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Not what I was expecting

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer II  in  Dublin, CA
Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer II in Dublin, CA

Pros

- Great location if you live in Tri-Valley
- On-site gym
- Some chances to work on newer technology (mobile, Eclipse plugins)
- Health insurance can be VERY comprehensive for not a lot of cash out-of-pocket. Really cheap drug co-pays.
- Lots of good people, who know what they are doing and are good engineers. Everyone I've worked with is good natured and helpful.

Cons

Day to day
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Unbelievably bureaucratic development process. There's a ton of overhead involved in just being able to check out and change one file. Managers must approve code checkins. Code reviews are done, but good luck getting your system set up to take part. Many internal tools were developed in-house, and it shows. Quality seems to be hit or miss, and is quite frankly, understaffed.

Much work is done overseas, so if there's a problem blocking you, you're pretty much stuck until the next day.

Strategy
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Lots of disarray when it comes to product strategy. Who is doing what? What are we doing? It seems to change every couple of months. There's a fine line between reacting to what customers/markets want and not sticking to a strategy long enough to see what works. There's also a sad lack of understanding of the target developers.

Management
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While I may be reporting an isolated case, there's lots of micro-management of day-to-day tasks. There are good managers here, but it's very uneven.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Bring the jobs back to the US and you'll see a big increase in morale and quality. Take a hard look at your processes and ask if they make sense anymore or could be done more efficiently.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for Sybase

  1.  

    All management care about is bottom line

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Dublin, CA

    Pros

    Very few companies in the tri-valley

    Cons

    They can do a better job on product roadmap

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just integrate with SAP already. SAP is a better company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Long time employee and hope to stay that way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    Pros

    Work life balance, flexibility, autonomy

    Cons

    There is a level of bureaucracy that is not ideal

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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