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Teradata Reviews in Dayton, OH

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
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Pros
  • The people are extremely nice and I've not had any issues with work-life balance (in 42 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.  

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

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    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Coworker great / Management still has lessons to be learned

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are great and the only reason i stay as long as i did. Some of them are not fun due to being overworked and management dropping more on them.

    Cons

    Management thinks the own you. Teradata Dayton pay well below going rates and does not negotiate. Project timelines are a joke, with app owner the project manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking only today and plan for tomorrow. give lower managers some real power to do stuff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great products and excellent co-workers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Teradata full-time (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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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Bare minimum IT shop which the rest of the company detests.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH

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

    Pros

    1) New employees bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to an outdated IT organization.
    2) If you want to "Coast" then Teradata is the place for you. All that is required is to sit in your cube and talk to no one.

    Cons

    IT Corporate Cultures Cons:
    1) Not spending money is number one priority (Teradata earned $2.7 billion in 2013). Management will push back at all costs not to spend a single penny even if benefits outweigh costs 1000:1. Management only looks at the immediate upfront costs and doesn’t consider the long term. Teradata
    2) Number two priority is keeping the lights on. Don’t touch anything unless you have to even if there are constant problems. Have been told numerous times by management not to fix problems so users won’t start using the system more.
    3) Number three priority is meeting the Service Level Agreement (SLA). Primary goal is to click "Work Started" button in the Incident Management Application within 30 minutes. Actual problem resolution is irrelevant as long as the SLA is met.
    4) EXTREMELY low salaries compared to the local average. Management constantly complains there are not enough developers looking for jobs even though they are everywhere. Management’s style for hiring is posting a position on the corporate website and waiting forever.
    5) Communication within and between teams is almost no existent. Almost all management thinks they are God and communication to their peasants is unnecessary and a waste of time. This is extremely aggravating during non-communicated deployments and releases.
    6) Almost all of the management and senior level development positions are filled by people who worked for Teradata/NCR/Att for 30 years. These individuals are set in their ways and have completely adapted to the environment they grew up in. This creates an extreme resistance to change to an extremely outdated organization.
    7) Absolutely no training. No books, no classes, no documentation, knowledge sharing and transfer are considered overhead. Be ready to learn everything from scratch.
    8) Testing and Quality Assurance is nonexistent and considered overhead. Pre prod testing is generally done by developers and 1st and 2nd level managers (oh yes managers frequently contribute to code line). Development is often done in prod and causes constant problems which are ignored.
    9) Industry standards, fresh ideas, and critical thinking are strongly discouraged.
    10) Management doesn’t trust development team and development team doesn’t trust management.
    11) Developers carry pagers and are all levels of support. I, the developer, have had countless web conferences with end users telling them to "clear their browser cache".
    12) End users suffer while management and the business ignore major application problems and frequent user complaints.
    13) The only way to get a promotion is if someone else leaves and a higher paid position opens. This in itself is one of the reasons for the Extremely High Turnover within IT.
    14) People outside of the IT organization hate us. They see the inadequacies of our organization and are told it is a good thing, costs are low.
    15) Management will not buy tools necessary to complete job.
    16) Some teams have nothing to do. I literally watch people play solitaire and watch full length movies in the office. Others are completely slammed and cannot breathe. Management is incapable of recognizing and rectifying this.
    17) Applications have no road maps and IT as a whole has no long term plans. This leads to extreme inconsistency and far outdated technology and practices.
    18) By far the worst management trait is the constant lying. Employees are constantly lied to and management constantly tries to hide and lie about problems. Management is not transparent and is locked into the mid 70’s management style.
    19) Employees are told we are just lucky to have jobs and we should be extremely grateful.

