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Good place to learn, not for career advancement

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Consulting Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Consulting Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Ariba

Pros

Market leader, gets people exposed to the cutting edge of Spend Management. In general good peers tend to be very well educated in the field, and contribute significantly to running projects.
Benefits package is outstanding, and salires tend to be a little above average.

Cons

Career advancement was very poor. Remote employees were reporting to managers that changed in average every 9 months during my time there, therefore preventing the creation of a plan that was meaningful.
Internal politics are very close to be unmanageable. Managemen teams in Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Sunnyvale tended to communicate very poorly and created a lot of friction and compromises.
Executive compensation is hugely out-sized. The only quarter in which management forfeited their bonuses, the company was suddenly profitable by a wide margin

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The incredible loss of talent that currently affects Ariba is a direct result of internal staffing practices that try to extract maximum performance with little guidance or formal training. My team was top-heavy, meaning a lot of expensive management overhead, and not that many delivery people who could actually deliver the work. The team members were heavily overworked and given additional responsibilities without properly offloading others, with the result that we couldn't deliver the goods without working 70 hours a week.

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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

    I have been working at Ariba

    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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    • 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

    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
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