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Good place to work, family atmosphere and open communications.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Actel

Pros

John East, CEO, is very approachable and knows all employees by name. Respect for management and employees. Competitive pay, Management encourages work life balance. Great work location and a fabulous gym. Awesome college internship program.

Cons

Average career advancement. Technology not very exciting. Hit hard by recent economic downturn.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have stronger vision.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Actel

  1.  

    Average place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Actel

    Pros

    Over the people at the company are pretty competent. Flexible managers, relatively good benefits. Small company, which means you need to interact with people from a variety of different departments, giving you the opportunity to learn a lot of things.

    Cons

    Work can get repetitive. Products don't seem to be going anywhere, and the company doesn't seem to be doing that well financially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs a new direction. Going "green" doesn't really work when the products you are producing aren't competitive on speed or features.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Think very carefully before joining this company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Actel

    Pros

    Very understanding and flexible about time off for personal reasons.

    Cons

    Business Areas do not take impacts to other business areas into account when creating new processes. Manual work arounds are common. Many cause problems in other business areas. Systems to support these processes are therefore jury-rigged and difficult to modify (or even understand in some cases). No one has the big picture from a systems perspective and IT, while expected to have a big picture, is considered a drag on any project, so is never told enough info to get the big picture. IT is also hampered by severe resource constraints.

    Finally, in recent years there have been so many mandatory shut downs (take vacation or no pay) that it is impossible for a new employee to accrue time off. Also, they do not match 401K.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give IT enough resources to be effective, and re-enforce support for IT by discouraging non-IT projects that impact multiple business areas. Encourage business areas to work with other areas PRIOR to business process changes and each area should step up to own thier own business data and how the systems they use represent that data and the associated business processes. NOTE: Enough IT resources means to have at minimum 2 resources(primary and backup) for each production system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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