Business Objects Reviews

Updated February 28, 2014
Updated February 28, 2014
41 Reviews

3.4
41 Reviews
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Business Objects CEO and Director John G. Schwarz
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  1.  

    Amazingly successful and rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MD EEMEA  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - MD EEMEA in Paris (France)

    I worked at Business Objects full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Growth, innovation, disruptive, added value, international, passion, customer success.

    Cons

    hard to follow up, demanding in every aspect,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee satisfaction

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    ok first job out of university

    Former Employee - Software Test Developer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Test Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Business Objects full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    nice office
    lots of smart people
    big company so lots of room for growth
    training conferences if you have been with the company with a long time

    Cons

    only on the job training
    expected to know exactly what you're doing from day one
    mediocre pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    inject some fun into the job

  3.  

    Great balance between engineering & sales/marketing culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Business Objects

    Pros

    Good product, well marketed and got traction in marketplace. Impressive customer base that led in wide variety of use cases

    Cons

    Platform solution- not out of the application that worked in a plu & play manner. Product innovation leveled off after some time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication on acquisitions and other growth strategies was good- well received throughout company. More merit based promotions could have helped.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Business Objects

    Pros

    Empowerment
    Sales potential
    Great culture
    mulit country opportunity
    Fun environmnet

    Cons

    competition in patch
    reduced patch size

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    it is ok

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Business Objects

    Pros

    business object is a good place to work at. people are nice there, and the pay is not bad. recommended.

    Cons

    the raise is not big each year even your performance is over average. also office politics is another factor that affects promotion and raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    building a good relationship with both your supervisor and your team members are equally important to your career path in business object.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It is a good place to work in business intelligence

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Business Objects

    Pros

    The company allows freedom to innovate, present ideas and pays well.

    Cons

    The job involves 90 to 100% travel. The job environment is extremely uncertain, there is always a fear of losing your job due to lack of projects.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    BOBJ was great.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Instructor
    Current Employee - Senior Instructor

    I have been working at Business Objects

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. They know how to treat their people.

    Cons

    SAP acquisition changed everything. They are too big and don't understand or value the BI business. Say they value the BOBJ employees but don't act like it. Have screwed over many really solid good people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SAP- you don't treat the BOBJ customers or the BOBJ employees as well as BOBJ did. This will come back to bite you.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    my thoughts

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Business Objects

    Pros

    team work environment
    technical knowledge sharing
    regonized by managment
    well and detail employee training program
    work life balance
    fun place to work

    Cons

    company decision is unclear
    lay off emplyoees when company being bought.
    salary is lower than average on job market
    internal paper works

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep the employees. company is expanding. finance is good yet employees are still being laid off after the merging with SAP.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good before SAP

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Business Objects

    Pros

    Interest both technical and human. Good opportunities to move between different positions in the company. Don't know more since SAP bought them.

    Cons

    Maybe you need to be very clever in your "political" choices when you want to leave a department for another one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nope

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good software company in Vancouver

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Business Objects

    Pros

    Great office location, relaxed working environment, smart people, teams that get work done on time and with good quality. Not much overtime required.

    Cons

    Not much training. Innovation is "encouraged" but most decisions come from top down. Cross site development is difficult. Projects take sometimes years to complete / ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems like the organization is always undergoing changes in management and structure. After several times of going through change and not seeing much difference I am wondering if there is really much benefit to restructuring so much.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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