Informatica Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Informatica Chairman and CEO Sohaib Abbasi
Sohaib Abbasi
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Pros
  • Super great culture with work life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Great Work Culture and fantastic people (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. Helpful (3)

    Informatica - survivor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Informatica

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Silicon Valley location, market leader in their space, though IBM breathes down their neck. Acquiring companies to match IBM's breadth. Better technology in core area, but high level of turnover in marketing results in less than anticipated sales - so good opportunity for top marketeers. In R&D, good growth opportunities if you are joining in Bangalore as more R&D work moves to Bangalore.

    Cons

    In R&D, limited development ability in the US. Bangalore facility growing by leaps and bounds. Career stagnation in the US for engineers. Entrenched senior management in R&D (been there for 10+ years) are control freaks. Senior engineers/architects there for 10+ years (since IPO) are control freaks and dead wood. No new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Build morale by focusing on careers of people, the sales and stock will automatically go up. The HR morale upgrade program was lip service. Make sure more attention is paid there.


  2. Helpful (1)

    stable and busy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Informatica

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very stable company during the unstable economy nice friendly employees, there isn't a lot company politics within each of the departments about average health / dental coverage depending on the manager, the job is pretty fair and manageable

    Cons

    every time someone leaves, there is no replacement due to very tight budgets (which is good for company survival during the slow economy but bad for raises or bonuses) simultaneously juggling multiple projects due to lack of employees some politics between subsidiaries or different product lines sometimes it's hard to get an exact direction from management due to the constant change in product design and plans during the release cycle

    Advice to Management

    some information needs to be filtered down a lot better.


  3. Helpful (3)

    good, not great

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Informatica

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the salary and benefits were good. it's a large enough company to provide plenty of paths for career advancement. it's small enough that there aren't too many hurdles/bureaucracy impeding productivity. the company is well positioned compared to its competitors. they offer an employee stock purchase plan, which is a pretty good value. the company events can be pretty fun. we went on a few trips.

    Cons

    the projects were pretty boring. the software development process is characterized by periods of low pressure and boredom followed by periods of high pressure (possibly working weekends) before a new release of a software product.

    Advice to Management

    improve middle management by hiring people with better leadership skills (not only technical skills).


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  5. Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Informatica

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work for engineer. Good product with great technologies. Work and life balance well. Opportunity to move and work in different teams within company

    Cons

    Perf review process usually lean toward emphasizing on the negative than cheering the accomplishments. Salary is at average but not top.

    Advice to Management

    Engineering manager needs to praise the good work or accomplishment from employee. Encourage innovation and to improve the daily communication process


  6. Working at Informatica in inside sales.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Inside Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Inside Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Informatica

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work - slightly better than average salary, good people, not high stress. Very understanding about life/work balance. Great product line and very well thought of in the industry.

    Cons

    Lots of disparity as far as territory went - often average salespeople did very well and top notch salespeople suffered because of bad territories. Management is nice but pretty much status quo - they aren't really natural leaders.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest creating a stronger delineation between field and inside - also recognize who your best people are and don't always look at the numbers. Get people more excited - just don't sit their and drone and overstate the obvious....


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good, solid company with a focus on building the best mid-size company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Informatica

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job stability, interesting problem and challenging work environment, smart engineering staff. Good growth for the last decade.

    Cons

    less diversified workforce.You rarely see non-Asian engineers there, management from top down are all from one country. Some politics there for fighting different directions for product.

    Advice to Management

    Salary is low compared with industry


  8. Helpful (1)

    Growing Pain: mid-level managers really need to be trained first!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Informatica

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - work life balance - flexibility - pays industry average - opportunity to move across departments - great people to work with

    Cons

    - hard to move up - can have very long hours - mid-level management has no proper training

    Advice to Management

    Hire some managers who care about the people rather than just good at managing the end result. Keep open door policy alive, it'll save our culture.


  9. Helpful (1)

    A fairly stable position in a stable company in an unstable industry

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Informatica

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Stable senior management team * Logical acquisition strategy and strong financial position to continue making acquisitions * Flexibility in where and when work is performed * Generous compensation package and bonuses

    Cons

    * Unfocused marketing strategy and outdated marketing organization structure * Lack of innovation, creativity, risk-taking, follow-through in marketing * Cramped and inconvenient located office space * Few or no opportunities for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Leadership means identifying a clear goal, putting the organizational structure in place to achieve that goal, staffing that organization with confident and competent people, and executing on that goal, task by task. Don't solicit ideas for improvement and then "go dark." Follow through on your commitments to your team. There's a lot of untapped talent in your organization. Clear the dead wood, and you'll find it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    You won't get a lot of direction, but if you push yourself, you can learn a lot.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Informatica

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The job offers very flexible hours and a great deal of freedom. Management trusts you to work when and where you want as long as you finish your work. There is a lot to learn.

    Cons

    New employees are given very little guidance or feedback. The breadth of material to learn can be overwhelming. The development process has not matured.

    Advice to Management

    Product managers seem constantly overworked. The company could benefit from another layer of management and better scheduling. The development process needs to be examined.


  11. Helpful (1)

    NA

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Services Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Professional Services Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good exposure to Products within a short amount of time Hands on experience at Client Site Benefits and Perks of being a Consultant

    Cons

    Compensation needs to be improved

    Advice to Management

    NA



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