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
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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    All over the map

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    The benefits package at Activant is very generous with the recent exception of the termination of matching funds for 401k contributions. In fact, there are many employees whose stated reason for working there are the comprehensive benefits. There are alot of bright people and the culture is positive, but very segmented.

    Cons

    There are alot of senior staff that have been with the company for way too long. Their skill sets and capabilities are no longer competitive in the industry, but it is almost impossible to get fired for incompotence at Activant. Very little emphasis is placed in achievment. Attempts at improvement are rewarded no matter what the outcome is. Activant is really 5 or 6 different companies with boundless redundancies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a few less "remote" executives that employees couldn't pick out of a line up. For god's sake... if your really worth high six figures then pack your bags and meet some of the people you will be responsible for. It seems like there is a new VP or GM every other week, but knowledge workers have been consistantly laid off for a year now... too many chefs spoil the broth.

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

    It's time to turn things around.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    Activant has some very talented people working for them. I've had the priviledge of working with such people for many years. Combine that with the loyalty and friendships made over the years with coworkers as well as clients has been very rewarding.

    Cons

    No bonus, no matching on 401K, forced vacations, limiting accrued vacations hours, remote locations are unimportant and are treated the same as or given the same respect deserved as if you were in Livermore or Yardley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you have less people doing the same amount of work or more expect complaints from clients and deal with it. Take responsibility for it but do not act surprised by it and throw your employees under the bus. That's the cowards way out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Activant losing ground with inconsistent management and unstable RIF decisions to pump up bottom line numbers........

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Support in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Software Support in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    My division has a very loyal employee group from the sole proprietorship days that work very well together despite the lacking talents of the "new" corporate executive management team. We pride ourselves on maintaining the highest customer satisafaction producing an extremely loyal customer base ready and willing to provide prospect referrals. Even with the uncertainity of the next management move which most certainly includes additional RIF potential we still continuing to drive performance both in technology and support arenas.

    Cons

    Executive management has been unable to produce a focused, market-driven business plan based on the independent division strengths and weaknesses. Given the contraction of the current wholesale industry segment the ability of a company to work with their client base is imperative. This fact seems to be lost on those responsible for making or breaking this company. Seemingly arbitrary hirings increasing the executive salary load while reducing the "working" population with little regard as to the full impact these lost employees might actually have on the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire workgroup has made it difficult to remain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your successful work teams instead of trying to force them to follow proven poor business practices. Listen to your customers -- ALL of them -- not just a selected few from specific platforms. Realize that communication is the MOST important practice in times of uncertainty. Stop working from the top down and realize that it is the employee not management that keeps a business viable. Respect the talent that you have!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Truth hurts sometimes but you have to learn to listen

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Do Titles Really Mean Anything? in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Do Titles Really Mean Anything? in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    If you Love Stress and a future that your unsure about, then come to Activant.

    Cons

    Training and education of employees simply does not exist. Career paths start and stop at square one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees. You do not keep people with empty promises and pipe dreams. You really should spend time looking at what the different locations have to offer vs what you think you see.

    Consolidating redundancies is great but what is the down side and is it really practical in all cases, are you sure they are really redundant?

    There are a lot of un-happy people within Activant and not just a single division or location, there are alot of people within the company, I think more then you imagine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Activant -- wobbly foundation, not too late to shore it up?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    I found the size of work-group teams to be comfortable and I appreciated camaraderie among associates, though it tended to be the dark-humor type. I found support for some growth-oriented best business practices that you expect in larger, more main-stream technology companies.

    Cons

    I never felt that Activant management really understood what it meant to be a market-driven company. In my time there, it swung back and forth between being sales-driven (i.e. chasing hard and fast for large customer opportunities and making myopic committments without factoring opportunity-cost) and being engineering-driven (i.e. creating products with features driven more by engineering-team technology bias than rational business-case analysis). As a result, I felt no sense of shared purpose or longer-term vision. Goals seemed very short-sighted and it felt like they were driven almost entirely by senior management bonus objectives. I grew pretty disillusioned with the focus on sale closure regardless of the costs or implications to employees and customers. From a peer-work perspective, I found Activant to be highly political. I found lots of people looking out exclusively for themselves, rather than a supportive team-oriented culture, with this behaviour getting more pronounced the higher you went up the management ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive products from a true market-driven product-management perspective. Enable a business-driven product management function which is empowered from the executive level and not subordinate to engineering, sales or marketing. Reduce senior management bonus compensation or add other longer-term business health measures into the bonus structure. Measure performance based on customer acceptance of delivery rather than invoice - shift measurement to customer satisfaction versus invoices. Work on instilling a culture of values among employees -- remove internal competition and kill the politics. Focus on external competition and internal team goals. Support growth and financial obligations with a greater contribution of growth from organic development and partnering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Activant Solutions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Prophet 21 Employee in Yardley, PA
    Current Employee - Prophet 21 Employee in Yardley, PA

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    Freedom to make your own decisions and limited management oversight allows individuals to produce on their own terms. It is fairly easy to obtain productivity and bonus goals.

    Cons

    Limited to no opportunity to advance within the company, there is limited to no training offered, and employee reviews are rarely if ever conducted. Activant is owned by venture capitalists and has an excessive amount of debt and It appears that management decisions are driven by the outstanding debt and restrictions of the debt. Without the ability to refinance and the current economic issues lowering revenue the short term does not look good and I suspect more layoffs in the near future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a close look at middle management, nepotism, and cronyism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Goliath is struggling.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fort Wayne, IN

    I worked at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    The company has been a market leader with ERP software and maintains a large customer base.

    Cons

    Senior management in the Sales department has taken a very arrogant posture while attempting to go into new markets. Their product is one of the most expensive and in this economy, that's a dangerous attitude to take. Sales are at one of the lowest points in the company's history with no end in site for 2009.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It will get worse before it gets better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Finance in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    Solid market position, many opportunities for improvement if you are motivated and able to work through the historic challenges

    Cons

    Short term focus, although they talk about making people a priority, their actions go counter to this

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The market is softer than you think, it will take more than expense control to get the company back on track

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    not what it was, and not very good it getting it done for the future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    the front line people and mgrs, and customers are the best reason to work here

    Cons

    finance driven, cuts deeply into resources, and asks alot of time to be invested by others to stay on top of it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your customers and employess

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Listen to the people in closest contact with the customer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Activant Solutions (California)

    Pros

    Independent work environment - customer contact at the executive and ownership levels is very rewarding. I always take something positive and rewarding away from every new implementation.

    Travel to different regions of the country provides a perspective of the U.S. that helps me appreciate the greatness of our country.

    Peer interaction is great. There is a "learning" attitude within the workgroup that is refreshing and stimulating.

    Cons

    Travel is becoming a big downside. With fewer seats on fewer planes, travel interuptions are a constant threat. Since most travel is done on employee time - leaving/returning home before or after the traditional workday - any interuptions reduce personal time at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More sensitivity to customer employee feedback regarding product developement.
    Offer professional development programs and classes.
    Provide travel aids to the employees with intense travel requirements. (ie.- help w/ airline club fees; allow partial expense reimbursement for luggage replacement; help w/ the expense of a spouse traveling once a year w/ immediate managers approval)

    Approves of CEO

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