Actel Reviews

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  1.  

    Experience has gone down after layoffs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Actel

    Pros

    People are friendly.
    Atmosphere is generally good.
    Processes are good.
    Employer has a good health plan and goes above and beyond for people with health issues.

    Cons

    Most of the growth seems to be in India
    Management focus is divided between Mountain View and India and centers mostly on India
    Feels understaffed after the layoff with some voluntary turnover after the layoff.
    Okay for hardware, not a great place to work for software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get a better buy-in from employees to work with India because employees see it as nickel and dime cost cutting and not a good long term approach. Need better incentives to keep good software engineers because even though the economy is down, hiring for programmers has increased.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Actel

    Pros

    layoffs are over or so it seems

    Cons

    There is no room for growth as very few senior level people were let go during layoffs compared to beg-mid level engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    He is leaving actel in a few months...

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from this place!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Actel

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule usually permitted

    Cons

    The environment here is one of hostile, ignorant and incompetent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of nepotism and favoritism in the company. Some old timers are simply not up to the task anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Think very carefully before joining this company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Actel

    Pros

    Very understanding and flexible about time off for personal reasons.

    Cons

    Business Areas do not take impacts to other business areas into account when creating new processes. Manual work arounds are common. Many cause problems in other business areas. Systems to support these processes are therefore jury-rigged and difficult to modify (or even understand in some cases). No one has the big picture from a systems perspective and IT, while expected to have a big picture, is considered a drag on any project, so is never told enough info to get the big picture. IT is also hampered by severe resource constraints.

    Finally, in recent years there have been so many mandatory shut downs (take vacation or no pay) that it is impossible for a new employee to accrue time off. Also, they do not match 401K.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give IT enough resources to be effective, and re-enforce support for IT by discouraging non-IT projects that impact multiple business areas. Encourage business areas to work with other areas PRIOR to business process changes and each area should step up to own thier own business data and how the systems they use represent that data and the associated business processes. NOTE: Enough IT resources means to have at minimum 2 resources(primary and backup) for each production system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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