director, Engineering Technical (Current Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsThis 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.

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementBe 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".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Staff Software Engineer II (Current Employee) Dublin, CA

    ProsGreat technologies and learning experience, decent salaries and benefits

    ConsNo upward career mobility, and get a sense that its staus quo for ever.

    Advice to Senior Managementreduce cronyism.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    SW QA & Enterprise Database Systems

    Senior Software QA Engineer (Former Employee) Concord, NH

    ProsI 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty good and stable work environment

    Analyst (Former Employee) Dublin, CA

    ProsCompany understands balance of work and family
    Interesting projects

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsWork from home, great co-workers

    ConsUnrealistic quotas, upper management made poor decisions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    General Comments prior to acquisition by SAP

    Finance Manager (Current Employee) Dublin, CA

    ProsThe company had very good benefits compared to many other companies and a big draw to working for the company was the people you worked with but after the company was purchased by SAP the vibe changed to a very distance organization with less collaboration.

    ConsThe Senior Management was primarily a very close circle of executives with prior history with the rest of the senior management conforming to the core group's values so integrity with respect to managing people fairly was questionable in some circumstances. Personnel and compensation decisions were controlled by the senior management staff with little knowledge of the actual situation at the lower levels. The vacation benefits were below industry norm

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company should not have voluntarily sold out to SAP which may have not been possible since the company was public and SAP could have completed a hostile takeover.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Massively positive experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAs a intern you get some of the best pay out there. You also get paid national holidays. You also learn more in a month than you would in a semester.

    ConsForced no pay holidays during winter holidays. They essentially fire you for half the month on december because most people are on vacation.

     

    Excellent Experience at Sybase

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmall company in a Big company
    Technology first
    Lot less politics

    ConsDidn't hire much, so no new blood
    Location

    Advice to Senior ManagementNow that it's part of SAP it doesn't matter

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    Nice Place to work

    Technical Consultant (Former Employee) Dublin, CA

    ProsAll the people I worked with are very nice, esp my manager was always so supportive. If I get another chance would definitely join this firm.

    ConsFTE's want to be in their comfort zone, than getting on to cutting edge tech's.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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