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Informatica Reviews

Updated January 11, 2015
Updated January 11, 2015
452 Reviews
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Informatica Chairman and CEO Sohaib Abbasi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life Balance: One of the best IT companies in Bangalore I have seen (in 67 reviews)

  • Informatica has a good work culture compared to many Software product companies (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • People worked themselves to the bone running in circles for upper management - no work/life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Work is not a seasonal thing at GCS unlike R&D where everything happens "before" the release time (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    New vacation policy hurts employees

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

    I have been working at Informatica full-time

    Pros

    The people who have been here for years are great to work with.

    Cons

    There are several reasons this new vacation policy will never work:

    1) The opinion of Informatica employees towards this new policy was never solicited. We were suddenly sent an email in the middle of December informing us that we would no longer accrue paid time off and about how many other tech companies were doing this. Any company that does not care about the opinion of its employees will never succeed.

    2) Managers are now rubbing their hands in glee because they could use this policy to deny vacation to the people that worked for them based on "business needs"

    3) Informatica management is terribly disorganized and does everything at the last minute. Planning vacation time around their constant fire-drills will never work because they'll always need you around

    4) Under the old policy we at least earned our time off and could take them whenever we wanted. Now, since we don't earn vacation time, you have to beg for it from your boss, putting you at his mercy.

    5) Even though we have an "unlimited" vacation policy, we are still required to input it for tracking purposes. This behavior makes managers automatically assume that there are bonus incentives in place for them to ensure the least amount of vacation days consumed by their team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The vacation resolution policy is fraught with problems. HR personnel informed us during several FAQ sessions that we could call upon our HR Business Partner if our manager was constantly denying us vacation. Many employees will never go this route because it is akin to reporting your manager to HR which means you risk getting yourself placed on the chopping block. The following changes are suggested:

    1) The vacation system should send a notification to the manager every 2 days reminding them to approve or deny the vacation request. If they deny, they need to clearly state the reason, and be given the chance to suggest alternate vacation days instead

    2) If the vacation request is denied, the employee should be given a chance to comment in the vacation system as to why these specific vacation days are important. Every denial event should automatically be sent to the HR Business Partner who can monitor the thread and arbitrate

    3) If after 8 days, the manager has not approved the vacation request, a workflow trigger should instantly notify the HR Business Partner who must email and call the manager

    5) The vacation system needs to have triggers in place that send HR Business Partners a notification if too few vacation days are being used by the team

    6) Institute mandatory training for managers warning them of the dangers of burning out their team.

    7) If you're serious about work-life balance, then start an award for it. Let managers who allow team members to take at least 2 continuous weeks off once per calendar year be recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation and lauded at all-hands meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Informatica Response

    Jan 22, 2015CHRO

    As Chief HR Officer of Informatica, I’d like to present why we moved to a new no-cap FTO policy.
    The no-cap FTO policy was put into place to provide employees with more flexibility to juggle work
    ... More

  2.  

    Blah Company with Blah People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Operations
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Operations

    I worked at Informatica

    Pros

    Nice looking office, corporate experience, big name on resume

    Cons

    Boring, not innovative, bad pay, nothing cutting edge, treat employees like cogs in a machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it fun!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Internship at Informatica

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Informatica as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The environment near the company is very good! There are a lot of great intern event. You can met a lot of new friends there.

    Cons

    1, Their product is real difficult to use. For example, if you want to import a dataset, even a full-time employee don't know how to do that after 1 hour trying.
    2, You might learn nothing from it. Also, unlike other big company, there is no plan for interns, they always changed their thought. What you do might a trivial thing.
    3, they didn't change the intern salary for over three years!!

