Sybase Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Sybase Chairman & CEO John S. Chen
John S. Chen
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Pros
  • Best reason to work here is because of work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • The work and work environment are pretty good, with core work in almost all areas of the database product development being done from India office (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is sometimes sacrificed (in 4 reviews)

  • Unrealistic quotas, upper management made poor decisions (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Bad. And Good.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sybase

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Focus on embedded and mobility was ahead of its time. Technically superior in the market.

    Cons

    Success and failures of its Big Data past (Sybase SQL Server) confused the market. Mobility and data warehousing were well-respected technically - but overshadowed by SQL Server aka ASE.


  2. Great and technically challenging work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Pune (East Timor)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Pune (East Timor)

    I have been working at Sybase full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to learn and work on cutting edge technologies. Very often you have some of the best people in the industry to work alongwith.

    Cons

    Unhealthy work life balance. Very often employees have to at odd hours to finish the assigned work. HR benifits are also not the best of the breed.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs a better approach to improve work life balance of employees. They also need to consider future growth opportunites which have to be improved.


  3. Good place to work for Product development

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Channels Consultant in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Channels Consultant in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Sybase full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Before acquisition of SAP , Sybase was the coolest hassle free work place

    Cons

    Not any more after SAP acquisition


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  5. management treats employees with little respect

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer I in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer I in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Sybase full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Only if you are passionate with database core technology and you got an offer for such works.

    Cons

    No respect. Engineers must work very hard to get a "so-so" rating. Managers like to micro-manage all things. Want your daily report. Check your arrival time in the morning and expect you to go home late and then attend meetings at nights, even mid-nights. Managers are hired through a process that don't really ask for tech skills/knowledge, but then act as the tech lead and show no respect to engineers.

    Engineers are all good and other employers keep coming to hire from Sybase employees.

    Advice to Management

    Fire those incompetent managers to save moral.


  6. It was a very rewarding experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sybase

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for a global organization provided a lot of exposure to different cultures.

    Cons

    Sometimes the expense control was a bit extreeme.


  7. Software Engineer II - QA

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II - QA in Concord, NH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II - QA in Concord, NH

    I worked at Sybase

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company with good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    After being acquired by SAP, many small offices were closed with little or no opportunity for transfer/ retraining on newer products.


  8. Sr. Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sybase full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great group of people, interesting work good technology
    excellent work-life balance
    excellent benefits, cafe, child care, gym

    Cons

    low employee equity (stock options)

    Advice to Management

    keep it going


  9. Good Work, limited perks, sub-par remuneration

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Sybase full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work and a lot of scope for growth in initial phases

    Cons

    restricted growth beyond certain point, unclear direction after acquisition by sap
     limited perks, sub-par remuneration


  10. A Mix of Good and not so good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Dublin, CA

    I have been working at Sybase

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There were days when the company was not acquired, those used to be golden days.
    Each team was considered equally important. The focus was merely in achieving best product quality

    Cons

    Senior management does not consider all teams as equal. There is a heavy bias on core team/product at the expense of overlooking activities by non-core team.

    Advice to Management

    Engineers consider work as worship no work is good or bad to them, same feeling should be honored by the management, they should treat all teams/groups with equal respect.


  11. Great people; great life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - I T Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - I T Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Sybase

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are passionate about their work, and cooperative (if asked nicely).

    Cons

    Too much east coast vs west coast. Senior executives a little out of touch with the business - too Wall St quarterly # focused which results in doing whats right for the short term, and not the long term.



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