TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated 21 April, 2015
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TIBCO Software CEO Murray Rode
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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. Architect

    Former Employee - IT Architect in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    small company so you get to do a lot.

    Cons

    small company so you had to do a lot

    Advice to Management

    You need a grand vision

  2. Helpful (5)

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

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    The worst company to work for bar none!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON

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

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

    Pros

    Product Set is great if you are looking for a technical job this could be for you or if you are related to the senior management

    Cons

    Seniors Sales Management has no clue
    Employees are treated with disrespect , I have been working for 20+ years no company remotely comes close to how mismanaged this organization is
    Mid management is breaking every role possible , law suites are piling up
    Bullying is rampant and part of the culture
    Sales compensation is never paid. for example if you close a deal and you get X amount of commission they will offer you 50% of what you have earned and a couple of new accounts no recourse .

    Advice to Management

    Please stop toying with peoples careers , get you act together, move focus from buying basketball teams to your own organization and its share holders . If you cant change that please sell the company !!
    Get a decent HR division

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  5. Veteran of middleware, integration and SOA software

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - if you are willing to take some chances, get off the porch and run with the big dogs, you can do that here. Risk takers and hard workers thrive. The meek & whiners should stay home.

    - this company is in transition. It's less about where we've come from and more about where we're going. We've assembled a solid collection of technology, a fresh product vision, and have real value to offer customers. There is a lot of "beef in the bun".

    - Vista acquisition is a good thing. Their philosophy is built on the concept of deployment of best practices that have been proven to work. Yes, it is fomulaic, but that's not a bad thing if it produces proven results. Can't argue with past results.

    - This is not a back stabbing culture. Political intrigue is low. People just want to get the job done.

    - recent turnover is creating a lot of career opportunities for TIBCO employees right now. Lot's of fresh thinking being injected into the organization.

    Cons

    - the next 6-9 months are going to be a little stressful as we work our way through the Vista transition, get our product strategy and roadmaps in place, replace people who've left, stabilize organizations, and get dialed in on our marketing focus. This in normal in an acquisition.

    - it's not clear yet how the culture will shift as the result of going private. Some people won't like the degree of personal accountability and metrics being brought in by Vista. Personally, I think it will result in weeding out some of the less competent people. (con for them, pro for the rest of us!)

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on developing a clear, well integrated product strategy that will take us forward. Help us understand the impact that Vista best practices are actually having on company operations and performance. Make it a learning experience for as many as possible.

    Don't cut back or shift burden on the healthcare benefits. People really value that.

  6. Helpful (4)

    Evolution at work

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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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The technologies, and the great minds that designed them, are still around after the acquisition. The acquisition and changes in engineering management have brought a welcome focus. One of TIBCO's known strength, its field forces, is motivated by the next big things the company is working on right now. And a more recent addition to the TIBCO mix is Marketing. The marketing team has been asked by Vista and the top executives to build a leading marketing organization. This is currently at play and quite interesting to be involved in. Data-driven decisions, collaboration and processes, constant testing and benchmarking are becoming the rule at TIBCO Marketing.

    Cons

    The company culture has always been about hard work, and the company has always been rewarding. The transformation at play, and the size of the opportunity, requires everyone to be 100% committed. Some will love it, some will not.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on engaging with customers. Keep on communicating with employees. Keep on investing in Marketing. Keep on adding structure and processes to realize the company and its assets (people and technology) company.

  7. Helpful (1)

    A very rewarding place for enterprise software professionals

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIBCO Software

    Pros

    Great products
    Great customer base
    great culture
    Very focused on the customer
    Very relevant technology

    Cons

    Slow growth rate
    Uncertainty after the acquisition - much of which is noise
    Slow to change

    Advice to Management

    Keep " world dominance" on the agenda

  8. Senior Solution Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good solutions and very nice employees

    Cons

    Now, Tibco software is merged by Vista.

  9. Presales Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Presales Solutions Architect in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Presales Solutions Architect in Mumbai (India)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Strong Product Line which practically sell themselves :-)

    Cons

    Spreading too thin with lots of products and less salesforce to sell them

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on few selected product line to achieve higher market share

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place to get feet wet into the industry. Uncertainty after acquisition.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Allows employees room for growth and to move around between departments without prior experience. Nice people. Some good benefits. Free donuts on Fridays.

    Cons

    Long hours after the acquisition as company consolidates and ones not part of layoff absorb the work of those that left. Not clear of direction.

    Advice to Management

    Over communication is better than no/low communication.

  11. Sr. Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIBCO Software

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Work life balance is good
    2) Very good to learn new technologies

    Cons

    1) Very Less Onsite Opportunities

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