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Updated August 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Great Great Company with strong leadership (in 6 reviews)

  • Good work culture and flat organisation structure (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Best place to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Dublin, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Strong products

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities after Director

    Advice to Management

    Consistent product development strategy


  2. "Riding the Phoenix"

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    Current Employee - Director in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Dublin, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is doing well and has good plans for the future. Has overcome some systemic problems and poised for long term success. Respectful work environment, strong work ethic with good opportunities for professional growth.

    Cons

    Usual issues with "skaters" employees who are not held accountable for performance while others pick up the slack. Heavy top down management style that was necessary to get company back on track, could now impede good ideas from percolating from the workforce. Leadership hasn't grasped benefits of innovative recognition and feedback programs leading to unnecessary attrition.

    Advice to Management

    Money isn't everything. Teams do work. Leadership is more than getting a title.

  3. "Great people and lots of opportunity for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sybase full-time

    Pros

    Great people and lots of opportunity for growth. The technology is interesting, and the company provides tons of opportunity to participate in technology training.

    Cons

    Sales compensation is changed yearly, and the company is run by people focused on accuracy and predictability of revenue rather than aggressively pursuing sales. Because the Sybase technology isn't typically considered a growth technology at many clients, it's often difficult to meet with top level management at clients.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job. Keep it up!


  4. "Great experience. Good advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part, supportive colleagues. Well-qualified, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Market not growing as fast as desired. Limits internal opportunities


  5. "Gaining experience while beating the competition."

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    First, I opened the office for Sybase in Cincinnati, had several sales and was offered the district manager position, but turned it down because I was having too much fun and success in selling. Plus, I had two young sons and knew that traveling the entire Great Lakes as a Manager would take time from my job as a first time dad.
    I was asked to move to Cleveland to reopen that office, but first tasix months and spend it in Pittssburgh, a city we had had zero success in. In that time period, I sold Wetinghouse, Heinz, Consolidated Natural Gas, Smith Kline Beecham, U.S. Steel and Calgon. Oracle had a large office already in place there.
    I went on to reopen the Cleveland office and make a number of sales until six months after Oracle 7 came out and I was recruited by Oracle to come to work for them.

    Cons

    When Oracle came out with Version 7, it was labeled the Sybase killer because they finally added a number of capabilities that caught up and surpassed Sybase. Prior to this point, companies were building software to fit on top of the database, so they needed functionality to allow them to take advantage of that environment. After Oracle Veresion 7, application software could sit on top of Oracle, not Sybase. It was a complete game changer and I realized it was time to make a change. Sybase was never the same after that release and change in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Oracle 7 came out in 1995. There is literally nothing that Sybase could do at this point to make a change that would correct the mistake they made by not opening up their database as Oracle did that gave them the permanent edge in the industry.
    My advice would be to learn from your mistakes and watch what is happening in the industry in the future so that if a change like this occurs again, you can take advantage of it.


  6. "Great Life-Work Balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Principal Consultant in Sahuarita, AZ
    Former Employee - Lead Principal Consultant in Sahuarita, AZ
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team collaboration. No too overly process laden which allows you to be creative.

    Cons

    This company was acquired by SAP.


  7. "Good place for internship for system programming"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Manager is friendly. Work on Sybase SQL server. System programming.

    Cons

    The office is less stylish than SAP's Palo Alto office.

  8. "Sybase Was a Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sybase (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working at Sybase, Inc. was initially fun, then less so, but one's job was well-defined as was the reporting structure. The culture changed with each new CEO but eventually adaptable. Sybase, Inc. (especially in the early 90s) was a great place to work.

    Cons

    It's no fun being purchased by a larger multi-national company.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. "Principal Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sybase full-time

    Pros

    Great Company, Culture and Products. Wish I had never left the company.

    Cons

    Can not think of one except could not remain Sybase.


  10. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sybase full-time

    Pros

    Great Great Great Company with strong leadership

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


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