Ariba Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
235 Reviews
2.8
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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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Each day painful and excruciating. IDC is like a prison.

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

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

    Pros

    Good lunch and good people

    Cons

    1) The whole system is built to make the developers life as painful as possible. For each developer, there will be several people monitoring and asking for status over and over again. There is no trust. There will be some senior arrogant people who behave as though you have committed a crime every time you take the code for review. They are called TRP. They make you go around in circles. But at the end of the day, its your fault if you don't commit the code. But you wont be allowed to, because there are access controls on the code.
    2) The managers dont do any work other than asking for status. They call you in the night, weekends etc. No end to it. If something goes wrong in the system, its somehow your fault.
    3) Product is very unstable. It keeps breaking for trivial reasons. There are no good tools to find out what is the problem. You will have to read the logs on individual machines and at the same time keep explaining the same thing to a dozen people, who just stop short of blaming you for the problem.
    4) No fun or relaxation is encouraged. I haven't been part of a team lunch or team outing during my tenure.
    5) Nothing to learn other than how to take the pain. Every piece of software used is at least a decade old.
    6) Office is situated in a very bad part of town surrounded by slums. The office itself is in a pitiable condition. Lifts get stuck at least once a day. The seating is like that of a call center. No privacy or peace. You are under constant surveillance.
    7) People badmouth you behind your back but act nice in front of you. If you go against the old timers, you will be made to leave immediately.
    8) The QA are in enjoyment. They dont do any serious work.
    9) You will be stuck doing the same work forever. No growth in terms of career or knowledge or responsibility or exposure.

    My hunch is that most of the good reviews must have been written by QA or Old timers or HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address all the issues mentioned in the cons.

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

    Superfluous decisions by committee-Discouraging reuse of Plastic bottles

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - T3L2 in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - T3L2 in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Good you are removing plastic.

    Cons

    Dear committee, there are many other things you should worry about.

    Disposable water bottles can be given to visitors, why are you serving disposable water bottles to employees in internal meetings?
    Worst lunch, free food served at temples is far better than SAP free food, none of the committee member or GM’s eat this.
    Why there is a smoke zone in the building, move it to some corner in the campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work environment is dead, make it live.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 11 people found this helpful  

    Do you want to experience what "Old Stone Age" looks like?

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

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

    Pros

    Food and transportation are free.
    Some people are good and helpful.
    Salary package is good.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? The salary package was good. So, I took the job. During the training itself I was cursing myself for choosing a place which uses "make" files for compiling java classes, the UI looks so pre-windows. The software is so badly designed, that you need sixth sense to figure things out. But again, the salary was the highest I got among all the other options I had at that time. So, I stuck on.

    Again, a big mistake. There is a group of people (by invitation only) called TRP or Tech Review Panel. There are lots of panels, councils that it resembles more of a communist country than a corporate organization. These TRP have some knowledge of this cumbersome software, simply because they have stuck on seen the same code again and again. Their knowledge about things outside ariba is very shallow. You quote some framework and technology outside ariba, they get edgy. But what they have in abundance is arrogance and attitude. You should see the strides they take full of pride, the way they rubbish you during code reviews, because you didnt consider some godforsaken corner case.

    Lord there are bugs. They bubble out of every crevice. Everyone talks only about them. One TRP guy has even memorized the bug numbers. In other words, Bug is the lifeline of Ariba IDC. And they wont go away. You fix one, ten more are born. The main daytime job of every Engineer at the IDC is to fix bugs. Your productivity is measured by how many you fix per week. Fixing them is extremely painful. There is no documentation. You got to turn on the logs and figure things out. Its like blind man searching for a needle in a haystack, with his hands and legs tied up.
    Lets say you figured it out. You have to go to the TRP. They will chase you, troll you, pick on you, make you go round in circles. One TRP guy has setup a time slot of 4-5 PM. You miss the time, you can only approach him next day. And by the way there are access controls on the source code branches. Only TRP have the key. The root of their arrogance.

