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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. 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


  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. "Great company and culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Agile and adaptive organization
    - Top quality products
    - Small enough company to create friendly atmosphere with coworkers
    - Independent

    Cons

    - Career development and growth could be better
    - Compensation/raises not market rate
    - Engineering driven culture can sometimes be a hindrance
    - Life balance a bit out of whack due to global operations

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more career growth and movement and remove some of the top layers.. Hire more producers as opposed to managers who don't deliver.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits, good employees, mediocre management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sybase has excellent benefits and excellent pay. The employees are great, really good to work with and committed to getting the job done right.

    Cons

    You never know when the axe might fall. They layoff just about every quarter, even though they have been making record sales and profits. Management doesn't know how to make long-term plans and stick with them. They try something for a quarter and if it doesn't work, they abandon it. This leads to lots of changes in jobs and responsibilities which leads to loss of skills because you don't get to use them.

    Advice to Management

    Make a plan and stick with it. Either believe in a product or company that you bought, or don't acquire and then dismantle them. Listen to your employees, some of them are pretty smart and know the market.


  5. 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.


  6. "Good company that needs work."

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

    Pros

    Great company with phenomenal benefits! Friendly people that are willing to help you. Easy commute from the East Bay, telecommuting is always an option.

    Cons

    Sometimes people get promoted to their level of incompetence. Recognition is an issue for accomplishments. Company direction is not always communicated well to the employees, leaving you wondering what your roll is in the company and what are you suppose to be doing.

    Advice to Management

    You have some extremely talented individuals working for you. Stop micro-managing them and let them do what they do best. Share the companies goals and direction more openly. Encourage people to get them to rally behind the company rather than badgering them into following. Some of your executive staff does not inspire confidence within the employees. In fact, they are simply not respected based upon their actions and opinions. Learn to talk with people rather than talking to them.


  7. "Marketing Programs"

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    Former Employee - Staff Marketing Specialist in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Marketing Specialist in Concord, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Telecommuting options, flex schedule, employee independance, different learning opportunties, great people to work with, reasonable time off options, team environment

    Cons

    poor growth salary growth opportunties as length of service increased, poor promotion opportunties if not located in headquarters, does not support full-time telecommuting options

    Advice to Management

    Look at the employee contribution and not the managers contribution. Managers have a fantastic way of protecting themselves while throwing the employee under the bus. Managers have access to the decision makers when layoffs occur so they know when to cover themselves, the employees are totally focused on thier assigned tasks so they don't have the ability to prove worth.

    Also share the wealth, if the company is making the most money they have ever made, give more back to those who stuck with you when the company was not doing so well.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company with a bunch of great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work overall. Great campus, some of the friendliest people there, even the executive team! Sybase is definitely one of the companies on the fence (in terms of success) and a lot of people are hopping on the band wagon.

    Cons

    I was stuck at a low-entry position and had difficulty moving up. It can be a VERY politically motivated work space. It's basically "who you know" even within the company. I got to admit also, HR staff is really useless

    Advice to Management

    Improve the infrastructure of HR. Other than that, keep doing what you're doing, you guys are doing great!


  9. "Good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Dublin, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a good place to work. The people were very reasonable, and everyone was a team player. There wasn't any micro-managing.

    Cons

    It doesn't feel like a very fast moving company. As a whole, the company is comprised mostly of older employees. They've not hired many new college grads for a while.

    Advice to Management

    More than words, need to take steps to listen to the employees more, and to empower them to do their jobs.


  10. "Place to work, indeed."

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Designer in Dublin, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Software Designer in Dublin, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working environment is ok, just because of the colleagues. another thing is career path is ok. you will need to voice up, else no one will know if yu are happy with your current situation. that's goes to me. maybe this is human being.

    Cons

    work work and work, that's all... and work.. we do not want to have too much of company politic in this company... employee, especially those lower position staffs suffering alot.

    Advice to Management

    more team building, more innovation to work, and slightly more benefit to the employee


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