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3.7
72%
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Tableau Software CEO Adam Selipsky
Adam Selipsky
233 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great product that customers love(in 81 reviews)

  • "This is the first job where I feel like my work/life balance is valued and truly in balance(in 76 reviews)

Cons
  • "Since the company grew so fast so quickly, we experienced many growing pains along the way(in 50 reviews)

  • "The company is growing at a good pace, however we need more space for everyone(in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company,"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Tableau Software full-time

    Pros

    Awesome product, great people, amazing building

    Cons

    Commute, remote working would be better

    Tableau Software2017-10-10
  2. Helpful (1)

    "not as good as it used to be"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Partner Development Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tableau Software full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great product, great customers, still a scrappy company

    Cons

    culture means less than it used to, more processes, delusions of grandeur and scaling

    Advice to Management

    stop trying to be AWS at all costs

    Tableau Software2019-04-26
  3. "Great product, friendly people, but the company is poorly run"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tableau Software

    Pros

    - Great product - Friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    - HR could do better - Lots of slow processes - Overly complex management system - each employee has about 3 managers - People are too 'normal'/forced to conform

    Tableau Software2018-12-05
  4. Helpful (15)

    "Not worth it!"

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    Former Employee - Sales in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tableau Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A sales job at Tableau is usually pretty easy to get, just memorize a demo and you're in! It actually is a great product, so the conversations you'll have with customers are enjoyable. The office is cool and in a nice location. Work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    Since the job is so easy to get, you'll often find yourself surrounded by people that bring so little to the table that it makes you question your own career choices. Then there's the micromanagement, which one finds at every company with a few thousand people, but Tableau takes the cake; there are so many layers and so many "managers" that add absolutely no value (unless, of course, value is defined as lowering employee morale). Career progression hardly exists in the sales org. Sure, some roles have been created to be able to "progress" people, but the harsh reality is that there are not a lot of people that truly move up the ladder. What makes the situation more unfortunate, is that those people are almost exclusively the ones that spend more time on office politics than with their clients. Combine all of the above with pay that is well below the industry standard and you'll understand why a company with a great product and nice office has such a low Glassdoor score and why people are constantly leaving.

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    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, a culture has been created in which honest feedback is not appreciated. However, try to listen to your employees (and act on it) and stop creating more bureaucracy than necessary.

    Tableau Software2018-10-07
  5. Helpful (22)

    "A company that is no longer the same and is going downhill."

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    Current Employee - Sales in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tableau Software full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance Great office Free food Great Product

    Cons

    A deteriorating work environment and atmosphere due a growing frustration from employees regardless of territory and position. Frustration stems from: * Undermarket wages * Lack of communication and transparency * An environment where some get preferential treatment * Regular mistakes on payslips and lack of concerns about it * Highly bureaucratic, with increasingly cumbersome processes, acting as if they are a company with 30k employees They show a complete lack of respect towards their employees, they have a strong sense of entitlement and have no interest in listening to employees’ valid concerns or opinions. Tableau considers employees to be like pawns on a chessboard, using them how they see fit only to fulfil the company or manager’s personal agenda. The employee at no point has a say or is consulted in career changing decisions; employees are simply not taken in consideration. For a company that has “we respect each other” as one of their core values, it is shockingly lacking and should probably change it to “their way or the highway”. Clueless middle management (including directors) have no power and are just there to pass down information and play nice. Good luck on making them fight for you as they are too afraid that it would hurt their careers or cause them difficulties. There is also a complete lack of ownership when it comes to decision-making - decisions are made, teams find out through rumour and there is no official communication to anyone, leaving everyone feeling very unstable. Tableau was once a fun company, full of people with the same mission of working hard selling a great software and playing hard. In fact, the ‘play hard’ aspect is touted by HR as a perk. The reality is that Tableau has become a company that put itself first, organises lacklustre and basic parties that finish at 8pm and where you have to pay for your own drinks.

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    Advice to Management

    Do some soul searching

    Tableau Software2018-02-15
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Short but to the point"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tableau Software full-time

    Pros

    Great product that really does help people. Not just a solution for business but a solution that can help save lives. Created by some incredibly clever people that have spent their lives learning and understanding how the brain interprets images, movement, colour, size etc. That is the Tableau difference. There is a good culture. It was great however, as the company grows, the culture will change. As long as those at Tableau remain passionate about helping others, there will be no problem.

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    Cons

    Many similar products on the market that have secondary products that are the cash cows (MS has Azure. Give Power BI for free, make money on Azure). Difficult to compete with free. Rapid growth meant some individuals were employed that are not a great fit as they slipped through the 3-5 stages of interview. With this, there are areas of the business that seem to have forgotten the Tableau core values. Also, with this rapid growth, it has been hard for senior management to keep up with new hires, leading to embarrassing moments like not knowing the name of the sales person that closed an $700k deal. This is also behind a growing annoyance within the business around recognition. There are 4-5 "favourites" that are always singled out for good work, given opportunities to run projects, speak at events etc, and the new employees are over looked time after time. The biggest disappointment that I experienced is the lack of decisions made using data. For a company that sells one of the best products on the market to analyse data and make fact based decisions, a large amount of decisions were made by a very select few. This meant a bottle neck when it came to important decisions, for example, promotions, territory alignment, recognition of opportunities split across 2 or more territories and targets..

