Veeva Systems

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Veeva Systems Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
34 Reviews
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  1.  

    I have truly enjoyed and appreciated my time with Veeva.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant

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

    Pros

    Veeva expects the best from you and treats you as such. The management is filled with great people that are skilled at their jobs and even better at listening to their employees. I have learned so much in just one year with the company and have enjoyed every second of it.

    Cons

    The company performs an annual review once a year, so if you are new and miss it, you might be waiting awhile before you are considered for a raise/promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    fun and rewarding internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    I came in with limited technical experience and came away knowing much more.

    The people here are some of the best you'll find in the industry. They value passion and personality traits, not just technical skills. That being said, Veeva's engineers are definitely competent.

    In particular with the intern and new hires program, I enjoyed the social events (every 2 weeks) and the scattered talks with people throughout the company. Props to the committee that organized these.

    They're moving to a new building with free lunch every day soon from what I heard.

    Cons

    Veeva has a good policy for honesty, and I will respect that:

    - your experience largely depends on which team and manager you get assigned to. mine was good though
    - compensation + benefits/perks could be improved quite a bit, especially as the hiring market becomes more competitive in the next few years
    - Veeva's branding could use some work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing that hasn't been said in previous reviews.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Startup growing up

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

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

    Pros

    Senior management is always glad to listen to ideas, complaints, anything. They will take the time if you ask for it.
    Flexible work hours and location.
    Good amount of variable compensation.
    Good medical benefits + new fitness program.

    Cons

    Unlimited PTO is great but managers do not respect personal time anyway. Holidays, weekends, nights - all interrupted on a regular basis.
    Mid-level managers tend to be a bit power hungry.
    Very cliquey, only the favorites get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more of a career path, right now it is nonexistent. While speed is great, sometimes we are running so fast it's too late to change direction after realizing we are going the wrong way.

    CEO - I know you believe in the company values - you need to make sure your reports' reports do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good company, but culter suffers from growth pains

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

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

    Pros

    - The company is doing really well financially
    - You get to hear a lot of customer success stories and positive feedbacks. It's very rewarding to know that people actually like products you build
    - Company is going to move to the new much better HQ building
    - Good work-life balance

    Cons

    The real concern is only one, but it's rather big - lack of focus on employee success, even though it's declared as one of the company's core values:
    - no clear vision on what career development is
    - there are so many great people working for company for years, but they still keep hiring from outside instead of promoting own employees and giving them chance to develop
    - the process gets heavier and heavier making work less exciting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Veeva does really well on customer success. Now time to invest in people. And it needs to be done soon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    They're drifting...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Veeva Systems

    Pros

    Was a good company early in the game. Near and after going public they got rid of many of the originals and brought in new Wahoos that haven't done much but coast off the foundation already created.

    Cons

    While they have their company 'values', the CEO et all. personal values are questionable. They're all millionaires now though.
    Not worth taking a day off. You come back to triple the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire.

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

    Chugging along, but overall not happy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Some good but mostly bad and ugly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 13 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Veeva has no focus on their employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great company, poor compensation structure

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Veeva Systems full-time (more than a 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).

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