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Actuate Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
56 Reviews
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Actuate President, CEO, and Director Pete Cittadini
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Great" culture

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

    I worked at Actuate

    Pros

    They pay for gym reimbursements and classes to increase skills for your position.

    Cons

    Management can not make up their minds and can not communicate changes to their employees effectively. If anything goes wrong, the employee takes the heat. They care more about their profits (which have been declining rapidly) than the well-being of their employees. (Employees are being forced to drive through terrible storm conditions with flood warnings and downed power lines just to go to work. No work from home options?!) Employees there are all very gossipy. Be careful what you say out loud because someone will definitely hear you, judge you, and repeat to someone else. Everyone who has been at this company has been there since they opened so there is no room for growth if that is what you are looking for. Their 401k matching pays out once a year so if you're not there when it gets paid out, then you're out of luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to your employees. Have some compassion. A happy employee makes the work place a happier place to be and therefore increases productivity. Have you not learned from your mistakes?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Believe these reviews

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Its an easy place to get on board because of the turnover

    Cons

    What a mess. If you need a job then take it but keep looking while you listen to the stories.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to shareholders. Take a deep look at the senior leadership and ask yourself if this is where you want your money to be invested at?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Decision of my life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They have no Pros. I need five words at least for a Pro. So here it is, You will learn how not a company or a engineering team should be.

    Cons

    Ah where do I begin. No work organization or stable decision making. They are using old technologies. They call themselves Agile which means change requirements, scope whenever you like and screw engineers. They have never bothered to learn anything else about Agile.

    Managers, directors have been working at actuate for 13-20 years and have no idea what new technologies are , how are thing managed in 21st century. Suggestions are never heard, response is always "this is how it has been since the last 20 years". There is always resistance to positive change.

    Worst Product Management I have seen in my career. Tech Leads have no skills only bad attitude.

    Lately there have been layoffs and of course high attrition rate for engineers. Engineers cannot learn or gain any experience here. They have age old technology stack that is not used anywhere these days. Work experience gained here is of no use.

    Totally forgot , there are more directors and vice presidents than engineers who do the actual work. There is a director and then a senior director .There is a vice president and then a senior vice president and all for small team of 5-6 engineers. Not surprisingly they all do nothing or the same thing.

    Honestly if you layoff your directors and VP's they wont get a job elsewhere because they have no skills and they never bothered upgrading the little they learnt 20 years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I dont see a future . Sell the company as soon as you can. If you are planning to run the company, fire all engineering directors, vice presidents and product managers. Hire someone who is open to innovation and has an outlook. You have way too many directors/VP's .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Well paid jobs, compared to market. 9-5 hours.

    Cons

    Some incompetence at higher level. Corporate managers have no clue about tech. No growth opportunities (old boys club). They do acquisitions of smaller companies and drive those products straight into the ground. Stories went around about higher management using foul language in all hands meetings (disgusting). People lost jobs after many layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop buying tech companies whose product you cannot sell. Give people a chance to advance in their careers. Cleanup your language.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good product for 1990s , need to overhaul strategies and innovations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Actuate

    Pros

    Company has good array products and kind of stable from customer point of view .

    Cons

    No innovations
    Mediocre salaries
    Lacks focus on product development
    No information sharing at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open , bring good people with good money as well retain good talent.Allow them to bring new ideas to table.
    Please share more information with employees.
    Open BIRT tutorial series to everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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