Teradata Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Teradata President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Koehler
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Pros
  • Work/Life Balance - Every sales rep (in 42 reviews)

  • Good people and work environment (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of trust from senior management (in 10 reviews)

  • Limited growth opportunities in the core data base area (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Trusted, Loyal customers, great place to learn, very stable

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

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll learn a lot from very intelligent and experienced coworkers, some have been there for over 20 years.
    Great benefits, 401k health/dental/vision life insurance etc..
    Friendly atmosphere, everyone helps each other and there's a good work balance.
    Stable & ethical company with very loyal customers.

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower end.
    Needs more young employees.

    Advice to Management

    With growing competition, continue to stay ahead of the curve


  2. Very good company

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

    I have been working at Teradata

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good projects n interest to work

    Cons

    Hikes are very less and also few politics

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say about management


  3. Too stressful for the pay

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

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They give you a pay check and there's a free gym

    Cons

    The pay checks are not commensurate with experience nor ability. Management is poor and lacks leadership.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    not a good company for visa holders and engineers

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

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I never had a problem with Work and life Balance, No one is looking over your shoulder everyday.
    People are nice.
    Relaxed Environment.

    Cons

    Compensation is not competitive at all, SE gets 80-85K in SD. Very little bonus/raise for last two years (last year was about 1k ). Company is not meeting its expectations for last two years.

    Need better annual pay raise. Flat hierarchy and very little chance for internal promotion. A lot of people are dissatisfied with their pay and trying to make switch.

    People who works on visa's like H1B , They have to be in office from 9-5, They cannot work from home( if you want to work from home then you have to ask for it to the upper management with an explanation why you need it. This is sometimes good that you don't bring work to home. However I know some people who comes to office 2-3 days per week and the rest they work from home.)
    Policies for visa holder and locals is very different and that is not fair.
    No vacation adjustments at all ( You can go and visit family in different country maximum 2 weeks thats all and all your vacations are gone. (You cant even save these vacation because there is a max limit 10 vacations and 3 floating vacations).
    Learning curve is minimum 1 year. Every new hire struggles to make thing work for few months.
    No team building sessions. Seems like everyone is working separately.


  6. Awesome software company to work for!

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

    I worked at Teradata full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training and a nice group of people to work with. Company has the best work life balance that I have come across and if you get in consider yourself lucky.

    Cons

    When I actually think about it, to me their wasn't any cons per say. The group I worked with was pretty awesome and supporting.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and everything will continue to be good


  7. Helpful (5)

    Poor middle management with outdated technology... No future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Professional Services Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Professional Services Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand Recognition with some big clients but new client base is limiting.
    Pay and benefits decent depending on group and who is your "daddy"

    Cons

    Can't compete with newer technologies
    Poor acquisitions and little insight in future technologies by decision makers
    Good ol' boys clubs
    Limited growth opportunities
    Facing current challenges and don't think they will make it though

    Advice to Management

    Look to emerging technologies that will disrupt you in the next few years and look to incorporate or bring some of those technologies in-house.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Software engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in San Diego, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good product. Flex hour. Good for older employees. But recently have seen 2 early retirement push to get rid of old employees.

    Cons

    For the software engineering division, Teradata Labs, management thinks very lowly of you if you are not on the top 10 percent of people they have to keep. Their mind is stuck in the last century. Does not reward people for creativity, but very quick at punishing if you commit slightest mistakes. Pay is 20-30% below industry. Merit increase is 1.5% a year.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and see how Silicone Valley treats tech people.


  9. R&D: Fear management and unethical practices!!! Stay away unless it's your absolute only option!!!

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

    I worked at Teradata full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The worker bees! I was a manager there and it had some of the most loyal, dedicated employees. Also, some of the people I met in different groups and orgs who's actually cared about their employees, where some of the hardest and smarted people I have had the pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    I have been in the industry since 1997 and have worked for some of the biggest companies out. Every company has it's pockets of bad management but Teradata R&D facility in SD some of the worst management ever!!!! The problem is it runs deep from the CIO to the first line management! And if you don't adopt their harassing fear management style, then you singled out! As a manager, they purposely picked out people and ran them out, they worked nonexempt employees overtime without pay and told him if he reports more time, he is slow and would always threaten him with being replaced, told an employee when he returned who was out on sick leave with cancer, that his job was at risk unless he produced more, told another employee he couldn't use his vacation time to assist his wife with cancer, hired a contractor who worked his butt off for a yr and went he needed 3 months to finish his degree because his counselor missed a class he needed, they fired him and banned him from working there... I can go on and on about the terrible treatment of their employees at the bottom but I think you get the picture. As long as their HR sits back and supports this behavior they will continue to run this Oligarchy unless someone sues!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your bell curve review method( they stack rank employees, bottom 20% bonuses are taken away and given to the top 10% and put on performance improvements even if your team is all performing well)! They think this encourages everyone to work harder so they are on he bottom but all it does is cause inter-team turmoil and resentment. So stop pinning employee against employee!! Do 360 blind reviews of management!! HR needs to grow some balls and fire your unethical bad mangers not the employees they harrass!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good working Environment but low pay. Must reward high achievers to keep them.

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

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Top heavy, great place to work on you later years

    Cons

    Low Pay, extremely hard to get promoted. Small annual salary adjustments. Raises to one individual must be offset by other team members' merit increase.

    Advice to Management

    Need new blood, promote people whithin.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Lackluster

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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).



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