Teradata Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
303 Reviews

3.5
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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.  

    Good place to work if you know the right people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teradata full-time

    Pros

    Offer a niche product that most the current workforce helped develop. HQ is a really nice building. They do a lot in the local community for charities and education.

    Cons

    They need to mix-up their leadership. Too many 'old school' ways of doing things. Too many hands in too many pots. Need to get away from the contingent workforce and bring all recruiting in-house. Very hard to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some new blood. Have mandatory training on technologies developed within Teradata/NCR. Some individuals need to understand that they are the only people who know this technology and they will not work forever!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazingly stable high-tech company. Nice place to work, overall.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    The company is the most stable I've worked for, with few layoffs. Prior to this job, the longest I was employed at a high tech software company was 3 years, and at that I was considered an "old timer". There are employees at Teradata who have been there for 10, 15, 20 years and more. The people are generally nice and top-notch in their fields. The working conditions are acceptable - all cubes, but high-walled cubes so there is a feeling of privacy. New El Segundo facility is just our company, industrial chic, repurposed light-manufacturing warehouse that used to be a Northrup place. Nice perk is that in the build-out of the new place, they added a very nice exercise room/gym, with decent weight and cardio machines, locker rooms and showers, and it's free to the employees to use any time. It's a relatively old company, so the fact that they can continue to compete in today's market with newer technologies (and adopt and adapt them) speaks well for the company and personnel.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, management can be either cool or Dilbert PHBs. Promotions are not frequent, and raises are small. Their bonus plan is okay and some compensation for the generally low-end salary raises, but it's not horrible, and your compensation is always more than just your salary. Holidays are about average - a few standard, and earned floating holidays, along with vacation days that increase with your time at the company. Some departments are cool about working from home, others forbid it, which is ridiculous, because many of your team members are offshore in India or China, and you're emailing and online meeting them anyway, which you could do from anywhere. It's just a toss of the dice as to what your department allows. Every quarter the company seems mostly sales-driven, and most of the investment seems to go to the sales end of things, but development is still interesting and exciting and gets done. Some (very few) of the upper-middle management terrorize their reports, and the badness flows downhill throughout their branches of the organization. People have left because of it. Good people who don't stand for insecure, defensive, no-talent middle managers dictating for their own egos, rather than the benefit of the company, demoralizing their entire branches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working from home, at least occasionally, shouldn't be prohibited or discouraged. That reeks of insecure, defensive management. Realize that some of you rupper middle managers are snakes practically socioopaths to their reports and makes for some very unhappy departments. It's hard to identify and clean out those people, because everyone under them is afraid to speak. Good management identifies these problem managers and roots them out. They may whip their reports to produce, but it makes for some pretty low moral in certain branches of the corporate hierarchy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teradata for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The management w/in my group was very good. Teradata brand name and heritage. Jobs allow for a good degree of independence with plenty of resources. If you don't have necessary resources Teradata will get them for you..

    Cons

    Higher echelon management no longer has the Teradata entrepreneur spirit it used to. Not as in touch with the competition and futures as they should be. To much time spent on training. Courses need to be combined / condensed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some new new talent from new sources like the Apache / Hadoop and analytics world. A little tighter coupling with forward thinking academia and industry iconoclasts would be a plus.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good products, good culture, a few irritating things.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with, interesting projects. Good products and surprisingly little politics. A lot of possibilities to develop within your role. If you require additional training which is key to your position, it will be provided. Good work/life balance, meaning you work much when there is a need, but there are also quieter times.

    Cons

    This company lacks critical view of itself. There is very little chance for internal promotion. Even if you succeed, salary increases are small and require a lot of fighting for. A lot of people are dissatisfied with their pay. Sometimes it is hard to find somebody who will take a decision and take responsibility for it. In some of the offices it shows that quality office space is not the priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the decisions, take the responsibility, do not hesitate that much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Relaxed environment, awesome people!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The environment is great. I've never worked with so many great people. It can get hectic from time to time, but I enjoy the challenge.

    Cons

    I think the biggest con for Teradata is the lack of training. Which in the end can adversely effect upward job movement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more robust training and job specific guidance. Offer more learning opportunities!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid Employment at a Leading Technology company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teradata full-time

    Pros

    I like working with products and not having to over-sell them. I have been offered positions at a higher salary to work for companies with inferior products... I couldn't do it. There is a huge benefit to knowing that you are selling the best solution.

    Cons

    This company seems to resist internal promotion. This demotivates people an either helps convince them to leave, or leaves them dissatisfied with their pay or opportunity for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow your people. Do what it takes to keep the best talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work in.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teradata

    Pros

    Company culture ans team members are really easy to work with.

    Cons

    Cant think of anything as i worked as contractor for short period.

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology and even better people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great technology, passionate people, clear vision for the company. Current strategy has been validated by the market. Key steps will be on execution

    Cons

    Not completely clear on career opportunities or personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better career paths for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A lot of very smart people

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive  in  North Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in North Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    lots of training,great competitive information, good product collateral,

    Cons

    very bureaucratic,low pay compared to other companies,antiquated internal systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more modern, use technology,don't hire so fast

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great products and excellent co-workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Teradata full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great coworkers and challenging work

    Cons

    There is no mobility for younger workers. The hours are terrible for those working in finance areas of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the younger associates a chance to move up in the organization. There is little to no mobility for folks in their 20s.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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