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Sybase Reviews

Updated May 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Company and great technology (in 4 reviews)

  • Great people and lots of opportunity for growth (in 4 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)

  • There is too much of micro management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Director, IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sybase (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was a mid size company that challenged employees to continue to develop and perform at their best. They have an onsite Gym, Café & day care. Employees were able to have a challenging career and a balanced life.

    Cons

    This company was a top down management company, that did not really empower their managers. However, that worked for it to be profitable and be acquired by SAP. However, since the acquisition, it is a struggle for Sybase employees to continue to perform at their levels as all decisions are made in Germany.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people, walk the talk.


  2. "Software Engineer II - QA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II - QA in Concord, NH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II - QA in Concord, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company with good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    After being acquired by SAP, many small offices were closed with little or no opportunity for transfer/ retraining on newer products.

  3. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sybase full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    No time to do self-training

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees


  4. "Nice while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had one of the best managers ever until she left company

    Cons

    Limited budgets, limited career advancement due to limited available projects

    Advice to Management

    Need to delegate more and not be afraid to make a decision


  5. "Dynamic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company that cares about its employees. Perks and benefits are plentiful and opportunities to move up the ladder present themselves often.

    Cons

    Many Long hours are required in order to work your way into that next career. If you are dedicated to the company and do not have much life outside, you will do well.

    Advice to Management

    Less hours!


  6. "OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job security is a good reason.

    Cons

    Poor work environment is a downside.

    Advice to Management

    More Money would help make me happier.


  7. "Great health benefits and other perks, poor compensation and growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best health care coverage I have ever heard of. I would stay for this reason alone.
    On-site daycare
    Cafeteria (though the food is not so great)
    Location in the tri-valley
    Great co-workers

    Cons

    No telecommuting
    Limited vacation time and forced to take 1 week over the holidays
    No promotion despite years of excellent performance reviews

    Advice to Management

    Treat your valued employees better, let them work from home, give them more opportunity to move up in the company. Offer praise when deserved.

  8. "Just like every other major SI"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Paid slightly higher salary than the other systems integrators I interviewed with. At the time I had about 4 years of software engineering experience in cleared government work.

    Cons

    Generally treated like the pawn you are. Was not at all impressed with the skill or competence of the management. Seemed like there was a high churn rate.

    Advice to Management

    I think every company says that it will be easy to move between contracts. Sybase was no different but when I wanted to move there was very little available despite their large footprint within the DC area.


  9. "Great coworkers, definitely could have been a better experience with management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telemarketing Representative in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Telemarketing Representative in Concord, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    Good food in the cafeteria
    wonderful coworkers
    great company vision
    good pay

    Cons

    lots of middle management to get in the way
    company is always moving toward a goal but never lets you know how you fit into this goal

    Advice to Management

    Help get entry level employees into better positions earlier before the get lost


  10. "Need to get competitive with salaries to attract good people"

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

    Pros

    Company culture is good, many people stay a long time
    Encouraging growth in new fields of mCommerce and Enterprise Mobility

    Cons

    - Salaries are below market level in California. HR keeps saying they are competitive, but interviewing outsiders clearly tells another story. Can only attract new graduates with hardly any experience, who get trained for a couple of years and then leave for a better paying job. Waste of time on managers who try to build stable teams with experienced employees.
    - For employees with families, the benefits are bigger. Daycare, seasonal events geared towards employees with children, etc.
    - No telecommuting policy caused many to leave the company
    - Promotions are hard to get
    -Vacation accrual stops at 3 weeks/year, with forced shutdown over Christmas in the US, that is reduced to 2 weeks and a day. Too little

    Advice to Management

    Chen resurrected the company and he needs to be recognized for this, but his tight grip on any type of expense approval, including all hires slows down the company. Everything is centralized in the hands of a handful of people. For the company to really be innovative, power must be shared.


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