TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated 11 April, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Bad management

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, good technology, great technologists. This company has vision on technology and has showed to be able to keep the pace with new trends in the IT.

    Cons

    Bad management, not able to manage people, focused only on reaching personal bonus targets.
    No internal communication, management driven by emergency and contingency.

    No HR at all, just a black box in the headcount without any visibility and power on employees. Promotion and career advancement are not based on your skills and seniority, but just on prejudice by sales managers. More important: flat organisation, no real opportunities to have a normal career path, so expect to be limited in the same role for decades.

    Product managers too young and without real experience in the IT, so final products oftenly quite distant from real-world practices.

    Advice to Management

    Being a manager is not just a matter of figures.

  3. Helpful (13)

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

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

    I have been working at TIBCO Software full-time

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

    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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  5. Helpful (7)

    The Great Product that Could Have Been, Horrible Marketing, and Clueless Leadership!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Most of the Pro's have gone away over the past couple of years. I hit the eject button because there weren't many pros left to speak of. I guess I could say that once upon a time it was a great place to work, but that place doesn't exist anymore.

    Cons

    Now that Vista has taken over, the cons are too numerous to list, but I will give it a try. Spotfire has failed to meet it's numbers for the past two years. All of Spotfire's problems can be boiled down to two basic issues; namely, Marketing and Management. Spotfire has one of the worst marketing organizations I have ever seen. These people simple don't know how to do their job. Totally ineffective, in the extreme. However, the number one issue at Spotfire is the management. Spotfire is a product that could have been the top dog, world class product on the market. They could have been the product that took the market by storm. However, Spotfire management has taken what could have been the Rock Star product of the world and totally destroyed it. Spotfire has no chance at all to become a relevant product in the market at this point. Just take a look at what happened to "Tibco" in the Gartner Magic Quadrant between 2014 and 2015. So, you have decided to jump on the "Good Ship Spotfire" anyway, well you might not get to stay there very long. Now that Vista has taken over they have just rolled out their "Super secret aptitude exam". If you don't score well on it, you will be managed out of a job over the next few quarters. Spotfire is the story of a company and a product that once had the potential to become something great, but ended up falling short in almost every possible way.

    Advice to Management

    I wish I could say something that would help at this point, but sadly I think it is beyond the point of no return. I don't think you can fix it at this point. If Spotfire 7 could cure cancer, it would still not be enough to undo all of the damage you have done to this company.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Changing time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)

    I have been working at TIBCO Software

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

    Pros

    Technology and go to market message

    Cons

    Management, Strategy, Reorganisation process, No clear execution strategy, too much internal politics, slow decision making process

  7. Helpful (5)

    Solid Technology, Terrible Execution

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked 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

    Spotfire and the Analytics division are very solid and great technologies.

    Cons

    All the great people are leaving or have left. Mgmt has no clue and the people put in place will have a tough time righting this sinking ship. It was terrible when the Senior Mgmt from Palo Alto were running this place into the ground and showing how to NOT work together and continue the infighting that defined this company. The best thing that happened to them was Vista...the worse thing was Vista not being smart enough to get rid of the same Mgmt responsible for the mess that is Tibco. All the good people were smart enough to leave already and anyone who joins now must be crazy or can't get a job anywhere else. The smartest thing they could do now is sell off the old technology to someone else and focus on Analytics which is their only hope!

    Advice to Management

    Vista needs to put some boots on the ground to see what is really goes on and make some swift changes...

  8. Helpful (4)

    It was interesting at first...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Consultant in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Solutions Consultant in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

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

    Pros

    You will be exposed to lots of technologies. Good place to get your feet wet. 401K with matching. Good health benefits.

    Cons

    There is no guide or training to get started with TIBCO Software. Sink or swim. There used to be a lot of good people there. Most are gone. Recently aquired by Vista Equity, the board left 100M on the table in a spreadsheet error. Thanks guys! Management will tell you in no uncertain terms that the days of raises are over and that you can make more money working for other customers. Guess what, they are right! They will tell you to stay to be with the best techology. That used to be true. However, that is no longer the case. Other companies have caught up. Aquisitions are never fully integrated into the full technology stack. There is never enough engineering to get things done to stay competitive and products wither. The most unprofessional head of sales I have ever encountered, has the mouth of a gutter rat. Company "pep talks" are demeaning and demoralizing. Expect to sell in a culture of fear. If you decide to join TIBCO as a SC, make sure you get placed with a successful account executive and interview the AE before you come on.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your people on the streets better. Beef up engineering. Get rid of the clown who swears like a gutter rat. You know who I'm talking about. Stop rolling out products that aren't fully functional.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Company seems to have last it's way the last couple of years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at TIBCO Software (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great, Smart and hardworking people. The field team works well together. Interesting and cutting edge technology to work on. A lot of pressure but a lot of fun

    Cons

    Over the last couple of years Company seems to have last it's way.
    A lot of mismanagement by the executives put the company in a place where they had to sell out to venture capital firm Vista.

    The layoffs and cost cutting have begun; morale is bad and getting worse.
    I not sure what the future holds for us

    Advice to Management

    to late they are gone
    current management just the slave of the Equity Fund.

  10. Helpful (4)

    Privately held: TIBCO can be a challenging place to work.

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

    I worked at TIBCO Software

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

    Pros

    TIBCO's standard middleware products are solid and customer satisfaction is high, especially on support. Compensation for sales is competitive for the industry. Cooperation between sales and technical support and engineering is high.

    Cons

    Very high turnover in all areas of the organization - especially sales. Most of the executives and senior management have left following the recent privatization from VISTA Equity Partners. From a sales perspective, very short runway to ramp-up and most of the new hires are required to spin their rolodex for new business. TIBCO still has yet to offer credible cloud (SaaS, iPaas & Paas), or a mobile solution, and will need to completely reinvent invent itself if they are to survive against new market entrants. Spotfire analytics not competitive against Tableau, Qlick or Microstrategy.

    Advice to Management

    For a company with the history that TIBCO has, they will need to stop operating as a start-up with knee-jerk reactions to decision making on every situation that occurs, and start to operate as a modern organization with effective policies and procedures. Need a solid execution and go-to market strategy for all product lines.

  11. Helpful (3)

    No Company Vision!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Houston Acres, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Houston Acres, KY (US)

    I have been working at TIBCO Software 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

    TIBCO has some cool technologies and some nice product.

    Cons

    Mgmt went on a spending spree a few years ago and purchased a hodge-podge of companies without a clear plan. There doesn't seem to be a company-wide vision. When I worked there at least 5 separate groups were working on a "cloud solution" without any coordination between them. Instead of leveraging common tools/knowledge they each struggled individually (as though in competition) and none succeeded.

    Advice to Management

    Drop that stupid "have fun!" tag line and just focus on running the company. You have so many smart people - start using them to develop products people actually WANT and not just the new "hot thing" just for the sake of sounding cool! And never, ever again make a video of senior company officials SINGING. I still relive that horror occasionally :-).

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