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Updated Jul 20, 2014

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3.2 104 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

Tech Data CEO and Director Bob Dutkowsky

Bob Dutkowsky

(61 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • So far the company has held true to their promise of work/life balance for their hourly employees(in 5 reviews)

  • Great people work here and seemed to me most were happy working for Tech Data(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The management team continuously over commit and look towards development staff to bail them out by working long hours(in 4 reviews)

  • Immediate management team will not support growth if they do not agree(in 4 reviews)

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    Aggressive sales culture; short term greed damages long-term sustainability

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Basingstoke, England (UK)

    ProsLots of parking; on-site canteen (though stock is limited).

    ConsPolitics are rife; management style is all about negative pressure rather than fostering collaboration and pride in your work.
    Innovation will not happen as there is no budget available for anything but the most "smash and grab" projects.
    Key man dependencies have been allowed to emerge all over the shop - management has not wanted to put aside the budget to address this or take the time to reduce reliance, so that is a time bomb waiting to go off.
    Personality traits which would not be tolerated elsewhere have gone untamed, since those key men have management over a barrel; that's affected the culture of the place.
    You should also know: maternity is only 6 weeks at full pay, followed by 9 months of statutory.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IT Department Management Incompetent

    IT Department (Current Employee) Clearwater, FL

    ProsPeople you work with on a day to day basis in the IT department are nice and very helpful.

    ConsManagement is totally incompetent. They let the business drive deadlines even before the projects are scoped. Half of the IT department that does the SAP development and some database development is in Europe and work on their own deadlines and labor laws. Bottom line, they don't care about projects in the US and can make your projects late. Then you get blamed for other teams not delivering their work in time.

    The management team continuously over commit and look towards development staff to bail them out by working long hours. You get threats and some even get fired if they refuse or don't work 15 hours a day.

    Management in all their incompetence, does not accept responsibility for anything and put the blame on their developers. All complaints and objections fall on deaf ears and when they don't listen and projects go wrong, they blame devs again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue, treat your people well, learn how to manage project and for the love of god learn what a project methodology is. Learn what project scoping is and restore work/life balance to your employees.

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

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    Wasted time

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you have no other options, this is the place for you. No hope of learning, development or decent compensation.

    ConsHighly political - management - Canadian operation led through fear and intimidation - people live in fear of losing the low paying job - majority of staff do not have a college/university education, and no hope of advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    torture

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) Clearwater, FL

    Prosfree food and more free food

    Consmentally draining/daily phone grind/selling over priced goods. The commissions are designed to always keep the carrot farther away so you can never really make a living wage.

    Advice to Senior Managementmake systems easier way too much clutter and extra micro management

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    Share Cropping in the Tech Industry

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) Clearwater, FL

    ProsBenefits start from day one. Good infrastructure as opposed to other business in the Tampa Bay area.

    ConsThey know they have a good infrastructure compared to other companies in the Tampa Bay area. Because they are "Self aware,",they think they have your ass over a barrel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey won't listen. You open your mouth and offer advice they see that as a threat and you will be put on a plan that is impossible to get off. You can perform your job perfectly and follow a plan verbatim and they will still fire you. I was not fired but I saw this done. The management are cowards and crooks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    if you are in with the senior VP, you wont have to worry about your job!!!

    (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you teach yourself the job, you'll be OK. And if you are in with the Higher ups, you'll be set. Just watch out, they do a reduction in force every February.

    Consyou will not be able to move into a higher position unless someone dies OR you are liked by all managers. You will be worked to the bone and only be told how the managers did good to achieve what needed to be done. There is NEVER any compensation for the long hours you put in. MAYBE a vendor buck! if you are not liked, the managers do not hide that fact. If you are a temp you really need to careful. This company has a revolving door and they do not need an excuse to let you go. There is never any room for improvement. even if you suggest something to manager or directors that could possibly better the company,it will never be YOUR idea. they look at you like you have two heads, fire you for the suggestions, BUT they still implement the suggestion under their terms to make themselves look good. the senior management is deceitful, they even go after leads and areas managers just to save their own hides. The director also cannot make a decision unless he/she follows up with her favorite mangers, (who need to be fired). If you like to be lied to then this is the company to work for. They have the lowest starting rate, can't keep their customers happy, but STILL manage to blame the employees instead of looking at themselves. If they didn't have a reduction in force (letting go veterans of the company) EVERY February, then maybe they would be able to keep their customers happy, instead of bringing in new people who consistently screw up. Oh, and lets not forget to mention, DO NOT give a bad review on your "anonymous" Pulse survey. Magically, the people who tell it like it is, tend to get fired!!

    Advice to Senior Managementtoo many chiefs, not enough Indians. Listen to your employees, they are the ones actually doing the job while you sit on your butts looking only at numbers. stop trying to head hunt!!! Keep the temps that actually work. Don't base your opinions on if the person looks good or not!!

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

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    cronyism is king

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat learning experience, great time to short the stock

    Consthe most disorganized & least paying sales org ive ever worked for. no guidance or coaching from management on career advancement. promotion not based off revenue performance. little to no good feedback. worked there 2 years and received less then .50 cent raise, and thats with a good annual review.

    Advice to Senior Managementget your act together and hire real sales people, the competition has an easy edge against TD any day of the week because of this. way too much bias in the hiring process.

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

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    Steer clear, Ground Hog day meets 7th grade and don't forget the bus as someone throws you under it.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) South Bend, IN

    Prosconvienant to home, great excuse for not having a home life, bonuses to Sr. management, no two days ever the same.

    Consnarcissistic micromanagment, a technology company using antiquanted technology, lack of communication from corprate down and director down, company value statement is not worth the paper it is printed on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagment by this weeks trend, then next weeks trend does not establish trust in managment or stability, constant smiling faces do not equate to happy employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Going down hill fast

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Clearwater, FL

    ProsStill employed. Compensation and perks from the VENDORS but little from Tech Data.

    ConsShort staffed, low pay, overworked under appreciated. High management turn over. Little or no opportunity for a promotion. They are off shoring jobs to Costa Rica.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue! You are losing good people left and right and trying to replace them with hourly paid temps so you can keep your bonus.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you cannot find a job anywhere else, this should be your last resort.

    Product Marketing (Current Employee) Clearwater, FL

    ProsIf you're right out of college it's a half way decent starting point; just one notch above an unpaid internship. Make sure you fluff up your resume since other companies in the area also view Tech Data as a entry level company. Other perks you can get from working in sales or marketing are some free products, event tickets and shirts. It is a paycheck albeit on the low end of a salary range for comparable positions at other companies.

    ConsThere are many downsides to the company: low pay, unqualified management who have no sense of the industry or business in general for that matter. The only way Tech Data knows how to make money is to bilk their vendors out of marketing dollars by overcharging for activities, but then not following through with them. They embelish reports to make business look better than it is. I've been working in corporate America for over 20 years and this is the first company that I ever heard the phrase "throw you under the bus", and the only place I've ever experienced it. I think they pretty much coined the phrase. Mangement is so lacking in skills the only way they can make themselves seem taller is by cutting off the heads of their subordinates. They don't lead by example and many times there are feuds between director and director, manager and manager, etc. It sets the tone for the entire company. They are their own problem and it's keeping them from growing business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more professional and look to your competitors on how to operate better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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