TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated April 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. Veteran of middleware, integration and SOA software

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - if you are willing to take some chances, get off the porch and run with the big dogs, you can do that here. Risk takers and hard workers thrive. The meek & whiners should stay home.

    - this company is in transition. It's less about where we've come from and more about where we're going. We've assembled a solid collection of technology, a fresh product vision, and have real value to offer customers. There is a lot of "beef in the bun".

    - Vista acquisition is a good thing. Their philosophy is built on the concept of deployment of best practices that have been proven to work. Yes, it is fomulaic, but that's not a bad thing if it produces proven results. Can't argue with past results.

    - This is not a back stabbing culture. Political intrigue is low. People just want to get the job done.

    - recent turnover is creating a lot of career opportunities for TIBCO employees right now. Lot's of fresh thinking being injected into the organization.

    Cons

    - the next 6-9 months are going to be a little stressful as we work our way through the Vista transition, get our product strategy and roadmaps in place, replace people who've left, stabilize organizations, and get dialed in on our marketing focus. This in normal in an acquisition.

    - it's not clear yet how the culture will shift as the result of going private. Some people won't like the degree of personal accountability and metrics being brought in by Vista. Personally, I think it will result in weeding out some of the less competent people. (con for them, pro for the rest of us!)

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on developing a clear, well integrated product strategy that will take us forward. Help us understand the impact that Vista best practices are actually having on company operations and performance. Make it a learning experience for as many as possible.

    Don't cut back or shift burden on the healthcare benefits. People really value that.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Evolution at work

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    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 (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The technologies, and the great minds that designed them, are still around after the acquisition. The acquisition and changes in engineering management have brought a welcome focus. One of TIBCO's known strength, its field forces, is motivated by the next big things the company is working on right now. And a more recent addition to the TIBCO mix is Marketing. The marketing team has been asked by Vista and the top executives to build a leading marketing organization. This is currently at play and quite interesting to be involved in. Data-driven decisions, collaboration and processes, constant testing and benchmarking are becoming the rule at TIBCO Marketing.

    Cons

    The company culture has always been about hard work, and the company has always been rewarding. The transformation at play, and the size of the opportunity, requires everyone to be 100% committed. Some will love it, some will not.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on engaging with customers. Keep on communicating with employees. Keep on investing in Marketing. Keep on adding structure and processes to realize the company and its assets (people and technology) company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    A very rewarding place for enterprise software professionals

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIBCO Software

    Pros

    Great products
    Great customer base
    great culture
    Very focused on the customer
    Very relevant technology

    Cons

    Slow growth rate
    Uncertainty after the acquisition - much of which is noise
    Slow to change

    Advice to Management

    Keep " world dominance" on the agenda

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  5. Solution Consultant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at TIBCO Software

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reliable products with excellent track records

    Cons

    not great leadership and lack of transparency

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to customers' needs and the field personnel

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good place to get feet wet into the industry. Uncertainty after acquisition.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Allows employees room for growth and to move around between departments without prior experience. Nice people. Some good benefits. Free donuts on Fridays.

    Cons

    Long hours after the acquisition as company consolidates and ones not part of layoff absorb the work of those that left. Not clear of direction.

    Advice to Management

    Over communication is better than no/low communication.

  7. Architect

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    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at TIBCO Software

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

    Pros

    work life balance, insurance is good

    Cons

    Most of product are enterprise software and it not cloud ready.

  8. A great place to learn and grow

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

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time

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

    Pros

    TIBCO is a company that solves really hard problems for the world's most important businesses. It's a great place to work to with really smart people and make a difference on relevant, real-world problems. Engineering and Sales have always been dominant forces at TIBCO, but Marketing is the newcomer who's beginning to make a big impact. TIBCO is also led by a CEO who knows how to operate the company well, which is a big plus!

    Cons

    Some processes take too long
    Collaborating across all the sites can sometimes be difficult
    The parking lot is too full-- too many parking places taken up by people who are just here to enjoy the awesome cafe

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire great people
    Review and eliminate any unnecessary processes
    Help the sites collaborate across geographies better

  9. Great company with top tiers clients.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIBCO Software

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

    Pros

    Top clients with amazing complex problems to solve which the company and people are passionate about.
    Lot of flexibility and this is pushing you to be creative and an excellent tasks manager.

    Cons

    Not really a cons but you need to be agile with long hours and multiple timezone to work with

  10. Helpful (14)

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

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

    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 Management

    -- 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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Architect

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Architect
    Former Employee - Senior Architect

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers, challenging projects, good compensation

    Cons

    Poor management but this may change as company acquired by Vista Equity Partners

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