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Tech Data Reviews

Updated 3 December 2014
Updated 3 December 2014
130 Reviews
3.2
130 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people work here and seemed to me most were happy working for Tech Data (in 14 reviews)

  • It is a great place to learn and then find a real job elsewhere or if you are looking to retire (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Turnover is high in many departments - many are leaving due to low pay (in 11 reviews)

  • The management team continuously over commit and look towards development staff to bail them out by working long hours (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Some good, a lot bad...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Clearwater, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Clearwater, FL (US)

    I have been working at Tech Data full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of great people, a lot of great opportunities in some areas. Some departments have wonderful leadership, other have really bad leadership.

    Cons

    Have to cover your rear or they'll take advantage of you. It's not about the people anymore, all about your boss looking good no matter what!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed review - your experience will depend on dept and management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL (US)

    I have been working at Tech Data (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you're lucky and get to work under a good manager or director, you may find your work experience to be positive. This is probably true for most companies. It's seems that upper management is trying to make an improvement to the culture.

    Cons

    There's is a lot of 'looking out for myself' or 'me first' attitude, very little cooperation from other departments and that probably comes from years of high pressure to produce. Quality of work doesn't matter. Work life balance is poor and unlikely to change as profit comes before anything else. Turnover is high in many departments - many are leaving due to low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel that upper management is out of touch with the average employee. I understand that they have to make the numbers, but the focus is too high on the numbers and not on the employees. Happy employees will help make the numbers. If you are a VP or higher, ask your self when was the last time you had one on one with a non-management employee and just asked how they were doing? When was the last time you personally thanked one for their hard work in private?

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    customer care coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at Tech Data full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its a great starting place in this huge company. Gives you good solid ground to meet people and mingle with other departments and learn all aspects of this business. They are great to their employees and really provide an honest environment to work in. Good benefits- alot of free food.

    Cons

    Its just not great money in that department the company is built and succeeds around their customer service and for it to be the biggest thing that makes the company stand out- its like the bottom of the barrel it seems like. There is alot of negative energy and I truly think its because the people don't make good money and that energy spreads.
    Customer care is hard to grow within because people there have worked there so long and unless they leave- not likely- you will not move up or at least not anytime soon. Its more about getting on the managers good side then working really hard every day- you will go unnoticed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help to pay your employees better.... retain the ones working hard and taking on more tasks and learning new processes and people wouldn't need to leave that department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tech Data

    Pros

    Hours were good, lots of opportunities for projects, many employees have been with the company for several years

    Cons

    Company is ranked in the Fortune 500, but no one knows who they are. Disconnect between associates at corporate office and what goes on in the field.

  6.  

    Excellent but poor upper management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PSC
    Former Employee - PSC

    I worked at Tech Data full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Networking, resume experience, Top of the line vendors and all the basic but yet up to date IT knowledge you will ever need.

    Cons

    Heavy work load and high responsibilities but not good salary that compensate all you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people and complete all made promises in a timely manner. Don't mess with people's salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    80% of fools, 20% of true hard workers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Sales Champion in Clearwater, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Sales Champion in Clearwater, FL (US)

    I have been working at Tech Data full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tech Data has an amazing marketing focus and drive. They know how to throw amazing vendor events.

    Cons

    Sales and Product marketing is not only a joke but a way to take money from vendors to fuel the Tech Data marketing activities. There are about 20% of the management team that know what they are doing while the other 80% of the remaining received their positions because of friendships and not skill sets.

    Tech Data is also known for FORCING employees to work extended hours for end of month, end of quarter. If an employee says they can not, the manager eventually puts the employee on a performance plan and gives them a negative review on their yearly ROHR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the 20% that do a great job and are not recognized, clean house, do right by your employees. For the 80% that received their positions through friendships, do right by your employees. They need your help not your criticism especially when most of your employees do a better job than you can ever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good but with reserve

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL (US)

    I worked at Tech Data full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are very, very good.

    Cons

    Personal growth possibilities with Tech Data are very limited. Tech Data is a big social network so you must be a playing member to advance. Internal communication between departments is very slow and unclear. You will need to ask for explanations before you really understand. Leadership is typical for a large sales organization. In short, there is more hot air here than substance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should take more control over middle managers. This is where the majority of communication and leadership problems can be found. They are paralyzed by fear and to strapped by red tape for effective decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Clearwater, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Clearwater, FL (US)

    I worked at Tech Data full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great support from senior management

    Cons

    Little patience for non producers. Ad value quickly or expect to be canned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good works

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    IT Department Management Incompetent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Department in Clearwater, FL (US)
    Current Employee - IT Department in Clearwater, FL (US)

    I have been working at Tech Data full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People you work with on a day to day basis in the IT department are nice and very helpful.

    Cons

    Management is totally incompetent. They let the business drive deadlines even before the projects are scoped. Half of the IT department that does the SAP development and some database development is in Europe and work on their own deadlines and labor laws. Bottom line, they don't care about projects in the US and can make your projects late. Then you get blamed for other teams not delivering their work in time.

    The management team continuously over commit and look towards development staff to bail them out by working long hours. You get threats and some even get fired if they refuse or don't work 15 hours a day.

    Management in all their incompetence, does not accept responsibility for anything and put the blame on their developers. All complaints and objections fall on deaf ears and when they don't listen and projects go wrong, they blame devs again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue, treat your people well, learn how to manage project and for the love of god learn what a project methodology is. Learn what project scoping is and restore work/life balance to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Solid place to start your career in IT, but don't stay too long.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Clearwater, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Clearwater, FL (US)

    I worked at Tech Data full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for advancement until a point.
    Great co-workers.
    Ability to build strong network of IT professionals.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is horrendous.
    Continually asked to do more with less while expectations and goals continue to increase.
    Salaries are average at best.
    Senior management very out of touch with realities of work loads and employee morale.
    Finance seems to control the direction of the company and only cares about the next quarterly call.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the employees that take care of the well-being of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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