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Ariba Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated 29 December 2014
Updated 29 December 2014
243 Reviews
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243 Reviews
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Pros
  • There's a decent work-life balance s (in 14 reviews)

  • Excellent work environment, plenty of opportunities to learn and advance ones knowledge (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • For senior management there may not be much of work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • If 40% of staff is only managing who is left out to do Bug Fixing (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Legacy code base

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reverse engineer and learn from code developed by brilliant engineers.

    Cons

    Legacy code. When Ariba started, they had high end engineers move from Apple. In the late 90's and early 2000, they created a lot of the things we take for granted today. The OR mapping layer is brilliant. Same with the UI rendering engine AribaWeb.

    The management has been reducing staff. This means that there is a lot of legacy code that hasn't been maintained. Trying to debug that is a nightmare, you try to problem 1 and create three more problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, great technical strength, and working environment

    Cons

    There was always a worry about lay offs, may have changed now since it is an SAP company.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I worked at Ariba as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good energy; employees enjoy working and having fun together; fine facility

    Cons

    Creeping SAPism that might restrict the freedom of Aribians to run things with the
    nimbleness and speed required in Silicon Valley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your best to maintain autonomy and avoid being straight-jacketed by creeping rules and regulations from SAP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    A great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company that takes care of its people. Opportunity to work on variety of things in the procurement space. If you like to see your work used by customers quickly this is the place to be

    Cons

    For senior management there may not be much of work-life balance. But in general you keep normal work hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Summer internship that turned into a contract position

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Ariba as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good manager on my team

    Cons

    Tedious work, disorganized teams, poor office culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor Technology Stack , Away from Modern World...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I worked at Ariba full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are nice and warm. People are willing to help and spend time with you.

    Cons

    - slow and averse of change
    - not aware of latest trend of industry
    - risk of failure supersedes willingness to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - bring change agents and give them authority to make changes
    - let technology leaders to go to technology conferences and learn new thing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    High pressure, poor work-life balance, upper mgmt priorities skewed by SAP acquisition

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

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strength of the people in general. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Unrealistic dreams, insufficient funding to actually deliver. Many projects have gotten killed as a result.
    Really heavy process creates too much friction. Lack of willingness to prioritize and really fix things.
    Things now worse with the SAP acquisition. Is quite political.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Still feel the pain

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I worked at Ariba full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Still feel the pain of working here after bailing out months ago. And its not just for me but a lot of folks who have worked there. You would think that there would be some fond memories. The deterioration started with tagging people as "resources", putting them on a spreadsheet, and allocation them to random projects without any training or ramp up time as a 100% resource. The company should realize that skills are not interchangeable, a good app engineer may not be a good infrastructure engineer or a UI engineer. Let people do the jobs that they are good at and give them choices - it will benefit both the people and the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no management only mismanagement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not so good

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

    I have been working at Ariba full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enterprise software is a good domain to learn.
    You can learn a lot if you are given the time.

    Cons

    Management layer above first line managers is bad. They will not admit the mistakes they make and push the blame down. People in power tend to abuse it. It certainly seems to be the case here. Top heavy. Process heavy. Process seems to be the solution to all problems but ends up exacerbating it. No sense of empowerment. Public humiliation in some meetings. Internal demos are a farce. You may develop a good product only to see it publicly nitpicked over some trivial issue. No, its not Apple's culture of excellence if thats what you are thinking. Schedule is king. Beware if you slip. Constant stress and negativity. No work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How does one change the incorrigible?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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