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"good opportunity to interact with many big-name customers"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

experience with different products/technologies and opportunities to work with well known companies

Cons

opportunities feels like it will be limited by senior management's direction

Advice to Management

aribians are some of the brightest in the business, but they need to feel there is ample opportunity in the future.

Other Employee Reviews for Ariba

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good Benefits"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Majority of the employees are young and eager to work. Benefits are decent and it's a relaxed work environment. Ariba has brand name customers (like P&G, Pfizer, Royal Bank of Scotland, etc.) and interacting with those customers can be a rewarding experience and could possibly result in a job at one of thos customers.

    Cons

    Middle management that never leaves and impedes all progress/change. The software/solutions are really a niche that will likely never earn a profit. Change takes so long that most people stop trying to accomplish change and just go with the flow.

    Advice to Management

    RIF the Mid Management Tier and Promote. Stop rewarding yourself with so many stock options.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Be prepared to work hard but the rewards are there."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In general it's a hard-working, motivated, performance-driven workforce. They expect everyone to give their best, and exceptional performance is recognized and rewarded e.g. every quarter an employee is selected for Employee of the Quarter, it's not just for sales people but can be from any part of the organization.

    Ariba does pay attention to its employees' needs, for example the employee wellness program is more than just fluffy emails about health, the company pays for flu shots and works with local gyms to offer discounts. Free beer on Friday after work (in the Pittsburgh office anyway - a Freemarkets tradition that carried on) is not to be sneezed at!

    In this recessionary economy, Ariba's target market is a healthy place to be - helping organizations reduce their spending and increase control of expenses. So the company's prospects seem solid, which is good news for stability of employment. The products are pretty good too, and the shift to On-Demand SAAS has been a success.

    Cons

    The company is very careful with its pennies (after all its business is spend management). The allowances and restrictions are reasonable but far from lavish. EG on a business trip, you pay for your own lunch. Waa waa waa but hey, you would have paid for it yourself if working at your regular office. On the other hand, they did throw a good holiday party in Pittsburgh this year, when many other companies cancelled theirs.

    Be prepared to work some very long hours, this company gets a lot done with a little and that means working smart AND long ! It frequently can cut deep into personal & family time, weekends, even vacation time if you're not out of contact. So leave the Blackberry in your desk. This work ethic is common with Silicon Valley tech companies, Ariba's no different.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing in particular, from my vantage point they appear to be doing their jobs well.

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