Ariba
2.7 of 5 213 reviews
www.ariba.com Sunnyvale, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Ariba Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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45% Approve of the CEO

Ariba Chairman and CEO Bob Calderoni

Bob Calderoni

(126 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Love the work/life balance;enjoy laid back work environment"
    in 11 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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    Poor Technology Stack , Away from Modern World...

    Principal Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Meaningless work, bureaucracy, politics, exodus of senior managers

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

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

    ConsDeveloper'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 Senior ManagementNothing

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Run, Fire

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsShort 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 Senior ManagementOnly you can prevent forest fires

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    Still feel the pain

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsPay and benefits are decent.

    ConsStill 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 Senior ManagementThere is no management only mismanagement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Non-Technical Managers/Painfull Code Review Process/Egoistic TRP Panel/Zero Learning

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsNothing really get to see some dumb managers who know nothing but just to count the number of bugs left out to fix.Ariba only strategy in India is pay high salary and keep people fixing bugs.

    ConsWork:- Worst work man horrible people hardly write any code here.I have hardly seen people write any code just they keep playing around with configuration files.

    Managers:- Worst they don't do any work ,Why do need so many managers and directors when work is only bug fixing ,we need bug fixers not people who can give us advise on how many is left out daily.I don't understand why Ariba Wastes Money by hiring Managers/Directors.

    TRP :- This is sadistic panel full of egoistic people they want you to bow before them and beg them for permission to check-in code.Have you ever seen of begging to get permissions for check-in code?Code is wrong word its a set of configuration files always. TRP panel has been biggest contributor for attrition in Ariba Bangalore office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet Rid of the TRP Panel or give them some advise or else everyone will leave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Bad

    Consultant QA (Former Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsDidn't have a great experience so no pros.

    ConsWorked 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

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

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    Useless work,hopeless HR,Zero scope of progression

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo amount of advice will work.

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

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    hard working HR

    Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to hire more people , to keep the rating above 3.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    bad worse worst ..don;t go

    Senior QA Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsFriends: outside team definitely, you will get one or two very good friends
    Good in making promising and making you fool with good talking way/style
    IT is very supportive

    Cons1.workwise: no quality work. Bad work. All good work will go only to politicians.
    2. review: for juniormost employee, they take the review from seniormost employee who doesn’t share any information, who doesn’t even have talking sense and shouts everytime at girl in front of everyone, who doesn’t respect for female. You have reported this and he was updated about this but then also, review is taken from him and whole revenge by that person was taken in review. Only his review comments will be included in delivered review, good review comments will not be not included from other peers.
    3.Salary hike: you will be ignored saying with above described review you got 20% hike(actually in 3 lacs salary and Inflation is 11%) which is quite good and this 20% is less than 1% than other employees actually.
    4. Girls: For females, they give the worst location. They take the location review from others who doesn’t have respect for females and update you “I hear that it’s quite a good place”. Girls are just showpiece for them. Even male security in reception gets better place than female employee in so called workstation. GIRLS, beware, you will always feel getting insulted here every now and then
    5. Parking: your vehicle will get damaged every now and then and you will listen “you have parked in damaged condition”. They will try to become a mechanic guy and say “this is not damage, because of that, this is happening”. They feel that an girl employee is fool who will park vehicle in damaged condition in morning and at 8PN in night she will drag it to garage.
    After assuring that everything will be fixed by the time(after 5 days) employee only, one senior person will ask for name sake “is any help required”
    6. During interview and in other company events: you will listen “we maintaining ratio 0f 30% for female and few positions are here only for females” but beware, though they hire females, they have no respect for females.
    7. other opportunities: you have permission to join other position in same company but Policy will never make this happen.
    8. Team: 8yrs expert guy competes with intern (3 months expert )and try to dominate and complain against him.
    9. onsite: only for politicians.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your employees(if not fully, atleast 0.001%). Treat them as humanbeing not as animal. And understand their concerns

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

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    Door ke dhol suhawane hote hain

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsOut of team, you will get one or two good friends
    IT is very supportive
    Higher management is very good in making false promises and making fool with good talking way

    Cons1.workwise: no quality work. Bad work. All good work will go only to politicians.

    2. review: for juniormost employee, they take the review from seniormost employee who doesn’t share any information, who doesn’t even have talking sense and shouts everytime at girl in front of everyone, who doesn’t respect for female. You have reported this and he was updated about this but then also, review is taken from him and whole revenge by that person was taken in review. Only his review comments will be included in delivered review, good review comments will not be not included from other peers.

    3.Salary hike: you will be ignored saying with above described review you got 20% hike(actually in 3 lacs salary and Inflation is 11%) which is quite good and this 20% is less than 1% than other employees actually.

    4. Girls: For females, they give the worst location. They take the location review from others who doesn’t have respect for females and update you “I hear that it’s quite a good place”. Girls are just showpiece for them. Even male security in reception gets better place than female employee in so called workstation. GIRLS, beware, you will always feel getting insulted here every now and then

    5. Parking: your vehicle will get damaged every now and then and you will listen “you have parked in damaged condition”. They will try to become a mechanic guy and say “this is not damage, because of that, this is happening”. They feel that an girl employee is fool who will park vehicle in damaged condition in morning and at 8PN in night she will drag it to garage.

    After assuring that everything will be fixed by the time(after 5 days) employee only, one senior person will ask for name sake “is any help required”

    6. During interview and in other company events: you will listen “we maintaining ratio 0f 30% for female and few positions are here only for females” but beware, though they hire females, they have no respect for females.

    7. other opportunities: you have permission to join other position in same company but Policy will never make this happen.

    8. Team: 8yrs expert guy competes with intern (3 months expert )and try to dominate and complain against him.

    9. onsite: only for politicians.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your employees(if not fully, atleast 1%). Treat them as humanbeing not as animal. And understand their concerns

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

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