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Teradata El Segundo Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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  • Work life balance is an issue as many employees are stretched thin to the point of becoming ill and often times work while sick (in 20 reviews)

  • Some of upper management doesn't seem to have the same vision as the CEO (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in El Segundo, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teradata as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, you have options to choose a project of interest
    Time flexibility, work/life balance
    Very nice and friendly group of people

    Cons

    No free food, except some drinks, e.g., coffee, soda
    Low to average salary
    No paid on holiday


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Teradata used to be family"

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    Former Employee - Support Center Specialist in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Support Center Specialist in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teradata full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to be the premiere database company to work for with a clear vision and management that put money back into their people and products.

    Cons

    Has become a bloated company with no clear direction. Old boy network of NCR antiquated ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of the talent you have in hand. Do not throw them away,

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Test Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teradata full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits: medical and 401K.
    For the 401K the match is $0.50 for every dollar, up to 6%.
    For medical you have the choices of PPO and non-PPO.
    Usually good and friendly atmosphere. Free gym on site.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be stressful to meet all the deadlines. Salary is below industry average.
    Raises and bonus are meager. Promotions are hard to get. Average age is over 45 year old

    Advice to Management

    Need to train employees in Agile Methodology instead of recruiting from outside. Leadership needs to provide clear goals and objectives. Provide more training and continuing education to employees.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Why the CEO is still there"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teradata (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Still has relevance in the data management area so that you can say you have value to the next employer

    Cons

    Too many to list. Low pay, too much work, and the work they let u do is some maintenance annal retentive stuff left over by senior people, who never want to train you.
    After acquiring Firebase/shark, Aster data, Aprimo, and a whole bunch of Hadoop up starts, this company is totally lost and disoriented. Let me remind you this CEO blew 1billion dollars on acquisitions and buy backs and drove the stock to the ground - 80 to 30 in 3 years! I wonder why the whole management is still there. This sleep on the job mindset in upper management has got to change. They should have invested heavily in R&D at that time and maintain the edge and stay relevant. The thing is they do not know technology and they thought they were selling cookies and developers are cookie cutters. Now good people are leaving in droves. I think eventual outcome is company gets sold and employees get mass laid off after acquisition. Will be a good MBA case study material.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the Ceo and his cohort and get more tech savvy leaders in from outside


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    latest technologies, good work-life balance, great people around, well processes in place

    Cons

    HR processes are very slow and not transparent.
    Internal opportunities are not encouraged by senior management

    Advice to Management

    Speedup hr processes


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, slow process"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People here are some of the nicest I've ever met. Office sports such as badminton, basketball, and ping pong encourage friendly interaction and competition as well as exercise for employees. Depending on the team, code can be either ridiculously clean or horribly written.

    Cons

    Depending on the team, work can be boring or challenging (read: super busy). The database is pretty well developed so some features are just precautions. Also, bureaucracy slows down the development process considerably, although arguably that's what's required to maintain high standards.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more young engineers and product managers who understand the constantly changing market, but make sure to keep the old timers who are experts in their areas. Add more office perks such as free snacks to attract the best young engineers.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Amazingly stable high-tech company. Nice place to work, overall."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Teradata full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is the most stable I've worked for, with few layoffs. Prior to this job, the longest I was employed at a high tech software company was 3 years, and at that I was considered an "old timer". There are employees at Teradata who have been there for 10, 15, 20 years and more. The people are generally nice and top-notch in their fields. The working conditions are acceptable - all cubes, but high-walled cubes so there is a feeling of privacy. New El Segundo facility is just our company, industrial chic, repurposed light-manufacturing warehouse that used to be a Northrup place. Nice perk is that in the build-out of the new place, they added a very nice exercise room/gym, with decent weight and cardio machines, locker rooms and showers, and it's free to the employees to use any time. It's a relatively old company, so the fact that they can continue to compete in today's market with newer technologies (and adopt and adapt them) speaks well for the company and personnel.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, management can be either cool or Dilbert PHBs. Promotions are not frequent, and raises are small. Their bonus plan is okay and some compensation for the generally low-end salary raises, but it's not horrible, and your compensation is always more than just your salary. Holidays are about average - a few standard, and earned floating holidays, along with vacation days that increase with your time at the company. Some departments are cool about working from home, others forbid it, which is ridiculous, because many of your team members are offshore in India or China, and you're emailing and online meeting them anyway, which you could do from anywhere. It's just a toss of the dice as to what your department allows. Every quarter the company seems mostly sales-driven, and most of the investment seems to go to the sales end of things, but development is still interesting and exciting and gets done. Some (very few) of the upper-middle management terrorize their reports, and the badness flows downhill throughout their branches of the organization. People have left because of it. Good people who don't stand for insecure, defensive, no-talent middle managers dictating for their own egos, rather than the benefit of the company, demoralizing their entire branches.

    Advice to Management

    Working from home, at least occasionally, shouldn't be prohibited or discouraged. That reeks of insecure, defensive management. Realize that some of you rupper middle managers are snakes practically socioopaths to their reports and makes for some very unhappy departments. It's hard to identify and clean out those people, because everyone under them is afraid to speak. Good management identifies these problem managers and roots them out. They may whip their reports to produce, but it makes for some pretty low moral in certain branches of the corporate hierarchy.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Very good for Optimizer related work!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the better places to work in terms of optimizers.
    Friendly colleagues who help you out a lot.
    Environment conducive to learning. Research environment.
    work Life balance is amazing!
    Most ethical company.

    Cons

    Salary might not be as competitive, but is still good.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Dead End to Career - Move on"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid product. Hot segment in the technology industry. Good co-workers.

    Cons

    If you consider yourself a bright individual with strong motivation to move up the career ladder, this is not the place to be. This company WILL put sudden brakes to your motivation to go up, creativity, skills, innovative thinking, personal growth. Management do not care for employees. Pay is WELL BELOW what other companies are offering. Bonus is tiny. Management makes you think they are doing you a favor by keeping you at job. Management is incompetent and do not really understand the meaning of "employee satisfaction". They do not encourage and compensate Engineers for their hard work. Lost a lot of good people because of this and this already causing a lot of quality issues in recent releases of Teradata. R&D Management should be replaced before we lose upper edge in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    You've got great people creating and building top notch product. You keep your job because of bright people who are working real hard. Create plans to motivate your employees, encourage them to stay in this company. These people are our strength. Do not lose them. Give them enough incentives and motivation to stay.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Peers are friendly. Corp structure is flat. People work diligently, but ineffectively."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are really focused and diligent on their line of work
    Good work-life balance with flexible working hours
    Business is in a good position to grow dramatically (if executed correctly)
    Not much political game playing at workplace
    A good mix of talents, old and young, experienced and fresh

    Cons

    Some processes exist just because they are predefined and existing.
    Compensation is low for talented employees
    Groups and product teams work in silos without sufficient communication across.
    Management is afraid of change and risk.
    Some people tend not to break out of their comfort zones and experiment with new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Create a new branding image as a high-tech company and detach from the old NCR image
    Attract more younger talents
    Listen to the foot soldiers and provide executive coaching more
    Reeducate the middle management and line managers
    Be cautiously aggressive, more on aggresiveness though
    Become a leader of innovation in Data Warehousing/BI again


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