Sybase

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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.  

    Gaining experience while beating the competition.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    First, I opened the office for Sybase in Cincinnati, had several sales and was offered the district manager position, but turned it down because I was having too much fun and success in selling. Plus, I had two young sons and knew that traveling the entire Great Lakes as a Manager would take time from my job as a first time dad.
    I was asked to move to Cleveland to reopen that office, but first tasix months and spend it in Pittssburgh, a city we had had zero success in. In that time period, I sold Wetinghouse, Heinz, Consolidated Natural Gas, Smith Kline Beecham, U.S. Steel and Calgon. Oracle had a large office already in place there.
    I went on to reopen the Cleveland office and make a number of sales until six months after Oracle 7 came out and I was recruited by Oracle to come to work for them.

    Cons

    When Oracle came out with Version 7, it was labeled the Sybase killer because they finally added a number of capabilities that caught up and surpassed Sybase. Prior to this point, companies were building software to fit on top of the database, so they needed functionality to allow them to take advantage of that environment. After Oracle Veresion 7, application software could sit on top of Oracle, not Sybase. It was a complete game changer and I realized it was time to make a change. Sybase was never the same after that release and change in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oracle 7 came out in 1995. There is literally nothing that Sybase could do at this point to make a change that would correct the mistake they made by not opening up their database as Oracle did that gave them the permanent edge in the industry.
    My advice would be to learn from your mistakes and watch what is happening in the industry in the future so that if a change like this occurs again, you can take advantage of it.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience. Good advancement

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

    I worked at Sybase

    Pros

    For the most part, supportive colleagues. Well-qualified, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Market not growing as fast as desired. Limits internal opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people and lots of opportunity for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sybase full-time

    Pros

    Great people and lots of opportunity for growth. The technology is interesting, and the company provides tons of opportunity to participate in technology training.

    Cons

    Sales compensation is changed yearly, and the company is run by people focused on accuracy and predictability of revenue rather than aggressively pursuing sales. Because the Sybase technology isn't typically considered a growth technology at many clients, it's often difficult to meet with top level management at clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing a great job. Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Riding the Phoenix

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

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    Company is doing well and has good plans for the future. Has overcome some systemic problems and poised for long term success. Respectful work environment, strong work ethic with good opportunities for professional growth.

    Cons

    Usual issues with "skaters" employees who are not held accountable for performance while others pick up the slack. Heavy top down management style that was necessary to get company back on track, could now impede good ideas from percolating from the workforce. Leadership hasn't grasped benefits of innovative recognition and feedback programs leading to unnecessary attrition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Money isn't everything. Teams do work. Leadership is more than getting a title.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best place to work

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

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Strong products

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities after Director

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistent product development strategy

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful Experience.. Learn a Lot

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

    I worked at Sybase as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Sybase is a leader in database technology.
    IQ gives unmatched performance to any other OLAP DB. It feels proud to work on a product that serves millions.

    Cons

    Sybase has been acquired by SAP.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very Interesting and learning

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sybase

    Pros

    Small team, good work, can work on the core modules at the early stages of career. some of the smart brains are around

    Cons

    Middle management doesn't seem to have a clear focus and vision and seem to not align with the strategy of the organization. Otherwise work wise nothing to crib about. also people seem to have become a bit lethargic

    Recommends
  9.  

    Give me more than I expected

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sybase full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good place to work, nice technical coworkers.

    Cons

    Like to keep silent so far;)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Intern experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer Coop in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer Coop in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sybase as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Being a core team member, no one treats you as an intern student; instead, the intern students play a crucial role in the software development cycle.

    Cons

    Everything was awesome. I have nothing to criticize.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A good company to work with

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

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    One of the main Pros is that it being a small company, an employee gets a chance to contribute in more than one role.

    Cons

    No Cons that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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