Actuate
3.5 of 5 42 reviews
www.actuate.com San Mateo, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jan 12, 2014
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3.5 42 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

Actuate President, CEO, and Director Pete Cittadini

Pete Cittadini

(26 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Revolving door for salespeople

Account Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Actuate full-time for more than a year

ProsLocal sales manager was good but sr. managers were concerned with their own survival.

ConsHigh sales turnover, frequent territory changes, average product made it difficult to create real relationships with clients. I knew I was in trouble when a client pulled a stack of biz cards from their drawer and said they were all my predecessors.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It's a mixed bag

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

Prosgood work life balance, nice employees, friendly environment, generally accessible exec staff, flexible with family, small enough that most people get to know each other

Conshigh turnover, no employee retention plans, below average compensation and near impossible to get an increase, few opportunities to grow, have to leave to improve career, party culture spills into work time, some long term dead weight in the ranks, steady loss of talent and nothing happening to stop it

Advice to Senior Managementtime to try something new

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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There are better places to be

Account Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Actuate full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe technology is good in a competitive industry.

ConsSales is a revolving door. Poor morale among sales org and customers. Constantly making it hard to do business with. Not capitalizing on open source. Do not care about growth.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on growth.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Terrible on-boarding processes and middle school of the adult tech world

Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I worked at Actuate as a contractor for more than a year

Pros7 hour work days, relaxed and slow pace environment like that of a government organization. They embrace alcohol and parties. Their products are good.

ConsHighly political, lots of back stabbing and subjective false allegations towards each other. Just dysfunctional especially to a newbie. Lots of comments to new employees such as "you should have known xyz from your last company". Males openly flirt with females and the females don't mind (not sure what falls under - weird?). childish behaviors.

Advice to Senior ManagementYour method of divide and conquer works wells and you are achieving your goals.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Mixed bag -- good accomplishments but some odd behavior

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I worked at Actuate

ProsThe products are good -- you can point to what you made and be proud. Also, there are lots of good people there. The company doesn't try to inflict an artificial culture on its people. If you are sick, they support you being out to get well. They seem to mostly keep the people they hire -- didn't seem to be much turnover.

ConsHard to get requirements or functional specs on product development., even when your job needs access to them -- didn't seem like they exist Embracing agile dev seemed to be just an excuse to fly by the seat of the pants... or maybe they had a plan (including specs & requirements?) and no longer felt like they needed to communicate it to other employees. Increasingly the main innovation was in China, not the U.S., which added to the communication issue. Sometimes odd politics led to surprising promotions or credit being given to the wrong people.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to having a communicative development process with requirements and functional specs created and reviewed by other folks in the company -- both to help them get their jobs done and to provide valuable feedback to the development process.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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If Actuate can gain traction with their open source offerings, they could be an exciting company

Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I worked at Actuate

ProsThe investment that Actuate has made in their new open source offerings is a daring move, and one that might get them the market share they need as a second tier business intelligence software provider. This technology, along with the community of open source developers that back it, have led to some very exciting technological advances that make the products very exciting to work with. Coupling these innovative products with their battle tested server offerings provides a fairly compelling story that mixes the innovation associated with open source with the stability provided by a seasoned and time tested delivery platform.

ConsActuate has changed its strategy numerous times, and I think this has led to confusion throughout the organization. At times, they have focused almost exclusively on marketing several different productized "reporting applications" that primarily targeted the financial sector, which makes up the majority of Actuate's install base of customers. As that sector has suffered, so has Actuate. They have also attempted to integrate several acquisitions with varying levels of success. The Performancesoft acquisition has not been well integrated, as both the technology and the skill set needed to market and sell it are very different from Actuate's traditional core competencies.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo avoid becoming an also-ran with an ever-shrinking customer base, Actuate needs to focus on their open source offerings and figure out a better way to monetize the market share they have gained.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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