DemandTec

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DemandTec Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Technical Support

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at DemandTec full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Support of other team members is high.

    Cons

    Not alot of default scripts to work from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More collaboration and information sharing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very R&D intensive company in a new field

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DemandTec

    Pros

    The company invests heavily in the science for the development, improvement and refinement of its software in what is still an emerging field with a lot of work left to be done.

    The jobs pay well. Sure, some in Silli Valley pay more but most jobs aren't in Silli Valley.

    If you can meet your personal Management By Objective bogeys, they don't care too much how you do them

    Cons

    Product management and engineering gets sidetracked by the "I just heard we must have X feature yesterday" input from members of the marketing and sales departments. Marketing is more guilty of this. Some of those marketing people are led around by the nose by people at Gartner, AMR, and the customer visit of the week. There is rarely, if ever, an immediate or compelling competitive imperative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to make a great product excellent. Don't listen to the input of 500 random looky lous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bad experience doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad company.

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at DemandTec full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, great work environment, they were recently acquired by IBM.
    Lots of snacks and recreation opportunities are available.
    Plenty of fun team building activities.

    Cons

    The core product is very hard to use, so much so that I've talk to customers since I left that told me they hated using it.
    It's and even more difficult product to develop.
    Development schedules are unobtainable.
    Their system setup is a a cluster **** of databases, and in order to get anything done you have to use a two to three tier access to each table, and that access right seems to rotate on a daily basis.
    Typical day is having 8 hours of work to do, and four hours of meetings scheduled.
    Micromanagement is part of the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and don't be so judgmental, you're supposed to be supportive of your workers and help them get their task accomplish.
    Cut back on the meetings, and stop taking every aspect of the Agile method so literally, it's meant as a guideline, not a bible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work with the smartest people on the planet

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Very smart team, very interesting work, excellent customers, travel is actually pretty fantastic locations.

    Cons

    Hard work, long hours, lots of travel, IBM acquisition slowed things down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be fun

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing product, it's great to be rubbing shoulders with Stanford Ph.Ds and Math wizards (Ok, some of them)

    Cons

    Depends on your group. The guy I work for thinks he is God send for all technologies, "What did you do for me TODAY" is his attitude. Doesn't care to nurture employee career, he promotes his own rear and is very successful. Amazingly shrewd politician. There are only a few of these kind

    Between Culhane and Fishback, they allocated themselves stocks day in and day out, diluted the value and sold out cheap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don' be penny wise, pound foolish. IBM has taken over, agreed, but don't cut on the small perks like snacks and beverages, you idiots.

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

    Great people to get along, flexible schedule, good work-life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at DemandTec full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good work-life balance

    Cons

    coworks are all of geek type.

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

    Ok, place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at DemandTec

    Pros

    Great Engineers, cool ideas and product offerings, but bad execution.

    Cons

    Company lacks technical leadership. It is mostly a sales and services company that develops software after the fact. Over the years, upper technical leadership has changed many, many, many times. Each change brings new issues and challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize engineering leadership across all product offerings.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Demandtec very nice place to work, business objectives need to be met more effectively

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at DemandTec

    Pros

    the employee base is incredible as far as being highly communicative, colloaborative with each other. Most of the employees are genuine, honest, hardworking, and eager to make the firm successful

    Cons

    THe senior management really needs to be shaken up to some degree. The firm is not always proactive, but at time reactive to situations in the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would highly recommend that the firm look at several spots within the organization and change them to find more effective, experienced folks

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Imagine what would happen if Sales ran the Engineering department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at DemandTec

    Pros

    * Flexible work hours
    * Collegial work environment
    * Dedicated employees
    * Intellectually stimulating work
    * Nice professional building, close to Caltrains, restaurants, shopping

    Cons

    * No more free food or snacks. Earlier posters mentioned that this was a plus, but this is no longer true, unless you like oatmeal, burritos, and ramen
    * No understanding of engineering principles or good software design.
    * Too many features squeezed into every release
    * No use cases or requirements. Or if you do get them, they aren't finalized until very late into the release.
    * Priorities are constantly changing because there is no long-term vision or planning. We are very reactive to customers' needs.
    * Innovation and quality are not priorities because we are too busy trying to please the customer with short-term fixes versus building a long-term solution
    * Non-technical leadership dictates how things should be done, even if the approach doesn't make sense
    * Dissenting voices are silenced either through lay-offs or are frozen out until they leave. If you want to stay here long-term, learn to nod, smile, and say "yes" to everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Hire someone with true technical leadership and respect his/her voice. Our management team are all non-technical, yet we are supposed to be a SaaS company. Our current software problems are a direct result of a general lack of respect for engineering.
    * Realize band-aids aren't solutions. It is better to take an extra release to do something right. Is it really better to release a sub-par feature just to say we have it? We do this nearly every time, and we end up eventually ripping it out when the band-aid doesn't work.
    * Learn to manage customer expectations and say "no" once in a while.
    * Learn to tolerate dissension. It is easier to surround yourself with "yes" men, but you build a better organization when you have more viewpoints. People with different views should not be branded as "difficult" or "not getting it". They may have legitimate points, and want the company to succeed just as much as you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at DemandTec

    Pros

    Some exceptional talent.
    Free snacks and drinks
    Onsite gym

    There are some very smart engineers I work with that can get jobs anywhere else. Why they choose to stay employed here is a beyond my comprehension.

    Cons

    This company is experiencing brain drain. A lot of very talented people have left. Rewards goes to those that do not disagree with management's view of the future. If you wish to get ahead; agree with everything that is being said, do not voice your opinion, and make sure you are willing to work almost every day to meet your objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. If they are complaining, there's a reason. Be willing to listen to opinions of your employees. They know the inner workings of the product a lot better than you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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