Activant Solutions (California)

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Activant Solutions (California) Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
79 Reviews
2.3
79 Reviews
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Activant Solutions (California) President, CEO, and Director Pervez A. Qureshi
Pervez A. Qureshi
69 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent work/life balance policies, including work from home options (in 3 reviews)

  • Company allows flexiblity in schedeles which allows for a good work life balance (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Once senior management is bored with the excitement, the projects die (in 8 reviews)

  • Company upper management focused way too much on short-term numbers (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Activant Solutions (California) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Mgmt Team Good Mmt team

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell Sell

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    No work-life balance!

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Roselle, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Roselle, IL

    I worked at Activant Solutions (California) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Steady paycheck
    Consistent work, so you know what to expect

    Cons

    No work-life balance!
    Long hours, most weeks way more then 40 hours with no overtime
    No yearly bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like people, not machines!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Was a great place to work when it was Triad. Had limited experience with Activant.

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    Former Employee - Telesales in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Telesales in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Activant Solutions (California) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Was a very positive work environment
    Club rewards was excellent for achievers
    Room for growth
    Benefits were good
    Pay was at par with job

    Cons

    Original owners sold to a larger corporation and the good feeling turned very corporate.
    Big guns came in and slashed teams.
    Lost the good vibe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really liked the managers that I worked for. To me the problem was the new company coming in -not the old.
    Just business as "usual"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Long Time Employee's Perspective

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    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Activant Solutions (California) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I spent 17 years with Triad/Activant so I would rate my experience as overall very good. Opportunities were always present to move within the company. I held several positions in my time there and enjoyed most. Many wonderful co-workers.

    Cons

    Base sales compensation not the best. some of the senior management was firmly established which sometimes led to a business as usual approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing specific

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Acquired too much too fast- lsot good employeees in the scramble

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    Former Employee - Multiple Posotions in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Multiple Posotions in Austin, TX

    I worked at Activant Solutions (California) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers were great. We stuck together through it all.

    Cons

    Management needs to spend some time in the trenches again to remember how their changes affect process. When the ownership changed (again) a lot of good people and years of product knowledge were lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your front line people and stop layoffs of the people with the most product knowledge

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Original Company fan - Private equity as owners equals unsatisfied employees in the case of Activant.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many home based positions. Supervision is limited to crisis management. Do your job well and you will have more latitude to do your job.

    Cons

    Quarterly profit goals trump and long term growth strategy. Projects proposed and started for the entertainment and approval of management. Once senior management is bored with the excitement, the projects die. Many remnants of said projects linger to clutter necessary work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Short term goals (and long term goals for that matter) are the concern of staff, managers and directors. C level management should focus their attentions to the strategic positioning and the future of the company. Corporate worth isn't measured in 90 day increments.

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

    Weak management dilutes opportunity for success

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Denver, CO

    I worked at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    The employees within Activant made it a good place to be. As long as you worked with Directors and below, you had a good chance of success and satisfaction. Geographic location was also a consideration. I lived closed to the office, thus it was worth staying.

    Cons

    Poor management skills. VP and Sr VP titles handed out based on longevity vs. capabilities. Most VP level executives are simply waiting for their tour of duty to end. No feeling of responsibility toward employees under them. The world is theirs -- we simply live in it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build something. Stop hanging on. Offer visions and strategies, so employees know where the ship is headed. Come to terms with the fact that you are not the smartest people in the company, and let others contribute.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Although I was good at what I did and received good management reviews, I was always worried about losing my job

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    Co-workers were some of the best people I have ever worked with. The benefits package and salary were highly competetive. Always had a flexible work schedule with no trouble getting time off.

    Cons

    Absolutely no formal training! My job was complex and it was virtually impossible for anyone to have the skill set and knowledge to complete the required job tasks. Learning was accomplished by asking my co-workers (and interupting their work) many times over and over through the course of a two year span of time. After two years, I pretty much knew what I was doing but still had to bother my colleages from time to time.

    Management would only give raises to the elite employees...The chosen ones!!! All other employees (about 80% of the total work force) received no raises for several years.

    Management never valued the employees. As stated earlier, no training or raises were provided. Also, great employees were either laid off or fired. There was never any recognition for a job well done and I never knew if I was doing a good job or not. There was very little effective communication between management and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees!!! Quit focusing solely on the profit margin and create a positive work environment. Laying off good employees year after year to increase the bottom line will bite you on the rear end!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much reactionary cost cutting, need more strategic leadership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    Large organization. Good people overall as employees.

    Cons

    Management is too focused on EBITDA and not enough attention is paid to growing the company. Too many platforms to manage effectively. Sr. Management seems a little too shortsighted and overcontrolling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good people and trust them to make decisions in their departments. Focus on growing the company's top-line and the EBITDA will follow. Lead by example.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management from CEO down

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    Former Employee - Director in Yardley, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Yardley, PA

    I worked at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    Exposure to entire operations
    Good people (Not Senior Management)

    Cons

    Stagnation
    benefits are inadequate
    antiquated systems
    No thought out plans just shoot from the hip

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of our CEO who is just incompetent, CFO who is just a political individual and the rest who don't know how to manage people and have no strategic plan except for "lets lay off" to make our numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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