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Teradata Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
301 Reviews

3.5
301 Reviews
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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 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.  

    it was excellent experience for me.

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

    Pros

    work on Big data in teradata

    Cons

    publication opportunity is limited in teradata

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Old fashioned and old ideology.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Better than most other employers for compensation for experienced professionals.

    Cons

    Not a good place to start your career; Old fashioned; Very political; Lack innovation and creativity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get younger!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very old and big

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer V  in  San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer V in San Carlos, CA

    Pros

    Customers: without those, companies would never last. Deep pockets result: willing to invest in longer-term to deliver actual value. Ability to time-shift or telecommute since the company is widely distributed.

    Cons

    Far too many acronyms and old "processes" that just slow things down. Management then tends to just repeat buzzwords instead of being organized. Many employees do not speak English well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More people actually doing work instead of "product managers" "project managers" and "development realization team leaders" that just have meetings filled with empty slides.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Miamisburg, OH

    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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dinosaur company is heading the way of the dinosaur

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

    Pros

    - Free coffee and soda
    - Nice campus with walking path
    - Generally relaxed atmosphere
    - "Unlimited" sick time (it's complicated)
    - 401k matching and stock purchase plan are offered

    Cons

    - The company operates like a bunch of "separate fiefdoms".
    - Teams do not collaborate with each other.
    - The company runs on Excel and Oracle solutions internally - "islands of information" is an understatement.
    - IT controls the tools and is completely out of touch with current technology.
    - Promotions are non-existent.
    - Ambition is not recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Databases (hardware and software) are commodities these days. Transition to selling software licensing and services.

    Don't ignore the potential of emerging technologies. When you decide to pursue one, don't waste resources creating smoke and mirrors product offerings around it.

    Move the entire company off of Excel and Oracle solutions. Oracle is Teradata's biggest competitor, we should not be buying solutions from them. Excel is the devil, it leads to nothing but confusion and misinformation. Hire developers to make real tools.

    The sole responsibility of an IT organization should be infrastructure. They should be responsible for keeping servers and desktops running and talking - that's it. Put the tools in the hands of in-house developers.

    Promote collaboration through tools, events, meet-ups, hack-a-thons, etc. At least get the engineers talking to one another about what they are working on, challenging problems they have faced, solutions they've come up with, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales teams conflict with solution delivery

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PS Partner  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - PS Partner in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Some good technology, they're in a good space and leveraging their strengths in a very competitve arena.

    Cons

    Very "box" centric, not solution centric. They always seem in a rush to close a big deal focused around the product, but not as focused on defining the overall solution to be delivered in conjunction with services. Services often takes a back seat to the sales team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rein in the cowboys.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lackluster

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Very smart people there, always evolving, lots of whitespace to work in

    Cons

    IT dept one of the worst I've ever experienced! Their entire group in Miamisburg is out of the 70s, using out-dated technology and completely failing at their job. Their IT dept throws away millions in buying solutions which end up not working and that costs bonuses for the rest of us. Company lacks any real direction anymore. Addicted to high margin hardware sales. Ignorant of the cloud. Unable to accurately sell their product. Anti-open source mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the IT dept loose and start over. Spend some time looking at emerging technologies. Get away from hardware sales (take notice of HP and Dell).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Good environment for employees to grow in their career. Global company provides global experience and exposure. Locations across the US not just Dayton, Ohio.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any true cons of working for the company. Some locations have company perks (fitness center, etc.) that other locations are not able to have due to space.

  10.  

    Great Company to work for...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Flexibility of job hours.
    Lots of travel.
    Great support of exceptionally smart people

    Cons

    We sell stuff, our internal processes are HORRIBLE, you'd think mgmt might have figured that out by now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons. Also, we need a CEO for Silicon Valley and a CEO for the rest of the world.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart and talented people who are always willing to help

    Cons

    There are not enough employee perks

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