Actuate
3.5 of 5 48 reviews
www.actuate.com San Mateo, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Mixed bag -- good accomplishments but some odd behavior

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

ProsThe products are good -- you can point to what you made and be proud. Also, there are lots of good people there. The company doesn't try to inflict an artificial culture on its people. If you are sick, they support you being out to get well. They seem to mostly keep the people they hire -- didn't seem to be much turnover.

ConsHard to get requirements or functional specs on product development., even when your job needs access to them -- didn't seem like they exist Embracing agile dev seemed to be just an excuse to fly by the seat of the pants... or maybe they had a plan (including specs & requirements?) and no longer felt like they needed to communicate it to other employees. Increasingly the main innovation was in China, not the U.S., which added to the communication issue. Sometimes odd politics led to surprising promotions or credit being given to the wrong people.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to having a communicative development process with requirements and functional specs created and reviewed by other folks in the company -- both to help them get their jobs done and to provide valuable feedback to the development process.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

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    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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: To avoid becoming an also-ran with an ever-shrinking customer base, Actuate needs to focus on their… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Watch out those 5* reviews in recent couple of months, apparently there is a campaign to post false positive reviews

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

    I worked at Actuate full-time for 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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: The biggest problem is CEO himself. Board should seriously consider… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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