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Great company with good people

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Actiance

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

Dominates its industry segment. Really smart and dedicated people.

Cons

Technical Support delivery needs more process maturity and consistency.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    CEO failure

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belmont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belmont, CA

    I worked at Actiance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Quality people who work hard everyday
    -on-time paychecks
    -good work/life balance
    -fair benefits

    Cons

    -extraordinaly high turnover in multiple departments, especially Sales
    -Ego driven CEO who does not take input well and is always blaming the employees for his own failures
    -Heavy Micro Management from CEO and Execs
    -Weak executive team. (good executives leave due to CEO)
    -Constantly changing direction and goals
    -Berates employees in front of others
    -Employee morale is extremely low. Many employees are actively looking for new jobs. Once economy improves, more turnover will happen
    -Poor internal processes. CEO often refers to company as start-up even though it has been around for ~12 years.
    -CEO doesnt trust employees, and therefore many employees dont trust CEO.
    -Very low % of sales people make quota per quarter. CEO has philosophy that if you reach your quota or goal than it was set too low
    -Goals are changed if you over-perform to prevent paying them amount originally defined.
    -No transparency
    -Have not been successful outside of a single vertical market

    Advice to Management

    Do not believe this company has a chance for success with the existing CEO in place. Its time for the Board to evaluate his position and make change.
    While CEO is still there:
    1) Stop Micro-Managing and start Macro Managing
    2) Trust your employees and start being open about company. It is OK to tell them company performance. The rank and file dont have any idea of company performance by $ - its always a percentage.
    3) Build and KEEP a strong management team
    4) Stop blaming the sales people constantly - look internally, as YOU are failing them, not the other way around. You hire people who are successful at other companies and they fail at Actiance
    5) Empower the employee! Make them feel as if they have a voice.
    6) Find ways to promote from within. Company very rarely does even though most are well qualified.
    7) Reward quality of work not just quantity of work. Hold Executives accountable.
    8) Must lower the turnover

  2. Helpful (5)

    Circus

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Actiance

    Pros

    One can do all things except work, and still command a high moral ground. So do nothing and enjoy your stay. They work more like a training center, where people can do all experiments on live products and enjoy fixing things they break. This was the best company I ever worked for since no body has any idea what.

    Cons

    Lets say they are building a car which is Tesla killer. They hire an ex Tesla engineer to get the engine done. The engineer spends day and night coming with an awesome design and shows it to management. The management responds, "oh but our customers will not pay this much, here is the blueprint, design your engine on this model." Engineer complains that is a 1974 beetle engine blueprint, they can't build a Tesla using it. Company says, shut up and do as we say. The engineer gets frustated and re design the engine based on the 1974 beetle blueprint. Post which the engineer gets frustrated and leaves the company.

    Now the day comes to showcase the car. They give a trial to customers. The customer gets excited and takes the car based on the sales commitment that this really a Tesla killer. The customer takes the car. After few days the customer comes back and says that the car gives awesome looking but states the problem that he facing.

    1) The car sometimes turns left when he tilts the stearing to right.
    2) The car abruptly stops at any time and does not start for hours.
    3) The car is consuming more gas than his 20 year old truck.

    The management decides, that engineer( who has already left) did a poor job and knew nothing and blames everything on him and decides to redo the whole thing. Hires another awesome engineer from BMW at twice the price and hand over the 1974 beetle blueprint to modify the old design of the car.

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