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Actuate Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
56 Reviews
3.9
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Actuate President, CEO, and Director Pete Cittadini
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  1.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Actuate

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to have personal impact on various aspects of the company. Good work/life balance, freedom to pursue personal and professional interests. Good office spaces, and infrastructure.

    Cons

    Lack growth plan. Salaries could be more competitive. information and plans change. not sure how to manage back to growth organically. single product with limited investment

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not for professional growth if you're in sales.

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    Former Employee - SDR in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - SDR in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Actuate full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is pleasant for the most part, and there is no micromanaging.
    They pay for some of your yearly gym membership.
    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    As an SDR, there was no room for growth. To move up, you must leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more realistic expectations for compensation - what defines an opportunity makes it really hard to get one. Although I was of the top performers on the team, I barely got paid any commission.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Positive Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Technology
    Work / Life Balance
    Systems

    Cons

    Marketing Presence - Been profitable market leader for twenty years but nobody knows who we are.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I wish I had paid more attention to my career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The employees are great team players

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't have a clue how to run a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Chaotic Engineering

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actuate

    Pros

    Stability used to be the bibbest pro, before they started the lay offs.
    Culture is not the worst, but constantly degrades.

    Cons

    Technology is at least 10 years old.
    Rotation ratio is huge - in a group of 7 engineers you can easily see 5 quitting in one year.
    Huge ratio of Chinese developers drives results in cultural issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get good engineering and product managers

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good technology and work enviornment

    Cons

    No clear strategic message from management

  8.  

    Average IT company with big companies' cons and few pros

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Depending on your role and position, you could have the chance to work on challenging projects

    Cons

    Communication issues with management team and lack of skills to take strategic decisions.
    Resources requests can take ages, even for high priority projects.
    Too many VP's with undefined role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take real worker's opinions into consideration.
    Improve bidirectional communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty good overall.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Actuate full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good people to work with. Very flexible working environment.

    Cons

    Not much energy in the company. Some bad management decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people doing the work. Too much top down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not much room for growth. Departments don't work well together

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Actuate full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pretty good location on the Peninsula

    Cons

    Poor communication between departments and often played the blame game

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    How They're Surviving

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Actuate

    Pros

    The company still has that spark of an enterprise software company from the late 90's. Creative, independent with a eye to the future. CEO is well grounded and accessible if you pretend you're from New Jersey / NY. Got to be ready to be part of the "boys club" if you want to move up. Sales culture is typical of companies like this. Miss your number for a couple of quarters and you better be looking for a new job. Development is pretty closed off from the rest of the company (good/bad?). Marketing is actually a high point for them.

    Cons

    I worked from home. The company didn't embrace the remote worker idea to much. Hurt me in the end. I found the product space a little boring, with few exciting ideas coming from development. They were swimming through the current recession by going back to existing customers and "making them honest" on their software license/contract terms. This actually was the only revenue driver for the last 12 months and the company would be toast today if it weren't for the 15 years of license violations that they're now policing. It's almost like banked money they're now collecting. Customers are happy to get 50 cents on the dollar for their purchase back in 2004. It's a win-win, but with a mafia/IRS kind of twist...come clean and pay up, or we'll yank your license.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a buyer and get out of the market while you can. Oracle and SAP will crush you in 2 years. Otherwise, get lean and continue down the open source route. Prepare employees for the inevitable downsizing and cut them some options.

    Approves of CEO

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