I worked at Actuate full-time (More than 8 years)
Lots of wonderful people, with great technology; they are a big part of one of the coolest Open Source BI projects out there (BIRT). Pay is competitive and sales environment is fast paced. Lots of opportunities to grow your technical skills in Business Intelligence, embedded BI, analytics, and more.
Opportunities for advancement are often limited, and there does not seem to be much real investment being made in their employees' professional growth. Enterprise reporting is a rapidly shrinking market segment, and Actuate's expansion out of that space will have to compete with many other vendors.
Advice to Management
Greater investment in people will likely yield much greater results, though some serious investment in application development is certainly warranted. Focus less on marketing and branding and more on delivering real solutions. While BIRT is still a very viable Open Source application it may be too cumbersome when compared with other enterprise solutions, especially in the Big Data and Analytics spaces.
Basic behavioral questions from the HR rep that called me, she was sweet and seemed genuinely interested in talking to me. Follow up phone call from the VP of engineering asked about my course work and my background in technology.
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