    Technical Cons:
    1) Security is nonexistent. LAN credentials are sent in plain text (unencrypted) everywhere. Key individuals have access to all employee passwords. CUSTOMER credentials to CUSTOMER systems (IP addresses and credentials) are sent in plain text (unencrypted). Did I mention Teradata customers are “40% of the top ten global commercial and savings banks [2007]”. Security team has no power and does not ensure polices are enforced. Management sees no problems with this especially if you are behind the puny firewall. Teradata has 10,000+ employees which is very scary.
    2) IT outages are frequent, long, and completely avoidable. This is true for all aspects of IT (Network, Data Storage Solutions, Servers, Application, and Databases etc). I have been at Teradata for 3 years and have lived through at least 2 instances where the entire data center unexpectedly crashed or went offline for hours.
    3) Disaster Recovery is always a second thought and most applications have no or very little “actual” DR capability.
    4) Critical applications frequently share same servers with other critical and non-critical applications even though Teradata has a poor VM environment. This creates constant confusion and unexpected application side effects.
    5) Almost all applications home grown applications in IT have the early 2000’s look and feel.
    6) New technology is strongly discouraged. New technology is categorized as anything developed in the last 10 years.
    7) You will not stay up to date with industry trends and you technical skills will diminish over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the employees in IT and hear what they have to say. Many of them truly wish to make a difference and want to produce excellent tools for the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience as a Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior PS Consultant in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Senior PS Consultant in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Best experience with the largest companies

    Cons

    Difficult to move around within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on larger consulting opportunities, very hardware only focus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Worst IT Experience Available (Software Developer - Miamisburg, OH)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Miamisburg, OH

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Almost all jobs have been moved from India back to the US

    Cons

    - No training process
    - No quality assurance
    - No testing process
    - No long term plans, goals, or vision
    - Learning about new technologies is discouraged
    - Use of new technologies is strictly forbidden
    - Very high turnover -- talented workers leave very quickly
    - Below average pay and benefits. Cost of living raises only.
    - You cannot get a promotion unless a higher position is publicly listed
    - You must apply for higher positions the same way as people outside the company
    - You must supply your own keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc.
    - "Cube Farm" office building
    - Developers are also the front line for user support, and carry pager 24/7
    - Projects are approved based on lowest initial cost with no consideration given to long-term costs
    - Managers and directors regularly contribute to the code base, make deployments, run schema changes, etc.
    - Development is done directly on production environments
    - Resources are shared between teams. Communication between teams is forbidden.
    - Communication between team members must be kept to a minimum
    - Customer data, including IP addresses and passwords for their production systems, is not secure and is not treated with respect
    - Customer contracts are not accessible to IT so that we can claim "plausible deniability"
    - Networking bandwidth, disk storage, laptop capabilities, etc. are extremely limited
    - No recognition for work well done
    - "Cowboy Coding" mentality prevails, no plans or processes are ever provided
    - Management is not aware of industry trends or standard practices
    - Constantly use the wrong tool for the job. Consistently re-invent the wheel.
    - Management does not see any of the above as problems, but even if they did, they would be powerless to change the situation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The entire IT department in Miamisburg needs to be replaced, along with their corresponding business stakeholders and managers across the globe. If our customers knew how their data was being treated, they wouldn't be our customers for very long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Miamisburg, OH

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

    Pros

    - Really great people
    - Very layback environment with the dress code and working hours, though that depends on who is your boss

    Cons

    - A lot of 8 to 5 people. Most people just do enough, but it's mainly becuase that's what feels like management wants
    - Peter Principle allover
    - Salaries
    - Politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great diverse learning experience opportunities due to so much stuff that just doesn't work right

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Teradata brought many jobs back to the US that were outsourced to India.

    Cons

    Lots of integration problems between internal systems, so lots of headaches. IT management has little clue, leadership, or control over what is going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After the split-off from NCR, Teradata has the old mindset of a large company stuck in their ways, but often to without the resources and budget to effectively execute as such. Many employees are a single expert on an application or subject matter, so there is little "fault tolerance" or continuity when employees leave. "Get with the times!!!"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Outstanding Technology and growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Excellent products. Deep commitment to education and ongoing education before product release. Strong engineering. Strategic investing new products - Aprimo and Aster.

    Cons

    Investing in marketing and understanding key market segments. Commit to key market segments with financing, headcount and calcuated risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take addtional calucated risks in new competitive growth areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Solid company...opportunity for those in the right place at the right time

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teradata Applications Consultant in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Teradata Applications Consultant in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Always enough work to keep the consultants staffed. The benefits are basic, nothing to get excited about. The one standout is the floating holidays...I like this option where I get to choose when to take 6 holidays in addition to the 6 major holidays we already get.

    Cons

    Opportunity to advance comes in spurts...if you miss an opportunity, you may not get another one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep driving sales...I enjoy bonuses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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