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Ariba Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated Jun 14, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

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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    2 people found this helpful  

    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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    5 people found this helpful  

    High pressure, poor work-life balance, upper mgmt priorities skewed by SAP acquisition

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsStrength of the people in general. Pay is good.

    ConsUnrealistic dreams, insufficient funding to actually deliver. Many projects have gotten killed as a result.
    Really heavy process creates too much friction. Lack of willingness to prioritize and really fix things.
    Things now worse with the SAP acquisition. Is quite political.

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    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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    5 people found this helpful  

    Not so good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsEnterprise software is a good domain to learn.
    You can learn a lot if you are given the time.

    ConsManagement layer above first line managers is bad. They will not admit the mistakes they make and push the blame down. People in power tend to abuse it. It certainly seems to be the case here. Top heavy. Process heavy. Process seems to be the solution to all problems but ends up exacerbating it. No sense of empowerment. Public humiliation in some meetings. Internal demos are a farce. You may develop a good product only to see it publicly nitpicked over some trivial issue. No, its not Apple's culture of excellence if thats what you are thinking. Schedule is king. Beware if you slip. Constant stress and negativity. No work life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHow does one change the incorrigible?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company with a great potential for the next gen eCommerce

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGreat customer base that uses Ariba on a daily basis

    ConsNeed to be more agile towards innovation

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    No innovation, old technology stacks

    Senior QA Engineer (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsAriba has a very rigorous recruitment process and the people hired are top notch.
    Peers and colleagues will be very helpful and intelligent
    Weekly beer bash on Fridays
    Perks and benefits pretty decent by Bay area standard.
    Flexible on working from home, good for people with family.

    ConsNo innovation. They have a propriety code which is very heavy and interdependent among its modules. No documentation and takes time to learn.
    Employee morale is very low. They keep on hiring more and more VPs, directors and PMs some of whom are of no good.
    Some teams have to co-ordinate with India team on daily basis which can get frustrating.
    Life for Ops team is a hell.
    Senior management talks big in managerial and technical jargons and delivers less on paper.

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

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Cloud based environment connecting buyers and suppliers

    Marketing Analyst (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGreat company, fast paced. Innovative ideas with a strong working community. Just moved t new offices. Great amenities such as cafe and gym.

    ConsMany employees hard to get to know everyone even in the office

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Good employer working to grow

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsLarge company, stable employment, steady growth.
    Flexible work hours
    Owned by SAP

    ConsLots of legacy code, struggling to keep it current. And innovate.
    Lots of layers and groups
    Train release model, with lots of moving parts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify all the processes and embrace change.

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Principle software engineer

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood environment. Nice location. High software standard.

    ConsSchedule management. Resource management. Task ownership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore communications

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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

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