Ariba

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Ariba Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
237 Reviews
2.9
237 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top-heavy company

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

    I worked at Ariba full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, nice office environment, decent co-workers. Benefits are OK; while you get 20 days of paid time off, there are no sick days so if you get sick your vacation hours are deducted.

    Cons

    The company suffers from two layers of overhead at the top.

    a. Program managers - most useless people I've ever seen, who have no idea about projects but somehow given the authority to yell at project managers. They also force the company to use an outdated, Excel-based management tool and neglect to look at modern Web Based alternatives.

    b. CTO and architects - same story, these guys are tasked to approve technical decisions without understanding the full details of projects. The end result is meaningless approval process where engineers can't do anything until approval, yet approved items require constant modifications because they overlook tripping blockers at the bottom.

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

    Good for people who want to end their career here or retire....worst for others

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

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

    Pros

    You get to work with talented and smart people.
    Salary offered is competitive.

    Cons

    Laid back approach, few new features/enhancement coming in.
    Good for people who want to retire or end their career here.
    They own a propriety stack which is poorly documented and not much help from peers.
    No opportunities for new joiners and first year you shall be working on fixing bugs, editing csvs, xmls, etc
    Energy level is very low amongst employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to motivate your employees, simply giving ppt presentations and talks every quarter doesn't help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people but needs more energy

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people to work with

    Cons

    Energy in the workplace was low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More team building required

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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    A huge waste of career time fixing their proprietary bugs. AVOID THESE GUYS!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    Learned a lot about huge configuration management issues and a **few** other interesting pickups. Good benefits and vacation.

    Cons

    Extremely arrogant management, very click-ish, terrible people skills, poor work life balance, millions of lines of code that is ancient and of little value to your next employer, very old architecture. They are opening a Shanghai development center and heavily staffing their Bangalore development center. You will spend a lot of time talking to them to all hours of the night.

    You will be assigned to work on bugs for your first year of employment. If you do not excel at this, you will not make the cut and will be let go. Absolutely no documentation and people are so stressed with work, few people will take the time help you out. You are on your own, Pilgrim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop and appreciate your people and not just the ones who have been there 10 years and know all the code.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Not an exciting or pleasant environment.

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

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits - 20 PTO days plus extra holiday in late December. The company is currently doing well, and is therefore a stable place to work.

    Cons

    The culture is (inadvertently) hostile to new blood and new ideas. The software stack is proprietary and increasingly out of date, yet new employees are expected to hit the ground running without any training. Development processes and policies are not the most effective, and lead to micro-managing, along with a lack of a true spirit of teamwork. Not a good place for a senior engineer to join, unless you don't mind being an over-paid code monkey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ariba Engineering has a culture problem, which needs to be addressed sooner or later. Change has to be initiated from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    Challenging work, opportunity for innovation

    Cons

    Geographically dispersed teams make it difficult at times to communicate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Faster on demand releases

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding place to work, fast and growth oriented space

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    As an engineer, one can work on stuff that has a big impact on the world of b2b commerce. Big customers and high volume cloud commerce site. There is pressure no doubt, but high rewards for successful folks too.

    Cons

    Building and operating a 24x7 cloud commerce site can come with its share of challenges and pressures. Distributed offices across the united states and now in many other parts of the world (thanks to the various acquisitions) makes collaboration harder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more tools and processes to help with collaboration between different offices. Also - more training for new engineers would help them get effective sooner

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company - experience depends largely upon client

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    Lots of vacation and holiday time, making it relatively easy to maintain a good work-life balance
    Fellow consultants are always willing to help

    Cons

    No clearly defined career path
    Who you know, not what you know
    Can be on projects for extended periods of time, thus losing out on training opportunities, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more about major changes to the company - how do they impact us, when will they impact us, etcc

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    I can't complain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    I think they have a Pro Employee attitude:

    - When the recession hit there were wage freezes but they also doubled the 401(k) matching. Not many companies that I know made that kind of effo

    Cons

    - Work-life balance can get a little out of control sometimes, such is the life of a sales organization though

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Beware of Jobs in HR=No fairness, compensation is based on who you sit w/at the lunch table and no development of people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    Great benefits and if you are in with the "in crowd" in HR you're good

    Cons

    The VP of HR signs off and changes all raises and reviews and has 0 professional discussions w/anyone.
    She's too busy shopping online in the morning and talking about hiring good nannies.
    There is NO training or employee development
    Counting myself 5 people left HR in 18 mos and the group size in Pittsburgh is 16 people (33%)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find people who understand the term "leadership" and people development and hire them. You're overpaying your Sr. Mgmt and getting nothing in return but disgruntled people, high turnover and apathy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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