Actian Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Intelligent staff at all levels, fun coworkers (never too busy or serious to share a laugh or word of encouragement) loyal partners/customers, friendly atmosphere. With dedication and achievement there was plenty of opportunity for advancement. They developed their sales teams. I got to see the "every hand on deck" approach across several customers and partners of all sizes, and across all industries. The interaction between support, marketing, engineering, and sales within the integration division was very collaborative, and constructive. It showed in the positive feedback from customers. Competitive incentives for sales. All of management from SVP down understood that even though we were in sales (and targets obviously needed to be hit) we were all people, with families and priorities. This was refreshing. They did not shame or guilt anyone or ask anyone to perform unnatural acts at the end of the quarter to hit quota. In a single word, they had integrity. I felt I left a family and that was the toughest part of the decision to move on.

    Cons

    C-level communication not as frequent, clear, or as consistent as I would have preferred. I sometimes felt the whole company lacked a single voice and identity, and that the absence of an overarching mission and set of core values could sometimes cascade into the various product divisions, leaving those teams to either guess and/or form their own identities. Pros outweighed the cons by far.

    Advice to Management

    Fine tune a few things, communicate frequently and consistently (referencing past plans and progress to plan, reasons for changes, etc)

  2. Helpful (1)

    disconnected technology and not growing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Actian

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    few good people in the organization

    Cons

    bad organizational structure
    not growing - no new customers - only profitable as a result of massive layoffs
    closed communication
    no stock options
    no raises
    no real interest in employees or customers

  3. Very disorganized after being acquired

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    Former Employee - Services in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Services in Austin, TX

    I worked at Actian full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There were a few people that were great to work with

    Cons

    The company seems to be lost about what they are selling and to who

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what your product is

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  5. A promising company, but...

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Redwood City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, products coming together nicely, compensation packages very reasonable. Outside of SF Bay Area, flexible on working locations. Global in nature.

    Cons

    Recent RIF and now many others moving onwards. Those left will have a huge load to carry, so execution and focus may become more of an issue. Suspect Board placing incredible financial pressure on management controls of investment/expenses.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the products and markets that have already been identified. Your people like the company and will trust in leadership. Resist further RIFs as in this market your talent will rapidly bleed off.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Great people with no future unless something changes for the better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Actian has some of the greatest people you will ever meet and work with. Great technologies from 3 different companies. Very smart engineers. Pay is reasonable. Benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Executive management is clueless. They hire all these prima donnas, make sales goals there are unachievable and then layoff all the people that are actually doing the product work because sales missed their numbers. Layoffs again and talks of outsourcing more and more work leaves me to believe there is little to no job security. Promises of stock options, bonuses and going public just seems to be a pipe dream. It’s a meld of 3 or more cultures that spirits have been crushed. They don’t promote from within. There is no future.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about the next Mercedes, BMW or Audi you are going to lease and get back to thinking about being how a startup would be run. You’re not bigwigs at big companies anymore. You’re a nobody at a nothing company so stop acting like prima donnas. You’re someone that’s been given an opportunity to build something great but your egos keep getting in the way of progress. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. Work on acknowledging and rewarding those who do all the hard grunt work who create the products and those in the field dealing with potential clients. Work on building a positive culture in the company and getting employees to be excited about coming to work knowing that the company values and cares about them because you have great people and if you took 2 minutes to meet the people that work in this company you’d see you are part of something that could be awesome.

  7. Great opportunities ... leadership just needs to "Lead"

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Largest concern is the "C" level just does not get it!! It? Listening to those talented people and managers and invest in those that can grow the company. They have a hard to coming to the reality that to keep good employees you have to pay them properly and stop taking away from benefits to save money.

    Advice to Management

    LIsten to your "Talent" and treat them like a team.

  8. Not the best...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Actian

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation but I really can't think of anything else.

    Cons

    Terrible working environment
    No open communication
    Bad organizational structure
    Unqualified managers
    No organizational culture

    Advice to Management

    Really analyze who is in charge of critical positions and if they are leading their teams correctly.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Ho-hum...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actian full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and Knowledgeable co-workers. Flexible hours

    Cons

    Lack of stock options and raises

  10. Helpful (3)

    confusion reigns

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    Current Employee - Marketing Communications in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Actian full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pros: good smart people. Great potential for product.

    Cons

    Cons: People trying to do other people's jobs. Huge egos. Minimal communications.

    Advice to Management

    Let people do the job they were hired to do. Step in to stop governance by ego.

  11. Sales Director

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good comp plan
    Competitive Products
    Good people

    Cons

    Poor handling of mergers
    Poor communication with employees

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