Sybase Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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  1. Great people and lots of opportunity for growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sybase full-time

    Pros

    Great people and lots of opportunity for growth. The technology is interesting, and the company provides tons of opportunity to participate in technology training.

    Cons

    Sales compensation is changed yearly, and the company is run by people focused on accuracy and predictability of revenue rather than aggressively pursuing sales. Because the Sybase technology isn't typically considered a growth technology at many clients, it's often difficult to meet with top level management at clients.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job. Keep it up!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Proficient at failure

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sybase full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If life-work balance and ephemera surrounding your work are more important to you than achieving good results, this place is for you. (I got out before my resume was destroyed.)

    Cons

    Almost all the serious talent moved on years ago, leaving a small network of competent individuals struggling against a sea of yes-men in a completely dysfunctional organization. Senior management demands to be told what they want to hear, and the rest of the org battles the short-run exigencies this creates.

    Advice to Management

    No need -- SAP will be replacing you.


  3. Great company to work for

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sybase full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Communication is good Management is good

    Cons

    Pay is not industry standard

    Advice to Management

    Competitive salary


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  5. Chicago Office

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sybase full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None nothing positive with this office. Worst career choice all time

    Cons

    Terrible management led by Terry Gellerman. Phony job posting... Sybase company itself is fine but the chicago office is led by poor management, not following company's policy, no training and no career support. There are no diversity in the office and the office is poorly equipped.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the people in the chicago office


  6. Dynamic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company that cares about its employees. Perks and benefits are plentiful and opportunities to move up the ladder present themselves often.

    Cons

    Many Long hours are required in order to work your way into that next career. If you are dedicated to the company and do not have much life outside, you will do well.

    Advice to Management

    Less hours!


  7. OK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job security is a good reason.

    Cons

    Poor work environment is a downside.

    Advice to Management

    More Money would help make me happier.


  8. Great health benefits and other perks, poor compensation and growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Cult-like leadership and culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Cult-like atmosphere, filled with yes-men.

    Advice to Management

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


  10. Just like every other major SI

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Stable, with fits of chaos

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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