Pervasive Software

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Pervasive Software Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
44 Reviews
3.3
44 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    Pervasive was a company that genuinely seemed to care about the employees. Great benefits and bonus sharing program in a fun to work environment.

    Cons

    Little to no communication between divisions.

  2.  

    Was a great place to work until the Actian acquisition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support/Services/Eng in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Support/Services/Eng in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Helpful supportive people and good culture

    Cons

    Things changed after the Actian acquisition - overly concerned with the bottom line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what used to make this a great company in the first place - if you value and appreciate your people, everyone will profit in the end

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    In my position, I found Pervasive (now Actian) to be a good place to interact with good people and do rewarding work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Annual salary increases, a very fair bonus program and other perks, free training in many areas, relaxed environment with casual dress, and for me, the opportunity to use my skills and many years' of experience.

    Cons

    Like all tech companies, Pervasive experienced constant turnover during the seven years I worked there, so that as soon as I had gotten accustomed to an existing set of co-workers' personalities and work styles, along came new people bringing lots of changes. It took resilience and flexibility to work in this ever-churning environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm unable to say what it's like now because with the 2013 purchase of Pervasive by Actian, management has totally changed. But in the seven years I worked there, I found Pervasive to be a very good company to work for, and I'm grateful for my promotions, salary increases and opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not your ideal place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Somewhat laid back atmosphere - they always had food available but all the "vultures" who were upper management would come in first and make plates to take home before you could even get a snack

    Cons

    Mostly everything. No real transparency between management and employees. They say they will take what you say and try to make changes but that is just lip service. Keeping things from employees is not a good strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need more managers than you have reps. Consider listening to what your employees have to say and stop thinking you are soooo high and mighty like you are the kings of the world

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good work experience, somewhat disorganized by merger

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pervasive Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with
    Communication between departments generally good
    Encourages training
    Quick response for productivity roadblocks
    Very talented engineers

    Cons

    Merger, downsizing were unsettling
    Some disorganization in other departments
    Some management more interested in power plays and personal credit than in productivity or teamwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your talented, experienced people, but be wary of the squeaky wheels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Pervasive was a great place to launch my career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong sales culture, good benefits, relaxed culture

    Cons

    It is a boy's club culture

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    bye bye Pervasive ... Welcome ? Actian

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SLS in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - SLS in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    culture of innovation good or bad

    Cons

    slow decision making even when obvious

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    controlled by Actian who in turn is controlle by PE

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I worked for Pervasive Software and was laid off after the Actian acquisition

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project/Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project/Product Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pervasive Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Quality People
    - Lots of Talent
    - Culture was supportive to a work/life balance
    - Willingness to help, everyone is rowing in the same direction

    Cons

    For the quality of talent that came through the company's doors and the loyalty and dedication from employees to provide success, I felt there
    was little recognition and/or appropriate advancement for work efforts and achievements, and the pay was severely below market/industry wages.

    - Recognized as an "incubator" company:
    People would work there for a couple of years to gain experience/knowledge, then leave for another company that offered competitive market salaries.

    - Huge disparity in job compensation:
    An employee would make double the salary of another individual in the same job and possess similar or less experience and qualifications, and overall contribute less to position objectives.

    - Perceived Partiality:
    Some employees seemed to advance quite quickly over others who possessed more experience, time at company, company/product knowledge and recognized work contributions.

    - Leadership is NOT driving Innovation nor developing staff for future growth.

    - Lack of internal training process and communication.

    - Sometimes felt stuck with little-to-no advancement opportunities available.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Community, Bad Pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    The work environment is pretty good. You can work from home, good company outings and happy hours, and they generally let you be in charge of when you come to work as long as you get your job done.

    Cons

    Pay is horrendous. We were paid severely under market price and when we were supposed to get our raise to market price, our department got laid off.

  11.  

    WAS a great place to work...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pervasive Software

    Pros

    Great people, relaxed environment, fun place to work (until Actian Crop bought them).

    Cons

    Bought by Actian Corp. in early 2013 :(

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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