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TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is extremely good (in 72 reviews)

  • Work from home option available (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Reason for good work life balance is there is no cler direction resulting in chaos--you will NOT feel good about your day-to-day (in 22 reviews)

  • Senior management need to plan things better (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Consultant - lost focus from core capabilities and ability to innovate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    From the professional services point of view:

    Great benefits,
    Decent commission plan (used to better but still pretty decent)
    Less workload/pressure
    Good place for people who want to take some time off to relax

    Cons

    Silos to begin with! There is no formal channel for services to provide feedback to engineering. New products releases are received by the customers and TIBCO services at the same time which makes the services just as unaware of the product features as the customers themselves.

    On the silos, there also seems like a complete disconnect between the HR and the field managers as far as hiring is concerned. People are hired, trained and laid off without even getting an opportunity on a single project. And this seems to be a quarterly phenomena.

    TIBCO has lost the race when it comes to its core capability -Integration. They have failed to adopt to the nuances in the field and seem to be only playing a game of catching up with growing players.

    Despite going private, the culture of taking sole guidance from quarterly numbers doesn't seem to be changing. The commissions plans both for services and sales are still quarter based which makes every dimension myopic and lacking of any long term strategy or view.

    Advice to Management

    Establish channels between your silos. You'll keep wasting money on training people and losing talent pertaining to your short term quarterly mindsets otherwise.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Technology Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Technology Consultant in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Technology Consultant in Belmont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TIBCO Software (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good perks, decent salary, nice products

    Cons

    no transparency, mis management, uncertainity


  3. "Changing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TIBCO Software (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is decent.

    Cons

    Tough to stay on, resources are streched and everything is reactive due to lack of said resources.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    smart people and good technology

    Cons

    poor management, bad client management, highly political work environment


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Great engineers and mostly horrible managers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great engineers, pretty much as good as any in the Valley. Very nice office and subsidized meals. Never-ending supply of engineering and product challenges...as the new kids on the block are chipping away some of Tibco's bread-and-butter offerings (such as, complex event processing systems)

    Cons

    Some of the management needs a lot of rework. Some departments are still in the backwaters of yesterday with silly politicking and power struggles--totally un-Silicon Valley-like. Some divisions cannot tell the difference between what engineering is supposed to do and what product management is supposed to do. So you end up with this muddled product that cannot be sold as it has not been thoroughly vetted with potential or existing customers. I have even seen departments struggling mightily to define an ROI once implementation had been in progress; or come up with the stupidest possible ROI (e.g. a list of features). I hope the current management will do some clean up and get new blood in the mix; streamline some divisions; and generally get the most out of these very smart engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and get smarter about listening to all engineers and product managers. Need to make sure that there is definite autonomy of product management. And hire PMs that can define ROI clearly.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Annoymous"

    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 Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TIBCO Software (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good technology and potentially game changing. Work remotely.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement, poor marketing, weak management


  8. Helpful (15)

    "the company is sinking and the best people are jumping the ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, as everyone is pretty much sitting on their hands waiting for this corporate collapse to run its course.

    Cons

    - Outdated products.
    - No decent cloud/SAAS offering.
    - Projects are failing, deals are being lost, too many people are getting fired and leaving.
    - The company has lost it's sparkle.

    Advice to Management

    too many people are leaving because they didn't feel respected or valued. TIBCO unfortunately let go of quality employees that were critical to business function and then as a result even more quality employees had resigned.
    You let the talent go and the people left are walking blindly.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work if you have a good manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Good place to work for if you have a good manager.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive. Manager was a psychopath who made the environment unhealthy.

    Advice to Management

    Please make sure you hire the right individual who not only has a "can do" attitude but who is also the best fit within the organization.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Tibco's invested products are much better then its infrastructure product.

    Cons

    Week in product strategy. Management is poor in resource planning, people planning. No personal growth, unless you leave/pretend to leave. No motivation compensation/title. No motivation about your career growth. No steady revenue from existing product line, struggling a lot.


  11. Helpful (15)

    "Incompetent management, emergency driven execution based on the latest whim, and good benefits."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Career opportunities may come as the private equity firm gets their bearing and starts moving the performers around and the road blocks and distractions out. At this point, work life balance for most has to be considered great since most people get in after 10am and leave before 4pm.

    Cons

    -- Execution is based on fear, not individual empowerment or shared interest in advancing the organization.
    -- Processes and procedures are only discovered through failed attempts to get things done and getting turned back to follow the process (mostly defined based on legal's fear of a lawsuit and wanting to block any progress) that is not documented or communicated.
    -- Emergencies are created as a way to get things done.
    -- No trust, respect, or ownership for the contributors or managers in the trenches - Everything must be prescribed and approved at the highest level.
    -- Lack of visibility into the future of compensation now that the equity benefits are gone and management has sat on their hands for 4 months coming up with the replacement bonus/MBO plan (they can't figure out what the objective should be).
    -- The marketing team seems to talk the talk and spends lots of time coming up with explanation on how they are going to generate more interest, but they are proven to be a worthless cost center that is a lap dog to sales.
    -- The sales team is held on a pedestal and treated to exotic trips for meetings even when underperforming. -- The product development team is under appreciated and is led without direction and focus to develop products that have little to no meaning in the marketplace or to the potential customers for them.
    -- The customer focused teams of support and training are silo'd from each other and by product and have no shared vision for how they can present a unified front to better support customers through one place irrespective of the product, leading to frustrated customers and under utilized products.
    -- Little to no communication, just lots of rumors and hearsay. The future is uncertain with the equity firm ownership-either the executives don't know what's going to happen either or they won't say.

    Tibco is currently focused on trying to correct itself and is not focused on its employees or customers. It is far along in the stages of the Weitzel and Jonsson Model of Organizational Decline.

    Advice to Management

    -- Focus on Employees and Customers at the lowest, individual level
    -- Get out of the way! Empower individuals and teams to make decisions and execute by laying out high level goals and allowing the organization to show it's strength through individuals. Don't be a distraction from the important things that your teams are trying to achieve - ask yourself if what you are asking for would be appropriate if someone else was asking for it and if it really is going to have the impact to justify hijacking other priorities.
    -- Reward action, even if mistakes are made in exchange for inaction. Eliminate the processes that do not grease the skids of activity, but instead stand in the way. (i.e. Legal, purchasing, IT, etc. should enable the company to act responsibly through education and general guidance instead of focusing on putting up hurdles that eliminate the ability for progress)
    -- Be honest and up front with the employees...allow them to gain confidence in the future based on extreme visibility, removing their need to worry about surprises. (From the individual contributor perspective, the first impact of getting acquired is the implementation of the CCAT (test) of all employees...what else is happening or is testing, firing and hiring the only strategy?)
    -- Update your resumes - most of you will be out on the street when Vista has been around long enough to see what is going on. Most big companies with lack of growth are made up of B-rated executives (A-rated people are too smart to stick around and C-rated people aren't good enough and don't have the experience and know how to make it to the executive ranks) - The way that Tibco selected its executives has allowed C-rated people through and it is suffering the consequences now.



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