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Tableau Software Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is great compared to some other local software giants (in 43 reviews)

  • Great product to work on, it's nice to have a feeling that you bring actual value to people (in 44 reviews)

Cons
  • Because the company is growing so fast get ready for change (in 21 reviews)

  • Growing pains caused by hiring lots of people (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Great People!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people! Nothing beats being surrounded by the best of the best. There is just so many interesting and intelligent people

    Cons

    Low pay for the work that is done and stock no longer is valuable


  2. Helpful (4)

    "A Balanced Marketing Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - There are some talented, motivated, truly brilliant people at Tableau.
    - Product centric culture does a great job of getting everyone aligned behind a single vision and purpose.
    - Professional development—they're not afraid to spend money if you're genuinely curious and interested in learning new things.

    Cons

    - Compensation—you will not be paid well.
    - They're filling the middle with people managers that are unwilling and unable to execute even the most cursory tasks.
    - The extremely relaxed management style enables under-performers to skate by, which places an unnecessary and unfair burden on their top-performing peers.

    Advice to Management

    - Start paying your people fairly.
    - Reward your top contributors.
    - Remove the negativity and poisonous outside management hires that are destroying your awesome culture.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tableau Software full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture, awesome health benefits, good people

    Cons

    Current focus is on bringing in experienced, upper-level people managers. As a lower-level individual contributor, I didn't feel valued. No clear career paths for junior level employees. HR needs to focus on fair pay and level set.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Tableau"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tableau Software full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and benefits. Do not normally work more than 40 hrs a week.

    Cons

    Poor management and low pay.


  6. "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best Software in the space, very excited user base, young company with good potential future.

    Cons

    Adjusting to more normal growth from "Hyper Growth" still figuring out what that means. More than likely turning into a very average sales culture.

    Advice to Management

    The Tableau Rumor Mill is insane, this exists in such great health because management doesn't tell the sales staff anything until it has been decided... which is understandable but something has to be done to spell the rumor mill.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "The bloom has definitely fallen off the rose"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing medical benefits, good work/life balance, casual dress code, no-questions-asked sick absences.

    Cons

    Compensation for Support employees is almost laughable at this point. Hiring/recruiting has now become horribly reactive instead of proactive. Attempts to improve employee morale have been akin to putting a band-aid on a gushing wound. Gradual decline of available options like food, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Be far more proactive with recruiting.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Tableau = good product, but bad pay and low morale of employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The product is great, the customers are good, but working there is another story. Some of the management is good. You might be lucky enough to work for a professional, supportive manager, but the chances aren't great. It's a risk.

    Cons

    The company is dysfunctional. They advertise about their core values, but I just watched a great employee be treated terribly and let go after being retaliated against for reporting her abusive manager. They got rid of her before they had to pay her bonus for last year. She wasn't the only one. This is typical of Tableau. This was my final reality check, time to move on.

    Advice to Management

    Get management training. Stop gossiping and being negative. Stop stabbing each other in the back. Stop backing up the Directors you have that have gone through many employees and are not being held accountable for their actions. Live up to the reputation you've falsely created for yourself.


  9. "Plenty to learn here!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    By virtue of working at Tableau, I have been exposed to entirely new opportunities in the business intelligence realm. Tableau has an incredibly humble and smart culture producing a great product, helping people to see and understand their data!

    Cons

    Got bored with my daily routine, started daydreaming of career moves.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Not what it used to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall, folks here are sharp and friendly, helpful, and fun to work with. The pay is good, benefits are top-notch, and there are snacks in kitchen (though these have been significantly reduced over past 1.5 years). Good work-life balance overall.

    The product is first-class and the customers are passionate about it. It's hard to beat working on something that folks are so grateful for.

    Cons

    Things have changed for the worse here in the past couple of years, especially as the growth has slowed. The perks are decreasing -- less food/lower quality food in the kitchens, fewer folks able to attend the customer conference, and those who do have to double-up in rooms (who wants to share a room with a random coworker??), no holiday party.

    There's now a prevalent attitude of "not my job/problem" and siloing, rather than people focusing on customer/company success.

    Bad hires/promotions have hurt the culture, and there a number of ineffective (and actively harmful) middle managers. Top-level management in the dev org is disengaged and inaccessible, often sitting in their offices behind closed doors. Overall there's a lack of accountability for decisions and outcomes, most noticeably from top management.

    Attrition is on the uptick, and it's easy to see why. Hopefully at some point it will serve as a wake-up call.

    Advice to Management

    My honest belief is management is a lot of the problem. Take ownership of outcomes and bad decisions. Actively engage with the "rank and file" to hear what's going well and what isn't. Hire managers who actually want to manage people and will actively work to help grow their reports + their careers


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Everything good, but the tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great life / work balance, great benefits,
    People are generally nice and smiley.
    Very easy to "be ahead" of others technically.

    Cons

    Won't be learning anything
    Managers are just buffers, they won't be able to take action.
    There will be a lot of watching your screen while it builds, and lots of figuring out why the standard setup that was working yesterday won't work anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Cull middle management.
    Downsize the dev team
    Better hiring bars



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