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  1.  

    Good software company in Vancouver

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at SAP 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
  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 SAP Business Objects full-time (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.  

    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 SAP 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
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    my thoughts

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at SAP 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a lot better before SAP.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at SAP Business Objects

    Pros

    Good pay. Good benefits. Some good people. Office has a gym/games room.

    Cons

    Aggressive performance metrics based on closure of customer incidents. All incidents are counted the same regardless of difficulty. This leads to some employees working the system by insisting all customers create new incident's for each small question.

    Mandatory "on call" overtime which is payed at a flat rate regardless of how much work is actually done.

    No raise in 2 years.

    Rare to find opportunities to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more reliance on customer satisfaction, and less on incidents closed. Make after hours support optional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    SAP ruined Business Objects

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at SAP Business Objects

    Pros

    If you are straight out of college, entry-level or don't have experience selling to larger companies Bobj is a good place to get your footing in the technology sales industry.

    The Vancouver office is very well equipped with parking on the roof (pay), multiple kitchens, a lounge, a sleeping room and a full-sized gym with yoga room, onsite massage therapy and games room.

    Cons

    SAP has not handled this acquisition well. Two years later, we still don't know what products we can sell and how to sell them. We cannot even provide a price quote to our prospects without confirming with multiple groups that the pricing policy is the same as the week before and approvals are the same. Commissions are rarely paid on time and correctly, and our on target earnings are 30k less than they were last year. Nobody in this office has any power to influence the decisions that affect our jobs and our productivity. There are too many roadblocks to doing our jobs - it's like this company is trying to make it impossible for us to sell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask front-line employees how they would recomment improvements be made

    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    A good place to start a career.

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

    I worked at SAP Business Objects

    Pros

    Business Objects was a medium sized tech firm. It was a great place to work if you wanted to experience Big Company life without having to take a position at a large company.

    This was a great place to implement ideas, if you were willing to follow through on them yourself. Even our interns were developing features in our products (perhaps 10% of the engineering staff were interns, most of whom were working on shippable features).

    Really good salary for new grads.

    The Vancouver office is very well located. (From what I can tell, most of their big offices have great locations).

    People are very friendly and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    There's not a lot of community recognition. If you drop the name at a party, you'll almost always get blank stares. This is even more true now that they have been purchased by SAP -- the brand recognition in the tech community of either Business Objects or SAP is unfortunately low.

    The salary, at least in Vancouver, is really high for new graduates, and really low for people with some experience. It was very common for someone to start working at BOBJ right out of school and make 10k more than their peers at other companies. However, in three years, they would be make 20-40k less than the same people elsewhere.

    The product is made for the business sector, this may not be interesting for many purely technical people.

    There are very, very few perks for working for this employer. You come to the office, you do some work, you go home and get a cheque in the mail. They do offer bike storage, a gym and a foosball table, but that's about it.

    Over time, the office has lost more and more benefits. Stock options are gone, stock purchase plans are gone, health benefits are getting worse every year, retirement benefits get worse every year, bonus payout formulas are constantly readjusted to lower the payout (or so it seems), company bar-b-q's are being cancelled, etc. All of the good reasons for working here are systematically being removed, and there is no replacement.

    There is very little company loyalty amongst employees.

    In the development side of the business there is a huge stigma associated with being a Software Developer. There are basically two kinds of people: Developers, and everyone else (QA, translation staff, IT, PgM, Tech Writers, etc.). If you weren't a developer, you were looked down upon -- this was especially noticeable during bonus time or salary review time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People don't stay here long term for a reason. You should really look at how you can increase long term retention.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work environment changed for the worse, even just during the two years I was there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at SAP Business Objects

    Pros

    Flexibility for work-life balance, working from home and time off for family. Benefits kick in before 3 month probationary period is over, opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    SAP acquisition has changed the culture and cost many people their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunities and frustrations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at SAP Business Objects

    Pros

    Many opportunities; quick promotions for the right 'kind' of employees; lucrative industry. There are many different teams, technology groups, and career paths one can pursue. A large, mature sales organization would appeal to those interested in sales/marketing. They have some decent coin to spend when needed.

    Cons

    Many managers; series of mergers led to disorganization; politics heavier than usual. You need to love large corporate environments, with the facade of a hip tech company, to fit in at BOBJ. Having said this, their are many different groups and each one is somewhat unique - if you find your right niche you will enjoy your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline procedures, consider experience when promoting staff.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Laid back workplace promotes easy environment, but spawns indifferent employees to create poorly maintained software

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at SAP Business Objects

    Pros

    Environment wise, it's a pretty good place to work. People are friendly. The work is pretty easy, and good if your more laid back. Comes with a games room with a pool table, ping pong table, Xbox 360, PS2, and a large gym.

    Cons

    Career advancement wise (at least for software), I don't believe it's a great place to work.
    Some technical managers are more concerned with managing people issues rather than setting goals in creating well written software. As a software developer, I have plenty of reservations about a lot of the band aid solutions that go into the product, just to make something work. It's like 75% of the employees have never taken a software engineering course... or an English course for that matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I see management give out tasks but never follow up on them. This leads to poor quality work, or tasks simply to keep employees busy. My advice? It wouldn't hurt to micro manage a bit more.

    Approves of CEO

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