Teradata

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Teradata Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.5 290 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

Teradata President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Koehler

Mike Koehler

(167 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are extremely nice and I've not had any issues with work-life balance(in 30 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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    Bureaucratic!

    Professional Services Consultant (Current Employee) San Carlos, CA

    ProsI 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.

    ConsI'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 Senior ManagementOrg seems top-heavy--too many in mgmt, and the "worker bees" are largely not qualified.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good technology

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place for flexible work schedule.

    Marketing Specialist (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Coworker great / Management still has lessons to be learned

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Dayton, OH

    ProsCo-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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsToo 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Software Engineer IV (Current Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsWork-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.

    ConsUpper 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 Senior ManagementTo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, a pretty good company

    Solutions Architect (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsPay 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.

    ConsInternal 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 Senior ManagementTime 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, great people

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Cincinnati, OH

    ProsInnovative technology, people integrity, supporting sales

    ConsLimited work/ life balance for consultants.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp all members of the team to build a career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very old and big

    Software Engineer V (Current Employee) San Carlos, CA

    ProsCustomers: 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dinosaur company is heading the way of the dinosaur

    Software Engineer II (Current Employee) Rancho Bernardo, CA

    Pros- Free coffee and soda
    - Nice campus with walking path
    - Generally relaxed atmosphere
    - "Unlimited" sick time (it's complicated)
    - 401k matching and stock purchase plan are offered

    Cons- The company operates like a bunch of "separate fiefdoms".
    - Teams do not collaborate with each other.
    - The company runs on Excel and Oracle solutions internally - "islands of information" is an understatement.
    - IT controls the tools and is completely out of touch with current technology.
    - Promotions are non-existent.
    - Ambition is not recognized.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDatabases (hardware and software) are commodities these days. Transition to selling software licensing and services.

    Don't ignore the potential of emerging technologies. When you decide to pursue one, don't waste resources creating smoke and mirrors product offerings around it.

    Move the entire company off of Excel and Oracle solutions. Oracle is Teradata's biggest competitor, we should not be buying solutions from them. Excel is the devil, it leads to nothing but confusion and misinformation. Hire developers to make real tools.

    The sole responsibility of an IT organization should be infrastructure. They should be responsible for keeping servers and desktops running and talking - that's it. Put the tools in the hands of in-house developers.

    Promote collaboration through tools, events, meet-ups, hack-a-thons, etc. At least get the engineers talking to one another about what they are working on, challenging problems they have faced, solutions they've come up with, etc.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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