Actuate Reviews

Updated May 19, 2015
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  1. Database Intern

    Former Intern - Database Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Database Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Actuate as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent, kind, and fun people. There was always a place to ask questions. Great food trucks that would show up every week.

    Cons

    Language barrier between some of the employees that worked there, disorganized and lack of direction for the interns you were basically on your own.

    Advice to Management

    No longer matters as the company as now been acquired by a new parent company.


  2. Great people, limited opportunities for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of wonderful people, with great technology; they are a big part of one of the coolest Open Source BI projects out there (BIRT). Pay is competitive and sales environment is fast paced. Lots of opportunities to grow your technical skills in Business Intelligence, embedded BI, analytics, and more.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are often limited, and there does not seem to be much real investment being made in their employees' professional growth. Enterprise reporting is a rapidly shrinking market segment, and Actuate's expansion out of that space will have to compete with many other vendors.

    Advice to Management

    Greater investment in people will likely yield much greater results, though some serious investment in application development is certainly warranted. Focus less on marketing and branding and more on delivering real solutions. While BIRT is still a very viable Open Source application it may be too cumbersome when compared with other enterprise solutions, especially in the Big Data and Analytics spaces.


  3. Senior manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    Tough industry at the moment, the company hasn't grown enough the last few years.


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  5. Great place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great bunch of smart people...Excellent culture...Fun place to work.

    Cons

    Revenue has been flat....High sales turnover....Difficulty recruiting sales talent


  6. An interesting place to work in the midst of a challenging transition

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and smart people (for the most part), beautiful workspaces at HQ. Interesting, powerful products that can do amazing things (but it can take brains and time to make that happen, making sales challenging).

    Cons

    Actuate products are complex, and the three product lines/lines of business were never truly integrated. So much of the business wasn't integrated either. Knowledge in one area wasn't always valuable in others. Former employees who have left recently have reported large bumps in pay at their new jobs, so salaries may not be keeping pace.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of employees are nervous right now. The OpenText acquisition represents an opportunity for the former Actuate and its employees. But strategy and direction needs to be more clearly articulated. Right now it seems like Waterloo is asking for Actuate to lead itself, but not giving feedback on direction/or and telling us that our choices will be supported. For a company (OT) that has done a lot of acquisitions, I expected a smoother process.


  7. Actuate's greatest asset is the people that work there.

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small enough to make an impact People

    Cons

    Pay Need more automated systems Work culture needs development

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people, culture, and customers and pay off will be big.


  8. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well balanced work life. Flexible work life Good benefits

    Cons

    Poor middle level management No carrier grow


  9. Great culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you have ideas, you can advance them.

    Cons

    Sub par revenue growth over the last 12 months


  10. Great company to work for. Nice people, great product technology.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, great culture, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Takes some time to get promoted but worth the wait.


  11. Great people, great working environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, easy to get to know people around the company.

    Cons

    Things can be mundane.



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