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  1. "Senior manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    Tough industry at the moment, the company hasn't grown enough the last few years.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Kept people temps for very long time without benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Actuate (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Several nice coworkers, close to a Target, easy access to 92

    Cons

    This company has since been acquired by OpenText. Actuate liked to keep people temps for a very long time, often more than a year or 1.5 years. This means hourly pay (underpaid, intern rates), no direct deposit, no vacation, no health benefits. These employees have the same or sometimes more responsibilities and workload than employees with benefits. Not only is this immoral and unethical, but it is very dangerous. Before the Affordable Care Act, people without health benefits can't afford to go to the doctor. By keeping employees as temps with no benefits, Actuate shows how it doesn't care about employees' health. People can die without proper medications and treatment. There are other cons, but this is the most important to note.

    Advice to Management

    Do not lie or make fraudulent promises to employees. Temps are often promised benefits and full-time status at a certain date, but then given excuse after excuse over many months (headcount, "we're working on it", etc). This is so deceitful and just plain WRONG. Let the employees' contracts expire or give them the benefits they deserve.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Love working with co-workers, management is another issue completely. Benefits and raises are getting worse every year."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment. Benefits used to be great before buyout. Relaxed work environment. Heavy, but manageable workload.

    Cons

    Department had unusually high turn over rate (over 90%) which tells you that employees were not satisfied. Management also had high turnover rate. Management promised things like raises and bonuses and failed to deliver. Lack of communication. Failure to address real issues.

    Advice to Management

    Genuinely care for your employees and try to make them happy. Actually respond to emails, and hold meetings that address real issues.


  4. "Good technology"

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    Current Employee - Engineering in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The technology is rich, particularly the scope of products and the ample range of APIs. Requires some investment to learn, but once you pass that hurdle, you can do exactly what you want.

    Cons

    Changes in product direction make it difficult to complete development projects with the thorough attention to detail necessary to this type of technology.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the needs of the international customers which also affect major domestic customers who have international development centers.


  5. "An interesting place to work in the midst of a challenging transition"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and smart people (for the most part), beautiful workspaces at HQ. Interesting, powerful products that can do amazing things (but it can take brains and time to make that happen, making sales challenging).

    Cons

    Actuate products are complex, and the three product lines/lines of business were never truly integrated. So much of the business wasn't integrated either. Knowledge in one area wasn't always valuable in others.

    Former employees who have left recently have reported large bumps in pay at their new jobs, so salaries may not be keeping pace.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of employees are nervous right now. The OpenText acquisition represents an opportunity for the former Actuate and its employees. But strategy and direction needs to be more clearly articulated. Right now it seems like Waterloo is asking for Actuate to lead itself, but not giving feedback on direction/or and telling us that our choices will be supported. For a company (OT) that has done a lot of acquisitions, I expected a smoother process.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Do yourself a favor and avoid at all costs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Actuate (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The unemployment checks once they let all employees go after their recent acquisition

    Cons

    Management is abusive (have seen a few employees cry), Management is sexist (women should not bother applying here), Management is racist (will favor opinions of some races over others), inter-company communications are a mess (massive disconnect between departments), Management across the company is hesitant to change their outdated policies, the company culture is blame first and correct second.

    Advice to Management

    Ask to be compensated for Management 101 courses and start right away.


  7. "Very nice environment to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Helpful seniors, let you grow, and think independently.

    Cons

    Long irregular work hours. Less planning before starting a project

    Advice to Management

    should spend more time in planning first.

  8. "Actuate's greatest asset is the people that work there."

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small enough to make an impact

    People

    Cons

    Pay

    Need more automated systems

    Work culture needs development

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people, culture, and customers and pay off will be big.


  9. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well balanced work life.
    Flexible work life
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Poor middle level management
    No carrier grow


  10. "Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you have ideas, you can advance them.

    Cons

    Sub par revenue growth over the last 12 months


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