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Has been a great place to work but beware of the future

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Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant  in  Ohio, IL
Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant in Ohio, IL

I have been working at Teradata

Pros

The "virtual" aspect of many of the job functions. The balance between work and homelife is managed very well in that we are mostly treated as professionals and management knows we'll get the work done. Perhaps not between the hours of 9-5, but it will get done. This, hoiwever, does have a downside in that we are expected to work weekends and evenings during crunch time if necessary. The flip side of those situations allow for downtime when a project is not under a crunch situation. So again, the balance is there and I'm more than happy with the resulting work environment.

Cons

The sales environment....i.e. a quarter by quarter mentality with many decisions being made with short term thinking. Also I'd have to say another downside is the lack of focus of sales management with respect to new accounts. I've seen multiple sales reps get burned out over many years continually trying to break into an account. How many times can you bang your head against the wall before you say I've bled enough? I think there is an arrogance (bordering on insane) when it comes to the desire to land a new account. If anyone ever did the math on what was spent in the attempt to get these accounts to buy, we'd quickly move on to other, more realistic sales opportunities.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Think longer term and know when to back away from a sales opportunity.

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Teradata - a good company for personal growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Teradata

    Pros

    Large professional services organization with excellent support from all levels. Great technology and lots of smart employees. If you need feedback there is plenty of both online and offline resources accessible for the new consultant. The culture is very relaxed with plenty of flexibility with working styles. Overall this is a great company to work for, especially for technical consultants.

    Cons

    Large professional services organizations are also somewhat impersonal. More communication could help. The consultants are very intelligent but not as polished technically as they can be. The large organization means that difficultities lie for rapid upwards growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication. There is too much "do your own thing" and not enough accountability at professional services level. More non-technical training for presentation and business devfelopment skills.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Teradata Strong on Technology But Needs Improvement on Execution

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Teradata

    Pros

    Techology leadership with very experienced and strong technical staff. Teradata has been a market leader for many years but now is being challenged by new players in the appliance arena as well as tradtional competitors such as IBM and HP. Micorosft is also aggressively entering the market and will start to compete with Teradata, as well. Teradata needs to develop an entry level approach to the appliance market, which it is doing but it needs to focus on doing a better job of marketing this and getting the word out to potential customers that the Teradata applicance is a good entry level for them.

    Cons

    Teradata is more of a hardware company than a software or solutions company and as such often doesn't approach business problems with "value added" fresh ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more marketing and sales driven and trust your field sales teams more than you do. Don't micromanage and don't push products on customers without being sensitive to value drivers.

    Disapproves of CEO
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