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Pros
  • Good people, good technology, good atmosphere (in 9 reviews)

  • great group of people, interesting work good technology (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • After being acquired by SAP, many small offices were closed with little or no opportunity for transfer/ retraining on newer products (in 5 reviews)

  • Travel and training is controlled too strictly due to limited budget plan (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A Mix of Good and not so good experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There were days when the company was not acquired, those used to be golden days.
    Each team was considered equally important. The focus was merely in achieving best product quality

    Cons

    Senior management does not consider all teams as equal. There is a heavy bias on core team/product at the expense of overlooking activities by non-core team.

    Advice to Management

    Engineers consider work as worship no work is good or bad to them, same feeling should be honored by the management, they should treat all teams/groups with equal respect.


  2. "Good place to start with..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer Associate in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software Developer Associate in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work culture and flat organisation structure. All technical manager - no people's manager, after SAP acquisition. Managers know what they are putting on developers. Great work life balance.

    Great learning opportunities.

    Offer good platforms for employees to put forward their innovative ideas off their daily work items.

    Cons

    Decent pay/compensation/benefits, could do much better in this aspect (in comparison to other leaders in software industries)

    After SAP acquisition, it tries to adopt the start-up culture, but some legacy processes are still hindrance to that.

    Sometimes you might feel that what you're doing in not really aligned to what SAP is currently focusing on.

    Advice to Management

    Fresh college graduates are not attracted to work here, probably because people know so less about the company. Need to put some effort on the PR front.


  3. "Great and technically challenging work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Pune (East Timor)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Pune (East Timor)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sybase full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to learn and work on cutting edge technologies. Very often you have some of the best people in the industry to work alongwith.

    Cons

    Unhealthy work life balance. Very often employees have to at odd hours to finish the assigned work. HR benifits are also not the best of the breed.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs a better approach to improve work life balance of employees. They also need to consider future growth opportunites which have to be improved.


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  5. "Wonderful Experience.. Learn a Lot"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Pune (India)
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sybase as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Sybase is a leader in database technology.
    IQ gives unmatched performance to any other OLAP DB. It feels proud to work on a product that serves millions.

    Cons

    Sybase has been acquired by SAP.


  6. "Great Intern experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Developer Coop in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Software Developer Coop in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sybase as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Being a core team member, no one treats you as an intern student; instead, the intern students play a crucial role in the software development cycle.

    Cons

    Everything was awesome. I have nothing to criticize.


  7. "Good work, talented people, bad management, no perks"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Pune (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sybase full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are extremely talented, helpful and very knowledgeable. Work culture is informal; you can drop in at anybody's desk, and people are more than willing to help you. Work is mostly in systems area.

    Cons

    Lot of micromanagement. Lack of vision by the upper management, No perks, poor package compared to industry.


  8. "Good place to get starting experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Developer, Co-Op in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer, Co-Op in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sybase as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - They adopt trending technologies and software development practices
    - Nice employees, 9-5 gig
    - Reasonable expectations

    Cons

    - Mediocrity of a large organization that requires a bunch of people to sign off on something before it becomes real

    Advice to Management

    Try and find a way to entice junior software developers to be great engineers, and really be disruptive in terms of product development and growth


  9. "It's a very good place to work, and keep a balanced life."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Development in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sybase full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Upper management are very open, corporate communication are frequent and smooth. Collaboration among different teams from different countries are very close and run well.

    Cons

    Budget always are very tight, investment in long term R&D is low. Travel and training is controlled too strictly due to limited budget plan.


  10. "Great place for a co-op work term"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Developer, Co-Op in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer, Co-Op in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sybase as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Friendly people
    Fun events
    Many interesting products

    Cons

    Could be more open to collaboration and communication
    Poor organization and planning leads to missing deadlines
    Some pretty bad code

    Advice to Management

    Encourage collaboration and communication
    Enforce some level of code review and maybe unit testing during development


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Old Boy's Club"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Many talented engineers with diverse experience
    - Competitive benefits package
    - A wide variety of available work
    - Flexible work hours in most areas

    Cons

    The communication between divisions is entirely non-existent and this behaviour is perpetuated by senior management. Subsidiaries are treated differently from the parent company including stark differences in compensation and due credit.

    There is no willingness to innovate remaining as senior management is primarily concerned with buzzword acquisitions and keeping cash reserves high.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on innovative products not re-branding old technology to save on development costs. New products will fuel future success, the current line of offerings focuses too strongly on commodity technologies.