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Pros
  • There is great emphasis on Work/Life Balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Flexible Working hours, Supportive Management, Offsites, Free Meals & Cab facility, Medical Insurance, Work from Home Option (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Work / Life balance is non-existent in the customer-facing roles (in 23 reviews)

  • Another thing, if you're a field consultant, you will have a very long hours with no work life balance while you're in a project, guaranteed (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "A huge waste of career time fixing their proprietary bugs. AVOID THESE GUYS!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot about huge configuration management issues and a **few** other interesting pickups. Good benefits and vacation.

    Cons

    Extremely arrogant management, very click-ish, terrible people skills, poor work life balance, millions of lines of code that is ancient and of little value to your next employer, very old architecture. They are opening a Shanghai development center and heavily staffing their Bangalore development center. You will spend a lot of time talking to them to all hours of the night.

    You will be assigned to work on bugs for your first year of employment. If you do not excel at this, you will not make the cut and will be let go. Absolutely no documentation and people are so stressed with work, few people will take the time help you out. You are on your own, Pilgrim.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and appreciate your people and not just the ones who have been there 10 years and know all the code.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Not an exciting or pleasant environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits - 20 PTO days plus extra holiday in late December. The company is currently doing well, and is therefore a stable place to work.

    Cons

    The culture is (inadvertently) hostile to new blood and new ideas. The software stack is proprietary and increasingly out of date, yet new employees are expected to hit the ground running without any training. Development processes and policies are not the most effective, and lead to micro-managing, along with a lack of a true spirit of teamwork. Not a good place for a senior engineer to join, unless you don't mind being an over-paid code monkey.

    Advice to Management

    Ariba Engineering has a culture problem, which needs to be addressed sooner or later. Change has to be initiated from the top.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Very good"

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, opportunity for innovation

    Cons

    Geographically dispersed teams make it difficult at times to communicate

    Advice to Management

    Faster on demand releases


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Rewarding place to work, fast and growth oriented space"

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

    Pros

    As an engineer, one can work on stuff that has a big impact on the world of b2b commerce. Big customers and high volume cloud commerce site. There is pressure no doubt, but high rewards for successful folks too.

    Cons

    Building and operating a 24x7 cloud commerce site can come with its share of challenges and pressures. Distributed offices across the united states and now in many other parts of the world (thanks to the various acquisitions) makes collaboration harder.

    Advice to Management

    Need more tools and processes to help with collaboration between different offices. Also - more training for new engineers would help them get effective sooner


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Ok company with boring technology"

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

    Pros

    Smart people
    Process oriented (can be a con)
    Good compensation and benefit, 4 weeks vacation + 1 week Christmas break

    Cons

    The company is stuck with 10 year old technology stack with ill-documented proprietary frameworks. What you learn is mostly only applicable to Ariba. Not much interesting stuff is going on. The company is not really innovative. People seem busy but they are not producing much. This is a quite boring place.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to innovate. It's not easy given the budgetary constraints, but as time goes by, the proprietary stuff will only get more out-dated. Company will have hard time attracting and retaining people.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Outdated Technology Stack, Methodologies and Processes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - colleagues are generally nice and competent people
    - new campus with lots of parking and free drinks
    - weekly informal get-together

    Cons

    - product is married to a proprietary technology stack that is hard to learn, poorly documented, and has a limited feature set
    - aversion to open source, with a strong not-invented-here mentality (Ariba Web does not count)
    - open hostility towards engineering practices like test automation, code coverage, etc. that do not directly correlate to new or better features
    - outdated engineering processes

    Advice to Management

    From an engineering perspective, spend some time to clean up your technical debt and embrace modern engineering processes

    From a management perspective, please don't drive your engineers to work nights and weekends.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Not very good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good technology, financially stable, subscription base is stable

    Cons

    micro management, very unfriendly, no exposure to external technology

    Advice to Management

    better treatment of employees


  9. Helpful (5)

    "small"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    huge upside if the company dumps legacy views, and thoughts that we don't sell software

    Cons

    12 hour days, every day

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Try to keep up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    . Agile, no BS, get the job done.
    . Smart people.
    . People work with you to help unblock issues.
    . Spend management product ideal for the economic downturn, so company actually made money.

    Cons

    . Prepare to work.
    . Things are very high paced. If you don't keep up, then you'll end up getting dragged along on the ground .. face down.
    . You are just a grunt unless you've been there long enough to be deemed valuable to be promoted.
    . Escalations are rampant. Always feeling you are in reactive mode rather than proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and let people catch up. Granted, some people are just too slow and those needs to be dealt with, but everybody needs a breather. You're dragging more people through the dirt with the current pace than you realize.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "An OK place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot of smart folks, Stock is going very good. Stable job

    Cons

    There is no work life balance and not much career growth. Just keep working 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Very poor leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees and don't treat them as robots who can work 24/7. Employees play a big role in Ariba's success so don't hesitate in acknowledging that


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