    The management is ridiculous. As I said before, every process at Ariba is centered around Bugs. Managers basically track bugs and ask you for status at least 5 times a day with lot of concern. There are some managers who directly tell you how useless you are at least once a week. There are others who are a soft in front and crib behind your back. By the way, most of your assessment happens behind your back. Then you will be laid out a set of terms for your next appraisal. But the most important element will be you have to fix more bugs.

    Overall, the tenure at Ariba is very bad for career. None of your previous knowledge or expertise will come handy here. When you leave, you wouldn't have made an inch of progress in your career. You will not have acquired or improved any meaningful skill or have gained an ounce of expertise. On the other hand, you will have lower confidence in your own abilities, and you might have forgotten a large amount of your acquired knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some risks. Build something new. Get rid of TRP role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor Technology Stack , Away from Modern World...

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

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

    Pros

    The people are nice and warm. People are willing to help and spend time with you.

    Cons

    - slow and averse of change
    - not aware of latest trend of industry
    - risk of failure supersedes willingness to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - bring change agents and give them authority to make changes
    - let technology leaders to go to technology conferences and learn new thing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Meaningless work, bureaucracy, politics, exodus of senior managers

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

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

    Pros

    Good food, free transport, you get 75k interest free loan

    Cons

    Developer's hell: Simple things like build, deployment, code review, checkin have been over complicated.
    Bug fixing: 99.9% of the people at Ariba have been doing this for a living. There is nothing else. And it is not an exaggeration.
    Code review: What can I say about this? Most of the times, you will not have code to checkin. It will be some config change or some XML tag change. But even to find that it takes eons because there is zero documentation. You will have to learn everything from trial and error and commit it to memory. The Tech Review Panel will suck your blood for doing that change. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. Harrowing experience to say the least.
    Career: The work will not take anyone further in their career in anyway because it will be completely meaningless. There is nothing new to learn. Never you will find any satisfaction in doing something clever, because if you have an idea, you will have to dumb it down so that everyone (especially the TRP relics) can understand. Eventually you will implement the dumbed down version.
    Politics and bureaucracy: If anyone wants to learn organizational politics, this is the place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

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

    Run, Fire

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beer Friday was nice. San Fran is not a far drive from Sunnyvale

    Cons

    Short and simple, Ariba maintains a system and employee culture where they are far too busy putting out fires and far, far, far too busy to consider doing anything at all to prevent them from blazing out of control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only you can prevent forest fires

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Still feel the pain

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

    I worked at Ariba full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Still feel the pain of working here after bailing out months ago. And its not just for me but a lot of folks who have worked there. You would think that there would be some fond memories. The deterioration started with tagging people as "resources", putting them on a spreadsheet, and allocation them to random projects without any training or ramp up time as a 100% resource. The company should realize that skills are not interchangeable, a good app engineer may not be a good infrastructure engineer or a UI engineer. Let people do the jobs that they are good at and give them choices - it will benefit both the people and the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no management only mismanagement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant QA in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Consultant QA in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Didn't have a great experience so no pros.

    Cons

    Worked there for 2 years and those were the worst years in my career of over 10 years.
    No proper task allocation, a junior with no managerial skills was made manager and he was a 'micro, follow people to rest room to ask updates' person.
    Promotions given only to those who act unprofessional and close to manager.
    Manager would call you even at 11.30PM for not so serious work updates. Really crazy and would ask you tomorrow on why you didn't pick the calls.
    Adhoc meetings will be convened when the manager sees you pack up your things and walk towards the exit.
    No planning in anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have already sold to SAP.I will never ever work for anyone of your so called managers wherever they are in the industry. If there are in anyway related to my workflow and above me, I will find the exit and move.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Useless work,hopeless HR,Zero scope of progression

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

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

    Pros

    company has been acquired by SAP so Ariba might become another Department.

    Cons

    Bad HR Policy,Stinking Office,Excessive politics,Retirement home for some managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No amount of advice will work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    hard working HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    working very hard to keep Glassdoor rating above 3, poor people they get breakfast lunch and snacks to their desk.

    Cons

    finally they for got what is HR and what they are supposed to do . they know only two things Facebook and glass-door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to hire more people , to keep the rating above 3.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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