Teradata Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
303 Reviews

3.5
303 Reviews
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Teradata President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Koehler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are extremely nice and I've not had any issues with work-life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Wonderful corporate work environment (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • No career path, the inner circle of senior management always look after themselves (in 10 reviews)

  • Flat Hierarchy structure, not clear career path (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teradata full-time

    Pros

    Work Life balance and time flexibility

    Cons

    Less opportunities to play different roles

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant  in  San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Teradata as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I work as a consultant and am shielded from a lot of the day-to-day bureaucratic nightmares that go on. I also have a lot of a autonomy and am not micro-managed, but that may be more a matter of the style of the person I report to than the company culture itself.

    Cons

    I've never known another company to have as many meetings and to have as little work come from these meetings! It's ridiculous and really inefficient. There is also an enormous about of paperwork and forms for every little thing--once again, not at all efficient.

     As a consultant, i work with a small group of people regularly and then the larger employee base occasionally. I'm dumbfounded by the number of people who are quite incompetent in their jobs--just can't seem to do basic things or communicate effectively. It also seems very unbalanced--some people work their tales off and others seems to barely put in 40 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Org seems top-heavy--too many in mgmt, and the "worker bees" are largely not qualified.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good technology

    • 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 Teradata full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good technology and learning experience, work-life balance, some training opportunities

    Cons

    less promotion from internal, some ppl who stayed long time may leave

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good place for flexible work schedule.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Teradata full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very good place for working virtually or on a flexible work schedule. Great for engineers or sales and sales management professionals.

    Cons

    IT for workers lag behind other companies. Not a leading edge for marketing but improving. Little recognition outside of the sales organization. Medical benefits are not the best. Very few women or minorities in top management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to recognize groups outside of sales more often. Make an effort to maintain goodwill with employees that are leaving the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Coworker great / Management still has lessons to be learned

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Teradata full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Co-workers are great and the only reason i stay as long as i did. Some of them are not fun due to being overworked and management dropping more on them.

    Cons

    Management thinks the own you. Teradata Dayton pay well below going rates and does not negotiate. Project timelines are a joke, with app owner the project manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking only today and plan for tomorrow. give lower managers some real power to do stuff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked independlenty with self study from home when not traveling. Had very little contact with immediate manager.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teradata full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very good technology and information provided to employees who want to learn and grow

    Cons

    Too much isolation -- little group interaction -- probably depends on specific group you work in and manager. I felt I was inconveniencing manager when I would reach out to him. I do not think this is the way a Manager should make a subordinate feel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    The potential of a nuclear missile, but with no guidance system onboard...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Teradata full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance, interesting projects depending on your position which can lead to expanding your skill set. Opportunity to move "around", just not up. Benefits are reasonable.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't seem to realize that they are supposed to provide a clear market direction and vision of the product. They try to make technical decisions without including input from engineering which has caused priorities to shift constantly. Marketing is really the group running things, and inexplicably they have developed a complete mistrust of engineering. Completely dysfunctional.

    No money, or so we're always told. Teradata used to be part of NCR, and it's painfully obvious that our accounting team is still running the ship like its old blue-chip parent. We never invest in our equipment or our people. Salaries are low to average.

    Every year we are promised training and every year it gets cut from the budget. The best employees get the idea after a while and then leave.

    Which brings us to retention. We don't have any of that here. We lose our best people to companies that are willing to pay and train.

    Like I said, you can move around but not up. Promotion is almost unheard of, they encourage you to apply for jobs in other groups, but that doesn't imply you will be making more money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To upper management: Get your head out of the day-to-day operations (that's for middle management to deal with) and give us a clear and concise vision for the future. Set the target out there and then keep beating the drum. Fund, fund, fund.

    To middle management: Fight for the resources to get the job done well, not just done. Stop playing politics! Lets make the best of it for the company as a whole. Train, pay, and retain your most valuable employees. You are supposed to weed and feed, not let it go to seed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, a pretty good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Teradata full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay is good; (Most) people are bright; best data warehousing product in the market; If you are a solid worker and have a management chain that appreciates your work, you will be recognized.

    Cons

    Internal systems are antiquated and do not work with each other; lingering NCR mentality; No real opportunity for advancement; Company is very margin addicted; Medical benefits choices and options are limited and expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to shake up the upper management chain with some new blood; Consider a yearly employee wide survey to "take the pulse" of the workers -- include all aspects of work at Teradata: Management Chain, benefits, work/life balance, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, great people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Teradata full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Innovative technology, people integrity, supporting sales

    Cons

    Limited work/ life balance for consultants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help all members of the team to build a career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very old and big

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer V  in  San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer V in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Teradata full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Customers: without those, companies would never last. Deep pockets result: willing to invest in longer-term to deliver actual value. Ability to time-shift or telecommute since the company is widely distributed.

    Cons

    Far too many acronyms and old "processes" that just slow things down. Management then tends to just repeat buzzwords instead of being organized. Many employees do not speak English well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More people actually doing work instead of "product managers" "project managers" and "development realization team leaders" that just have meetings filled with empty slides.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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