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Sybase Reviews

Updated August 2, 2017
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  • After being acquired by SAP, many small offices were closed with little or no opportunity for transfer/ retraining on newer products (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior management does not consider all teams as equal (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Development is slow but steady"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sybase full-time

    Pros

    They have a good core product and good core developers. The income stream from Wall Street is steady although not growing.

    Cons

    The sales staff is a bit annoying, a bit desperate, not technologically informed, and too eager to make promises that technical people can't fulfill.

    Advice to Management

    Do a deal that radically increases market share: maybe create a compatibility layer for MSSQL on the Linux platform.


  2. "Great until John Chen"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting products, awesome location

    Cons

    Lost their way. The rich got richer, and the rest of us got screwed.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late. You've already consumed what used to be Sybase into SAP.

  3. "A so-so company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible,projects are interesting. like the environment.

    Cons

    Salary is normal. not too much


  4. "Director, IT"

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    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.


  5. "Full time exempt employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong support for sales. Excellent technical support and account teams truly had the best interest of the client in mind when developing solutions fro the available offerings.

    Cons

    Overall my total experience with Sybase was a good one. From time to time it was slow to get executive management to move rapidly on licensing issues which is a big part of successfully closing business.

    Advice to Management

    Continually work to meet the needs of your internal customers throughout the organization. Some policies should be fluid in nature not static.


  6. "Senior Credit Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sybase (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    SAP has a very good benefits package to include daily lunch vouchers. Very fast paced work environment with bonus potential.

    Cons

    Slow integration process after company buyouts, with trending toward Shared Services Centers environments.

    Advice to Management

    Always remember that people are your greatest asset and maintaining talent should be the number one priority.


  7. "Software Engineer II - QA"

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    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.

  8. "Engineer"

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    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


  9. "Nice while it lasted"

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    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


  10. "The company has changed since I worked there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Now mostly a consulting company

    Cons

    When I was there, they competed in the relational data base market very successfullly


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