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TIBCO Software Reviews

Updated 14 August, 2014
Updated 14 August, 2014
356 Reviews

3.9
356 Reviews
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TIBCO Software Chairman, President, and CEO Vivek Y. Ranadivé
Vivek Y. Ranadivé
275 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    TIBCO's future growth curve is fantastic - extremely well positioned for success

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Country Manager  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Country Manager in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    -Extensive international roster of customers across key verticals like Financial Services, Retail, Transportation, Oil & Gas
    -Continuously evolving leading edge portfolio of solutions through R&D and key acquisitions
    -Great track record of delivering solutions that Companies rely on everyday to successfully run thier businesses

    Cons

    -Only want A-players - the bar is high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to raise the bar - it is working. Customers, analysts and A-players are all noticing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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

    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
  3.  

    The worst company to work for bar none!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best job in the world!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)

    Pros

    Excellent access to information
    Excellent peers to work with
    Intellectually stimulating
    No micro management
    Flat reporting structure
    Interesting work
    Very flexible work timings
    Excellent bonus structure/payout

    Cons

    Number of internal information repositories, though this is now getting better and more streamlined.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Has the potential but limited by poor leadership decisions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive  in  Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great sales people come and go, great atmosphere at conferences and most of the time in the office. Good technology and some very smart technologists. I really liked the CEO Vivek, super smart guy.

    Cons

    Quarterly targets a constant challenge, often senior sales VP's would pull rank and call the client directly, and under sell the value on a deal that may have taken months to set up. Usual challenge with revenue's across borders, with team work ending in different countries as soon as they thought they might lose revenue to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to change strategies so often, don't panic with bad figures, understand the problem and put in place a strategy to overcome the problem. The sales cycle is 12-24 months, stick by your good sales people and managers it takes a long time to bring in and bring up to speed replacements. It will require a period of sustained stability to bring the numbers back in my humble opinion, buy your team and stick by them, don't just sack them if you don't get the desired result in a few quarters.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the better technical companies to work !!

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

    Pros

    1. One of the best products you can get to work on (esp if working in Engineering).
    2. Pretty good technical/smart bunch to interact with day in and day out.
    2. Very open culture.
    3. Fairly good work/life balance.

    Cons

    1. Annul raises can surely be much better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find some way to get our stock up again. Its been lying low for a while now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PSG Project Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - PSG Project Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    - Very competitive wages
    - Very family friendly
    - Great benefits
    - Exciting technology, Fast paced,

    Cons

    - The process guidelines ar high level only only.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities.
    Many products covering many technologies. Take your pick.

    Cons

    Company needs to have a better performance review methodology.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    Good Culture, Work-Life Balance, Autonomy, Cutting Edge technologies and Products, Opportunity to learn and excel.

    Cons

    Variable Pay (especially if you work for services group), Change in Culture, Bad people management, you tend to get stuck if you are at the wrong project, Less motivation and empowerment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture has been the important trademark for TIBCO, don't induce policies affecting our Core Culture and Values.

    Continue to do what we have doing all these years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work at

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

    Pros

    Perhaps one of the most employee friendly companies in India. There are very less bureaucracy and micromanagement isn't really a part of their culture.

    Cons

    Lousy annual salary hikes unless there is a promotion. Even the best performers end up not getting more than 7%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change the culture in the name of cost cutting or growing strength. Your culture is your biggest strength and you should keep holding on it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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