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Ariba Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
243 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 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.  

    Great Company Great People

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

    I worked at Ariba

    Pros

    You get to work with great colleagues. Most of them technically and professionally competitive.

    Cons

    The upside of the domain is only so much. Work-life balance changes a lot from one team to another.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great working atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist Support in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist Support in Prague (Czech Republic)

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

    Pros

    Good organization of work
    The company is open to any new suggestions
    High level of professionalism

    Cons

    Not transparent procedure of employment
    You have to wait long time to get promoted even with good efficiency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more opportunity to get promoted for people who achieve high volume of work and good scores.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Everything is wrong with Ariba IDC

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Free food and transport is the normal in product company. Also given by SAP.

    Cons

    All good work is done in the US. Only junk work in IDC.
    No good managers. US managers code. Indian managers fill XL sheets.
    Managers don't give respect to dev & qa.
    Code base very old and horrible.
    TRP (Terror review panel) suck the blood out of devs.
    Nothing to learn. Every framework (UI, ORM, Messaging) belong to ancient civilization.
    You learn only politics. You have to pray and beg to old employees who don't do any work.
    If you write one line code, you generate 10 bugs extra.
    Mostly XML file changes are done by most of the people.
    Nobody cares about our career, what devs want to learn or do.
    Some people act like kings (TRP & Managers) and others are treated like beggars.
    Only king's opinion is taken. Beggars will do the work kings tell them to do. Kings just talk. Beggars will have to beg kings for code reviews, checkins etc. Kings scream at beggars.
    Every decision is done secretly by kings. Which project beggars will work on, their performance rating, who should do what in a project etc.
    All good people are treated badly and leave the company soon.
    Downstream is the worst team. Don't get into Downstream even by mistake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all kings. Give fair chance to all beggars.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    You can gain experience very quickly

    Cons

    Pressure - too many projects in the same time

    Recommends
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    When you are enslaved in a Gulag, nobody cares about your skills, experience, self respect and peace of mind.

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

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

    Pros

    Got a chance to work with some very smart people with good insights. Otherwise, it was pure hell.

    Cons

    Having interactions with visionless senior management is a punishment. They care only about numbers and dates. Everything is reduced to numbers and everyone in IDC is treated as an idiot by the US HQ. There are some people who have stuck on for too long and have attained important positions.They do nothing but politics (especially true for upstream and downstream). Promotions and demotions happen on their mercy. It requires special form of skills to manage them.

    Probably, Engineers can manage to stay for a year or two, but it is a disgusting place to be a manager. The processes are totally meaningless and heavy. Too many people pull the strings and you have to please everyone. Performance reviews are totally erratic and based on whims of few privileged people. There is no motivation in any of the teams.

    There is very low productivity because of all the above reasons. Just to stitch up a simple application using a couple of well known opensource projects takes 2-3 years for this organization. So, forget about innovation. Most of the people end their association with Ariba in a bitter way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SAP should probably close the shutters on this business.

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

    Legacy code base

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Beedi Shop Person Or Watchmen Can be Hired to do Counting of Bugs Instead of Managers/QA Managers/Directors

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

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

    Pros

    Good Salary
    Good Cab Facility
    Good Organisation Structure

    Cons

    Horrible Managers who don't understand anything technically and simply threaten you daily.
    The TRP panel is a rogue panel which believes in threatening developers.
    This TRP Panel has completely spoiled the product in Bangalore Office.
    Very dirty workplace ,Please dont fall TRAP FOR HIGHER SALARY,NOBODY IS JOINING ARIBA.
    Only Bug Fixing and Configuration files changes.You hardly write any code.
    After 3-4 years you cannot get a job outside ,then you are left to mercy to silly and foolish managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why do need these Managers,Directors ,QA Managers when all they do is just counting number of bugs at a daily basis?
    If counting is the only thing needed to do we can hire the Watchmen or the Person who sells Beedi in front of our office
    he can also count bugs once a day for different teams and go.
    For God sake hire some resources not these Managers who just add to total cost but cannot contribute anything technically.

    Please fire all the employees who don't code and contribute anything technically

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of Positives, some mixed bag

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

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

    Pros

    - Timing flexible - in and out times
    - Good Transport Service
    - free lunch and Snacks in evening (life saver for those who have to travel long in bus)
    - Separation of Longer Feature Dev and customer facing team.

    Cons

    - Some of the older Ariba events missing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - keep some older ariba perks also while introducing new sap ones

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Smart people, great flexibility, work-life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Very Rude Managers and HR in Ariba India

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

    I have been working at Ariba (less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salary
    Decent Cab Service
    Decent Office

    Cons

    Managers :-
    Worst and Hostile Managers
    Managers are simply a waste I wonder why you should hire people just for counting number of bugs

    Work :-
    You are not a developer in ariba you a configuration consultant.
    I spoke to 1 developer who worked 3 years he hardly remembers writing code in this company.
    He just keeps fixing some configuration files.

    TRP Panel:-(Technical Rowdie Panel)
    Work is very bad here more important there are people in this called TRP(Technical Rogue Panel) who will
    make sure that they show that you need to bow before them if you do well in this company.
    TRP must be scrapped first and they must be taught to be polite and respectful.Remember these folks who say they are TRP do not know anything beyond Java 1.1.TRP itself is solely responsible for technical debt of this company.

    HR:-
    HR is so rude I wonder how the management allows such rude HR's which demeans the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the HR's which ill treat employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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