TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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TIBCO Software CEO Murray Rode
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Pros
  • good work-life balance (may be this depends on which team you work for) (in 26 reviews)

  • Work culture is very relaxed and the main office is on a beautiful lake (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Some roles are particularly demanding, so work-life balance is not always achievable (in 13 reviews)

  • Senior Management is "taken care of" which is clear from company reports and company "filings" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Exciting times, smart people and bright company future.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Company is transforming - it's like being at Apple when Steve Jobs came back. Exiting to see upfront how this transformation is happening. Deep focus on strong, industry leading products that are a driving force in the re-architecture of today's businesses (internet of things, digital enterprise, big data, streaming data).

    Vista transition has actually been helpful. It's allowed the company to focus on what is most important. Leadership has a clear vision and is not distracted. Stronger alignment between major organization pillars of Sales, Product and Marketing - and seeing people work together as a team. Have seen a significant change in last 3-months of co-workers excited for what TIBCO is going to become. Those that are here want to be here and are committed, which wasn't the case when I started. The company is being redefined from the inside out and things that were status quo are being challenged to make this company awesome. Best part is you know that everyone you're working with wants to do the same thing.

    The new CEO is very rational and reasonable - understand the business inside and out - as you would expect being the former COO. But, its great to have someone so in-tune with the business, know where it needs to go and have the calmness to clearly articulate that direction to others. I've seen too many other CEOs who didn't know where they were driving the ship and then got mad when they got lost. So refreshing not to be in that situation here!

    Company has one of the best benefits package I've seen in a long time! And of course the best cafeteria ever!

    Cons

    There are some processes here that are cumbersome and lengthy.
    You might gain weight because the cafeteria is a foodie's dream!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't need to build everything from scratch.
    Keep investing in development in new products that help businesses change the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful

    Incompetent management, emergency driven execution based on the latest whim, and good benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Career opportunities may come as the private equity firm gets their bearing and starts moving the performers around and the road blocks and distractions out. At this point, work life balance for most has to be considered great since most people get in after 10am and leave before 4pm.

    Cons

    -- Execution is based on fear, not individual empowerment or shared interest in advancing the organization.
    -- Processes and procedures are only discovered through failed attempts to get things done and getting turned back to follow the process (mostly defined based on legal's fear of a lawsuit and wanting to block any progress) that is not documented or communicated.
    -- Emergencies are created as a way to get things done.
    -- No trust, respect, or ownership for the contributors or managers in the trenches - Everything must be prescribed and approved at the highest level.
    -- Lack of visibility into the future of compensation now that the equity benefits are gone and management has sat on their hands for 4 months coming up with the replacement bonus/MBO plan (they can't figure out what the objective should be).
    -- The marketing team seems to talk the talk and spends lots of time coming up with explanation on how they are going to generate more interest, but they are proven to be a worthless cost center that is a lap dog to sales.
    -- The sales team is held on a pedestal and treated to exotic trips for meetings even when underperforming. -- The product development team is under appreciated and is led without direction and focus to develop products that have little to no meaning in the marketplace or to the potential customers for them.
    -- The customer focused teams of support and training are silo'd from each other and by product and have no shared vision for how they can present a unified front to better support customers through one place irrespective of the product, leading to frustrated customers and under utilized products.
    -- Little to no communication, just lots of rumors and hearsay. The future is uncertain with the equity firm ownership-either the executives don't know what's going to happen either or they won't say.

    Tibco is currently focused on trying to correct itself and is not focused on its employees or customers. It is far along in the stages of the Weitzel and Jonsson Model of Organizational Decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -- Focus on Employees and Customers at the lowest, individual level
    -- Get out of the way! Empower individuals and teams to make decisions and execute by laying out high level goals and allowing the organization to show it's strength through individuals. Don't be a distraction from the important things that your teams are trying to achieve - ask yourself if what you are asking for would be appropriate if someone else was asking for it and if it really is going to have the impact to justify hijacking other priorities.
    -- Reward action, even if mistakes are made in exchange for inaction. Eliminate the processes that do not grease the skids of activity, but instead stand in the way. (i.e. Legal, purchasing, IT, etc. should enable the company to act responsibly through education and general guidance instead of focusing on putting up hurdles that eliminate the ability for progress)
    -- Be honest and up front with the employees...allow them to gain confidence in the future based on extreme visibility, removing their need to worry about surprises. (From the individual contributor perspective, the first impact of getting acquired is the implementation of the CCAT (test) of all employees...what else is happening or is testing, firing and hiring the only strategy?)
    -- Update your resumes - most of you will be out on the street when Vista has been around long enough to see what is going on. Most big companies with lack of growth are made up of B-rated executives (A-rated people are too smart to stick around and C-rated people aren't good enough and don't have the experience and know how to make it to the executive ranks) - The way that Tibco selected its executives has allowed C-rated people through and it is suffering the consequences now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Not a great place to be now

