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Teradata Reviews

Updated May 8, 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 18 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (11)

    "YesterYear's Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industry Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Industry Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Flexible work schedule. Great training. Smart people. Premier technology.

    Cons

    Company is led exclusively by management who 'bonded' together 10 years ago during merger/spin-out/IPO from NCR/AT&T, and if you are not one of 'them' you will not be promoted into a position of authority/management. Very very old guard who protect their secrets and ignorance. They will not listen to change.

    You are either a member of YesterYear's senior management club, or you are a meaningless resource.

    Advice to Management

    Dare to promote fresh blood. Dare to change. Dare to listen to new ideas.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "A political snake pit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent base pay bonus money if the sales group makes their numbers and the solution architect snags most of the professional services hours

    Cons

    Highly political. Solutions architects compete against each other to get chosen by Account Executives in presale situations. They want to monopolize the professional services hours for themselves.Turf wars over the best accounts and account executives. Managers play favorites based on drinking buddy status instead of skill and productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Checkout what you are hearing in this highly politicized environment.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Stuck-up with no reason to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technical staff. Great technical resources for learning the firm's software products. Senior management tries to align staff around common messages and goals. Work/life balance is generally decent.

    Cons

    Their technology is good, but expensive and highly specialized - there isn't much worth to learning it unless you expect to stay a long time, and given that Hadoop is eating Teradata's lunch Teradata may not have a lot of time left. The sales teams rule the roost - a lucky salesperson that lands one good deal is given license by management to treat tech consultants like dirt.

    Advice to Management

    Sell out to Microsoft or Oracle while you can - your company's technology is aging, and your corporate culture is a throwback to the worst of 1970's sexism/ageism.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "It was stressful and lacked direction."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teradata full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people were great to work with. Employee benefits were good. Training was good when available. Good team support.

    Cons

    Company is ran by good ol' boys who know nothing about managing a software company. Upper management changed projects and direction often. Compensation was not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Switching directions mid-project but expecting the same due date does not make for a quality product.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Ongoing changes are random"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are nice
    Fair amount of autonomy if you know what you're doing
    Changes are being made to some of the old bureaucratic ways

    Cons

    Pay raises are poor - make sure you get a good starting offer
    Management doesn't seek employee feedback
    New floor plan completely eliminates any privacy and ability to concentrate and was implemented with no consultation with employees.
    Evaluations seem irrelevant to what you actually accomplish
    Little opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    It is nice that changes are being made to a doddering system, but make changes intelligently instead of chasing old trends, like the whole open floor space thing that is so ten years ago. Some of us actually use our brains in our jobs and being in sight and sound of literally everyone else on the floor is distracting as hell.


  6. "Clueless but maybe improving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Technical Owner in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Owner in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was hired into Teradata's marketing division at the end of 2014. I had actually had an offer for a different department earlier in the year but declined because it didn't seem like management had a clear path to where they were going.

    About six months later I got a call about another job in an area what seemed like it might have potential, so I took it. That turned out to be a mistake.

    About all I can say is that benefits were good and the people are good, but there was no clear product vision and everything started crashing around us. Eventually most of the management in the marketing division were let go and the division was sold and I became part of the buyer's company, ending my short tenure at Teradata. From what I can tell it looks like Teradata has a new CEO and are making better decisions but since I am no longer there I can't tell from the inside.

    Cons

    When I was in Teradata's marketing division there was no clear product vision. They also had heavy development processes even though they said they were "agile".

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and stick with it. Keep shedding bad layers of management and processes. Don't go after business opportunities without a clear vision for what you are going to do with it.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A Company on the Rebound"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is just large enough to be a major player in the market, but small enough to build relationship that the larger ones can't. It now has new executives, but even if they are all still from inside the company. Hopefully, they can right the ship.

    Cons

    Management was terrible for the past couple years. They were the same people who built the company to it's peak in 2011 & 2012, but they failed to make adjustments to the ever changing market. By not spending money on what made them successful, they attempted to throw money and new options (which they've now sold). Teradata may have offered the best product on the market, but they priced themselves out of competition and management didn't care.

    Advice to Management

    Stop undervaluing your workers. Treat with with respect. Investing in talent and retaining that talent should be a priority. Over the past couple years, little has been done to improve company moral and simply saying: "Hey, at least you are still with company as opposed to being part of the RIF" isn't sufficient and never should be.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Old School Big Corp Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teradata full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Majority of employees are awesome and great to work with. There are many intelligent people with great ideas and experience. Work life balance was pretty good

    Cons

    Management is old school and always right no matter how wrong they may be. Very slow to progress and innovate. Everyone is a number, performance reviews were lacking or worthless. No career develop

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees and what is actually going on in the trenches


  9. Helpful (8)

    "On my way out soon"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of training opportunities, decent benefits, onsite cafeteria and gym. Good work-life balance. Decent compensation and work environment (except for 2-3 floor conference rooms). Security staff and cafeteria staff are kind and helpful.

    Cons

    Started losing best leaders about a year ago. Since then, a big push for early retirements for so many long timer rank and file which caused a huge drain in tribal knowledge, then rounds of layoffs. Workload has tripled. Personnel reviews with one-on-one's that have gradually felt like interrogations. Its getting worse as the "transformation" looms. New executive is trying to adopt a startup model and mix it with a more social European style environment. Result will soon be elimination of personal space, constant changes in tools, and more contractors to fill the void. Conference rooms are cold and noisy.

    Advice to Management

    Try harder to keep and leverage the last remaining few long timers into codifying tribal knowledge into training. Stick to core competencies rather than technological fads and decrease the number of "one-off" projects run by inexperienced PMs that create wildly unrealistic deadlines. Stop pushing managers to wring more production out of the rank and file, and let them concentrate on quality. Untie the 401k from corporate stock and give wider option in investment.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Company's days are numbered"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer IV in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer IV in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some teams have it easy: long schedules and few changes in requirements. I can't believe people are still using waterfall in 2015.

    Cons

    Lots of 30+ year employees with little incentive to change make the company culture impossible to change. Some teams are so overworked that good people are leaving, and the remaining overworked employees are being asked to pick up the slack.

    Advice to Management

    Offer enough retirement incentives to clean out the dead wood, and give the remaining key employees enough equity to stay.


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