Veeva Systems

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Veeva Systems Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Had a great time here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Veeva Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Veeva places just as much if not more emphasis on their candidates' personalities and culture fit in the hiring process, than say technical expertise. This results in super nice and dedicated coworkers. Everyone I worked with was willing to set aside time to help me out if needed.

    They had a program for interns and new hires which included hour-long talks by all the top people in the company (on company time) every 1-2 weeks and a fun event every 2 weeks, paid for by Veeva.

    I don't think I should talk about the exact work I did, but I can say that it was definitely satisfying work, especially when I compared it with my friends' internships at other companies.

    Cons

    Last I heard they've taken these into account and fixed some of them (especially the food), but:

    -lack of variety of free food (I got so sick of those peanut bars). but last I heard there's going to be free lunch every day soon
    -quality of work depends on which team you get assigned to
    -compensation seemed to be low for fulltimers but was absolutely fair for interns. might have something to do with the stock prices though.
    -nobody knows about Veeva for some reason... everyone keeps saying "oh, TiVo?"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess plan the intern program a bit more this year? it seems like a few other interns may have had a different experience than I did

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Chugging along, but overall not happy.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Veeva Systems

    Pros

    - Flexible. You can work from home if you need to. Take random days off. As long as you do well and your manager is okay with it.
    - Health benefits are ok. Just recently added life insurance.
    - The company itself is doing great. No fears of layoffs here.

    Cons

    - Low pay (if you're not a developer)
    - Stingy
    - No compensation outside of some (few) stock opportunities
    - No upward movement within the company. They will hire a nobody before they promote the guy who's been there for 3 years.
    - Very few events throughout the year. 1 summer and 1 winter event.
    - Some events for only for developers
    - No 401k matching
    - Their #1 priority is "customer success". In doing that, they leave employee success in a far second.
    - No food. The kitchen is only stocked with a small amount of fruits/nuts on Monday which are gone by Tuesday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more of a focus on employee success.

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

    Some good but mostly bad and ugly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Veeva Systems full-time

    Pros

    - Stable job with no fear of layoffs
    - Flexible work schedule
    - Plenty of autonomy
    - Ample recognition (but no reward!)
    - Friendly and collaborative culture

    Cons

    - Pay is average if you're a developer and far below average for the rest
    - Stock options are not worth enough to make up for the low salaries
    - No growth opportunities (unclear how to move up, impossible to move laterally)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employee success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    Start-up started off great but now has growing pains and culture issues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Flex work schedule with work from home options
    - Great branding, with a cult like attitude toward the color orange
    - In office perks are free tuesday lunch and a new building in the works
    - We finally have dental coverage

    Cons

    - No bonuses for non consultants. Stock options were relevant before the company went public but at this point the value of the shares hasn't gone up (rather down) in the past year.
    - No 401k matching
    - In office culture is dead. If you like working with a place where you consider it fun going into work with good friends, this is not the place.
    - Little to NO growth opportunities. They are more willing to hire a new manager with less experience than the team, rather than promote.
    - No programs for training or education reimbursement (beyond training of their own software)
    - No PTO is a blessing and a curse. You have to earn the right to take off, you don't own your vacation days so there is nothing owed to you. If you want to take an extended vacation you better work hard to earn that right.
    - Very sparse diversity especially at the executive level
    - Politics are starting to rear their ugly head
    - Cost cutting is starting to take form. Previous perks and events are starting to scale back.
    - Managers aren't trained to develop employees
    - Early employees are leaving. A bit disheartening to see lack of commitment to employee success

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the above cons. We heard for years about how cash flow positive Veeva was. Share some of that wealth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Veeva has no focus on their employees

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Consultant in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work arrangement / work from home
    - Stock options (while that lasted)

    Cons

    - Unqualified management who won't listen to your concerns and won't provide any feedback or coaching
    - No Training or employee development of any kind
    - Narrow focus on being always >100% billable often at the expense of the client. They'll put you on multiple projects and tell you to bill full time on all of them.
    - No Career Opportunities. The majority of people at Veeva have been doing the same exact role for years. Rather than shift people to the new products launched, they hired all externally.
    - Significant conflicts of interest within the organization. It helps to be related or have some personal relationship to upper management if you want to get staffed on the best projects.
    - “Unlimited” vacation policy really means “unpaid” vacation (if you can get approval to take it in the first place).
    - No 401k matching

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    “Customer Success” is a great core value if you’re sitting on 500,000 stock options. Take a look at the company from your average employee’s perspective, and the problems aren't too hard to find…

    There’s a reason why all of the early employees are selling off their stock and going elsewhere. It’s not too difficult to do better than Veeva.

    Good luck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing Place w People who work together

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Veeva Systems full-time

    Pros

    The People and Passion for Technology bring success for customers and employees. Veeva chooses the best and brightest and is a leader in its space.

    Cons

    Salaries are a little lower but make up for it in opportunities they create for growth in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should keep its eye on the ball and continue to deliver strategy and products that meet the need of its customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company, poor compensation structure

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Great feedback and support from managers and encouragement to enter new areas of the company for growth. Veeva is poised for success and is well positioned for growth with it's many new projects and it is constantly innovating.

    Cons

    -The benefits are minimal and there is no 401K matching plan.
    -Base salaries are low and are believed to be compensated with bonuses.
    -The problem with the bonus structure is that it is not at all tied to performance. Instead it is tied to the role you are assigned on the project, and the number of hours negotiated for you to work with the client. Consultants have little to no say around what role they are assigned and often times they can only bill hours based on what was negotiated, not the actual number of hours worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over all I think in order to keep top level talent it will be important to compensate appropriately. I think the base salary should be more competitive and the bonus structure should be performance based (Ex. based on the relationship/feedback from the client and teammates).

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, great atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    - Smart people to work with.
    - Flexible schedule like most tech companies in the Bay Area.
    - Start-up environment, fast pace, lots of new things going on. A good place to grow your knowledge.
    - Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    - Not many benefits. Limited commute reimbursement. Limited free meal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A great company overall. Lots of potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Happily chugging along…

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Product Development in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    - Good management, positive atmosphere and working environment; no drama.
    - Decisions are based on quantitative evidence, direct customer feedback, and trusted experience—just how a company should be run; the customer really is first here.
    - There's a lot of opportunities to learn from others here

    Cons

    - Stingy on the benefits: no profit sharing, lesser medical coverage and plan options, no 401K matching, salaries are a bit on the lower side, and not much space for negotiation. When it comes time to move on to a new company, this will likely be the cause.
    - Possibility for advancement and growth is pretty role and manager-specific; it would be great to see more opportunities offered to everyone.
    - The opportunities for upward feedback to management have been few and far between. Constructive input from subordinates doesn't feel as welcome as it should.
    - The no referral bonus policy doesn't sit well with me. Having to build out your team is a lot of extra work. People should be compensated for extra work done outside their roles. An employee can be both personally invested in the growth of their company and also be compensated for their efforts towards that growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, things are going well. But please have a look at the Cons list.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good balance of work and extra curricular

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    Exposure to lot of different aspects of development. Good scope for growth. People are flexible and very open to suggestions.

    Cons

    Not much to say, very friendly environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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