Ariba

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Ariba Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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2.7 219 reviews

46% Approve of the CEO

Ariba Chairman and CEO Bob Calderoni

Bob Calderoni

(127 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Love the work/life balance;enjoy laid back work environment(in 12 reviews)

  • In my short stint, I interacted with some smart people(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • HR says work life balance is there, but dont give any support for employees working late nights(in 14 reviews)

  • If 40% of staff is only managing who is left out to do Bug Fixing(in 17 reviews)

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    4 people found this helpful  

    No innovation, old technology stacks

    Senior QA Engineer (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsAriba has a very rigorous recruitment process and the people hired are top notch.
    Peers and colleagues will be very helpful and intelligent
    Weekly beer bash on Fridays
    Perks and benefits pretty decent by Bay area standard.
    Flexible on working from home, good for people with family.

    ConsNo innovation. They have a propriety code which is very heavy and interdependent among its modules. No documentation and takes time to learn.
    Employee morale is very low. They keep on hiring more and more VPs, directors and PMs some of whom are of no good.
    Some teams have to co-ordinate with India team on daily basis which can get frustrating.
    Life for Ops team is a hell.
    Senior management talks big in managerial and technical jargons and delivers less on paper.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Good employer working to grow

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsLarge company, stable employment, steady growth.
    Flexible work hours
    Owned by SAP

    ConsLots of legacy code, struggling to keep it current. And innovate.
    Lots of layers and groups
    Train release model, with lots of moving parts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify all the processes and embrace change.

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Cloud based environment connecting buyers and suppliers

    Marketing Analyst (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGreat company, fast paced. Innovative ideas with a strong working community. Just moved t new offices. Great amenities such as cafe and gym.

    ConsMany employees hard to get to know everyone even in the office

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Principle software engineer

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood environment. Nice location. High software standard.

    ConsSchedule management. Resource management. Task ownership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore communications

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

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    6 people found this helpful  

    A great company....and needs improvement with employee retention and development

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Alpharetta, GA

    Pros-Very talented, intelligent, and experienced individuals that work with you.
    -Fair compensation and very good benefits package with 20 days PTO allowing for work/life balance.
    -Working for a company that has created the B2B commerce marketplace and is #1 in that space.
    -Ability to travel, work mobile easily, and attend top-notch industry events.
    -Get to work on very interesting projects and learn a vast amount of knowledge on B2B commerce technologies

    Cons-Very tribal culture. There are tribes or teams of individuals that either work together on projects or report up to the same entity. Some tribes do not play well nor share well with others and severe communication breakdowns and lack of collaboration/political games frequently occur
    -Negative reinforcement culture. If you do something well, you typically don't hear about it or receive no positive feedback. However, if you do not meet expectations, you definitely hear about it.
    -Weak employee development programs. For years, it has been very tough for Ariba employees to climb up internally. Recently, there have been a string of promotions, but almost exclusively for individuals who have been here 5 years or more. There are no formal mentorships, PDP's (professional development plans), formal SMART goal measurement systems and weak 1:1 manager--direct report promotion path development.
    -Promotions. Do not expect to get promoted any time soon unless you have strong political alliances and/or have direct numbers tied to your performance (field marketing, inside sales, outside sales), or have worked here for more than 5 years. There are a lot of highly talented 'special teams' employees that either get ignored about or forgotten simply because of lack of visiblity and lack of buy-in from the highly political management ranks
    -Employee office culture. People show up....and they get out for the day. There are beer Fridays here but very little comradeship among employees. Those in tribes (or on large teams) have some alliance with each other but turnover has been high in those areas. The company has no employee initiatives for culture engagement...e.g. planned events for employees, no cafeteria, only tribal happy hours exist. It's also a me me me culture and very limited engagement from management to get to know their teams.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet to know your employees on the lower levels. It's important that you mine for any hidden talent that may exist there. Create a more open, dynamic culture that fosters innovation within rather than stifling it. Also, develop formal promotional programs for employees looking to move up, thus helping with employee retention- an invaluable and nearly incalculable asset to any firm. Decentralize the political tribes to be more collaborative with each other, rather than competing with one another.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Corporate Indifference, but nothing new here - This review is specific for the Customer Support team

    Customer Support Assistant (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsIt is an interesting company to work for, especially on site (not home office). There are many different cultures, nationalities, languages etc. represented in this company, and all this variety makes for a richer employment experience.
    Salary is compatible with other companies of the same size and type of industry. Better however, if you are just fresh out of college and will be just starting your professional life.

    ConsThere are many departments in this company which are very organized and work well. Customer support is definitely not one of them. The management and leadership culture is very unique as it is right now (2011-2012). Competence, work ethic, high metrics, among other things are not what is considered preferable in a candidate. It is not wise to have divergent opinions or suggestions for improvement to the processes. Everything is taken personally and if you are not part of the club, then you are out of everything, including promotions. In my time there, I did not see one promotion which was seen by all as wise or that made sense. It was clear what was necessary to get ahead there, and that was not the high quality in your work.
    Because of the international nature of the company, this position comes with 4 different shifts which are real hard to adapt and makes life really difficult if you have any other activity outside work. The times are: 8-5, 9-6, 10-7, 11-8. You usually have two weeks of each.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor things to change as it is right now, a massive overhaul would need to be implemented. But all comes from the top, if that doesn't change, nothing else will. But the advice is always the same: know what is important to your team members. Make it a rule to balance what is important to you with what matters to them. I can assure you money is one not, by far, the most important thing to your employees. Have consideration for those who do not share your personal preferences. Most importantly, know who works for you. When people feel their management and leadership genuinely cares, even when you say no, they can still feel respected and appreciated.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    great team, great benefits ...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros- smart and motivated people to work with
    - great support from management on career development
    - ample vacation time

    Cons- work long / weekend hours sometimes :(
    - open to hear new ideas for improvement but slow (if at all) to adopt
    - out of date, or lack of adequate documentation on processes in certain areas
    - too many meetings (managers are sometimes hard to catch)

    Advice to Senior Management- host more team building activities
    - enforce importance of work-life balance
    - listen to and consider employees ideas and concerns
    - despite your all day meetings, make time for your employees

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

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    • Disapproves of CEO

    2 people found this helpful  

    Top-heavy company

    Network Engineer (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsGood salary, nice office environment, decent co-workers. Benefits are OK; while you get 20 days of paid time off, there are no sick days so if you get sick your vacation hours are deducted.

    ConsThe company suffers from two layers of overhead at the top.

    a. Program managers - most useless people I've ever seen, who have no idea about projects but somehow given the authority to yell at project managers. They also force the company to use an outdated, Excel-based management tool and neglect to look at modern Web Based alternatives.

    b. CTO and architects - same story, these guys are tasked to approve technical decisions without understanding the full details of projects. The end result is meaningless approval process where engineers can't do anything until approval, yet approved items require constant modifications because they overlook tripping blockers at the bottom.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Good for people who want to end their career here or retire....worst for others

    Senior Captain (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsYou get to work with talented and smart people.
    Salary offered is competitive.

    ConsLaid back approach, few new features/enhancement coming in.
    Good for people who want to retire or end their career here.
    They own a propriety stack which is poorly documented and not much help from peers.
    No opportunities for new joiners and first year you shall be working on fixing bugs, editing csvs, xmls, etc
    Energy level is very low amongst employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to motivate your employees, simply giving ppt presentations and talks every quarter doesn't help.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    2 people found this helpful  

    Good people but needs more energy

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSmart people to work with

    ConsEnergy in the workplace was low

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore team building required

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