Ariba

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Be prepared to work hard but the rewards are there.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA

I have been working at Ariba

Pros

In general it's a hard-working, motivated, performance-driven workforce. They expect everyone to give their best, and exceptional performance is recognized and rewarded e.g. every quarter an employee is selected for Employee of the Quarter, it's not just for sales people but can be from any part of the organization.

Ariba does pay attention to its employees' needs, for example the employee wellness program is more than just fluffy emails about health, the company pays for flu shots and works with local gyms to offer discounts. Free beer on Friday after work (in the Pittsburgh office anyway - a Freemarkets tradition that carried on) is not to be sneezed at!

In this recessionary economy, Ariba's target market is a healthy place to be - helping organizations reduce their spending and increase control of expenses. So the company's prospects seem solid, which is good news for stability of employment. The products are pretty good too, and the shift to On-Demand SAAS has been a success.

Cons

The company is very careful with its pennies (after all its business is spend management). The allowances and restrictions are reasonable but far from lavish. EG on a business trip, you pay for your own lunch. Waa waa waa but hey, you would have paid for it yourself if working at your regular office. On the other hand, they did throw a good holiday party in Pittsburgh this year, when many other companies cancelled theirs.

Be prepared to work some very long hours, this company gets a lot done with a little and that means working smart AND long ! It frequently can cut deep into personal & family time, weekends, even vacation time if you're not out of contact. So leave the Blackberry in your desk. This work ethic is common with Silicon Valley tech companies, Ariba's no different.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Nothing in particular, from my vantage point they appear to be doing their jobs well.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Benefits, good luck trying trying to advance your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Support Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ariba

    Pros

    Good place for an entry-level job. Free beer on Fridays, Very Good health benefits, and you get 4 weeks of time of feven if you're brand new (if your manager allows you to take it), young, fun work environment. You can wear jeans and a sweatshirt to work every day.

    Cons

    In many cases, there is very little room for advancement unless you switch departments. Management is very pie-in-the-sky and is not at all receptive to new ideas. Ariba has a terrible retention rate of new employees. The Customer Support department is are required to work all holidays when the rest of the company is off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like they actually matter, rather than just bodies answering a phone so that you can meet your service levels.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Ariba

    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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