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SAP Business Objects Canada Reviews

Updated March 8, 2017
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SAP Business Objects CEO and Director John G. Schwarz
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  • Star CEOs were pretty different and senior management takes care of themselves first (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Inside Sales Executive"

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAP Business Objects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My work colleagues and people at SAP were the best and the hardest reason not to leave. The job in itself was ok if you had a great territory and did well.

    Cons

    Executive Management was out of touch and date - alway about the Glen Gary Glen Ross. Didn't understand that the customer and sales process has evolved. They would measure you by how long you were at your desk and how many calls you would make a day.

    Changed the comp plan all the time so it was hard to make money.
    They have their favorites that they promote
    They also have favorite reps and only give them the best territories.

    Advice to Management

    Get new leadership, ditch the 80's and hire leaders who are more in tune with the world and industry.


  2. "Good stepping stone."

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good employee culture & facilities.

    Cons

    Long hours, relatively low salaries. Star CEOs were pretty different and senior management takes care of themselves first.


  3. "ok first job out of university"

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    Former Employee - Software Test Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Test Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at SAP Business Objects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice office
    lots of smart people
    big company so lots of room for growth
    training conferences if you have been with the company with a long time

    Cons

    only on the job training
    expected to know exactly what you're doing from day one
    mediocre pay

    Advice to Management

    inject some fun into the job


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  5. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Empowerment
    Sales potential
    Great culture
    mulit country opportunity
    Fun environmnet

    Cons

    competition in patch
    reduced patch size


  6. "it is ok"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    business object is a good place to work at. people are nice there, and the pay is not bad. recommended.

    Cons

    the raise is not big each year even your performance is over average. also office politics is another factor that affects promotion and raise.

    Advice to Management

    building a good relationship with both your supervisor and your team members are equally important to your career path in business object.


  7. "my thoughts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    team work environment
    technical knowledge sharing
    regonized by managment
    well and detail employee training program
    work life balance
    fun place to work

    Cons

    company decision is unclear
    lay off emplyoees when company being bought.
    salary is lower than average on job market
    internal paper works

    Advice to Management

    keep the employees. company is expanding. finance is good yet employees are still being laid off after the merging with SAP.


  8. "Good software company in Vancouver"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great office location, relaxed working environment, smart people, teams that get work done on time and with good quality. Not much overtime required.

    Cons

    Not much training. Innovation is "encouraged" but most decisions come from top down. Cross site development is difficult. Projects take sometimes years to complete / ship.

    Advice to Management

    It seems like the organization is always undergoing changes in management and structure. After several times of going through change and not seeing much difference I am wondering if there is really much benefit to restructuring so much.


  9. "Expectations of this company was higher, however started there at the same time the were bought by SAP"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employee sales training course and sales methodology

    Cons

    No clear direction for sales staff, target customers/Account base changed too many times.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear direction


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a lot better before SAP."

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    Current Employee - Technical Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Good benefits. Some good people. Office has a gym/games room.

    Cons

    Aggressive performance metrics based on closure of customer incidents. All incidents are counted the same regardless of difficulty. This leads to some employees working the system by insisting all customers create new incident's for each small question.

    Mandatory "on call" overtime which is payed at a flat rate regardless of how much work is actually done.

    No raise in 2 years.

    Rare to find opportunities to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Put more reliance on customer satisfaction, and less on incidents closed. Make after hours support optional.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "SAP ruined Business Objects"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are straight out of college, entry-level or don't have experience selling to larger companies Bobj is a good place to get your footing in the technology sales industry.

    The Vancouver office is very well equipped with parking on the roof (pay), multiple kitchens, a lounge, a sleeping room and a full-sized gym with yoga room, onsite massage therapy and games room.

    Cons

    SAP has not handled this acquisition well. Two years later, we still don't know what products we can sell and how to sell them. We cannot even provide a price quote to our prospects without confirming with multiple groups that the pricing policy is the same as the week before and approvals are the same. Commissions are rarely paid on time and correctly, and our on target earnings are 30k less than they were last year. Nobody in this office has any power to influence the decisions that affect our jobs and our productivity. There are too many roadblocks to doing our jobs - it's like this company is trying to make it impossible for us to sell.

    Advice to Management

    Ask front-line employees how they would recomment improvements be made


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