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  1.  

    Great health benefits and other perks, poor compensation and growth

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

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    The best health care coverage I have ever heard of. I would stay for this reason alone.
    On-site daycare
    Cafeteria (though the food is not so great)
    Location in the tri-valley
    Great co-workers

    Cons

    No telecommuting
    Limited vacation time and forced to take 1 week over the holidays
    No promotion despite years of excellent performance reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your valued employees better, let them work from home, give them more opportunity to move up in the company. Offer praise when deserved.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Cult-like leadership and culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA

    I worked at Sybase

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Cult-like atmosphere, filled with yes-men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, they know more than you think.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Just like every other major SI

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Sybase

    Pros

    Paid slightly higher salary than the other systems integrators I interviewed with. At the time I had about 4 years of software engineering experience in cleared government work.

    Cons

    Generally treated like the pawn you are. Was not at all impressed with the skill or competence of the management. Seemed like there was a high churn rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think every company says that it will be easy to move between contracts. Sybase was no different but when I wanted to move there was very little available despite their large footprint within the DC area.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable, with fits of chaos

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    On-campus fitness center, daycare facility, cafeteria big pluses. Good healthcare and insurance benefits. Dublin campus located in a suburb with reverse traffic is helpful (esp compared to SF or SJ).

    Cons

    No telecommuting allowed. Christmas Week mandatory company shutdown uses up a week of worker's vacation time.

    This is always brought up during "Ask the CEO" sessions; reason given is that we get short vacation (giving up a full week forced to take during Christmas) and no telecommuting so we can enjoy good healthcare. I suspect a lot of people will be willing to pay for higher co-pay or prescriptions if we could work from home a few times a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your must-work-on-site rule is Draconian. What kind of example do we set to when we develop mobile software, but the developers themselves are not allowed to work from home? Get with the 21st Century. Being proud of saving energy by using efficient lightbulbs is hypocritical when you require people to drive their cars and waste time commuting everyday. That's a WAY bigger carbon footprint than any energy savings you get on campus.

    Check with HR; top reason for people leaving the company is because you won't allow telecommuting. Yet you have offices all over the world. Just doesn't make sense. Let people work from anywhere they want; just make sure they do the work.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great coworkers, definitely could have been a better experience with management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Telemarketing Representative in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Telemarketing Representative in Concord, MA

    I worked at Sybase

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    Good food in the cafeteria
    wonderful coworkers
    great company vision
    good pay

    Cons

    lots of middle management to get in the way
    company is always moving toward a goal but never lets you know how you fit into this goal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help get entry level employees into better positions earlier before the get lost

    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what I was expecting

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

    I have been working at Sybase

    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
  8.  

    All management care about is bottom line

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Dublin, CA

    I have been working at Sybase

    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
  9.  

    Long time employee and hope to stay that way

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    Work life balance, flexibility, autonomy

    Cons

    There is a level of bureaucracy that is not ideal

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tester in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Tester in Dublin, CA

    I worked at Sybase

    Pros

    good company that i worked for over 10 years, friend colleagues and easy job to do, but low salary !

    Cons

    Poor growth and no stocks
    bonus was rarely given and even when given was very low
    the stock price is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good company that i worked for over 10 years, friend colleagues and easy job to do, but low salary !

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Need to get competitive with salaries to attract good people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA

    I have been working at Sybase

    Pros

    Company culture is good, many people stay a long time
    Encouraging growth in new fields of mCommerce and Enterprise Mobility

    Cons

    - Salaries are below market level in California. HR keeps saying they are competitive, but interviewing outsiders clearly tells another story. Can only attract new graduates with hardly any experience, who get trained for a couple of years and then leave for a better paying job. Waste of time on managers who try to build stable teams with experienced employees.
    - For employees with families, the benefits are bigger. Daycare, seasonal events geared towards employees with children, etc.
    - No telecommuting policy caused many to leave the company
    - Promotions are hard to get
    -Vacation accrual stops at 3 weeks/year, with forced shutdown over Christmas in the US, that is reduced to 2 weeks and a day. Too little

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chen resurrected the company and he needs to be recognized for this, but his tight grip on any type of expense approval, including all hires slows down the company. Everything is centralized in the hands of a handful of people. For the company to really be innovative, power must be shared.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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