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Updated February 7, 2015
Updated February 7, 2015
63 Reviews
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    Worst Place I have ever worked ..

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Actuate full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are no pros .. They got recently acquired by OpenText and I hope things change for better. You will get to see three floors of empty office.

    Cons

    This place functions like some African governmental Department. They have no product strategy in place. They have no good Product Managers or Analysts. Engineering Management is laughable . Do not get me wrong, they have like 20 years of experience but in the same company so they have no idea what is going on in outside world. All good talented engineers were so frustrated they all quit for better opportunities.
    The little revenue they generate is from legacy software licenses. I hope OpenText realize the mistake they made very soon. I would let go Engineering Management and hire someone with talent.
    In sum, this is where careers go to die. Beware of the fake four star reviews by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    OpenText, you have been duped in paying such a huge sum for a piece of garbage. Write this off as a loss in your accounts and move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Sales (6 yrs)

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Actuate

    Pros

    Salary was about avg for industry. Benefits avg.
    Technology was good. Really believed in solution for first few years. Met some good people.

    Cons

    Departments don't work well together. Management staff for most part is weak. Too many long term employees are moved into mgmt and director positions with little mgmt experience . This has a direct effect on the company's ability to put any structure in place or attract...retain good people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open text acquiring Actuate will be a success if the clean house of most sales and engineering mgmt. Start fresh with experienced people who can lead would help provide direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Great" culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Actuate

    Pros

    They pay for gym reimbursements and classes to increase skills for your position.

    Cons

    Management can not make up their minds and can not communicate changes to their employees effectively. If anything goes wrong, the employee takes the heat. They care more about their profits (which have been declining rapidly) than the well-being of their employees. (Employees are being forced to drive through terrible storm conditions with flood warnings and downed power lines just to go to work. No work from home options?!) Employees there are all very gossipy. Be careful what you say out loud because someone will definitely hear you, judge you, and repeat to someone else. Everyone who has been at this company has been there since they opened so there is no room for growth if that is what you are looking for. Their 401k matching pays out once a year so if you're not there when it gets paid out, then you're out of luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to your employees. Have some compassion. A happy employee makes the work place a happier place to be and therefore increases productivity. Have you not learned from your mistakes?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Believe these reviews

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

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Its an easy place to get on board because of the turnover

    Cons

    What a mess. If you need a job then take it but keep looking while you listen to the stories.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to shareholders. Take a deep look at the senior leadership and ask yourself if this is where you want your money to be invested at?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Decision of my life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They have no Pros. I need five words at least for a Pro. So here it is, You will learn how not a company or a engineering team should be.

    Cons

    Ah where do I begin. No work organization or stable decision making. They are using old technologies. They call themselves Agile which means change requirements, scope whenever you like and screw engineers. They have never bothered to learn anything else about Agile.

    Managers, directors have been working at actuate for 13-20 years and have no idea what new technologies are , how are thing managed in 21st century. Suggestions are never heard, response is always "this is how it has been since the last 20 years". There is always resistance to positive change.

    Worst Product Management I have seen in my career. Tech Leads have no skills only bad attitude.

    Lately there have been layoffs and of course high attrition rate for engineers. Engineers cannot learn or gain any experience here. They have age old technology stack that is not used anywhere these days. Work experience gained here is of no use.

    Totally forgot , there are more directors and vice presidents than engineers who do the actual work. There is a director and then a senior director .There is a vice president and then a senior vice president and all for small team of 5-6 engineers. Not surprisingly they all do nothing or the same thing.

    Honestly if you layoff your directors and VP's they wont get a job elsewhere because they have no skills and they never bothered upgrading the little they learnt 20 years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I dont see a future . Sell the company as soon as you can. If you are planning to run the company, fire all engineering directors, vice presidents and product managers. Hire someone who is open to innovation and has an outlook. You have way too many directors/VP's .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Actuate full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well paid jobs, compared to market. 9-5 hours.

    Cons

    Some incompetence at higher level. Corporate managers have no clue about tech. No growth opportunities (old boys club). They do acquisitions of smaller companies and drive those products straight into the ground. Stories went around about higher management using foul language in all hands meetings (disgusting). People lost jobs after many layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop buying tech companies whose product you cannot sell. Give people a chance to advance in their careers. Cleanup your language.

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

    Good product for 1990s , need to overhaul strategies and innovations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Actuate

    Pros

    Company has good array products and kind of stable from customer point of view .

    Cons

    No innovations
    Mediocre salaries
    Lacks focus on product development
    No information sharing at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open , bring good people with good money as well retain good talent.Allow them to bring new ideas to table.
    Please share more information with employees.
    Open BIRT tutorial series to everyone.

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

    A promise of a bright future, but the reality is a dark miserable micromanagement team in the dark.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    They have a good mix of products that are in demand right now.

    Cons

    They moved the sales organization from a perpetual license model to a subscription model. They do not care the effect of that change as it relates to the commission rates verses the annual number. Their lack of commitment to their clients and their employees is a receipt for disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the customer, in today's world of social media your need to provide a high level of customer focus and commitment to build a strong reputation and repeatable business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Tough Job but good pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Entitlement Sales Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Entitlement Sales Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Actuate full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to many departments and workings of the company. Great pay for an entry level job with no experience required.

    Cons

    No official training program so very challenging to learn when no experience was required. The team was extremely backlogged so it was high pressure and high stress. Very specific team and company culture that does't fit everyone. No clear communication between management and team about expectations and tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Watch out those 5* reviews in recent couple of months, apparently there is a campaign to post false positive reviews

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Actuate full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. The work is not challenging. You will not feel too much competition here.
    2. Even if you are not confident with your own CS skill set you still have high possibility to pass interviews, as they actually don't care
    3. Benefit is good, salary is OK, bonus is a joke.

    Cons

    1. If you are some decent software engineer, don't even consider submit the resume. You can definitely pass the interview, and after that you will be treated like dirt. Oh have I mentioned that after years of hardworking you are going to be laid off the very morning a major release is delivered? That happens to more than 50% of softwear engineer last Dec. And now they are desperately hiring new engineers. Do you want to work for this kind of employer? At very least please respect yourself.

    2. It is officially a sinking boat. Just spend sometime to study 2013Q4/2014Q1 company performance. Do your homework.

    3. You will be working on grandfathered technology. The experience gained here is totally useless elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The biggest problem is CEO himself. Board should seriously consider alternative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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