TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
381 Reviews
3.8
381 Reviews
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TIBCO Software Chairman, President, and CEO Vivek Y. Ranadivé
Vivek Y. Ranadivé
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good work-life balance (may be this depends on which team you work for) (in 23 reviews)

  • Awesome with respect to payments and work culture (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Some roles are particularly demanding, so work-life balance is not always achievable (in 13 reviews)

  • Senior Management is "taken care of" which is clear from company reports and company "filings" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ship going nowhere

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

    I have been working at TIBCO Software (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good technology and smart employees. Nice HQ location, benefits.

    Cons

    Senior and middle management clueless. Many directors and VPs don't even deserve to be first-line managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump unwanted products and consolidate brand identity around some products. Don't try to be a jack of all trades.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Upper Management Clueless

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

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time

    Pros

    Amazingly talented people working at lower and mid-level. A few good people in the upper-level positions. Great on-site cafeteria and fitness center. Good, kind people to work with. Interesting product ideas, even if not always implemented well.

    Cons

    Pay is usually quite a bit under market value, bonuses are slim. True appreciation for work that is above-and-beyond the call of duty is rarely truly recognized. CEO is more interested in his sports team than his company. Upper management are an old-boy network. Occasionally they will replace people in upper-management positions, but always people who think exactly the same way and tow the same line. Upper-management thinking is always short-term, with no true long-term thinking. Executives completely out of touch with the people on the front lines and in the ditches. Constant worry about the next quarter's goals, while sacrificing the long-term quality of the product. They once had high-quality, robust products. Now they mostly push out products that are not ready for production in the name of "revenue recognition", often spelling the death of products with a lot of potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with it. The people that build your products really do know what is most wrong with the company, but you aren't ready to listen. Sometimes you have to take a hit with bad numbers one quarter to get the right product out there. In the end, a solid quality product will make MUCH more money than the severely-discounted, not-yet-ready product you push off onto your customers. And remember that every customer you burn with this scheme is a customer that will not come back to TIBCO for other products. Let us build the products that they should be. Sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Get some people with a new way of thinking into some executive positions. It's what's most sorely needed in this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding yet frustrating

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

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great solution set. Many smart people. Flexible work schedule. Good services people. Good opportunity to learn new technology

    Cons

    Old boy network in management. Top executives out of touch with the field. Too many products to sell and support. Overly complicated sales order process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with the front line soldiers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    I work as Sr Manager in Quality department...

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

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    This place used to be very good for working and for trying new ideas since there was a time when TIBCO was doing new things and was investing in right direction....

    Cons

    TIBCO has zero accountability at higher management...you can fail number of times and there is no impact to your package or your promotions...TIBCO has very regular salary, it's hard to expect other benefits such as RSU, Stock since you get very less of stocks, RSU and stock price is falling...culture is good but it's not thriving place to build your career ....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value people and pay them right...Get right people for right job...don't look for leaders within the company always...please make higher management responsible for their outcome...just meeting quarters should not be goal...goal should be to show a growth potential...very ordinary salary and no great potential is not going to take this company long way...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some Good people, no compassion left

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

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

    Pros

    Great mix of products. They have a dedicated, talented pool of people to work with. With the product set they've acquired, they can eventually solve almost any problem.

    Cons

    With so many products, it's hard to find the 'right' way to solve a problem. The company has morphed into a hard line numbers driven company where all that matters is EPS. There once was a time where you didn't have to fool yourself into thinking that the company cared about you or your career, that time was over a long time ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition, mentoring, promote from within. Embrace the decentralization, and trust employees that don't work at the mother ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    They know technology, but not how to apply it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great technology, smart employees, good opportunities for cross-training.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. Software sales is the bottom line. Management knows technology but not how to manage. No opportunity for advancement. Must know the products that make the sales (BW, EMS) to stay on client engagements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employees work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management does not care

    Former Employee - Finance Droan
    Former Employee - Finance Droan

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Discount lunch.

    Worker bees good decent people.

    Cons

    Management threaten by anyone new or experienced. Very Asian to the point of excluding team that are not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send management (especially new managers) to training on supervising people. Also diversity training is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Way past their heyday

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

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Subsidized cafeteria onsite. Descent 401k matching. Enough parking. Most employees have an (shared) office rather than open, shoulder to shoulder work spaces (I wasn't so lucky).

    Cons

    Outdated technology. Even more outdated management. The CEO is mostly absent, therefore the company is run by a core group of management who've been there 10+ years. The rest of Tibco's workforce has a turnover rate of 6months to two years. A previous reviewer stated he/she felt like an outcast because their national origin was not India. That review was dead on, at least in the division I worked for. If you are ok with a very rigid, hierarchical, misogynous, exploitive, 1970s style of management then this may be the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pointless. They are not open to any advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    SE

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TIBCO Software

    Pros

    Good products offered for various technologies.

    Cons

    Upper management treats employees poorly.

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Wouldn't recommend a friend work there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    A twenty word minimum is difficult to meet in this area. It's like having to wirte a minimum number of word essay for Jr. High School where you just babble to increase the word count. TIBCO has nice working facilities and a lot of extremely competent and passionate over worked employees.TIBCO subsidizes the costs of the cafeteria and "feeds" their employees as rewards. Donuts and bagels on Friday, holiday lunches, holiday parties, summer picnics.

    Cons

    Over the years it has gotten worse with management at the top making the calls that should be handled by lower level more directly involved management . Almost dictatorship-like from the top. Senior Management is "taken care of" which is clear from company reports and company "filings". The hours required to get the job done are ridiculous due to the lack of needed headcount. There is little accountability for employees making the competent employees have to work harder. Yet workers are taken for granted and perceived to be a dime a dozen even though the "lip service" from the top is TIBCO employees are the best and most talented employees. HR is the worst...there is no support from them and their lack of realistic
    "benchmarking" drives the low wages. Merit increases are never there yet there are record quarters. Reviews are a formality and here is little to no follow up regarding them. Acquisitions are handled poorly and it is clear by the feelings of the employees acquired. Morale is very bad throughout many organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the old school "MBWA" - Management By Walking Around.
    LISTEN to your employees, talk to them like they are humans not machines. REALLY read their quarterly meeting questions and don't hand pick the ones you want to "dance around". On second thought never mind, because the quarterly meeting are a thing of the past. IF Senior Management can't take the time to present at the meetings in person, don't expect employees to go to the meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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