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Ariba Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated December 29, 2014
Updated December 29, 2014
242 Reviews
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242 Reviews
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good employer working to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

    Simplify all the processes and embrace change.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cloud based environment connecting buyers and suppliers

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    No innovation, old technology stacks

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

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

    Pros

    Ariba 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.

    Cons

    No 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Principle software engineer

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

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good environment. Nice location. High software standard.

    Cons

    Schedule management. Resource management. Task ownership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    great team, great benefits ...

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

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - smart and motivated people to work with
    - great support from management on career development
    - ample vacation time

    Cons

    - work long / weekend hours sometimes :(
    - open to hear new ideas for improvement but slow (if at all) to adopt
    - out of date, or lack of adequate documentation on processes in certain areas
    - too many meetings (managers are sometimes hard to catch)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - host more team building activities
    - enforce importance of work-life balance
    - listen to and consider employees ideas and concerns
    - despite your all day meetings, make time for your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8. 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

  9. 9 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
  10. 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
  11. 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

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