Ariba Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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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 14 reviews)

Cons
  • For senior management there may not be much of work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • If 40% of staff is only managing who is left out to do Bug Fixing (in 14 reviews)

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  1. average engineering company, technology wise behind, if you are a technology driven guy, don't go here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ariba

    Pros

    above average company perks, work-life balance

    Cons

    Lacking centralize domain knowledge repository, technology isolate

  2. Best company in my career

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ariba as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Good work environment. Learned new tools and technologies
    Free lunch, beer bash on Fridays

    Cons

    Lot of work before the release(i.e. too many projects to handle)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job...!
    Advice not required.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    great culture, good benefits (although cut by SAP)

    Cons

    bad communication with management. virtual management does not always work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advise.

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  5. Nice company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    Decent pay. Less variable component. Product company culture. Experienced team.

    Cons

    Less internal mobility. Slow growth rate. Overload at times. Not quality amneties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees concerns and issues. The steering committee never seem to be in sync with common employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    At core a very service oriented company . Not a cloud company at all.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    As long as you are doing what is asked everything is OK. Free food and beer Friday.

    Cons

    More focus on Leadership. Leaders and managers get promoted in the middle of the year but engineers are told that budget is short. Very Leadership driven company. 20 % of engineering staff has already left. Only people who are here for a long time stay as they are acclimated to the environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have some empathy towards the engineering.

    Negative Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Legacy code base

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reverse engineer and learn from code developed by brilliant engineers.

    Cons

    Legacy code. When Ariba started, they had high end engineers move from Apple. In the late 90's and early 2000, they created a lot of the things we take for granted today. The OR mapping layer is brilliant. Same with the UI rendering engine AribaWeb.

    The management has been reducing staff. This means that there is a lot of legacy code that hasn't been maintained. Trying to debug that is a nightmare, you try to problem 1 and create three more problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Smart people, great flexibility, work-life balance.

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Perks, company culture, company values, comfortable environment, lot's of young people.

    Cons

    Long hours, high turnover, sluggish corporate decision making processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is great! Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful

    Politics and Favoritism

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Ariba full-time

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Flexible schedule
    - Some great co-workers and smart employees willing to help
    - Opportunity to learn a lot about software technology (ERP and SaaS)
    - A few good managers who actually get in the trenches with you, provide on-going training and development, and show a genuine interest in helping team members advance
    - Made some life long friends with some truly caring people with good hearts.

    Cons

    - A lot of management play favorites and senior leadership ignores this even though it is obvious to everyone that it goes on, especially in certain departments.
    - Promotions and career advancement are stalled/blocked by upper management and HR.
    - Sense of management not caring when you bring issues to them and give you a feeling that you are on your own to fight your battles.
    - Upper management is aware of cheating going on with certain individuals/teams but turn a blind eye because they want to make their monthly and quarterly numbers and bonuses.
    - Company does not take care of employees, lets them get frustrated and unwilling to fix internal issues.
    - Management gets bogged down in metrics and micro-managing.
    - God forbid you ever ask a question to a senior manager or executive that is deemed 'tough' or makes them feel uncomfortable when they ask for questions on a conference call or in a meeting. Senior leadership only want to hear positive feedback and accolades of how great they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Take care of your employees who have consistently worked hard and performed at the top.
    - Don't let your upper management frustrate your good employees to the point of them wanting to leave.
    - Nip the favoritism that some directors and vice presidents have been allowed to practice.
    - Communicate better with your employees.
    - Invest in your employees and help them achieve their goals.
    - Get rid of the old management style of "top down" mentality. Create a more open and collaborative atmosphere that would be more conducive to productivity and employee satisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Fast paced

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Ariba

    Pros

    Good coworkers and benefits. Willingness to help others on team. Growth opportunities

    Cons

    Heavy workload that is hard to measure. Not everyone on team has pay/workload in their favor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Good Place to work

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people, great technical strength, and working environment

    Cons

    There was always a worry about lay offs, may have changed now since it is an SAP company.

    Recommends

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