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Teradata Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
331 Reviews
3.5
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Teradata President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Koehler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are extremely nice and I've not had any issues with work-life balance (in 41 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    The smartest people in Data Warehousing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PS Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - PS Consultant in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    -Good training
    -Good support (I was given 2 months off to care for an ill family member, no questions asked)
    -The best can rise to the top quickly
    -If you are aggressive, there are lots of places to go.
    -They have the best data warehouse from the ground up, and they've had it that way for 30 years. There is a reason Apple uses our systems for all the analytic on their stores.
    -Lots of very intelligent and experienced guys that aren't intimidated by a bright young person, and will teach you!

    Cons

    -HR is ineffective and bloated.
    -Internal systems need to be more coordinated and streamlined.
    -This is not a job for a person with small children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tighten the coordination between what we sell, and what PS delivers. Penalize SAs and salesmen who undercut their PS team by committing to deliverables without securing funding for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    energizing, professional, and lot of opportunities to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and lot of perks if involved on traveling engagements. Great training program to learn new skills or refined existing ones.

    Cons

    The maximum PTO at any given time is pretty low at 80 hrs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience as a Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Imperfect, but generally positive place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Exciting industry, market space
    Good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Limited HR/IT support
    Uninspiring leadership
    Frequently changing priorities
    Vague, broad brush strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate leadership lacks enthusiasm and a commitment to innovation. General sense is that any good ideas that really move the company forward are going to come from the ranks. Set some defined business priorities, stick to them for at least a year, and give employees the ability to innovate. Lose the obsolete, heavy weight, manufacturing-style processes that were carried over from NCR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    DW Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teradata

    Pros

    Good experience, good PM & colleagues

    Cons

    heave workload, work overtime usually

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Time to grow up maybe?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Teradata full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Firstly, your peers in the 'trenches' are really fantastic people. For the most part they are highly intelligent, really generous with their time, and all around wonderful people.

    Other good reasons to work here:
    Free coffee
    Free soda
    Free snacks
    Bathrooms
    Clean office environment
    Professional
    Good 401k
    Good legal plan benefits
    Employee Stock Purchase Program

    Cons

    Poor pay and poor bonus (Annual Incentive Plan for non PS, is 7.5%)
    Poor expectation management from managers, poor at setting goals
    Get it done or get out attitude
    Culture of accountability translates to culture of finger pointing
    Poor business process and almost no implementation of CMMI whatsoever
    Antiquated ideologies about research and development, good senior management, terrible middle management
    Antiquated products with bloated features and poor architecture
    Management has severe tunnel vision, most development managers have little experience actually developing, employees are rated subjectively
    Fiefdom culture, every senior leader has their own little castle which they run their own way, 'fights' happen, lots of political overhead.
    Promotions are non existent, yearly raises are consistently 2%, I'm pretty sure that when you account for average inflation, that means you're making less than you did the year before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a business process consultant that will do more than generate a report of how poor you're doing. The majority of your workforce is old and is extremely set in their ways, you're a slow moving dinosaur, the people leaving are the ones with new ideas, talent is walking out your door.

    Promote from within, grow your employees and listen to their feedback, pay them better, give them a performance based bonus instead of tying your bonus to company wide goals that they have no influence on.

    Get rid of your middle management, ask any lay employee and they will all tell you that the majority of middle management is worthless at this company. Don't promote self management if you're not going to give your employees vertical latitude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Buyer beware

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teradata

    Pros

    Average compensation / benefits

    Cons

    Company is behind the competition in terms of their product functionality. They will say anything to win a customer and then have to figure out how to backpedal when they can't fulfill the customer expectations around functionality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what your product functionality is and clamp down on sales so they know what they are selling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Sinking Vessel - "I hear [the competitor] is hiring"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, time off is flexible, free soda

    Cons

    The Indianapolis office is completely controlled (without clear direction) by offsite corporate management. Local management is powerless in the middle, pushing a variety of thoughts to execute, however; no actual plan in place. A different "let's do this instead" is seemingly presented daily.
    Moral is terribly low, many longtime employees are leaving. I'm certain several jobs will soon be available, including mine.

    If I save one person from this place, I'm a hero :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Onsite management = find better opportunities, or demand better direction
    Offsite upper management = empower your reports and get an actual plan rather than trying to sell hype.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, a pretty good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good; (Most) people are bright; best data warehousing product in the market; If you are a solid worker and have a management chain that appreciates your work, you will be recognized.

    Cons

    Internal systems are antiquated and do not work with each other; lingering NCR mentality; No real opportunity for advancement; Company is very margin addicted; Medical benefits choices and options are limited and expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to shake up the upper management chain with some new blood; Consider a yearly employee wide survey to "take the pulse" of the workers -- include all aspects of work at Teradata: Management Chain, benefits, work/life balance, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Innovative technology, people integrity, supporting sales

    Cons

    Limited work/ life balance for consultants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help all members of the team to build a career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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