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Tableau Software Reviews

Updated June 20, 2018
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  • "With any rapid growth company, you're bound to experience challenges in communication or other growing pains" (in 46 reviews)

  • "Culture is very similar to Microsoft, some issues with work-life balance" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (8)

    "Great culture, awesome product"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love working with outcome-oriented team, not nearly as much internal politicking as some of the other places I've worked. AWESOME product that people easily fall in love with.

    Cons

    The company is clearly maturing from startup phase, and the grumbling from early Tabloids that "things used to be better" ignores the fact that there are plenty of good people here who are excited about working on the next phase of the company's growth.

    Advice to Management

    The structural changes may be uncomfortable for individuals, but so far the big decisions have been the right ones. Keep it up!


  2. "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tableau Software (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful product loved by customers.

    Passionate and mission-minded coworkers.

    Transparent leadership.

    Cons

    Typical growing pains and reorgs

  3. "Customer Success"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tableau Software full-time

    Pros

    Great culture - great product

    Cons

    unclear career path from this role


  4. Helpful (10)

    "A first-cousin of the stagnant days of Microsoft"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * It doesn't take much ambition to be well regarded here. Prepare to shine amidst mediocrity.
    * Work-life balance is easy to achieve especially if you're among the many who own nothing important and live in production.
    * Nice benefits and loads of free food/snacks.
    * Good gig right out of university and potentially to maintain green card status.
    * Markets itself well as a workplace and product. Strong brand.
    * A good product for a certain slice of use cases (20%).
    * Dope office location and buildings in Fremont.
    * A solid flare of individuality around the office.
    * College campus 2.0. You can easily find your people here if that's your prerogative.
    * Good values.

    Cons

    Welcome to a company trying to be a SaaS and having no idea how to execute or support that effort.

    * Low pay. Laughably low for many engineering roles.
    * Operations is a joke; stuck in a bygone Sys Admin era. DevOps? What's that?
    * Dev talent here is few and far between.
    * Pockets of bro-culture.
    * New products are lackluster.
    * Clunky product for 80% of use cases. Real-time nothing. Visually repulsive compared to a library like d3 or even Power BI.
    * Super expensive product considering competition.
    * There's way more middle-management in-fighting and jockeying than you'd ever know as an IC.
    * Senior management might as well live on the moon. So very disconnected.

    Advice to Management

    * Pay people what they're worth in the marketplace that is here and now. Not that of 6-8 years ago.
    * Hire more senior talent, and less grads. Cheap labor doesn't pay off in software.
    * Figure out what service ownership actually means in the SaaS world and do it.
    * Send ambitious people to conferences OTHER THAN YOUR OWN. This is a given at almost any tech shop.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Not worth it"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Operations in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great paid health benefits. RSUs that vest fairly quickly. Yearly bonus is nice too. The offices offer a lot of free food and snacks.

    Cons

    Weirdest interview process ever. Very difficult on boarding process. Training is lackluster with no unified processes for helping new hires be successful. Pay is low!! I’m not kidding. You will not get paid what you’re worth here. It’s a company wide policy. High turnover and they’re constantly hiring to fill those lost positions.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously free lunch is really great and generous but pay people what they’re worth. Tableau shouldn’t be a stepping stone for more money somewhere else.


  6. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Typically hire very smart, fun people to work with. Excellent benefits, beautiful offices, lots of perks.

    Cons

    The culture has taken a hit since going public. There's more attitude of "that's not my job" floating around. I suspect that is just a symptom of growing larger, though.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Been with the company for a very long time and have seen a lot of change. Most of the change has been for the good.
    * New Leadership has really been pushing an agenda of "retain talent". Really hope they follow-up on that.
    * Benefits are the best in the industry. (Health, Vision, Dental, PTO, Paternity, RSUs)
    * If you put forth the effort and create relationships you will be successful in growing your career.
    * Lower and higher level management truly cares about you as a person.

    Cons

    * Don't do a good job of retaining talent from a comp side of things. New hires always come in with a higher base and commission plan than those who have been in the same role for years.

  8. "Interesting work, fantastic culture"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tableau is not quite a startup and not quite a massive organization so there is real opportunity to make an impact there. The product is complex which provides some interesting engineering challenges.

    Cons

    There is a real challenge with dealing with legacy systems in the code, but the company is actively working to address that.


  9. "Wonderful Culture, Excellent Product"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are trusted by leadership to take care of business while being offered guidance and support along the way. You can become a master of craft while capitalizing on your strengths and getting the training needed to know the business. Also, the product is truly amazing!

    Cons

    Limited positions unless you transfer to HQ.


  10. "Very happy!"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Operations in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Amazing benefits package
    -Beautiful office spaces
    -Free snacks
    -Work-life balance
    -Equity
    -I feel challenged and see opportunities for growth internally.

    Cons

    -Compensation could be better.
    -We've stopped having some events (Oktoberfest celebration, multiple company bbqs and picnics in the summer, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep things like company picnics and parties. Consider adjusting compensation.


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