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Actuate President, CEO, and Director Pete Cittadini
Pete Cittadini
42 Ratings
  • Mixed bag -- good accomplishments but some odd behavior

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
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    Pros

    The products are good -- you can point to what you made and be proud. Also, there are lots of good people there. The company doesn't try to inflict an artificial culture on its people. If you are sick, they support you being out to get well. They seem to mostly keep the people they hire -- didn't seem to be much turnover.

    Cons

    Hard to get requirements or functional specs on product development., even when your job needs access to them -- didn't seem like they exist Embracing agile dev seemed to be just an excuse to fly by the seat of the pants... or maybe they had a plan (including specs & requirements?) and no longer felt like they needed to communicate it to other employees. Increasingly the main innovation was in China, not the U.S., which added to the communication issue. Sometimes odd politics led to surprising promotions or credit being given to the wrong people.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to having a communicative development process with requirements and functional specs created and reviewed by other folks in the company -- both to help them get their jobs done and to provide valuable feedback to the development process.


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