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Ariba Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated Jun 14, 2014
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2.7 42 reviews

45% Approve of the CEO

Ariba Chairman and CEO Bob Calderoni

Bob Calderoni

(22 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Love the work/life balance;enjoy laid back work environment(in 12 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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    7 people found this helpful  

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

    Senior Captain (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    2 people found this helpful  

    Good people but needs more energy

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSmart people to work with

    ConsEnergy in the workplace was low

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore team building required

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    8 people found this helpful  

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

    Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Very good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsChallenging work, opportunity for innovation

    ConsGeographically dispersed teams make it difficult at times to communicate

    Advice to Senior ManagementFaster on demand releases

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Not an exciting or pleasant environment.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding place to work, fast and growth oriented space

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsAs 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    9 people found this helpful  

    Ok company with boring technology

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSmart people
    Process oriented (can be a con)
    Good compensation and benefit, 4 weeks vacation + 1 week Christmas break

    ConsThe company is stuck with 10 year old technology stack with ill-documented proprietary frameworks. What you learn is mostly only applicable to Ariba. Not much interesting stuff is going on. The company is not really innovative. People seem busy but they are not producing much. This is a quite boring place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to innovate. It's not easy given the budgetary constraints, but as time goes by, the proprietary stuff will only get more out-dated. Company will have hard time attracting and retaining people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    10 people found this helpful  

    Outdated Technology Stack, Methodologies and Processes

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros- colleagues are generally nice and competent people
    - new campus with lots of parking and free drinks
    - weekly informal get-together

    Cons- product is married to a proprietary technology stack that is hard to learn, poorly documented, and has a limited feature set
    - aversion to open source, with a strong not-invented-here mentality (Ariba Web does not count)
    - open hostility towards engineering practices like test automation, code coverage, etc. that do not directly correlate to new or better features
    - outdated engineering processes

    Advice to Senior ManagementFrom an engineering perspective, spend some time to clean up your technical debt and embrace modern engineering processes

    From a management perspective, please don't drive your engineers to work nights and weekends.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Not very good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood technology, financially stable, subscription base is stable

    Consmicro management, very unfriendly, no exposure to external technology

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter treatment of employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Proshuge upside if the company dumps legacy views, and thoughts that we don't sell software

    Cons12 hour days, every day

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

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