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Informatica Response

    Oct 24, 2014VP Global Talent Acquisition

    Sorry you feel your intern experience was not very good. Love to chat to you about the specifics of your internship. Its surprising as our intern program the past 2 years has been a huge success from ... More

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Informatica has outgrown CEO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Support Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Support Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Some very smart SVP leaders, great space (huge potential with cloud DI/DQ, MDM, etc),

    Cons

    Mixed product strategy of on-prem / cloud - own product is competing internally and confusion with customers due to CEO is not competent to run a company at this scale - he is risk adverse, and allows that mentality to permeate throughout company. Strategic young"er" leaders for cloud sales and channel recently left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO needs less cronies, and to be bolder in the market, and retain bolder leaders.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stuck in the mud with a CEO that needs to move on.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Informatica full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great products that generally live up to their potential with clients. Smatt and nice colleagues, although turnover is pretty high. Great training. Selling to the business is the right thing to do; we need more tools to do that better. I appreciate the autonomy that I have in hitting quota

    Cons

    After many years of being here, I've never seen so much political posturing, and so much investtment in overhead/useless staff in RWC. Management talks about how we will become a $3B compnay, but is clueless on how to articulate that. It ain't VIBE. The CEO pulls far too much money out of the company through his stock plan, it doesnt appear he has much confidence in the company. Way too much emphasis on generating reports and SFDC, mostly to cover one's bottom. SFDC is my new Saturday fun time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have become aloof. YOU HAVE NO STRATEGY TO GROW, and our results show that. I'd like to see that you allow yourself to admit you have screwed up a lot of late. The amount you pay yourselves and the rubbish you spew at us in company meetings is incredible. Get out and be with customers. Start with killing the oversized ego's please... if a pin went into you, most of you would pop like a baloon. Invest in more customer facing roles, perhaps starting with folks who can run smart business demo's and an adequate IPS staff

    I had put an innordinate amount of my retirement savings into INFA and that has turned out to be a big mistake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Rudderless Sales Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Now that McGee is gone maybe the company will return to treating the sales organization like they have value. Charles Race is a good guy and will add value

    Cons

    Very weak sales management. Quick to blame employees not the lack of innovation over the last few years. No real process just tons of reporting which sales management only uses to bash employees with not to help improve the sales process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a real strategy and implement. Try to innovate not just repackage products with today's buzzwords Create consistent pricing If you want to be a billion dollar company act like one

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Informatica Response

    Sep 24, 2014SVP-US Sales

    Thank you for your feedback and your 3 years of service to the company.

    Yes, we agree that Charles Race is a good guy and he is already changing the sales culture at Informatica. We have seen a
    ... More

  8.  

    Not happy with company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    benefits, training, compensation, office culture

    Cons

    bad managers, no growth potential

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Informatica Response

    Jun 19, 2014VP Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to comment. Sorry to hear you left the company. Id love the opportunity to understand what happened. I can be reached at bcook@informatica.com if your open to discussing ... More

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Culture is in Flux

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - 401(k), medical, dental, vision, etc.
    Great co-workers.
    Ability to work from home.
    Nice new office in Redwood City.

    Cons

    Marketing upper management laid people off then immediately backfilled those positions (illegal?) which created a sense of mistrust and unease. People were eager to throw each other under the bus, but very slow to make decisions in fear that they would misstep. People worked themselves to the bone running in circles for upper management - no work/life balance. Low productivity and morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great products, poor leadership in many areas

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

    I worked at Informatica

    Pros

    Interesting technology, passionate 1st line managers and ICs, decent, central location on the Peninsula, flexible with hours and decent work life balance

    Cons

    Poor leadership, especially at the highest levels of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition. Benefits are okay but not really great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    If you are looking into working in IT, think very long and very hard about it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay for the role is OK, not keeping up with the Google/FB/Linkedin's anymore though.

    Cons

    Many single points of failure. Many contractors who doesn't have to be managed as staff, which management seems to like. A lot of turnover right now, at both executive and staff level. Not enough staff to justify all the upper-middle management. Staff not part of the team, treated like contractors. Everything looks to be moving to India, where quality is terrible. Accountability is arbitrary. HR is absent...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people, they will feel part of a team vs. part of a machine. They will stay for the mission, even if other things are hard. Manage your people, not your processes. Empower your staff vs. disable their ability to make a decision at every corner. No one feels safe or knows what is going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Informatica Response

    Dec 13, 2013HR Director, Business Partner

    Thank you for your candid feedback. I’m sorry you were not satisfied with working at Informatica. We benchmark our pay ranges at least yearly to ensure that we pay market-competitive salaries. The ... More

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