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Ariba Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated June 14, 2014
Updated June 14, 2014
259 Reviews

2.7
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Has a lot going for it, but I am skeptical that it's enough because of poor Leadership. Too bad too...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    The Solutions are relevant and valuable in today's economy. Most understand and value teamwork and you would be hard pressed to find an Aribian that wasn't willing to help if they can. The compensation & benefits are good.

    Cons

    Executive Leadership is weak & vague and they either have no strategy, or it changes so often that unless you are in the know it would never seem like there was one. Politics and favoritism abounds so if you aren't connected politically, you will be overlooked for promotions and opportunities. The company fails to invest in the areas that they say are important to them & managment by fear is common technique used by managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have a great solution suite and all the makings of a GREAT company. Our culture stinks and as our leaders it's up to you to model differently. Start and keep investing in things you all say are important to our health as a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    good opportunity to interact with many big-name customers

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    experience with different products/technologies and opportunities to work with well known companies

    Cons

    opportunities feels like it will be limited by senior management's direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    aribians are some of the brightest in the business, but they need to feel there is ample opportunity in the future.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do your research to see what you are getting into first.

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. All staff, no matter what level you are, start with 4 weeks paid vacation plus the days off between Christmas and New Years. There are a lot of very smart employees here, but the environment can be much like a soap opera. Overall staff need to be more professional behind the scenes. Limited yearly promotions need to be looked at again. These use to be quarterly, then semi-annually, and now yearly. They are limited as well, so you may never ever get promoted. Very political environment. Watch your back.

    Cons

    Very little chance for advancement. Extremely poor communication at all levels. Often hear things "thru the grapevine" in advance before an official announcement is made. In many cases, the official communications never come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep all levels of communication open.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    If you want to play on a team this company is not for you

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Good compensation package and in line with other companies in Silicon Valley CA

    Cons

    This is high school clicks all over again. While the folks on an individual level were very smart and high performing, as teams they did not play well together, nor did the teams communicate well across all organizational lines. The opportunity here is tremendous - but lack of leadership in this area will get in their way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to build of culture of responsibility and team. I enjoyed my short tenure at your company but it was clear to me that as an individual I could only get so much done and the lack of team culture would limit my impact.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    looking to his next option vesting

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    If you lack alternatives, it really is not an energetic place, you will be looking for something new in a few months, very few people come in to the campus making it very difficult to get acclimated to the culture of the company

    Cons

    No excitement, they don't just sell spend management, they live it which makes the environment very spartan, management is all over the country which deflates the energy of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leave the company and bring in people who are really hungry and and committed to double digit growth

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

    Good place to work if you are in a senior position.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Motivated & talented employees. Spend management on-demand is something that will be a killer business app. It has taken a long time for Ariba to build these application and now there seems to be some pay-off. Engineering teams are pretty strong. Also, lately there is a sense of renewed vigor.

    Cons

    Company focus can waver sometimes. Also, some management issues from time to time. Product management as an organization is not very strong. Sometimes there is a tendency to come across "my way or the highway" kind of senior managers. Profits have been elusive for a long time now and that doesnt help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation for key players need to be reviewed. There is a strong resentment againt some of the senior leadership amongst the ranks and it will help to do things in order to curb that.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to start your career

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

    Pros

    Engineering team members are friendly and cooperative. Communication between manager and employees open. Flexible working hours as long as you get the job done. Manager approves all PTO as long as there is no conflicts. Good benefit package.

    Cons

    Engineering team seems to be shifting to India. Communication between teams need improvement. Top-level decisions were not known by employees until carried out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep more engineering positions in US

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Neutral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Staff is great, close and personal

    Cons

    Not enough recognition and promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employee feedback and cut back on Executive pay, spend and travel

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life at Ariba

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

    Pros

    Good teamwork and culture within Engineering. Collegial atmosphere and dotcom era survivor.

    Cons

    Management is dominated by beancounter mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have more vision. Need to communicate more directly and honestly with rank and file.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People - Loose Leadership

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Fellow employees and the week off between xmas and new years.

    Cons

    Exec leadership seems to have lost its drive. Poor communication. Low employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fix what is broken.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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