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Actian Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
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    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.  

    Ho-hum...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actian full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and Knowledgeable co-workers. Flexible hours

    Cons

    Lack of stock options and raises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Weak management, strong market but unfocused technology

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Good individual products from acquisitions, solid Engineering team. Company is profitable due to maintenance and renewals on legacy products. World wide presence in database BI market.

    Cons

    Company sells platform, but poor coordination between products due to weak leadership. Company marketing has smart-sounding focus but products don't work together to back it up. Engineering staff not valued. Many top Engineers have left company due to management, and were replaced with bad hires in Engineering that don't help products come together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need stronger technical leaders, too much top-down planning that doesn't match what the products can do. Need more entrepreneur and aggressive Engineering or products will fall behind. Company can succeed if they pull things together quickly!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    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.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Low morale, poor culture, leadership who do not lead

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    Current Employee - Sales Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The people at the front line make the difference at Actian. Some loyal to the core, they put up with the disdain shown by management and executives and take pride in doing a good job, serving customers whether that be in tech support, sales, presales or admin.

    Cons

    Too much to say - it all stems from too many VPs and a CEO who shows contempt for employees and customers.

    CEO and executives seem to spend a ton of money on flying around the world to attend a series of ludicrously useless meetings. Workers at the ground level are left with zero budgets to develop products or invest in internal infrastructure while the execs would rather keep British Airways and United Airlines in business. As a result, there is no platform despite the messaging, the whole company is kept going by a loyal customer base who use legacy products like INGRES and PSQL and get screwed over on price when licenses are renewed. I guess some poor company has to pay for the lifestyle of the execs.

    Despite repeated efforts to show willing, the management team is unable to treat workers like human beings and tell them what is going on. The answer to most problems seems to get solved by hiring more incompetent people, more directors and VPs with over-inflated egos and job titles who only want to pass comment on what others should do but not do any of the work themselves.

    But hey, we get the odd treat: a free breakfast here, a free lunch there and the odd social gathering. Awesome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the countless directors and VPs who are useless and don't actually do anything. Listen to the folks who actually do the work. Stop deluding yourself that the platform is anything new or that your sales team can actually sell it. Instead of flying around the world at great expense, come in to the offices and talk to your staff!

    There are good people at Actian and good products, sadly the whole firm is let down by spineless managers, a case of too many chiefs and a dictatorial CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    S.O.S.

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost in translation

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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Best Vaporware a company can buy.

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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
  11. 2 people 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.

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