Actuate Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. Good technology

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    Current Employee - Engineering in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Actuate

    Pros

    The technology is rich, particularly the scope of products and the ample range of APIs. Requires some investment to learn, but once you pass that hurdle, you can do exactly what you want.

    Cons

    Changes in product direction make it difficult to complete development projects with the thorough attention to detail necessary to this type of technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the needs of the international customers which also affect major domestic customers who have international development centers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Very low paying for the one of the most important roles in the organization, SDRs drive pipeline.

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    Former Employee - SDR II in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - SDR II in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice office in San Mateo, good people, no perks (bowling randomly), sales kick off was a good time.

    Cons

    Very little possibility to get promoted or work your way up. Even if you Inside Sales is not set up for success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the employees better and compensate them for their hard work. Also hire managers that care about their employees and have a plan to get them moving in their careers after the grind of SDR life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Great place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Actuate

    Pros

    Great bunch of smart people...Excellent culture...Fun place to work.

    Cons

    Revenue has been flat....High sales turnover....Difficulty recruiting sales talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. An interesting place to work in the midst of a challenging transition

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly and smart people (for the most part), beautiful workspaces at HQ. Interesting, powerful products that can do amazing things (but it can take brains and time to make that happen, making sales challenging).

    Cons

    Actuate products are complex, and the three product lines/lines of business were never truly integrated. So much of the business wasn't integrated either. Knowledge in one area wasn't always valuable in others.

    Former employees who have left recently have reported large bumps in pay at their new jobs, so salaries may not be keeping pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of employees are nervous right now. The OpenText acquisition represents an opportunity for the former Actuate and its employees. But strategy and direction needs to be more clearly articulated. Right now it seems like Waterloo is asking for Actuate to lead itself, but not giving feedback on direction/or and telling us that our choices will be supported. For a company (OT) that has done a lot of acquisitions, I expected a smoother process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great people

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    -Great team building activities, kick-offs, and club trips
    -Accessible management, as a mid-size company

    Cons

    -Did not evolve the vision to keep up with the Industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Very nice environment to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actuate

    Pros

    Helpful seniors, let you grow, and think independently.

    Cons

    Long irregular work hours. Less planning before starting a project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should spend more time in planning first.

  8. 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
  9. Technical Director

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    Current Employee - Technical Director in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Closely knit family, great place to work for

    Cons

    Inner Circle decides on all the policy matters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up and listen to what the customer wants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Great People

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Actuate was more like a family than a company. If you see someone in the market after the OT acquisition hire them!

    Cons

    Remains to be seen what will happen after the OT acquisition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have inherited great people. Treat them right!

  11. Actuate's greatest asset is the people that work there.

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Small enough to make an impact

    People

    Cons

    Pay

    Need more automated systems

    Work culture needs development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people, culture, and customers and pay off will be big.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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