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Teradata Reviews in El Segundo, CA

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
302 Reviews

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Pros
  • The people are extremely nice and I've not had any issues with work-life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Wonderful corporate work environment (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • No career path, the inner circle of senior management always look after themselves (in 10 reviews)

  • Flat Hierarchy structure, not clear career path (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good for Optimizer related work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in El Segundo, CA

    Pros

    One of the better places to work in terms of optimizers.
    Friendly colleagues who help you out a lot.
    Environment conducive to learning. Research environment.
    work Life balance is amazing!
    Most ethical company.

    Cons

    Salary might not be as competitive, but is still good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Dead End to Career - Move on

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    Pros

    Solid product. Hot segment in the technology industry. Good co-workers.

    Cons

    If you consider yourself a bright individual with strong motivation to move up the career ladder, this is not the place to be. This company WILL put sudden brakes to your motivation to go up, creativity, skills, innovative thinking, personal growth. Management do not care for employees. Pay is WELL BELOW what other companies are offering. Bonus is tiny. Management makes you think they are doing you a favor by keeping you at job. Management is incompetent and do not really understand the meaning of "employee satisfaction". They do not encourage and compensate Engineers for their hard work. Lost a lot of good people because of this and this already causing a lot of quality issues in recent releases of Teradata. R&D Management should be replaced before we lose upper edge in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've got great people creating and building top notch product. You keep your job because of bright people who are working real hard. Create plans to motivate your employees, encourage them to stay in this company. These people are our strength. Do not lose them. Give them enough incentives and motivation to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Peers are friendly. Corp structure is flat. People work diligently, but ineffectively.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    Pros

    People are really focused and diligent on their line of work
    Good work-life balance with flexible working hours
    Business is in a good position to grow dramatically (if executed correctly)
    Not much political game playing at workplace
    A good mix of talents, old and young, experienced and fresh

    Cons

    Some processes exist just because they are predefined and existing.
    Compensation is low for talented employees
    Groups and product teams work in silos without sufficient communication across.
    Management is afraid of change and risk.
    Some people tend not to break out of their comfort zones and experiment with new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a new branding image as a high-tech company and detach from the old NCR image
    Attract more younger talents
    Listen to the foot soldiers and provide executive coaching more
    Reeducate the middle management and line managers
    Be cautiously aggressive, more on aggresiveness though
    Become a leader of innovation in Data Warehousing/BI again

    Disapproves of CEO

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