Ariba Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
235 Reviews
2.8
235 Reviews
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Pros
  • There's a decent work-life balance s (in 14 reviews)

  • Excellent work environment, plenty of opportunities to learn and advance ones knowledge (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • HR says work life balance is there, but dont give any support for employees working late nights (in 15 reviews)

  • If 40% of staff is only managing who is left out to do Bug Fixing (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, but avoid Customer Support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    - Good pay when coming from another company
    - Nice benefits, including free lunch on Wednesday, beer on Friday, and near European-style maternity/paternity leave
    - Lots of opportunity for growth & advancement
    - Fast-paced environment - never a shortage of work that needs to be done

    Cons

    - Weak merit increases (though at least they have them) and pay bumps when changing positions internally
    - Rampant nepotism/favoritism in Customer Support
    - Performance goals for different teams are in direct opposition to each other (very little "for the customer" mentality despite management's insistence)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Are we trying to do what's best for the customer or what's best for SAP and the Sales team's commissions? You can't ask everyone to work together but at the same time have everyone's bonus goals in direct opposition to each other.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Ariba as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good energy; employees enjoy working and having fun together; fine facility

    Cons

    Creeping SAPism that might restrict the freedom of Aribians to run things with the
    nimbleness and speed required in Silicon Valley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your best to maintain autonomy and avoid being straight-jacketed by creeping rules and regulations from SAP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I would give 2.5 stars if I could

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supplier Program Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Supplier Program Associate in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Vacation days, sick time, beer Fridays, free lunch Wednesdays.
    I like my coworkers for the most part.

    Cons

    The workload is highly unmanageable. I realize that certain quarters are busier than others, however we are constantly short staffed and are currently in a hiring freeze, while the network ramps up and we have more work to do than ever. So i guess a plus from this is job security, but personally, it has been at the expense of my health and well being. My stress level has been through the roof.

    There is really no training, you are just thrown in with the sharks. Most people in my department (billing-collections) are too busy to train. Some people here literally do the bare minimum all day and my department is working non-stop for 45+ hours/week.

    The pay is pretty good but for the amount of work and responsibilities, I honestly would expect more.

    If you want to move up in your career here , you have to get on someone's good side and stay there. Good luck doing that when you are drowning in work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your teams. Take employee feedback and put it to good use when evaluating your departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    A great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Company that takes care of its people. Opportunity to work on variety of things in the procurement space. If you like to see your work used by customers quickly this is the place to be

    Cons

    For senior management there may not be much of work-life balance. But in general you keep normal work hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good company

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

    I have been working at Ariba full-time

    Pros

    good company good people stable company
    challenging work

    Cons

    technology is old
    very few talented guys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The LQ and DQ is consuming lot of resources. something to work. lot of energy is spent on that

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Summer internship that turned into a contract position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ariba as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good manager on my team

    Cons

    Tedious work, disorganized teams, poor office culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Modern workplace, relaxed environment,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Easy to reach ceo. Beer fridays, great pay and bonuses. Work from home flexibility, cool boss, clean environment

    Cons

    Late conference calls, not enough diversity, high work volume, unrealistic time management expectations, group work evaluations weekly so your mistakes are seen by everyone. Salesmen constantly calling and emailing expecting miracles. constant policy changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more realistic expectations regarding work balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not an efficient sales-enabling company after the acquisition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great counterparts who want to succeed
    Good benefits and 401k match
    Decent salary and great compensation for making your number

    Cons

    Change messaging annually, hard to hit a groove with the different information. Required an annual certification, but no guidance on the information, you were expected to understand it with no questions.
    Management team was highly stressed and that rolled down hill, making the sales pressure high.
    Didn't get a good direction for where the company was headed with solutions and customer offerings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mentor the sales teams in how to best partner with SAP AE's and deliver solutions that customers need. The semi-annual performance reviews should be more interactive and helpful for professional development for each employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Has potential for a good career if you can deal with the culture.

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

    I worked at Ariba

    Pros

    Really diverse co-workers, something for everyone and always challenging due to the customers.

    Projects can be interesting with the right teams.

    Departments can be fun with the right group of individuals.

    Cons

    Changes direction yearly. Makes it hard to actually accomplish when projects are longer than a year at times.

    Culture creates silos/division in work based on location

    People are resources that can be moved about not viewed as people with talent/skills to develop long lasting honed teams

    Too much emphasis on color/checklists for metrics and not actual understanding of improving and growth.

    Ignores the employee Feedback studies down both internally and externally provided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites.
    Stop letting folks coast through
    Let those with different ideas and processes through instead of saying'That's how we've always done it'
    Stop breaking up good teams and ending up loosing people because of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a good place - before SAP purchase

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Ariba is the proven market solution, with a well known brand in a competitive market.

    Cons

    In the SAP sales model, business unit sales reps are essentially in overlay roles. The SAP Core reps are the account owners, and the BU reps are solution specialists. Another con is the mega bureaucracy with a long line of approvals for even the smallest of contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider returning to the original account ownership structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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