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Sybase Reviews

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. Helpful (4)

    "Profitable company, poor culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good commute
    nice clean building
    onsite child care
    onsite cafeteria and gym
    some of the people are great to work with

    Cons

    command and control management style, often employing fear and intimidation to control employees
    they hire cousins, friends, daughter's godmother, etc. so loyalty is valued much more than competence
    toxic environment for people who have innovative ideas

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to first replace the VP of HR, and then surround himself with people who are not yes men. There is a reason why the new blood you are hiring into the company turns around and promptly leaves. If you put good people into a bad culture, the culture will win every time, unfortunately. Never gonna make it to 2 billion that way.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "It would be difficult to find a worse place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dublin HQ is very nice. Benefits are great, but very expensive. Company has been very successful in recent past with record financial results.

    Cons

    The culture is very fear based and a level of paranoia I have never seen exists within the company.

    CEO is involved in every decision, no matter how small Thus, employees have no ability to influence the success of the company, which makes it difficult to find meaning in your work. Compensation is well below average for the industry, and sales people are especially poorly compensated as compared to industry.

    Senior Management is composed of friends and family of CEO, and thus not necessarily the best and the brightest. Old Boy's network is alive and well here. Senior Management ensures that the good old boys are taken care of financially, and the rank and file receive paltry bonuses and no salary increases. Layoffs happened regularly and salaries were frozen for >2 years despite record quarters.

    Lots of employees have long tenure here, which would make one think that it's a great place to work. In reality, the long tenures exist because few other opportunities exist in the area, and many employees live in the Central Valley and cannot commute to the Valley.

    Do not take a job at this company unless you are starving.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people who have made you succesful, and loosen up the reins on small decisions

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Employees are taken for granted"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some interesting projects
    Some good people

    Cons

    Employees taken for granted
    Expensive health plans, no stock options, vacation too short.
    Bonus plans ridiculously low for rank and file. High for executives.
    No working from home - particularly ridiculous since many projects are done by people from many different locations.
    Best employees are just "stuck" (H1, etc)
    People work way too hard for their compensation levels
    Way too many meetings.
    Incompetent management
    Promotions almost non-existent
    Fear based culture - Dictator CEO surrounded by "yes" men rather than competent/passionate leadership

    Advice to Management

    Replace top leadership
    Start treating people as assets - give options
    Promote creativity


  4. "Chicago Office"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sybase full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None nothing positive with this office. Worst career choice all time

    Cons

    Terrible management led by Terry Gellerman. Phony job posting... Sybase company itself is fine but the chicago office is led by poor management, not following company's policy, no training and no career support. There are no diversity in the office and the office is poorly equipped.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the people in the chicago office


  5. "Not paid for what I've done for years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sybase full-time

    Pros

    The worst place I've ever worked, very poor company culture, management people always expect more than human being can handle. Need to fight very hard for promotions.

    Cons

    There are a lot chances for people needs more challenges, always a lot work to do.

    Advice to Management

    respect all employees as normal human being, not robots


  6. "It was a very rewarding experience."

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

    Pros

    Working for a global organization provided a lot of exposure to different cultures.

    Cons

    Sometimes the expense control was a bit extreeme.


  7. "work hard everyday"

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

    Pros

    Some good people to work with

    Cons

    People work way too hard for their compensation levels
    Incompetent management
    need to struggle very hard for promotions

    Fear based culture - Senior managment leadship surrounded by obedient people all over the company.

    Advice to Management

    too many VPs for a comapny less than 4000 employees

  8. "Horrible Unprofessional Cheap Management."

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

    Pros

    Good Medical benefits.
    There were some nice people working there, but that was about it.

    Cons

    Too many jobs being sent to offshore. Horrible Indian bosses. Communication issues. jobs need to stay in the US!! Management was cheap, so cheap it cut into productivity.

    Advice to Management

    – Get rid of the offshore!! Stop sending jobs to India, people in the US need jobs to stimulate our economy and you can hire 1 American for the cost of 3 or 4 Indians who will do a better job!!


  9. "ugly negative environment.."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sybase (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    full network access
    food facility/travel facility
    can opt out for work from home option occasionally.

    Cons

    no projects..as soon as SAP has taken over this company sybase..not able to handle esteemed clients..lost client like ANZ bank.
    unequal opportunities over gender and social status.
    no workplace ethics and healthy competition.
    managers are just pampering the male employees sitting near to them..often get involved too.
    old and arrogant male employees not flexible to adjust with new employees coming in office..they usually leave in 2-3 weeks.
    managers and HR ignored the complaints made by me over the bully and abusive behavior by male employees. they just advice you to adjust.
    HR are so arrogant to accept their mistakes and shortcomings.
    overall very negative environment for a job .

    Advice to Management

    please be aware what you are doing there along with your behavior, don't go carried away with people who just butter you for their benefits.


  10. "Not Recommended"

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

    Pros

    Cafeteria gives a good food facility
    Complete Network Access is provided

    Cons

    No career framework in place
    No clarity of profile
    Bad environment
    Non-supportive collegues

    Advice to Management

    Please evaluate feedback given and don't trust what people say.


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