TIBCO Software

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TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated 17 February, 2015
Updated 17 February, 2015
49 Reviews
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Pros
  • good work-life balance (may be this depends on which team you work for) (in 26 reviews)

  • Work culture is very relaxed and the main office is on a beautiful lake (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Some roles are particularly demanding, so work-life balance is not always achievable (in 13 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 (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. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was interesting at first...

    • Comp & Benefits
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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    Solid Technology, Terrible Execution

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    No Company Vision!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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 :-).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going Nowhere

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

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

    Pros

    Some good solid products
    Flexible Vacation Policy

    Cons

    Company seems to be headed nowhere
    Compensation is below average
    Management is aloof
    Immigration policy is bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have a 360 degree review system
    - Have some sessions with the employees to explain vision and keep them motivated

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

    Used to be a nice company, but...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Used to be a nice place to work, some interesting challenges....

    Cons

    After Vista Private Equity acquisition the company is no longer a good place to work. They fired hundreds of people after the acquisition. There is no clear strategy behind this decision, Vista just needed to reduce costs in order to pay for the huge amount of debt it incurred as result of the acquisition. There is also no clear strategy behind the product roadmap and the management team, which are ultimately responsible for the TIBCO failure, got promoted along the way.

    I wouldn't advise buying TIBCO products as some of them might just disappear as Vista will decommission products that are not interesting for them.

    In summary, Vista PE will make a lot of money and kill a great company along the way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late for advice. They already messed up big time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    things are changing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

    Pros

    lower level employees are nice

    Cons

    company atmosphere is very negative now since being bought out by vista and people are

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on creating a better working environment and listen to lower level employees the way the former CEO used to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unorganized

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    -Work from home flexibility when needed
    -Casual office
    -Overall okay coworkers

    Cons

    -Disorganization
    -Lack of training for new hires regarding any sort of company policies regarding expenses, po's, approval processes contractors etc (there is a company employee site that has some docs but most are outdated and not detailed)
    -Lack of benefits for MA employees, no gym for example, even though there was a gym in the location's building- Not even a discount was allowed to us- The Palo Alto location however receives that benefit.
    -Extremely unprofessional looking office space- Including-things like thrifted office furniture, a kitchen out in the open from the year 1972 and all outdated scanners, printers etc Very low end for a large organization. No amount of cleaning or organization could make it appear acceptable for customer meetings our outsiders to visit
    -Facilities management never in the office, they have the person split between two locations
    -Very poor communication skills between headquarters and other offices- it's unacceptable when all the offices rely on responses or follow ups/ approvals from the main office- I and countless others had to save emails and documents going back years because of their lack of professionalism to prove they were sent with documents that were needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear communication
    Clearly worded expectations when assigning tasks that are outside the daily expectations
    Follow up with employees on yearly review cycles- it is required by each one of us to file the paper work/ it should be required of you to read and review in order to ensure the employee better understands how they can improve.
    Update your outdated expense systems and approval processes/ make people accountable for their time management in regards to both.
    Finances- the office I worked at frequently did not have their bills paid on time- internet and phone services were cut off more than once which is completely unacceptable for such a large organization.
    Spend less money on hundred dollar lunches and tens of thousands of dollars on "kick offs" and more on a nicer facility, updated equipment from this century and a employee training day, on their first day which includes all the basics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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