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Updated October 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Work from home full-time with continuous interaction with colleagues using instant messaging and Voip phone (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people with strong visions who work really hard (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management does not see the forest through the trees (in 4 reviews)

  • no career path and salary lower than market (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Excited for the new CEO"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Actian full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - The people here are great
    - Great opportunity for growth and professional development
    - Everyone gets offices; Able to some peace and quiet.
    - Great Products

    Cons

    - Teams are siloed
    - Everyone gets offices; Can get quiet.


  2. "Annual change in company direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Actian full-time

    Pros

    Solid core team in senior leadership with unproven team at executive levels

    Cons

    New products and marketing is smoke and mirrors

  3. "Was there before changes"

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    Former Employee - Previous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Previous Employee in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    good team when I was there, had hope in a bright future, good opportunities for individual growth

    Cons

    couldn't put portfolio of products together, too many good people left in a short period of time

    Advice to Management

    have a clear message and stick with it for a while


  4. "Better performance with new management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Actian full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice place to work and individual development.

    Cons

    Multiple products with overlapping functionality.

    Advice to Management

    Define clear strategy. Improve execution.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Actian Austin offce"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Actian full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Company Culture,
    Leading Edge for Big Data
    Family Atmosphere
    Socials / Austin social Life

    Cons

    Lack of Consistent Leadership
    Implementing Strategy / Vision
    Promotion prospects
    Traffic / Commute at times
    Certification / Learning and Development

    Advice to Management

    Leadership / Consistency / Stop changing Management


  6. Helpful (1)

    "To the Right Direction!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Actian full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The new management demonstrated the courage and vision to unite the three business units very well. They are caring for the employees and colleagues are very nice to work with.

    Cons

    Product sharing and education across teams is not enough. Career path is not clear.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home full-time with continuous interaction with colleagues using instant messaging and Voip phone.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities for personal development

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Blunt Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    *Excellent cast of characters to work with (not necessarily for)
    *Plenty of opportunity for cross training
    *great work/home balance

    Cons

    *Leadership issues pie-in-the-sky mandates with no plan for execution, nor any comprehension of what is required.
    *feels like several different offices instead of one company. Some locations are better than others.
    *there is a profound lack of trust in upper management, with reason.
    *The culture is changing with new leadership, not sure it is for the better.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people right, or you'll lose all your A players. I'm looking at you, C levels.


  9. "Great place to work before acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Development in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Actian full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome people, great work environment, great work/home balance - when the company was still Pervasive Software I would most likely have kept my job for as long as I could

    Cons

    Upper management provided(s) not transparency and unless your part of the "in club" then you will never know what's going on

    Advice to Management

    Get back to where you were by listening to your employees - that are the ones keeping your business going so the are more important than you lead them to believe


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Shocked"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Bloomingdale, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Bloomingdale, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Actian (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great People to work with. The personnel on the SE team were a great group to work with. Technology was great.

    Cons

    Upper management was very secretive and did not communicate well. Shutting down a major segment of the business and impacting a large number of employees with just days notice if very inconsiderate and unethical.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to sell the company, at least communicate it to employees so they can support the sales effort.


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