TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
371 Reviews
3.8
371 Reviews
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TIBCO Software Chairman, President, and CEO Vivek Y. Ranadivé
Vivek Y. Ranadivé
283 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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Try to work more than 5 hours a week! He spends more time at the gym then he does in the office.

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

    I worked at TIBCO Software

    Pros

    It used to be the people (below senior management). Now that is not the case. The products are good and they actually work, but TIBCO is a dinosaur. The customers really like the products and engineers.

    Cons

    One and only - senior management. They are all friends of Vivek and have made it to where they are based solely on their loyalty to him. They are not qualified for their positions and it is the single biggest thing holding back the company. It is a very frustrating place to work because it could be such a more powerful and well recognized place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire or sell the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Average company, but don't look to make a career out of working for TIBCO

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

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are Some good people
    The work life balance is pretty good.You can come in at 9 and go away at 5, no one questions you.
    Usually less than moderate workload.

    Cons

    No rewards for working hard, the pay rise and bonuses are always below average.
    Company structure is horrible.
    Facilities is below average for a large company.
    Below average people, no technically stimulating culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be fair when rewarding and hiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    TIbco is not only the place to work ..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Pune (India)

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1. None. I did not find anything.

    Cons

    1. Very less onsite opportunities. They send onsite senior managers only where it is not required.
    2. Do not have Group Anti Corruption Law Policies. Group of some idiots and unprofessional peoples can tarnish companies image.
    3. Do not have sexual harassment policies. And HR is puppet show of managers.
    4. Not recommended place for Experienced peoples.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is huge world outside tibco. Pull of some senior older managers and hire new talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

    • 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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is good
    Very good for freshers to join the industry
    One of the few product based companies is Pune
    Technical work is good

    Cons

    Pays well below market standards. Hard to retain people
    Year on Year hike is pathetic
    Need to change the culture to become more agile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open to purse to recruit and retain the best

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Poor Professional Services Head

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Architect  in  Hamburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Hamburg (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Working, proven technology. Not much more to say

    Cons

    Head of technology is not standing behind his people. Lots of broken promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Disappointing

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

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

    Pros

    Great products and moving beyond middleware into analytics and social.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional executive management, limited/poor marketing, too many products which confuse the markets, analysts and salesmen. Appalling process inefficiencies and disconnected back office systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cull / consolidate products and simplify marketing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    There is a nail in the tire. Air is hissing out. Soon it will be flat.

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

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

    Pros

    There are some very clever people at TIBCO, some of the smartest and best that I have ever worked with in my entire career. Some of the products work very well.

    Cons

    TIBCO wishes to become a 2 billion dollar company. Unfortunately, they continue to do the same things, yet expect vastly different results. There are many, many structural problems that will cause TIBCO to fail in the next few years:
    1) Sales. The sales force and sales model is very, very broken. The market was advised of TIBCO's sales execution problems in recent quarters. Were there? Of course. Was it the responsibility of the VP's and SVP's who were fired? No. The reason for the execution problems were that in Q3 and Q4 of 2012, TIBCO's executive committee decided to not pay out commissions to many sales teams, several of whom had brought in seven and eight figure deals. They used a little known escape clause in the sales plan to do so. What happens when you screw with sales people's commissions? They stop selling. And they did. That was the reason for the execution problems. EPS was made, but at the expense of the sales force.
    2) Management. There is nobody at EVP level or higher who has ever worked for a large company. Check the exec bios on the website. They are TIBCO lifers, or have come in through acquisition of startups. Those who stayed have created entrenched political fifedoms, which causes rampant internal conflict between divisions. TIBCO is a collection of small, individual startups with no plans to change. That is not sustainable in a large organization.
    3) Engineering. The products used to be good. Now they are a collection of acquired products, with different UI's, development languages, Admin tools, runtimes, performance characteristics etc. Becoming very disjointed, similar to the IBM and Oracle portfolios. Like IBM and Oracle, several of the products just flat out don't work, or are being replaced by newly acquired or rearchitected/replatformed tools. The product dependency matrix is becoming extremely complex.
    4) Corporate. Many corporate departments (HR, marketing, IT etc) are very much an afterthought. HR is basically non-existent. No practical processes for evaluation, feedback, development, escalations, etc. They exist on paper, but are never implemented, tracked or monitored. No organization can sustain this. TIBCO is revered for being some of the worst marketers in the industry - I've witnessed SVPs and EVPs on multiple occasions claim, during executive briefings; "we suck at marketing". Which partly explains:
    5) Staff. Employee morale is in the absolute toilet. Overworked employees, exasperated management, and screwed over sales people are leaving in droves.
    6) CEO. The CEO appears to be more interested in his new celebrity status as owner of an NBA franchise, than running the company. Time to bow out Vivek, you've had a great run, but your heart isn't in this game anymore. The recent user conference was a prime example of this, where many of the keynotes were about basketball, not software.
    7) Strategy. The cloud is the disruptive business model, that will kill the traditional license/maintenance model, and TIBCO is way, way behind the curve on this. Installing your software on an EC2 image and giving it a different name does not constitute a cloud offering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vivek, it's time to go. Bring in someone from the outside, who has experience running a large, 2+ billion company, who values the sales force, and let them clean house. Bring all of product engineering together under one roof, and start building consistency among products. Develop, fund, and enable your internal corporate departments. Show up to corporate all-hands calls, and provide some actual leadership and guidance. Provide feedback to your employees, set common goals, and reward them when met. High performing employees who haven't had even a COL increase in years, despite record quarters are not happy employees. Figure out how to lead in the cloud, because right now, you don't have a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    unorganized and too immature workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    flexible work hours
    performance reviews at regular intervals

    Cons

    lack of proper management
    lack of experienced people
    too much use of vernacular languages by Employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Technology base, Good technical people, Worst organization & mgmt'

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time

    Pros

    TIBCO has great and innovative technologies and products in middleware area with great people.

    Cons

    Growth from core technology solutions is showing a limit. Newly merged softwares barely shows performance. Too much good people who had company spirit at early stage has left and many unqualified employees from IBM, Oracle, Progress is newly joining. It's getting lost its potential and identity. Current stock price is slowing down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management, such as EVP level is perfect for strategy and direction. But regional management has lost the leadership and it's full of politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good product, bad management/HR

    • 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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    TIBCO has very good product, working with them would give a good technical experience. the pay good salaries at the start but almost no increase as you go along.

    Cons

    - No training, they don't invest in people at all!
    - Very weak HR, they always side with the company against the employee.
    - Manager explore all the loop holes in the contract with the help of HR/ legal team. Example for sales people they put a clause that allow TIBCO the right to change compensation without prior notice.
    - Very flat organisation with little potential to grow within the organisation even after spending 3-4 years with excellent achievement in the same role.
    - Expect to have pay cuts on commissions without logical reasons.
    -Most of the roles require at least 50% travel time, no business class tickets are allowed even to directors on any flight that include +10 hour flights!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the management should start looking into investing in people more seriously. the focus should be more on the sales people rather than the technical. TIBCO is a specialized company and a high turn over will not help the the growth of the company. There should be more investment in RnD especially in the newly bought products.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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