Ariba Reviews

Updated 4 March 2015
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  1. Best company in my career

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

    I have been working at Ariba as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Good work environment. Learned new tools and technologies
    Free lunch, beer bash on Fridays

    Cons

    Lot of work before the release(i.e. too many projects to handle)

    Advice to Management

    Good job...!
    Advice not required.

  2. Helpful (5)

    At core a very service oriented company . Not a cloud company at all.

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

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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    As long as you are doing what is asked everything is OK. Free food and beer Friday.

    Cons

    More focus on Leadership. Leaders and managers get promoted in the middle of the year but engineers are told that budget is short. Very Leadership driven company. 20 % of engineering staff has already left. Only people who are here for a long time stay as they are acclimated to the environment.

    Advice to Management

    Please have some empathy towards the engineering.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Legacy code base

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    Need more engineers.

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  5. 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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.

  6. Great place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  8. Summer internship that turned into a contract position

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good manager on my team

    Cons

    Tedious work, disorganized teams, poor office culture

  9. Helpful (2)

    Poor Technology Stack , Away from Modern World...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (5)

    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)

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

    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.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Still feel the pain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    There is no management only mismanagement.

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