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Updated January 9, 2018
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Pros
  • Great benefits, great work life balance (in 54 reviews)

  • Great product that really does help people (in 62 reviews)

Cons
  • Growing pains plenty of changes and not much continuity with customers but this is due to the business growing so fast (in 44 reviews)

  • Culture is very similar to Microsoft, some issues with work-life balance (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great culture and successful business. Really enjoyable place to work and lots of investment and training interested to climb the ladder

    Cons

    Growing pains plenty of changes and not much continuity with customers but this is due to the business growing so fast

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. Helpful (10)

    "A fantastic company destroyed by idiotic and clueless management"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The software was once "best of breed" and groundbreaking, but that has been mitigated by thoroughly incompetent management who have no clear strategy or idea of how the software should be sold.

    Cons

    The EMEA management team are a shambles. From the top through to middle management they are either too wrapped up in their own personal gain or display a level of clueless behaviour which quite frankly I have never seen in any other company I have worked for. A vertically challenged ego maniac who prides himself on being described as "grumpy" , and a few poor but sycophantic aides have seen Tableau go from being one of the best places to work to somewhere you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. The "Culture" is all about saying yes never having an opinion , and trying to ensure your face fits. It's difficult because if "mr. vertically challenged" takes a dislike to you (usually for displaying more business skill than him) then you are in the departure lounge. The company pretends to be a "big" company and that is the root of the problem - it isn't. The management are inexperienced and carry no gravitas at all - Quite honestly I was embarrassed to take my boss to a customer due to his thoroughly unprofessional behaviour. His main purpose for trips seemed to be so he could expense Gin and Tonics on the company and his "charm offensive" was indeed offensive - offensive to watch, to listen to and on more than one occasion the client politely asked if there was "any need" for him to attend again. Of course there wasn't as he added zero value in external meetings as well as internal ones. His internal meetings came across like he was the host of a gameshow - a number of catchphrases and key words thrown out one after another - "brilliant, that's great, wonderful, brilliant , really really brilliant. It was all vacuous drivel which is what I came to understand was the norm. The reason these managers survive though is because they absolutely bow down and worship the "vertically challenged" one and he in turn is so detached from reality that he wouldn't know if they were doing a good or bad job.

    Advice to Management

    My advise to senior management is to rid yourself of the incompetent fools who run the UK business and install someone from a truly big organisation who can take Tableau to the next level.

  3. Helpful (19)

    "Wolf of wall street culture"

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    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money incentives and potential

    Cons

    Full of cheaters and everyone sleeping with everyones girlfriends and partners.

    Everyone just wants to get drink, do drugs and sleep around.......... its disgusting


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Disorganised"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great tool, nice people, trying to have a decent culture but failing. Get over yourself and stop hiring from intel

    Cons

    Wrong leadership, panicking with growth, no sense of direction and inability to manage change, don't hire from intel. Intel is bad

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring from oldskool organisations e.g. Intel

    Try and understand how the industry works and stop relying on the tool to win growth.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Those that love Tableau are not loved by Tableau."

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product that really does help people. Not just a solution for business but a solution that can help save lives.
    Created by some incredibly clever people that have spent their lives learning and understanding how the brain interprets images, movement, colour, size etc. That is the Tableau difference.
    There is a good culture. It was great however, as the company grows, the culture will change. As long as those at Tableau remain passionate about helping others, there will be no problem.

    Cons

    Many similar products on the market that have secondary products that are the cash cows (MS has Azure. Give Power BI for free, make money on Azure).
    Difficult to compete with free.
    Rapid growth meant some individuals were employed that are not a great fit as they slipped through the 3-5 stages of interview. With this, there are areas of the business that seem to have forgotten the Tableau core values.
    Also, with this rapid growth, it has been hard for senior management to keep up with new hires, leading to embarrassing moments like not knowing the name of the sales person that closed an $700k deal. This is also behind a growing annoyance within the business around recognition. There are 4-5 "favourites" that are always singled out for good work, given opportunities to run projects, speak at events etc, and the new employees are over looked time after time.
    The biggest disappointment that I experienced is the lack of decisions made using data. For a company that sells one of the best products on the market to analyse data and make fact based decisions, a large amount of decisions were made by a very select few. This meant a bottle neck when it came to important decisions, for example, promotions, territory alignment, recognition of opportunities split across 2 or more territories and targets.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees as their success will assist your success. Lots of good people have left as some management are clearly only looking out for number 1.


  6. "Brilliant company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Area Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Area Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best in market product, great team and world class culture

    Cons

    Slight growing pains with scaling business

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Short but to the point"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tableau Software full-time

    Pros

    Great product that really does help people. Not just a solution for business but a solution that can help save lives.
    Created by some incredibly clever people that have spent their lives learning and understanding how the brain interprets images, movement, colour, size etc. That is the Tableau difference.
    There is a good culture. It was great however, as the company grows, the culture will change. As long as those at Tableau remain passionate about helping others, there will be no problem.

