Teradata Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
321 Reviews
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Teradata President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Koehler
Mike Koehler
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Pros
  • The people are extremely nice and I've not had any issues with work-life balance (in 41 reviews)

  • Wonderful corporate work environment (in 22 reviews)


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

  • Limited growth opportunities in the core data base area (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sales People Should Stay Away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    -Work/Life Balance - Every sales rep. works from home and creates their own schedule
    -Benefits - Wonderful benefits, 15% discount on TD Stock, and AMEX Expense Card
    -Management MEANS well, even if they are clueless
    -Teradata is still one of the best Data Warehousing companies out there

    Cons

    This will be the most complicated and tedious sale you will ever do throughout your whole sales career. It takes at least a year to really wrap your head around all of Teradata's suite of products. By the time you learn what the company's vision is, they already have a 'new vision'. It takes at least 30-50 meetings with an account to even consider closing a deal. Internal red tape will hold your deal up for months, and you'll be wondering why you're doing all this work for a couple grand in commission.

    This isn't really a true 'hunter' role.. you're given 1 or 2 accounts and you're STUCK with them. In a lot of cases, these accounts are heavy into Oracle or IBM so it's nearly impossible to penetrate. But let's say you do penetrate (come on sales people should be optimistic).. the compensation isn't all too hot. I won't get into numbers here, but if you're closing $2-3MM/yr, I'd expect to be making 30-40% more than I do with Teradata.

    Marketing is nonexistent. They expect each Sales Rep to send out invites to EVERY event to EVERY contact of their MANUALLY. Yep, you heard me right. Even 100 person start-ups have CRM systems capable of handling this. Oh yeah and CRM? We don't really use one. That's right.. a company that says you should 'consolidate all your data in one place and be data-driven' actually is quite the opposite. The internal Teradata Employee portal is horrendous.. it's the most complicated internal system I've ever used. I've been working with it for a year and I still only understand about 30% of it. Oh yeah - no support for Linkedin Premium which is a huge red flag - being that every serious sales org should be supporting their sales execs this way.

    But look.. what this really comes down to is time and money. I've already told you the compensation isn't too good for how much TIME you'll spend on these accounts. What's most bothersome is this TIME isn't spent most with the prospects or clients.. It's spent with your SUPERIORS going over account reviews, quarterly reviews, which usually is a GIANT waste of time in the first place. How on earth am I supposed to put together an account plan or proposal if I haven't even met with a prospect to establish what their pain points are? These are the things you'll spend HOURS a day doing at Teradata, as opposed to coming up with creative ways to get in touch with your prospects and ask them good questions to find out what their pain actually is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Get a CRM
    -Get a Marketing Department that supports the CRM (Marketo, duh)
    -Sales Mgmt - spend more time on strategies to penetrate accounts as opposed to what we want to propose to the accounts before we even meet them!
    -Mgmt - Offer a consistent vision. Talk to 10 different people at Teradata and they'll all have a different vision of what Teradata is.
    -Compensate sales people better
    -Stop wasting precious time.. I can't stress this enough. There were countless times when I was sitting in a meeting or on a 4 hour long call thinking to myself 'how much money is being wasted on this meeting, lunch, call, etc.. when it's obvious non of your sales execs are listening'?
    -Keep up the acquisitions of new players to the market. It shows that Teradata is committed to their sales people. But let's put these acquisitions into action ASAP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Highly skilled work force. Excellent benefits. Good training opportunities. A great place to start out a career or augment with additional skills. Generally good management. Interesting work. Teradata is the best product in its market space. Customer base appreciates the product and the Teradata workforce who support it.

    Cons

    Teradata is struggling recently due to the percieved threat of open source BigData (Hadoop). This has caused it consternation/confusion at the management ranks. The threat is likely real but Teradata is a great product and could overcome this with proper management action. Lately the work/life balance has been quite negative for the twenty percent who are most dependened upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to depend less on the advice of some its long-time associates who are less capable that they percieve. Also an issue is the reliance on industry advice (e.g. Gartner) for company direction instead of proactively attacking the market. The company has also been eliminating much of the experienced workforce through a concerted effort to cut salary costs. This in the short term helps the bottom line but is a serious issue going forward as it is the highly skilled staff that made Teradata a success/powerhouse. A real issue for them (now that I have left and experienced the market outside of Teradata) is the serious blunder of not seriously attacking the mid-market space ($2B or less). This is a gold mine that could significantly increase growth but the company is ignoring this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Solution - Not a great company for sales people

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

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Home Office. Work life balance is good. Great solution. Strong technical people.

    Cons

    Not a great comp plan. LONG LONG LONG sales cycle.Not enough technical support for the sales role. All resources spread too thin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your reps more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Technology leader

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

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

    Pros

    Best product scalability; industry leader currently

    Cons

    Faltering with new technology; poor retention of field professional services staff. Weak acquisition strategy and poor retention history for acquired company staff. Rarely hires outside talent, and promotes staff without broad external experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company culture ignores ideas not rooted in long-time employees. Weak in adopting new ideas and technology. Always attempts to follow emerging solutions, rather than lead innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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

  7.  

    good technology

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

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  9.  

    Good place for flexible work schedule.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Coworker great / Management still has lessons to be learned

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Teradata full-time (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (less than an 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

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