Pervasive Software
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www.actian.com Austin, TX 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated May 6, 2014

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Pervasive Software President, CEO, and Director John E. Farr

John E. Farr

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41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Not your ideal place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsSomewhat laid back atmosphere - they always had food available but all the "vultures" who were upper management would come in first and make plates to take home before you could even get a snack

    ConsMostly everything. No real transparency between management and employees. They say they will take what you say and try to make changes but that is just lip service. Keeping things from employees is not a good strategy

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou don't need more managers than you have reps. Consider listening to what your employees have to say and stop thinking you are soooo high and mighty like you are the kings of the world

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

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    A common direction and shared goal please.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsVast amounts of technilogical learning possible
    Insight into other industries (non-technology sector focused)
    Career networking possiblies with other companies
    Benefits not too bad for company size
    Physical employee resources kept up to date with latest technologies

    ConsBusiness unit needs not evenly balanced
    Learn to say no, not everything needs to be a yes
    Train all employees properly on what/how/why of their role and the proper methods to perform their individual duties
    Ethics needs to be instilled at management level and transmitted to contributors
    Tends to be more focused on numbers than the people.
    Make commitments that make sense for the growth of the company beyond a number focus

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet go of the employees who cause more harm than good, keep the valued employees who repeatedly put 110%+ effort into the company and strive on a daily basis to improve the company, the products made, and the customer experience.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor management is their biggest downfall

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsCo-workers are fabulous, good benefits and good working environment. Location was great but that's a personal preference

    ConsNepotism is all over the place, management brings their children (unsupervised) to the office for days on end to avoid daycare. Meetings are typically started late and without an agenda. Projects are run without communication to the team and plans/decisions are often not thought out fully, causing missed deadlines or unreasonable expectations on staff. Management is largely from abroad and has no concept of motivation. Some managers rely on intimidation as their primary means of motivation. Planning is pretty much a joke. Often times staff is asked to create elborate plans only to find out through the grapevine that the goals/feautres have been changed and the plans are moot. Staff are often harshly reviewed because of time spent on tasks that didn't benefit the final project but no communcation was offered to know goals had changed. A very difficult place to work and usually the only way to get ahead is to simply be on someone's good side.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake you children to day care instead of the office. It's unfair to your children but also to your employees. You make more money in the company than anyway - YOU CAN AFFORD IT!!! Go back to school and get basic management and ethis traning as well as brushing up on your Engrish! Just because you have an MBA does not automatically make you a manager. TALK TO YOUR EMPLOYEES. Everyone there wants to succeed but it's impossible if plans and schedules are not communicated to staff on a regular basis. Think through you product features before you have your staff jump off a bridge. Much time is wasted doing things halfway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    amateur hour for the most part

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Prosit all depends on who you work for.

    Consextremely conservative executive leadership team, organization is riddled with B and C-team players (many of whom appear to have never worked anywhere other than Pervasive and most of whom have never worked outside of Austin). Huge turnover in sales. Very reactive organization...driven by the emergency du jour. Very hard to get anything done there...lots of inertia. A company incredibly resistent to change, yet unhappy with things as they are. Company tries to do too many things and ends up under-resourced on all of them. Low pay scales and bad job titles (i.e. director at pervsive = vp everywhere else)

    Advice to Senior Management"you're too damned small to be so big"...too many autonomous divisions all going in different directions. no apparent corporate strategy, vision or unified market persona. open up the wallet, buy yourself a serious CMO and a proven top sales executive. Scrap the divisions, come up with a unified vision, market and sell the hell out of that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So much potential, so little leadership

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGreat Product in terms of functionality, great co-workers, good location, great place to launch your software career, fantastic health benefits, really aggressive R&D budget keeps Pervasive ahead of the competition.

    ConsUI for product looks like it is about 12 years old (because it is), Management is made up of a group of emotional babies who will meddle in your deals when they see fit, ie offering price cuts where none are needed, or way over pricing a solution if they think the customer has deep pockets. However, if you do need to engage them on deals where you need management support, you are very unlikely to get them to offer a helping hand. Management is also rather inexperienced in anything other than the integration space, so they find it hard to relate to customer problems. They believe that integration is 100% necessary 100% of the time and if a deal is lost, it must be due to "poor salesmanship." There is almost no support from marketing. AE's will create all of their own presentations and marketing materials. The culture of the company is that sales people are a dime a dozen and that a trained ape could sell this very complex product. As a result, they put very little effort into training or enabling their sales staff and have a very high turnover as a result.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to quit blaming their sales people for the failures that the company as a whole is facing. The development team missed their deadline to launch version 10 of the product, yet there was no relief given to sales regarding our increased quotas which were assigned assuming that V10 would be available to sell. This is not acceptable! Why are you taking money out of our pockets for the failure of management to properly forecast the required effort to launch a new version of the Data Integrator product? To me this is just a slap in the face to all of your sales personnel.

    Management also needs to stop assuming that other companies beat us because we are a poor sales organization. Other companies beat us because our sales team has ZERO support. Do you think AE's at Informatica or SAP or Oracle are building their own RFP's or spending countless hours creating new PowerPoint presentations, or expected to be both an inside and an outside resource? This is a 28 year old company that still runs around with its hair on fire like we are some boot strapped start up. Your response that we need to work 12 hour days, on weekends and take less vacation is disrespectful. You have no claim on my personal time. I am not a doctor. If you want my personal time, you are free to pay for it.

    Management also needs to stop playing favorites with the honey accounts and opportunities. ..It is not okay that you give the best deal to the guy that happens to be your wife’s best friends husband…It is okay to have relationships, but this stinks of favoritism.

    Additionally, I would suggest that you take a long look at the attitude you have towards attrition. You seem not to care that you lose 50% of your sales staff every year. Maybe you don’t, but the revenue that is lost every year due to a lack of continuity should get you thinking that maybe it is cheaper to keep good sales people by paying them what they are worth, than going out and hiring 10 new recent college grads at $35k and hoping they are able to catch on with no training and no support.

    Finally, if you really want to know how to improve this company from a sales perspective, quit reading your own press clippings. We are selling a commodity at this point. The challenge of integration has been addressed in painstaking detail over the last 15 years. If you really want to sell on value, good luck. The winner of this fight will be the company that can figure out a way to sell custom integration solutions in the cloud under a “utility” pricing model. Asking any company to pay $15k for a piece of software that will only be used at 10% capacity is lunacy!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great product, growing industry, but company has poor management. 25 yr old company still with start up mentality.

    Account Executive - Integration Division (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsUncapped commissions, great employee benefits, ability to travel as little or as much as you see fit.

    ConsLack of structured processes and effective training, poor management, unfair balance of how employees are treated. Priorities change rapidly, this company is in drastic need of a seasoned GM to drive the integration business...but exec mgmt only wants puppets who will continue with the status quo.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop bragging about consecutive quarters of profitability, and take a real look at why the company has had virtually zero growth, huge attrition, and a very low % of sales people hitting quota. A fresh perspective is needed, it can't always be the sales peoples fault!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's great if you want to coast

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPervasive has a great community feel to it. Lunch parties 2-3 times a year, softball game every year, all sorts of fun events that go on nearly every quarter.

    ConsPervasive is a great place to work if all you want to do is coast through your life, not really inventing or working on anything interesting. If you want a paycheck, and put in your 8-10 hours a day then Pervasive is perfect. If you are ambitious in anyway, forget it. There is no drive to exceed at Pervasive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAim for exceeding and growing, not being content

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