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Tech Data Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
130 Reviews
3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people work here and seemed to me most were happy working for Tech Data (in 14 reviews)

  • It is a great place to learn and then find a real job elsewhere or if you are looking to retire (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Turnover is high in many departments - many are leaving due to low pay (in 11 reviews)

  • The management team continuously over commit and look towards development staff to bail them out by working long hours (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    IT Department Management Incompetent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Department in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - IT Department in Clearwater, FL

    I have been working at Tech Data full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People you work with on a day to day basis in the IT department are nice and very helpful.

    Cons

    Management is totally incompetent. They let the business drive deadlines even before the projects are scoped. Half of the IT department that does the SAP development and some database development is in Europe and work on their own deadlines and labor laws. Bottom line, they don't care about projects in the US and can make your projects late. Then you get blamed for other teams not delivering their work in time.

    The management team continuously over commit and look towards development staff to bail them out by working long hours. You get threats and some even get fired if they refuse or don't work 15 hours a day.

    Management in all their incompetence, does not accept responsibility for anything and put the blame on their developers. All complaints and objections fall on deaf ears and when they don't listen and projects go wrong, they blame devs again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue, treat your people well, learn how to manage project and for the love of god learn what a project methodology is. Learn what project scoping is and restore work/life balance to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    torture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at Tech Data full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    free food and more free food

    Cons

    mentally draining/daily phone grind/selling over priced goods. The commissions are designed to always keep the carrot farther away so you can never really make a living wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make systems easier way too much clutter and extra micro management

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Share Cropping in the Tech Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at Tech Data full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits start from day one. Good infrastructure as opposed to other business in the Tampa Bay area.

    Cons

    They know they have a good infrastructure compared to other companies in the Tampa Bay area. Because they are "Self aware,",they think they have your ass over a barrel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't listen. You open your mouth and offer advice they see that as a threat and you will be put on a plan that is impossible to get off. You can perform your job perfectly and follow a plan verbatim and they will still fire you. I was not fired but I saw this done. The management are cowards and crooks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Steer clear, Ground Hog day meets 7th grade and don't forget the bus as someone throws you under it.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN

    I have been working at Tech Data

    Pros

    convienant to home, great excuse for not having a home life, bonuses to Sr. management, no two days ever the same.

    Cons

    narcissistic micromanagment, a technology company using antiquanted technology, lack of communication from corprate down and director down, company value statement is not worth the paper it is printed on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managment by this weeks trend, then next weeks trend does not establish trust in managment or stability, constant smiling faces do not equate to happy employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going down hill fast

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL

    I have been working at Tech Data

    Pros

    Still employed. Compensation and perks from the VENDORS but little from Tech Data.

    Cons

    Short staffed, low pay, overworked under appreciated. High management turn over. Little or no opportunity for a promotion. They are off shoring jobs to Costa Rica.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue! You are losing good people left and right and trying to replace them with hourly paid temps so you can keep your bonus.

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

    If you cannot find a job anywhere else, this should be your last resort.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Product Marketing in Clearwater, FL

    I have been working at Tech Data

    Pros

    If you're right out of college it's a half way decent starting point; just one notch above an unpaid internship. Make sure you fluff up your resume since other companies in the area also view Tech Data as a entry level company. Other perks you can get from working in sales or marketing are some free products, event tickets and shirts. It is a paycheck albeit on the low end of a salary range for comparable positions at other companies.

    Cons

    There are many downsides to the company: low pay, unqualified management who have no sense of the industry or business in general for that matter. The only way Tech Data knows how to make money is to bilk their vendors out of marketing dollars by overcharging for activities, but then not following through with them. They embelish reports to make business look better than it is. I've been working in corporate America for over 20 years and this is the first company that I ever heard the phrase "throw you under the bus", and the only place I've ever experienced it. I think they pretty much coined the phrase. Mangement is so lacking in skills the only way they can make themselves seem taller is by cutting off the heads of their subordinates. They don't lead by example and many times there are feuds between director and director, manager and manager, etc. It sets the tone for the entire company. They are their own problem and it's keeping them from growing business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more professional and look to your competitors on how to operate better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, slow on changes.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tech Data

    Pros

    Great people who work there.

    Cons

    Very Long decision ways, some times need to keep it simple.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some times, keep it simple.

  9.  

    Aggressive sales culture; short term greed damages long-term sustainability

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England (UK)

    I worked at Tech Data (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of parking; on-site canteen (though stock is limited).

    Cons

    Politics are rife; management style is all about negative pressure rather than fostering collaboration and pride in your work.
    Innovation will not happen as there is no budget available for anything but the most "smash and grab" projects.
    Key man dependencies have been allowed to emerge all over the shop - management has not wanted to put aside the budget to address this or take the time to reduce reliance, so that is a time bomb waiting to go off.
    Personality traits which would not be tolerated elsewhere have gone untamed, since those key men have management over a barrel; that's affected the culture of the place.
    You should also know: maternity is only 6 weeks at full pay, followed by 9 months of statutory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Wasted time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tech Data

    Pros

    If you have no other options, this is the place for you. No hope of learning, development or decent compensation.

    Cons

    Highly political - management - Canadian operation led through fear and intimidation - people live in fear of losing the low paying job - majority of staff do not have a college/university education, and no hope of advancement

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

    if you are in with the senior VP, you wont have to worry about your job!!!

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

    I worked at Tech Data full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you teach yourself the job, you'll be OK. And if you are in with the Higher ups, you'll be set. Just watch out, they do a reduction in force every February.

    Cons

    you will not be able to move into a higher position unless someone dies OR you are liked by all managers. You will be worked to the bone and only be told how the managers did good to achieve what needed to be done. There is NEVER any compensation for the long hours you put in. MAYBE a vendor buck! if you are not liked, the managers do not hide that fact. If you are a temp you really need to careful. This company has a revolving door and they do not need an excuse to let you go. There is never any room for improvement. even if you suggest something to manager or directors that could possibly better the company,it will never be YOUR idea. they look at you like you have two heads, fire you for the suggestions, BUT they still implement the suggestion under their terms to make themselves look good. the senior management is deceitful, they even go after leads and areas managers just to save their own hides. The director also cannot make a decision unless he/she follows up with her favorite mangers, (who need to be fired). If you like to be lied to then this is the company to work for. They have the lowest starting rate, can't keep their customers happy, but STILL manage to blame the employees instead of looking at themselves. If they didn't have a reduction in force (letting go veterans of the company) EVERY February, then maybe they would be able to keep their customers happy, instead of bringing in new people who consistently screw up. Oh, and lets not forget to mention, DO NOT give a bad review on your "anonymous" Pulse survey. Magically, the people who tell it like it is, tend to get fired!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too many chiefs, not enough Indians. Listen to your employees, they are the ones actually doing the job while you sit on your butts looking only at numbers. stop trying to head hunt!!! Keep the temps that actually work. Don't base your opinions on if the person looks good or not!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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