Actian Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Sales Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good comp plan
    Competitive Products
    Good people

    Cons

    Poor handling of mergers
    Poor communication with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Lost in translation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR

    I have been working at Actian full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The packages are quite good and there are some really nice and talented people at the bottom of the pile so they are a great bunch of folk to work with.

    Cons

    Management (or lack of it) is a completely different story. Senior Management seem to spend their time flying around the globe at great expense and not actually achieving anything and middle management are fairly useless and could be got rid of in a heart-beat and no-one would miss them. There is no scope for personal development and there is a general feeling that it all feels like a sinking ship. Great shame but with so very little investment in advertising then I suppose that is what will eventually happen!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please invest in the people who actually know what they are doing, who work hard. Listen to them, don't be afraid to embrace and good suggestions. Cut frivolous spending and put that money into getting our name out there. No-one in software has ever heard of Actian, despite what your marketeers may tell you to the contrary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    S.O.S.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Actian had the potential to be "the major player" with great technology, talented engineers, excited sales & marketing team. But if senior leadership ever checked in, they would know that it has disappeared with week after week of a talent exodus. We do get free lunch and breakfast tacos twice a week, though.

    Cons

    Where to start???....Oh, Steve Shine... Senior staff have an elitist culture that has rubbed off on middle management. They have forgotten that Actian needs qualified developers and engineers to make his platform "vision" work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire Deloitte, Accenture, Capgemni to come in and make us work. It is your only hope. Your middle management does not have the skills, experience, industry knowledge, or know how to save our company.
    Or sell us quick before there is nothing left to sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actian

    Pros

    Future looks bright in a growing industry. Good work/life balance. Technology platform making significant performance achievements compared to others in the market.

    Cons

    Challenges still present due to recent acquisitions. Products still require some integration into platform. Services resources are struggling to find qualified experience.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a real software company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actian full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is more interested in acquiring other companies than in developing software.

    Cons

    If your company is acquired by Actian, do not expect anything.

  7.  

    The Best Vaporware a company can buy.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of...

    Cons

    The CEO is no where to be seen & doesn't have a clue. The technology is broken. There is no platform. The services team is understaffed. Support is under trained. The sales teams are hopeless. It is a sinking ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop and analyze your business. Get rid of the middle management that does not understand the market or product. Invest in engineering, not marketing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacking in Culture and Vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Global Account Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    I was able to advance my sales career by leaving.

    Cons

    The leadership believes they have all the answers but were never available to share their vision or direction. On multiple occasions I was asked by leadership to deceive existing partners into paying more in renewals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture needs to be #1.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Lack of Direction from Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    -plenty of great, hardworking, talented people here
    -casual office environment

    Cons

    No clear direction from management. Lots of talk about huge things to come, but never really executed the delivery of ways to get there. Lots of frustration in the Austin office during my time here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow-through on commitments to develop clear plans of execution, be honest with employees about goals for the company instead of using buzz words to pacify employee frustrations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    mixed bag

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    There are some very talented people here. Most Managers do have their employees best interest at heart and gives the employees an opportunity to grow with the company

    Cons

    Along with great leaders, comes the not so great ones. Management in Marketing Integration Division was intolerable. We promoted a Sr.Manager who could barely control her own emotional outbursts. Micromanaged every great team member away and finally left the company with a mess for everyone else to clean up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communication is the key.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not an employee friendly company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA

    I have been working at Actian full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cool technology. Hot market space.

    Cons

    Out of touch management for Silicon Valley company. Benefits are sub par compared to others in the valley. Equity is non existent and there is little upside in the form of bonuses. The general attitude of management is that employees don't matter. It's obvious they are hiring people to appear like a real company to sell off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some research into how you can become a real Silicon Valley Company or at least to pretend to be one. Stop being dishonest to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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