TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated 19 September, 2014
Updated 19 September, 2014
371 Reviews
3.8
371 Reviews
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TIBCO Software Chairman, President, and CEO Vivek Y. Ranadivé
Vivek Y. Ranadivé
283 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good work-life balance (may be this depends on which team you work for) (in 19 reviews)

  • Even though TIBCO is such a large company, the work environment is a lot like a start-up (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Some roles are particularly demanding, so work-life balance is not always achievable (in 14 reviews)

  • Senior Management is "taken care of" which is clear from company reports and company "filings" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    There is a nail in the tire. Air is hissing out. Soon it will be flat.

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

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are some very clever people at TIBCO, some of the smartest and best that I have ever worked with in my entire career. Some of the products work very well.

    Cons

    TIBCO wishes to become a 2 billion dollar company. Unfortunately, they continue to do the same things, yet expect vastly different results. There are many, many structural problems that will cause TIBCO to fail in the next few years:
    1) Sales. The sales force and sales model is very, very broken. The market was advised of TIBCO's sales execution problems in recent quarters. Were there? Of course. Was it the responsibility of the VP's and SVP's who were fired? No. The reason for the execution problems were that in Q3 and Q4 of 2012, TIBCO's executive committee decided to not pay out commissions to many sales teams, several of whom had brought in seven and eight figure deals. They used a little known escape clause in the sales plan to do so. What happens when you screw with sales people's commissions? They stop selling. And they did. That was the reason for the execution problems. EPS was made, but at the expense of the sales force.
    2) Management. There is nobody at EVP level or higher who has ever worked for a large company. Check the exec bios on the website. They are TIBCO lifers, or have come in through acquisition of startups. Those who stayed have created entrenched political fifedoms, which causes rampant internal conflict between divisions. TIBCO is a collection of small, individual startups with no plans to change. That is not sustainable in a large organization.
    3) Engineering. The products used to be good. Now they are a collection of acquired products, with different UI's, development languages, Admin tools, runtimes, performance characteristics etc. Becoming very disjointed, similar to the IBM and Oracle portfolios. Like IBM and Oracle, several of the products just flat out don't work, or are being replaced by newly acquired or rearchitected/replatformed tools. The product dependency matrix is becoming extremely complex.
    4) Corporate. Many corporate departments (HR, marketing, IT etc) are very much an afterthought. HR is basically non-existent. No practical processes for evaluation, feedback, development, escalations, etc. They exist on paper, but are never implemented, tracked or monitored. No organization can sustain this. TIBCO is revered for being some of the worst marketers in the industry - I've witnessed SVPs and EVPs on multiple occasions claim, during executive briefings; "we suck at marketing". Which partly explains:
    5) Staff. Employee morale is in the absolute toilet. Overworked employees, exasperated management, and screwed over sales people are leaving in droves.
    6) CEO. The CEO appears to be more interested in his new celebrity status as owner of an NBA franchise, than running the company. Time to bow out Vivek, you've had a great run, but your heart isn't in this game anymore. The recent user conference was a prime example of this, where many of the keynotes were about basketball, not software.
    7) Strategy. The cloud is the disruptive business model, that will kill the traditional license/maintenance model, and TIBCO is way, way behind the curve on this. Installing your software on an EC2 image and giving it a different name does not constitute a cloud offering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vivek, it's time to go. Bring in someone from the outside, who has experience running a large, 2+ billion company, who values the sales force, and let them clean house. Bring all of product engineering together under one roof, and start building consistency among products. Develop, fund, and enable your internal corporate departments. Show up to corporate all-hands calls, and provide some actual leadership and guidance. Provide feedback to your employees, set common goals, and reward them when met. High performing employees who haven't had even a COL increase in years, despite record quarters are not happy employees. Figure out how to lead in the cloud, because right now, you don't have a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Rewarding yet frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great solution set. Many smart people. Flexible work schedule. Good services people. Good opportunity to learn new technology

    Cons

    Old boy network in management. Top executives out of touch with the field. Too many products to sell and support. Overly complicated sales order process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with the front line soldiers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Average company, but don't look to make a career out of working for TIBCO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AMTS  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - AMTS in Pune (India)

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are Some good people
    The work life balance is pretty good.You can come in at 9 and go away at 5, no one questions you.
    Usually less than moderate workload.

    Cons

    No rewards for working hard, the pay rise and bonuses are always below average.
    Company structure is horrible.
    Facilities is below average for a large company.
    Below average people, no technically stimulating culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be fair when rewarding and hiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    I work as Sr Manager in Quality department...

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

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    This place used to be very good for working and for trying new ideas since there was a time when TIBCO was doing new things and was investing in right direction....

    Cons

    TIBCO has zero accountability at higher management...you can fail number of times and there is no impact to your package or your promotions...TIBCO has very regular salary, it's hard to expect other benefits such as RSU, Stock since you get very less of stocks, RSU and stock price is falling...culture is good but it's not thriving place to build your career ....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value people and pay them right...Get right people for right job...don't look for leaders within the company always...please make higher management responsible for their outcome...just meeting quarters should not be goal...goal should be to show a growth potential...very ordinary salary and no great potential is not going to take this company long way...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    TIbco is not only the place to work ..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Pune (India)

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1. None. I did not find anything.

    Cons

    1. Very less onsite opportunities. They send onsite senior managers only where it is not required.
    2. Do not have Group Anti Corruption Law Policies. Group of some idiots and unprofessional peoples can tarnish companies image.
    3. Do not have sexual harassment policies. And HR is puppet show of managers.
    4. Not recommended place for Experienced peoples.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is huge world outside tibco. Pull of some senior older managers and hire new talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some Good people, no compassion left

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

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great mix of products. They have a dedicated, talented pool of people to work with. With the product set they've acquired, they can eventually solve almost any problem.

    Cons

    With so many products, it's hard to find the 'right' way to solve a problem. The company has morphed into a hard line numbers driven company where all that matters is EPS. There once was a time where you didn't have to fool yourself into thinking that the company cared about you or your career, that time was over a long time ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition, mentoring, promote from within. Embrace the decentralization, and trust employees that don't work at the mother ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    They know technology, but not how to apply it.

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

    I worked at TIBCO Software full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great technology, smart employees, good opportunities for cross-training.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. Software sales is the bottom line. Management knows technology but not how to manage. No opportunity for advancement. Must know the products that make the sales (BW, EMS) to stay on client engagements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employees work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

    • 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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is good
    Very good for freshers to join the industry
    One of the few product based companies is Pune
    Technical work is good

    Cons

    Pays well below market standards. Hard to retain people
    Year on Year hike is pathetic
    Need to change the culture to become more agile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open to purse to recruit and retain the best

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Poor Professional Services Head

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Architect  in  Hamburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Hamburg (Germany)

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working, proven technology. Not much more to say

    Cons

    Head of technology is not standing behind his people. Lots of broken promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Disappointing

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great products and moving beyond middleware into analytics and social.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional executive management, limited/poor marketing, too many products which confuse the markets, analysts and salesmen. Appalling process inefficiencies and disconnected back office systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cull / consolidate products and simplify marketing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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