Actian Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    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.

  2. 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.

  3.  

    The Best Vaporware a company can buy.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacking in Culture and Vision

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    Lack of Direction from Leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    mixed bag

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not an employee friendly company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Actian has quickly transformed itself into THE major player in Big Data Analytics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Marketing in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Marketing in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    New website that better tells the Actian story. Management open to new ideas from employees and willing to adapt/change. Very intelligent people at all levels. Very collaborative

    Cons

    Very fast changing, dynamic culture. Probably too fast changing for some people. Organization used to be siloed across 3 groups: Ops Databases, Integration, and Big Data based on 2013 acquisitions. In the last month, they re-org'ed and morphed into offering a single Big Data platform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide company equity (stock) to all employees so they feel ownership

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Positive, cordial atmosphere where everybody is available and approachable
    - Interesting work
    - Environment enables people to take decision and take ownership.
    - Excellent management team
    - Startup in a well settled and established company.
    - Great in integrating different products (after 3 acquisition) and aligning a single strategy

    Cons

    - Sometimes slow to react to technology headwind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Schedule and implement career trajectory plans for employees
    - Be more aggressive in innovation and R&D

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Most exciting BigData Startup in the Valley

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    -- Great BigData startup with solid customer and revenue base
    -- Exciting unique technologies such as Vectorwise (specialized in VectorProcessing), DataFlow (Faster alternative to MapReduce), Analytics, ParAccel(MPP db) in Big Data Space to work on..
    -- Good salary and benefits
    -- Startup Work Culture with good work life balance
    -- Right next to Redwood City Cal Train station with another office in Campbell. So two options for work place.
    -- Rapidly growing with great career possibilities
    -- Remote working flexibility when needed

    Cons

    -- I wish I had more vacation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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