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Teradata Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
331 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 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.  

    Up to date on Modern Technologies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Great open team of people to work with. People are open to all ideas and not afraid to try things out.

    Cons

    Office is a bit gloomy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good chance to have a long career if you commit to it.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Sales Specialist in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Solutions Sales Specialist in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    As a Solution Consultant, you are given lots of autonomy and hands off. No one is looking over your shoulder everyday. You work out of your home office. You are given an Office Depot account, a 4G hotspot to connect to internet OR your home wifi paid for (one or the other). You have expense account and travel account. Compensation is above average and bonus plans are excellent but the entire team must achieve it. Lots of training is provided, such as self pace, knowledge base, and classrooms.

    Cons

    Some might consider hands-off and autonomy a con because you need discipline and focus to get the job done. You should be self-motivated. As an exempt employee, you don't get paid overtime, and yes you work all hours as needed to get the job done.With traveling almost all the time, you can leave on a Sunday and not return until the following Saturday. Solution Consultants do not get to attend "Club" events even if you meet achievements / bonuses.
    This is a difficult role if you don't have the necessary technological aptitude as in computer science knowledge. You only get to have a Microsoft O/S laptop and not given a choice of Apple O/S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My concern has to do with the entire suite of products, solutions, and offerings. I don't think Teradata has the "best in class" products, solutions, or offerings compare with competitors. It does not matter what is in a Gartner magic quadrant report. You need to streamline and focus more on the value proposition for your clients and prospects.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place for a software engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teradata

    Pros

    Get to work on state of the art technology and challenging problems. The company culture is great providing opportunity to all. The engineers working there are very high caliber.

    Cons

    The compensation and benefits are not very great. Can have very long work hours on weekends tooespecially on customer escalations

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  5.  

    Good place to work if you know the right people

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable Company

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

    I worked at Teradata (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
  8.  

    Good products, good culture, a few irritating things.

    • 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 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
  9.  

    Relaxed environment, awesome people!

    • 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 an 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid Employment at a Leading Technology company

    • 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

    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
  11.  

    Great company to work in.

    • 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

    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

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