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TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated June 23, 2014
Updated June 23, 2014
356 Reviews

3.9
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TIBCO Software Chairman, President, and CEO Vivek Y. Ranadivé
Vivek Y. Ranadivé
275 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good work-life balance (may be this depends on which team you work for) (in 19 reviews)

  • Even though TIBCO is such a large company, the work environment is a lot like a start-up (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Some roles are particularly demanding, so work-life balance is not always achievable (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Weak management team limits potential

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

    Pros

    Great place to hang out and do the minimum necessary in just about any group. Almost impossible to get fired, except marketing occasionally chases people out. If you're in Engineering, you can find some good stuff to do that will give you a good product on your resume.

    Cons

    Lack of senior management direction, beginning with a CEO who lacks any experience outside the organization. Product Management and Marketing leadership is weak and has little influence on the Engineering organization. Overall senior management is comparatively weak vs. peers in the industry. Marketing budget is limited and spent unwisely. Product Management lacks leadership. HR is treated as a legal compliance group, with zero investment in developing internal resources. Compensation is a favoritism system and nobody knows how it works. Company focused on avoiding mistakes, instead of focused on successes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vivek - sell the company and retire. Acknowledge that you've done well for yourself, and then get out of the way. Or else, decide you need to get rid of the senior management team and hire people who will challenge you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company I have ever worked for - Do not waste your time working here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    Pros

    - Good pay and bonus (especially if you can sustain lots of overtime)

    Cons

    - Unrealistic work expectations
    - Mostly no, little or merely self-study if training courses are not scheduled soon making it difficult to perform well during the project
    - Projects are under-resourced
    - No growth strategy
    - Products are a hard-sell unless Tibco is the only vendor on the table
    - HR unsupportive to employees
    - Very political environment where, unless careful, you may be blamed for others' mistakes
    - No work-life balance - was expected to do significant overtime including bank holidays (Christmas and New Year) working over 12 - 13 hours a day including weekends for nearly 2 months. Management could not care less about your overtime as long as the delivery is made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Provide appropriate training prior to projects if the individual does not have the necessary knowledge and experience together with some mentoring during the project by someone experienced
    - Resource projects with the necessary employees

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

    Not people focussed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    Pros

    Agile, entrepreneurial, flexible. Good software products. If you like working as a stand alone individual then a good environment.

    Cons

    Full of politics across European office, very hierarchical, driven by US decision making. Unfriendly. Unsupportive office environment. Everyone disliked working there. Very little focus on training and development of people. Probably different if you work in the offices in the US though...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on clarifying EMEA management decision making hierarchy and plan to train and develop people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going nowhere

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

    Pros

    Free drinks, nice gym, not much else.

    Cons

    Complete lack of upward mobility, no visibility, poor incentive structure, absolutely no raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making a bunch of director roles and streamline your org.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The worst company to work for bar none!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Product Set is great if you are looking for a technical job this could be for you or if you are related to the senior management

    Cons

    Seniors Sales Management has no clue
    Employees are treated with disrespect , I have been working for 20+ years no company remotely comes close to how mismanaged this organization is
    Mid management is breaking every role possible , law suites are piling up
    Bullying is rampant and part of the culture
    Sales compensation is never paid. for example if you close a deal and you get X amount of commission they will offer you 50% of what you have earned and a couple of new accounts no recourse .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop toying with peoples careers , get you act together, move focus from buying basketball teams to your own organization and its share holders . If you cant change that please sell the company !!
    Get a decent HR division

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    At TIBCO, it's not WHAT you know, it's WHO you know

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

    Pros

    The products have a good reputation and the CEO, Vivek, has made sure the company's image is very polished, for example, the expensive looking visitors hall, million dollar annual Christmas shindig (where Vivek brings his latest Trophy Date).

