Tessella Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Tessella is an international analytics and data science consulting services company.
Software Developer (Former Employee) says"Layoffs are occurring and management has been gutted. Consider other places if possible. Very high turnover rate with over 50% of the staff gone from last year."
Analyst says"Poor leadership and weak sales team have led to layoffs and they will continue to occur."
Former Employee - Software Engineer says"Compensation is very low for technical staff (data science/software engineer), even when the company is doing well. The company hires a lot of PhDs, but experience gained during a PhD barely counts towards your years of experience, so you'll be starting at a similar level to someone with an MSc. Salaries are non-negotiable for technical staff. The company is very secretive about the compensation given and you are expected not to talk about it. Little motivation is given to do your job very well. You won't get compensated. Work can be uninspiring. There's also a good chance you'll be working on a client site for months on ends with little interaction with Tessella. Not much room for growth (they make is seem like there is, but in reality if you want to enter middle-management you need to be hired externally.) Very much a 'just another number' culture, you won't be treated like an individual if you're technical staff. Constant traveling back and forth to the main office. Overall, I'd only work here if you have little experience and move on to a better paid/more inspiring job after. However, if you have a lot of experience and can enter into a management/high-level consultancy position it may be a better experience."
Software Consultant says"Tessella market themselves as a science focused company, however I found that there was very little science to what I was doing - I was generally building web applications that required very little software knowledge. You can strike lucky and get a science related project, but from where I was, they were few and far between. Making noises about this didn't help either - as others have said on here, once you were on a project, you were stuck with it. Higher management and sales can be ineffective with communication too - there were very frustrating moments where I thought I was being lined up for more interesting multiple times, only to find that I had then been forgotten about and that someone else had been given the role that I was training for. Tessella is very money focused, and seems unable to try to improve internal processes and systems to make their workers happier and more efficient, even though through their consultancy, try to make others efficient in the same way. Promotions are also a joke. I, like other junior staff, were promoted based on time, not ability. It was clear there were people who should have been further up the ladder because of the effort they put in compared to others. Personally, I felt held back by the company, as a trained scientist. I know of many who had been trained to similar levels to me who felt as held back as I did."
Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer says"Every penny must be extracted out of the customer at any cost. A bad feel to it all. Terrible Internal Systems (timesheet program and Lotus Notes) Computers are not good specification Some people are paid very well, but they aren't worth it. The Tessella Quality Manual informs you on how long your sentence is at each grade and before you are promoted. Serving time isn't about Quality! It is very hard to be promoted outside serving your time, except for the new job titles they make up every now and then."
Former Employee - Analyst Programmer says"There's a club of older guys there that tend to out you down a lot Some software architects can't do the job but they push you around a bit Can be disorganised and the office is chaotic Can have job insecurity if they don't find you a project to work on Lots of discussion about improving internal IT stuff but with all the hype, it still is bad Career progression isn't about ability but about getting brownie points"
Former Employee - Computer Consultant says"It isn't your fault if there is no work. You are chosen for redundancy if you are not billing (in the redundancy rounds, no-one that was 'billing' was ever chosen in a redundancy round). You can be put on projects that don't match your skills but you are just available. You can be put on projects where you are 'just a pair of hands' You can be put on projects that are boring. I am a scientist and I don't want to work on a mismanaged DIGITAL ARCHIVING project ever! The internal systems used are dire. A timesheet program written in VB6, Lotus Notes, a home rolled CRM. You have minimal autonomy and there can be micro management. Lots of "know it all's" with opinions on everything. Sales culture is to get every penny out of the customer. Often this means that there are stroppy email messages sent to existing customers for more money, and you as the software developer have to go and work there being a different face of the company and having to apologize for the hard sales tactics and behaviour."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"- I had fantastic direct management but higher-up management did not seem to have clear direction of what to do with the US market. - Sometimes high-up management involved too much into technical decisions, in which they had very little knowledge on the domain, and would cause bad direction in development - Salary not rewarding. Regardless how much one contributed to the revenue and improvements of the company, promotion and salary increase (or even salary adjustment) wouldn't happen until one demands for it. - Bonus scheme was unfair."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"Little consideration for employees as people. They may put you onsite at a client for two years that is located two hours away and that's just how it is. You can't move closer to the client because they might take you off just as fast. Also, there is not always enough work to go around. The best, more experienced people are snapped up, while newer people may spend significant time training before being assigned to a project."
Current Employee - Data Scientist says"Geos (outside UK) require better management, low salaries, unstructured comunications between geos & uk."
Former Employee - Data Scientist says"Management is really poor. This means you end up commiting to imposible things. Outside UK Tessella is not Tessella. This means poor management, no personal growth. 50% of the team left within a year."