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    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees as their success will assist your success. Lots of good people have left as some management are clearly only looking out for number 1.

    Tableau Software2017-05-17
  7. "Brilliant company"

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    Senior Sales Area Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tableau Software

    Pros

    Best in market product, great team and world class culture

    Cons

    Slight growing pains with scaling business

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Tableau Software2017-05-29
  8. "Sales Ares Manager Snr"

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    Sales Area Manager Senior in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tableau Software

    Pros

    Great product, incredible mission, benefits are great, culture is amazing, great career stop

    Cons

    below industry pay, lack of regional autonomy

    Tableau Software2017-05-02
  9. Helpful (10)

    "Not the great hype inside"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tableau Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great product, good community , amazing customers, good marketing, global presence. Some very smart and capable people in the company.

    Cons

    The ambience is getting bad, not what it used to be. Poor and uninspiring micro management. The managers don't truly care about the people. Not enterprise ready from an organization perspective. Lots of international fights. No real career and growth perspective if you were not one of the first to join. The people that joined in the beginning have the best accounts and territories. Very high targets, especially if you don't have the basket with golden eggs like some do. Not enough support from sales supporting roles.

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, act upon it. Be true leaders instead of micro managers. The competition will be catching up.

    Tableau Software2017-04-12
  10. Helpful (15)

    "The Stepford Wives of SaaS Software Sales"

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    Lead Reaction Assistant Coordinator Reporting Up in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tableau Software

    Pros

    Great great great great product. Great people Great attitude (Just believe in it at the core - its the same ol' same ol' at the coal face) Prospects love you, generally want to engage and have a conversation. Clients love you Partners are great At least 2 months of, Wow they really get it, life's good.

    Cons

    A real input = output Disconnect. Not necessarily master of your fate. Declining perks "Limbo" in gaining market share until Tableau reaches its final form Limited training Limited sales cycle depth These three are the crux; Focus on velocity and volume, over quality and depth. Demand for more revenue from deals. Yet being reprimanded for lower deal sizes and lower "activity"

    Advice to Management

    Forget advice to managment, they're doing their thing. This is advice for you jumpin on the Tableau train! If you can put up and shut up, and navigate a nice patch, you'll make money - will you enjoy it? Spinning a yarn to attract your audience is marketing. Tableau do this very well - from their product, to the world of data visualisation itself and the human impact of this data work (its fun, YAY!). On the product side, they absolutely deliver. On the employment side, they are at complete odds - in the sales department at least - with what they embody, and it's creating real cracks in the strength of what is a great collection of people. Because the product is a toolkit, selling well means gaining buy in on the goal of doing this data thing yourself. Therefore, to be in line with the sales metrics that are important (velocity) you need your prospect to have 1 main thing. The desire to do take ownership of the learning withing this process. That involves sometimes a longer, deeper process than if they arrive with the interest themselves. The marketing machine will provide the most engaged leads you will ever see. You can lean on the "Tableau way" to guide them through a fairly straight forward sales process (why would they invest in sales training, when the majority are hi, welcome to Good data, home of the good data, can I take your order please? Would you like... sorry we dont have fries at the moment). The difficulty is when you need to awaken this need within dormant accounts. This means, largely, a sales force that feels un-empowered to affect their results, alongside a management focused on one thing - revenue targets. Then to affect their targets, which are under strain currently due to the focus on volume, they want productivity based on the metrics that they deem important. It's truly the dark side of data. Data is important but focus without balance creates a dangerous unknown! One they are headed for. The strange thing is - the product is great, the people are largely fantastic - so why the bleak mood? Why focus on volume when the issue is quality? The ripples of wall street and top management shake through the whole organisation. The mood dramatically changed. The cheery happiness was frowned upon, and god-forbid should you be seen to enjoy yourself. We're in "trouble" (on the backdrop of growing revenues). I mean really - it was said with gallows humour, but there were less berries in the fridge. Instead of slices of ham from a pig, there was miscellaneous meat substitute slices? I kid you not. We are a growing organisation in tandem.. The incredible frustration is that the issues with the sales organisation are exactly what we have been talking about. We can do the fully formed deals - when they need more work, we hand over to partners (oh, you have a OLAP database? And you're wondering whether a switch to Redshift from SQL would be good. I can't answer any of that, BUT WE CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT - shall we hook up to SQL now? Tell you what, let's start small...."). When they need serious work, you drop them. SO you are the sum of what you are fed. If you are someone in sales to be the CEO of your own destiny, it's quite castrating. Deal size fails because quality use cases, and quality sales methodologies (and TIME for the sales person to breathe around them) is the lack. The training is non existant in comparison to previous companies - it's purely evangelising why we are great. You'd think senior management - who are super sharp, superheroes (seriously, the product is incredible) would get it. Why wouldn't they get it? THey totally get it, right? Tableau needs market share like the cookie needs monsters For the next 2 years, it doesn't need people who can necessarily impact and think for their clients, they need the volume, volume, volume to ensure they have a good foothold when their product portfolio matures. Hang on tight, and make the metrics look good and hope for a good territory with good partners. Make sure you can deal with an internal metric focused organisation (regardless of what they say). But if you do (or intend to) cling on to the fact that the product is genuinely fantastic, and if you can help someone break through with data - its genuinely invigorating.

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    Tableau Software2016-07-01
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