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  1. "Startup that lost it's purpose"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a lot of smart people trying to solve difficult problems in pricing and promotions management. Benefits are good and the work climate is casual and relaxed.

    Cons

    The company, although small, is very silo'd. working across teams and imagining solutions spanning current products is not encouraged. It looks like at the time, the company was just trying to maintain the status quo until acquired.

    Advice to Management

    Rekindle the spirit of the original startup, take risks and try to unify the product portfolio. use the assets demandtec build in the broader context of IBM to scale.


  2. "Technical Support"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DemandTec full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Support of other team members is high.

    Cons

    Not alot of default scripts to work from.

    Advice to Management

    More collaboration and information sharing.


  3. "Very R&D intensive company in a new field"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company invests heavily in the science for the development, improvement and refinement of its software in what is still an emerging field with a lot of work left to be done.

    The jobs pay well. Sure, some in Silli Valley pay more but most jobs aren't in Silli Valley.

    If you can meet your personal Management By Objective bogeys, they don't care too much how you do them

    Cons

    Product management and engineering gets sidetracked by the "I just heard we must have X feature yesterday" input from members of the marketing and sales departments. Marketing is more guilty of this. Some of those marketing people are led around by the nose by people at Gartner, AMR, and the customer visit of the week. There is rarely, if ever, an immediate or compelling competitive imperative.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to make a great product excellent. Don't listen to the input of 500 random looky lous.


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  5. "Bad experience doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad company."

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DemandTec full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great work environment, they were recently acquired by IBM.
    Lots of snacks and recreation opportunities are available.
    Plenty of fun team building activities.

    Cons

    The core product is very hard to use, so much so that I've talk to customers since I left that told me they hated using it.
    It's and even more difficult product to develop.
    Development schedules are unobtainable.
    Their system setup is a a cluster **** of databases, and in order to get anything done you have to use a two to three tier access to each table, and that access right seems to rotate on a daily basis.
    Typical day is having 8 hours of work to do, and four hours of meetings scheduled.
    Micromanagement is part of the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up and don't be so judgmental, you're supposed to be supportive of your workers and help them get their task accomplish.
    Cut back on the meetings, and stop taking every aspect of the Agile method so literally, it's meant as a guideline, not a bible.


  6. "Work with the smartest people on the planet"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DemandTec full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart team, very interesting work, excellent customers, travel is actually pretty fantastic locations.

    Cons

    Hard work, long hours, lots of travel, IBM acquisition slowed things down.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be fun"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DemandTec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing product, it's great to be rubbing shoulders with Stanford Ph.Ds and Math wizards (Ok, some of them)

    Cons

    Depends on your group. The guy I work for thinks he is God send for all technologies, "What did you do for me TODAY" is his attitude. Doesn't care to nurture employee career, he promotes his own rear and is very successful. Amazingly shrewd politician. There are only a few of these kind

    Between Culhane and Fishback, they allocated themselves stocks day in and day out, diluted the value and sold out cheap.

    Advice to Management

    Don' be penny wise, pound foolish. IBM has taken over, agreed, but don't cut on the small perks like snacks and beverages, you idiots.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great people to get along, flexible schedule, good work-life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good work-life balance

    Cons

    coworks are all of geek type.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Ok, place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Engineers, cool ideas and product offerings, but bad execution.

    Cons

    Company lacks technical leadership. It is mostly a sales and services company that develops software after the fact. Over the years, upper technical leadership has changed many, many, many times. Each change brings new issues and challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize engineering leadership across all product offerings.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Demandtec very nice place to work, business objectives need to be met more effectively"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the employee base is incredible as far as being highly communicative, colloaborative with each other. Most of the employees are genuine, honest, hardworking, and eager to make the firm successful

    Cons

    THe senior management really needs to be shaken up to some degree. The firm is not always proactive, but at time reactive to situations in the market

    Advice to Management

    I would highly recommend that the firm look at several spots within the organization and change them to find more effective, experienced folks


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Don't work here"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some exceptional talent.
    Free snacks and drinks
    Onsite gym

    There are some very smart engineers I work with that can get jobs anywhere else. Why they choose to stay employed here is a beyond my comprehension.

    Cons

    This company is experiencing brain drain. A lot of very talented people have left. Rewards goes to those that do not disagree with management's view of the future. If you wish to get ahead; agree with everything that is being said, do not voice your opinion, and make sure you are willing to work almost every day to meet your objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. If they are complaining, there's a reason. Be willing to listen to opinions of your employees. They know the inner workings of the product a lot better than you.



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