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Tableau Software Reviews

Updated December 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work/life balance in my team" (in 66 reviews)

  • "Great product that really does help people" (in 68 reviews)

Cons
  • "Growing pains, but that’s a nice problem to have" (in 48 reviews)

  • "The company has tried to get by for too long on low pay for the "privilege" of working there" (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (16)

    "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. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tableau has free food and kitchens that are fully stocked, moral events and all the usual techie perks

    Cons

    They are working on fixing their desktop product which is a huge monolithic piece of code and all in perforce which makes trying to develop rapidly a huge pain.

    Advice to Management

    Tableau is feeling the growing pains of going from a little to mid sized company and needs to invest in it's infrastructure in order for it to be able to continue to grow.

  3. "Great Mission, Mostly Great People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tableau Software full-time

    Pros

    Help people see and understand data! Culture of giving with the Tableau foundation. Executive level is working towards fixing the issues but it hasn’t trickled down yet.

    Cons

    No culture of ownership. Some people are still boat anchors. While most of the company is great there is still bro culture in places.

    Advice to Management

    Train or cut the dead weight


  4. "Customer Operations"

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

    I worked at Tableau Software full-time

    Pros

    Exciting company to be a part of! The annual Tableau Conference shows how excited customers are about the product. New Hires get to attend conference and it's a blast. Tableau does a good job at keeping work life fun.

    Amazing health benefits
    Stock plan is generous
    commuting stipend

    Cons

    During busy times, you work long hours.


  5. "Smart and friendly colleagues"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart and friendly colleagues real SSO on corporate network
    Modern offices
    Employee training on values, product, current toolset, cross functional knowledge.
    Leading edge technology
    Flexible work arrangements
    Free food
    Referral bonus

    Cons

    Open seating
    Desks are like library carrells
    Limited onsite parking

    Advice to Management

    Bootcamp training is awesome. Pre- onboarding decisions with recruiter could be better communicated. Initial seating/equipment setup could have been better.
    Keep up the competitive analysis


  6. "5 years and it's still a great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Open communication. Leaders that really care about people. We still focus on our mission and about keeping our culture of "humble smart."

    Cons

    Middle management desperately needs training. We promote people based on their ability to do a job, but they lack the skills to be managers. Also, we need to be able to let go of people who aren't doing their jobs. I get that we need to give people opportunities to improve but HR is taking it too far. It's demoralizing to work your butt off and see other people skate for years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. "A company that truly invests in its employees"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is great.

    Work/Life balance is amazing!

    Tableau truly seems to care about its employees.

    They make all kinds of trainings and workshops available to us. Things like leadership training, manager trainings, interview trainings, an amazingly impressive diversity and inclusion training session, trainings on using our actual product. It's beyond what I've seen elsewhere.

    Employee stock purchase plan is essentially free money.

    Super flexible with scheduling - although I'd say most all tech companies are like this.

    I love having access to an actual kitchen to prepare my lunches.

    The work is interesting and engaging.

    I feel like we hire very genuinely kind, smart, and thoughtful people.

    Teams can run with quite a lot of autonomy.

    The company is very active in getting and reacting to feedback received from its employees.

    I feel like we have the ability to have our voices and opinions heard by those higher up than us.

    Lots of opportunity for lateral movement.

    Cons

    Although you start with 3 weeks of pto, It takes a while to reach the next bump (5 years)

    Coming from a world where I thought a 10 second build time was an eternity, the 1-3 hour builds here caught me really off-guard. That can be quite the pain point. Things are getting better, and there are ways to work around the tremendous build times, but it can also be really rough for some people.

    Advice to Management

    I'm really happy here.
    Continue doing a lot of what you're doing.

    Continue listening to us and empowering us to make changes.

    Sometimes it feels like we are focusing too broadly. A narrower focus might be more valuable.

  8. "Sales"

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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 product and energetic, excited customer base.

    Cons

    Becoming operational. Lots of hoops to jump through to get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Keep building great products. Make sure employees know they are important and make this company run.


  9. "ONE of the very BEST"

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

    I have been working at Tableau Software full-time

    Pros

    Winners and Winning mentality has been the hallmark and continues to be.

    Cons

    Slow to change or to take a leading position in new features and functions...sometimes rest on the laurels of the past a bit too much

    Advice to Management

    Stay hungry and listen to the front line sellers more...not just customers (which it does a good job of).


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Diversity and Compensation at Tableau is a JOKE"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Fremont, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Fremont, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Free Food (in lieu of a competitive market salary)
    -Work/Life Balance
    -Outstanding People and Product

    Cons

    -"Tech-Bro" Culture is cultivated by senior management that doesn't listen to diversity concerns from their employees.

    -Software Developers are treated like "data rockstars" while Support Engineers get treated like crap (in both pay and representation in the company)

    -Becoming a lot like Amazon (in both tyrannical business leadership [who are all Amazon rejects] and lack of morals)

    -You can make more money as a forklift driver in comparison to some of their engineering positions.

    Advice to Management

    -Stop worrying about the bottom line and expecting your Sales team to have such high numbers for a crap bonus.

    -Stop it with the kool-aid and listen to your employees for once.