    Cons

    There is rampant incompetence at TIBCO because people don't succeed or fail based on how smart or talented they are, but how connected they are. Especially in Marketing, people who produce some of the lowest quality work product imaginable are not only not laid off, but actually promoted, while those who produce high quality work are dismissed or laid off if they are not connected to the "right" people. For instance, it's very, very helpful to have a family member or close friend in HR or management. I believe this is the reason TIBCO is never as successful as it wants to be and will never be in the same league as Oracle.

    There are huge ego issues at TIBCO. When you work there, they are constantly drilling into you (practically spamming your work inbox with emails regarding Vivek's latest media appearances, various other media pieces) how successful they are, how special TIBCO is and how much better they are than their competitors, such as Oracle. You're regularly reminded of Vivek's latest media related diss of Oracle and its CEO When you leave TIBCO, you see that most people have never even heard of the company and that TIBCO is simply a "legend in their own mind."

    People are laid off indiscriminately and verbally abused, without regard to their talent or personal circumstances, but because of the rampant politics and egos at the company. Some joke that Vivek lays people off when he wants to buy another car to add to his already large collection of luxury automobiles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try focusing a little less on how you appear to the world and more on running a less dysfunctional company.

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

    Good technology, poor employee experience

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

    Pros

    Nice offices and location
    Good cafeteria with employee discount
    Great technology offerings

    Cons

    Poor employee development
    Lack of concern for employees
    Low pay
    Poor employee review process
    Favortism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate employees more. Trust employees and provide more opportunites for development and reward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Treat you like slaves!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive

    Pros

    has reputation for good products

    Cons

    TIBCO acquires companies but there is no synergy in sales. Upper management provides no support. Allows stealing of deals - thus no commission. Very little communication. If you don't mind being treated like dirt then this is the place for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management from India. Treats people like lower caste. Management should treat its employees with more respect and stop jerking employees around. Constantly change comp plan making it worse for the AEs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you are in marketing and have other job options, take them!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    Pros

    You get your own office and the palo alto location is nice and central. The cafe is good and if you like travel, you get some nice opportunities.

    Cons

    When I started my job here in the depths of the recession, I thought I was the luckiest person in the world. That feeling blew to bits after a couple of months. I started looking for another job almost immediately. People here are mean spirited, egocentric, constantly kissing undeserving management butt and have made a full time job out of it. If you are in marketing services department, you are basically the managements' bitches and they have no respect for you or your life.Its not much better if you are in the other groups like field marketing or product marketing. The management is too lazy to provide any kind of strategic direction. They are petty little people throwing tantrums like little children. They are contantly laying people off from marketing (2-3 per month out of about 75 marketing people) and it has absolutely no correlation with how good you are. I know people who come running to justify why so & so was laid off - but it really just has to do how much posturing you do. I have been most diappointed to see the few decent people around here either leave or get laid off. Sales knows you have a short shelf life and just ignores you making your job that much harder. I am always shocked we make the numbers - a few good sales guys and deep accounts do the trick everytime.
    Anyways...I have an offer another company which I have accepted and am screaming happy about it. Bye TIBCO and I hope our paths never cross again! :=). If you are unemployed with a job offer here, my advice is to keep looking even after you join. If you are employed dont quit just yet. There are better companies where you will get offers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to management school - again - and pay more attention in class this time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great products, many great people, crap top management, stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Somewhere In Building One, Two, Or Three
    Current Employee - Somewhere In Building One, Two, Or Three

    Pros

    Nice location, many very smart and wonderful people. Important products that make a difference. Good benefits, nice atmosphere.

    Cons

    Top management has no clue. The FOV (Friends of Vivek) comments ring 100% true. This makes for a bleak atmosphere. Marketing attrition has been horrendous and is due solely to on FOV. No direction, crap career feedback, personal insults and demotivation are core techniques, and truth be told, LIES are routinely told. It's a disaster really.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to someone who knows how to run a business. I chose 1 on a scale of 5 for many answers only because there wasn't a zero.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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