    Cons

    Many similar products on the market that have secondary products that are the cash cows (MS has Azure. Give Power BI for free, make money on Azure).
    Difficult to compete with free.
    Rapid growth meant some individuals were employed that are not a great fit as they slipped through the 3-5 stages of interview. With this, there are areas of the business that seem to have forgotten the Tableau core values.
    Also, with this rapid growth, it has been hard for senior management to keep up with new hires, leading to embarrassing moments like not knowing the name of the sales person that closed an $700k deal. This is also behind a growing annoyance within the business around recognition. There are 4-5 "favourites" that are always singled out for good work, given opportunities to run projects, speak at events etc, and the new employees are over looked time after time.
    The biggest disappointment that I experienced is the lack of decisions made using data. For a company that sells one of the best products on the market to analyse data and make fact based decisions, a large amount of decisions were made by a very select few. This meant a bottle neck when it came to important decisions, for example, promotions, territory alignment, recognition of opportunities split across 2 or more territories and targets..

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees as their success will assist your success. Lots of good people have left as some management are clearly only looking out for number 1.

  8. "Sales Ares Manager Snr"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Area Manager Senior in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Area Manager Senior in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great product, incredible mission, benefits are great, culture is amazing, great career stop

    Cons

    below industry pay, lack of regional autonomy


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Not the great hype inside"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product, good community , amazing customers, good marketing, global presence. Some very smart and capable people in the company.

    Cons

    The ambience is getting bad, not what it used to be. Poor and uninspiring micro management. The managers don't truly care about the people. Not enterprise ready from an organization perspective. Lots of international fights. No real career and growth perspective if you were not one of the first to join. The people that joined in the beginning have the best accounts and territories. Very high targets, especially if you don't have the basket with golden eggs like some do. Not enough support from sales supporting roles.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, act upon it. Be true leaders instead of micro managers. The competition will be catching up.


  10. Helpful (17)

    "Clueless Leadership spoiling a great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Area Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Area Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible best of breed software that does exactly what it says on the tin. Great customer loyalty and community. Easy software to sell , extensive number of leads fed to you on a daily basis from a well oiled marketing division.

    Cons

    I’ve been working at Tableau for around 18months -2 years and I and others really feel that things are as bad in EMEA as they have ever been.
    Ultimately this falls to The Leadership Team who have demonstrated quite clearly over the past two years that they are unsuitable and unqualified to lead a business of this size.
    For a business that preaches the importance of data driven decisions you would be extremely disappointed how opinion based the decision making is in EMEA.
    Not only is it opinion based but truly subjective based on favouritism in many cases.
    The level of inconsistency and hypocrisy undermines many of the good things about Tableau and serves as a small taster of what it has become working for an organisation who runs the business on perception based decision making which essentially breeds disillusionment and has affected the results of this business detrimentally.
    Since the return to the US of a senior figure who was steering the EMEA ship which I believe was two years ago EMEA has failed to hit their number almost every quarter on quarter. This shows how the EMEA business is trending under the current leadership and it shows no sign of ending soon even with reduced targets.
    The extended “Leadership team” contribute nothing, have no ideas, add no value, pore over spreadsheets and form filling have little or no experience nor do they try to get any or listen.
    If you asked the senior leadership team Which C- Level execs are they meeting in the next two weeks or which have they met in the last 6 months the number would be close to zero.
    If you stood in front of the leadership team they could not tell you who the top 15 customers are in EMEA and they haven’t met them or showed any real interest in their business.
    This is one of the main reasons that the exec track at the EMEA conference is so appallingly attended each year – The Management Team at Tableau EMEA have no relationships with C-Level people at their customers.
    How many Linked in groups do the Leadership Team in EMEA belong to? How often do they contribute? What dinners, breakfast meetings and events do they attend outside the standard ones of our own and Gartner. How much Networking do they do to help sales? The answer is very little if any at all.
    Leadership ask for 2 lines on each deal each week – why? What will they do with this? This is just a tick box exercise for them to regurgitate upwards.
    This is just another example of form filling especially when all the detail they require is in the CRM system.
    Sadly, that is probably the full extent of their involvement and understanding of the deals. They do not ask the questions they do to help – they ask because it’s on the list.
    The truth is, you could remove almost all the Management and you would not lose one bit of business and probably save a small fortune – that is how ineffective they are.
    It is a shame that this company has got so bad over the past two years but shows that despite having the best software, a company growing like Tableau need the right management in place. The current crop just do not cut the mustard.

    Advice to Management

    Try doing something other than filling in spreadsheets , try and support your sales teams with actions and effort and realise that "Leadership " means doing something constructive to make a difference.


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