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If Actuate can gain traction with their open source offerings, they could be an exciting company

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

Pros

The investment that Actuate has made in their new open source offerings is a daring move, and one that might get them the market share they need as a second tier business intelligence software provider. This technology, along with the community of open source developers that back it, have led to some very exciting technological advances that make the products very exciting to work with. Coupling these innovative products with their battle tested server offerings provides a fairly compelling story that mixes the innovation associated with open source with the stability provided by a seasoned and time tested delivery platform.

Cons

Actuate has changed its strategy numerous times, and I think this has led to confusion throughout the organization. At times, they have focused almost exclusively on marketing several different productized "reporting applications" that primarily targeted the financial sector, which makes up the majority of Actuate's install base of customers. As that sector has suffered, so has Actuate. They have also attempted to integrate several acquisitions with varying levels of success. The Performancesoft acquisition has not been well integrated, as both the technology and the skill set needed to market and sell it are very different from Actuate's traditional core competencies.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

To avoid becoming an also-ran with an ever-shrinking customer base, Actuate needs to focus on their open source offerings and figure out a better way to monetize the market share they have gained.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    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
  2.  

    A solid International player on the BI market, with some internal issues.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    Pros

    Friendly, fun and uncomplicated ambiance. TThere's typically no Idling around and getting things done in short time. If they're successful, they'll be improved, otherwise dropped as quickly as they got started in favor of something else. Fair Salaries.

    Cons

    A certain lack of international cultural sensitivity sometimes makes dealing with non-American customers difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is good, but from a marketing standpoint, you should give the dust some time to settle between grand changes. Pushing an engine too hard may cause damage and reduce its long-term performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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