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TIBCO Software

    Pros

    The on-site café is good

    Cons

    Morale is really low after a big layoff, people are leaving the company on their own

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Uncertainty with new owners, and direction of the Company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good work/life balance. Core employee group very smart people. Excellent product set.

    Cons

    Spread thin trying to get into Cloud segment while maintaining core infrastructure server based software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spin of tibbr and Spotfire, concentrate on core business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    The Great Product that Could Have Been, Horrible Marketing, and Clueless Leadership!

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    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the Pro's have gone away over the past couple of years. I hit the eject button because there weren't many pros left to speak of. I guess I could say that once upon a time it was a great place to work, but that place doesn't exist anymore.

    Cons

    Now that Vista has taken over, the cons are too numerous to list, but I will give it a try. Spotfire has failed to meet it's numbers for the past two years. All of Spotfire's problems can be boiled down to two basic issues; namely, Marketing and Management. Spotfire has one of the worst marketing organizations I have ever seen. These people simple don't know how to do their job. Totally ineffective, in the extreme. However, the number one issue at Spotfire is the management. Spotfire is a product that could have been the top dog, world class product on the market. They could have been the product that took the market by storm. However, Spotfire management has taken what could have been the Rock Star product of the world and totally destroyed it. Spotfire has no chance at all to become a relevant product in the market at this point. Just take a look at what happened to "Tibco" in the Gartner Magic Quadrant between 2014 and 2015. So, you have decided to jump on the "Good Ship Spotfire" anyway, well you might not get to stay there very long. Now that Vista has taken over they have just rolled out their "Super secret aptitude exam". If you don't score well on it, you will be managed out of a job over the next few quarters. Spotfire is the story of a company and a product that once had the potential to become something great, but ended up falling short in almost every possible way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish I could say something that would help at this point, but sadly I think it is beyond the point of no return. I don't think you can fix it at this point. If Spotfire 7 could cure cancer, it would still not be enough to undo all of the damage you have done to this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at TIBCO Software

    Pros

    Latest Technologies
    Good Environment to work

    Cons

    Not clear about converting to full time as managers dont have clear information.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good work culture and flexible team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TIBCO Software

    Pros

    You can work in your area of interest.
    Good integration products

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities outside due to proprietary products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Had a Great Time, But it was time to move on!!

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    Former Employee - Client Services
    Former Employee - Client Services

    I worked at TIBCO Software

    Pros

    Great People, Good work environment, Comparable Benefits, Technically competitive in the market. It was one the best companies I have worked for, until recently when it was bought by Venture Capitalists. Well, actually they didn't have much of a choice as the investors weren't too happy with losses in quarter after quarter. It was a great ride, but it was time for me move on.

    Cons

    Lack of innovation on the technical & product sides in the past 4+ yrs, Lack of transparency at the management-level, lack of good bonus structure, complacency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep few products that seem to work well: BusinessWorks, BusinessEvents, Master Data Management, ActiveMatrix, ActiveSpaces, BPM. The rest not so much. Now, start innovating in the areas of Cloud Services, Data Analytics, EDW, MachineLearning, AI etc,. Oh, figure out who the free loaders are and send them home, quick.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Enjoyed amazing 4 years at my first job

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

    I worked at TIBCO Software

    Pros

    - Great exposure to customers
    - Development using new technologies
    - Great mentors
    - Amazing first job

    Cons

    - no work life balance
    - Less compensation

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. With the Vista Partner buyout, company is becoming unstable, and is going through reorgs.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Engineering in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at TIBCO Software

    Pros

    TIBCO is surviving all these onslaught of new technologies (Cloud Computing, Social Networking, BI, etc) w/ the new and upcoming companies such as Tableau, Splunk, etc, but it needs to reinvent itself to stay in the competition.

    Cons

    Unstable w/ the buyout. Morale is low. No bonus. People are leaving voluntarily/involuntarily. I hope that Vista Partner can figure it out soon to stabilize the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, please do your job with swift and soon. I worked for TIBCO for a long time and feel that it should survive/thrive w/ the right management.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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