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TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated 13 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Worst company I have ever worked for - Do not waste your time working here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good pay and bonus (especially if you can sustain lots of overtime)

    Cons

    - Unrealistic work expectations
    - Mostly no, little or merely self-study if training courses are not scheduled soon making it difficult to perform well during the project
    - Projects are under-resourced
    - No growth strategy
    - Products are a hard-sell unless Tibco is the only vendor on the table
    - HR unsupportive to employees
    - Very political environment where, unless careful, you may be blamed for others' mistakes
    - No work-life balance - was expected to do significant overtime including bank holidays (Christmas and New Year) working over 12 - 13 hours a day including weekends for nearly 2 months. Management could not care less about your overtime as long as the delivery is made.

    Advice to Management

    - Provide appropriate training prior to projects if the individual does not have the necessary knowledge and experience together with some mentoring during the project by someone experienced
    - Resource projects with the necessary employees

  2. Helpful (4)

    Not people focussed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Agile, entrepreneurial, flexible. Good software products. If you like working as a stand alone individual then a good environment.

    Cons

    Full of politics across European office, very hierarchical, driven by US decision making. Unfriendly. Unsupportive office environment. Everyone disliked working there. Very little focus on training and development of people. Probably different if you work in the offices in the US though...

    Advice to Management

    Focus on clarifying EMEA management decision making hierarchy and plan to train and develop people.

  3. Helpful (7)

    6 billion dollars going down the drain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Its brand name is still good for some prospects as the result of the past leadership.

    Cons

    I will try to summarize:
    leadership is clueless and is killing the company.
    marketing is no existent.
    good employees are flying out to any opportunity that knocks the door.
    culture of pleasing your boss saying good things everywhere.
    no direction or strategy.
    basic things like: support, education, channel and alliance are poorly managed.

    Advice to Management

    Its time for you to retire and use and abuse of the nice money from the stock option.. let someone that knows what to do to take over...

    Vista people you invested 6 billion dollars in this titanic and you are letting it be driven by a bunch of heckless managers, it is time to put your hands on the wheel.

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  5. Helpful (7)

    Bad place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIBCO Software

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They used to have good technology, but no more

    Cons

    Terrible management, no marketing, no clue on what is going on

    Advice to Management

    Replace all of them, get marketing

  6. Helpful (7)

    Augean Stables

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A still large (but dwindling) number of talented people. Great work-life balance, as everyone is pretty much sitting on their hands waiting for this corporate collapse to run its course. Plenty of time to work on one’s resume, as well as follow HR trolling on Glassdoor with their 5 star reviews making grand claims about Apple-like future for Tibco and touting the quality of the cafeteria.

    Cons

    Stone Age business practices that seem to continue unabated after the Vista acquisition. C-grade upper management pretty skilled in raiding the company accounts to write themselves “retention” bonuses, but not so much in actually running the business. No clear vision, with fancy slide decks stuffed with high-tech lingo going for strategy. Total lack of corporate execution transparency with the obvious goal of avoiding accountability. A foul culture of treating people as an expendable resource apparently thinking there will always be more where these came from (hint: there may not be). The list can continue, but it should already be obvious all the building blocks for a 21st century high-tech winner are in place here.

    Advice to Management

    Giving advice to current management is not worth wasting the screen pixels. Advice to Vista: take a closer look at what you’ve got here and roll up your sleeves quickly while there is still something salvageable left, you may not have a lot of time for the Herculean task of cleaning these stables. Advice to prospective employees: keep looking, there are way better career choices in the vicinity.

  7. Helpful (9)

    No the best place to work and does not appear that it will change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    none that I or some of my fellow employees are aware of. A great deal has changed since I started here and not much if any of it has been positive.

    Cons

    No effort is or has ever been offered to increase knowledge. No opportunity for advancement despite being convinced that that was a possibility. Long hours, limited resources.

    Advice to Management

    Management should try to treat people more equally and not play favorites.

  8. Helpful (9)

    Hopeless Situation, Someone Save this Company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I have been working at TIBCO Software

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Still some of the best products by far in integration, event processing and analytics.
    A few good men still remain, and they can bring this back

    Cons

    Horrible management.
    Foul mouth sales, useless marketing, engineering has no direction as executives brown nosing in front of Vista . Vista given so much bull, they believe these nincompoops.
    One so-called executive walked away with $20 million for working a grand total of 90 days
    There ought to be some checks and these looters need to go to the slammer for the day light robbery

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself.
    Throw away glitzy presentations that do not mean anything, have real content and direction
    Focus on your goddamn jobs!
    Surely there is something more satisfying and morally right thing than fighting for the next $500K retention bonus
    Sympathies with Vista, you are encountering a a bunch of thieving execs

  9. Helpful (6)

    Looking for a Job? Keep looking! Spotfire Isn't the Place!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Once upon a time Spotfire was a great product. Once upon a time there were great people to work with.

    Cons

    Spotfire has nearly become irrelevant in the market place. More companies and people have never even heard of Spotfire. The management of this company is seriously the worst I have ever seen. It's almost like they have tried to kill this company on purpose. The decisions they have made are so bad that I have to ask myself how anyone could lead a company down a dead end path, as they have done, with out knowing what you are doing was just stupid?

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Vista Equity Partners (The new owners of Tibco Spotfire). You need to simply fire the senior management at Spotfire. If you look at what Spotfire once was and then look at it now, you should be able to see that the people who are still in place and running Spotfire are just really really bad at doing their job. They have killed an entire company! Why do they still have jobs? Why? Why? Why? Fire the senior Spotfire management!!!

  10. Helpful (3)

    To each solution a problem

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I honestly have nothing positive to say about Tibco. Since my previous employer has been acquired by them, my job has become a nightmare.

    Cons

    Everything is a problem. Administration, HR, Organization, Legal, Travel, Expenses. This is the "fast data" company, they provide integration software, bpm (...) selling new technology and living in fire age, we cant build a plane with wood and stones.

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing to say anymore as Tibco has been acquired. Definitely not for the best

  11. Helpful (3)

    TIBCO had it's best days...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great ideas...
    - Fantastic, smart and passionate employees.

    Cons

    - Very poor implementation of these great ideas.
    - Outdated products.
    - With every new release of a product more issues arise.
    - No decent cloud/SAAS offering.
    - Projects are failing, deals are being lost, people are getting fired and leaving.
    - The company has lost it's sparkle.
    - Complete disconnect between people on client site and engineering. Engineering team seems to be somewhere on their private island, implementing features they think might be "neat".
    - Work life balance is a serious issue for people in the field. Private time is nonexistent. Working for TIBCO means you're always ON.
    - Consultants have to be billable as much as they can, serving multiple clients in multiple locations/countries.
    - No compensation for travel! People working close to home are compensated in the same way as people traveling around the globe and risking their life in unsafe areas/countries.
    - Very little to none growth capabilities.
    - Hardly any time for training.
    - People are only trained internally with the focus on the products. People are not trained on how to act as a consultant (People Skills/Presentation Skills/Writing Skills/...) or on skills you might also require and might be valuable when on client site (Project Management/Architecture/...)

    Advice to Management

    - Refocus on what is really important.
    - Make the products more sexy (UI Development is not expensive!).
    - Streamline the company and unify the way things are developed/tested to assure products are consistent and working properly (how can you even sell things that are barely usable!).
    - Don't exploit your employees who work on client site. They are your most valuable asset. If they leave, projects fail, if projects fail, TIBCO has no references, ... If there are no or only bad references clients will not buy the products, ...
    - Act like a corporation, not like a startup.
    - I could probably write 100 lines more here... But again... Who cares?

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