Activant Solutions (California)

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Activant Solutions (California) Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
79 Reviews
2.3
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Activant Solutions (California) President, CEO, and Director Pervez A. Qureshi
Pervez A. Qureshi
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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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  1.  

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love the place -- ditch the antiques.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits with room for growth!

    Cons

    Lots of business unit managers have been around way too long. They don't think outside their antiquated box and seem to be coasting until death or retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the oldies who can't change.

    Recommends
    Approves 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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    doing the best they can with resources at hand

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    the people and customers are the best, fair management team, hard work and long hours will pay off with good rewards

    Cons

    long hours, and demanding work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen and promote your internal talent

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Typical private equity company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    Respectful work environment; nice people; a lot of freedom and flexibilty in performing your job; results matter; in my experience, management was very open and honest

    Cons

    Below-market pay (unless you negotiate) and benefits; total focus on meeting EBITDA goals above all else; no real company-sponsored employee development opportunities; they'll nickel and dime you to death

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set an example for employees. You shouldn't be renting a premium car and eating in nice restaruants while your employees have to upgrade to a Chevy Cobalt and exist on a $35/day per diem.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rules are fare, just sell

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    If you follow the fews rules that ask of you, then you'll fit in well. There's enough prospects in the patch to make a nice living.

    Cons

    Always looking for the next deal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push the technology side of the software even more. Need more marketing/web efforts to generate leads for the sales reps.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Activant Solutions is a good place to work, however the former company, Triad was much better

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    Current Employee - Data Base Administrative in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Data Base Administrative in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    My job provides me with allot of flexibility in terms of my work schedule, although I know other departments are not this flexible. Activant is a community minded company that has their hand in various charities throughout the Bay Area. Although I cannot speak for other departments, I am treated fairly as is my co-workers. The benefits are good, not great but in today's world, anyone with any type of benefits’ cannot complain much. The work environment is adequate enough being this company was re-located around 6 years ago to a new building. It is centrally located for both people living in San Joaquin County and the Tri-Valley area.

    Cons

    The rate of pay is very sub-standard. There does not seem to be a lot of opportunity of professional or personal growth. As with many companies in today's economic woes, Activant has recently downsized one of its divisions and speculation is that the downsizing process is not yet complete. They have also outsourced some of the work force to foreign countries, which by the way has so far proven to be very counter productive and has produced a negative company image. I believe that communication between senior management and mid to lower management could improve. The system technology we currently have can also be upgraded and or improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many micro managers that could be more productive and better suited in other positions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Good Good Good Goodd

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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
  10. 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inconsistent messages and directions from upper management

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    Current Employee - Customer Service
    Current Employee - Customer Service

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

    Pros

    Treats managers well, employees a fantastic customer service team who are extremely dedicated to making the customer satisfied.

    Cons

    Loves to downsize anytime quarterly targets are missed. Loves to change bonus plan rules on the fly. All customer service teams are overworked and underpaid. Normally I would not use generic blanket statements like that, but in this case, it is certainly true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your employees to do what is necessary to meet the customers' needs. The rules seem to change too often, and with the extremely reduced staffing numbers, making the customers happy is almost impossible at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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