Terrible Experience with Tech Data
Senior PHP Software Engineer (Former Employee) – Clearwater, FL – August 13, 2018
I was brought on as a contractor after moving to the area from out of state and was thoroughly unimpressed and disappointed with the lack of structure and competence in the management. There was no cohesion between Software Development "factions" or the business, there was no real training to speak of, no clear path or direction in which to take but a plethora of political maneuvering and a highly toxic company culture. I was very disappointed that the position I was hired for did not turn out to be at all as advertised. I knew things were going to go back when one Project Manager "intercepted" me as her direct report "on a whim" after 2 other new hires were to start on the same day, but never showed and I was alone. Later I discovered that there were initially 3 other people that we scheduled to start on 3 different dates but had either went back to their old jobs or had moved on to other positions due to being misled about their start dates. This occurred to me after weeks of discussion with my expected Supervisor just because she was favored the department head. Despite this, I still tried to make the best of what opportunity I had, though once my newly assigned PM asked me "Can't you just mix the dot Nets and the PHPs together?" I knew that I had very little chance of success. My contract was rescinded the same week I stuck up for myself and my professional integrity. This is not a great place for developers to work. I suggest that Tech Data outsource their development efforts to a more capable and competent B2B technology partner as they do with most other products.
Decent food in the cafeteria, albeit a bit expensive
Poor work space/shoddy equipment, No SDLC, Reliance on establishing personal connections with external departments, toxic culture, no collaboration/team structure