TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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TIBCO Software CEO Murray Rode
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Pros
  • You will get good compensation along with good work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • good benefits and overall work culture (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance is a bit unmanageable (in 13 reviews)

  • Those who work for TIBCO are done chasing big money unless they are very senior management (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Try to work more than 5 hours a week! He spends more time at the gym then he does in the office.

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It used to be the people (below senior management). Now that is not the case. The products are good and they actually work, but TIBCO is a dinosaur. The customers really like the products and engineers.

    Cons

    One and only - senior management. They are all friends of Vivek and have made it to where they are based solely on their loyalty to him. They are not qualified for their positions and it is the single biggest thing holding back the company. It is a very frustrating place to work because it could be such a more powerful and well recognized place.

    Advice to Management

    Retire or sell the company.


  2. Helpful (5)

    I wouldn't work at Tibco again.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The on site cafe, the once a month birthdays and happy hours, and if you like to have an office, most people get them. The management team is hands off if you like that kind of environment and the privacy of having your own office. Most departments seemed pretty flexible on when you come in and leave as long as you get your work done. Blackberry's were given out to most people I saw at the company. I met some great individuals there who are no longer with the company for the same reason that I am not. I hear there are opportunites to work at different offices around the world.

    Cons

    Poor management team, and it often felt as though they played favorites for some. There was often no direction with projects that were handed off to others. No one seems to work together as a team, it seems like a lot of people work by themselves without getting input from others. There always seemed to be a lot of people leaving the company and new people coming in all the time - high turnover. The review process seemed a little out of whack in that they base your score on if you get a bonus, making some people unable to get a bonus because they were off by ".1" percent.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, I think the management team needs a lot of advice. They need to engage departments more to make them feel as if they are on a team and not in it alone.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Must be better options out there

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    Current Employee - Finance in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Palo Alto, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Palo Alto campus is a great working environment; limited "micro-management" from above; excellent software employed in some pretty unique solutions for impressive customers; generally speaking, a nice group of people and some very smart individuals

    Cons

    Has the bureaucracy expected of a MUCH bigger company; Lacks the nimbleness expected of a smaller company; FOV; Know all the buzzwords re "employee morale & satisfaction" but it's rarely more than lipservice.

    Advice to Management

    Get some expertise in the senior ranks


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  5. Helpful (5)

    A lot of opportunity squandered by poor management.

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity and good named customer base. There's so much constant change that it almost always means a good opportunity pops up if you work hard and keep you head down. The customers are great and they put on a really good annual user event. They make pretty good, highly complex products that many Global 2000 companies use. Good cafe and pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    Marketing attrition is big. Around 90+% over 3 years there. They lost so many of their good marketing leaders and it's rudderless. Executives aren't well respected and for the most part nicknamed "FOVs", which means "Friends of Vivek" (the CEO). There is very little leadership to look up to and most often people feel like there is no guiding strategy, just case after case of changing direction and having to sprint.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company, it's obvious you don't know how to manage for growth and Vivek will never make the hard call to oust his friends.


  6. Helpful (1)

    TIBCO: Don't go there.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are GREAT products at TIBCO--you can't beat them so you can be proud that you are at a company that doesn't have to lie to sell.

    Cons

    There is no concept of work/life balance at TIBCO. If you want to work for a company where you can comfortably stop looking at your blackberry after 7 pm, TIBCO is not the place to do it. There is very little (if any) visibility into how you earn a good bonus, so as the year end gets closer it pays to be as visible as possible to the executive staff. There is not a very long memory in terms of what an employee did early in the year as it pertains to bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that those you put in management positions have the knowledge to run the groups that you have them in charge of. If they have never worked in that group (at TIBCO or elsewhere) it might be a good indicator that they are not the choice for that role. Also, stop being afraid of the truth. You have great products, you don't need to lie about results.


  7. Helpful (5)

    good technology and people, useless management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A good place to learn enterprise software technology, and learn from some very smart peers.

    Cons

    Vivek and his inner circle are aloof, arrogant and believe their own bulls*. Talented managers and executives either get frustrated and quit or get fired because they speak truth to power or they get in the way of sycophants. Rank and file is demoralized after losing good leaders and pay cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Vivek should have sold the company or kicked himself upstairs years ago.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Replace the top management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people, technology innovation, flexiable working environment

    Cons

    Bad top level management, still in startup mode, lack of business vision, no growth, unfairness when it comes to compensation, stock options.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new CEO who can grow or sell the company


  9. Helpful (1)

    Customer-Facing

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented employees, good technology, aggressive sales team.

    Cons

    Senior management is virtually incompetent, with few exceptions.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good Company with good products with poor top management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a) Extremely good products b) Good mix of competitive people c) Good Office culture d) startup culture in an SMB

    Cons

    a) Non-Effective transparent top management b) Low Communications top-to-bottom c) Management encouraging and promoting wrong employees d) too much of politics and back-stabbing

    Advice to Management

    Perform and encourage independent management appraisal along with employees Poor management fails to motivate employee morale Improve effective management communication which is truly unbiased and transparent


  11. Helpful (2)

    good company with few hopeless individuals spoiling the company culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Palo Alto, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good products, keeping technology pace with changes in software industry

    Cons

    middle management is not competitive. plays lot of nepotism. gives wrong feedback to upper management. Misuses the power & their access to upper management. Upper management completely neglects employee satisifaction.

    Advice to Management

    upper management is not concerned about anything other than getting projects done. They should start caring about the goose that gives them golden eggs and not the fools that manages the goose.



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