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Updated March 18, 2017
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  1. "Poor Management - No Vision"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Actuate (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can maintain a decent work life balance.

    Cons

    During my time, the company lacked clear vision or direction. Departments didn't work well together as teams. It seemed there was more in-fighting and politics and they way you got ahead was being in the boy's club.

    Low pay, and management creates delusional sense of advancement.

    Total sales culture.

    Advice to Management

    Look for better talent, not just cheap talent. Create a growth plan for your employees. Hire better leaders / management.


  2. "Sales Development Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Actuate full-time

    Pros

    It was a fun group of employees and the company had a solid product. The job was low-stress. The company had fun outings and events.

    Cons

    No career path for Sales Development. Very hard to transition into another role. Management team was hit or miss. Some managers in certain departments were great while others were miserable. Because a huge amount of employees sat together in the same room, it was at times a very intimidating work environment and extremely competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to be more involved with their team. The manager needs to be more invested with coaching and less focused on metrics/numbers.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Think carefully before joining this team!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Actuate full-time

    Pros

    A regular paycheck. Casual attire. A job title.

    Cons

    If you take a job with Actuate (and, from what I understand, the following will apply to all other OpenText logos as well), do it for the right reasons. Make it a short-term move intended to improve your income and job title. Stay no longer than necessary - as soon as you are ready to advance your career, start looking for that next job again.

    For entry-level folks: Go for it! Just don't drink their Kool-Aid. OpenText is the WalMart of software. However, since their goal is to hire college grads only, the entry level wages aren't too bad. Get a year or two of experience in the industry and then move on.

    Advice to Management

    None. Absolutely none.

    The OpenText management team knows exactly what they are doing. They are creating an imbalanced multi-headed corporate beast, and, with each acquisition, the beast grows. It's a pity that this team can't find a way to grow its employees' careers and wages as well.


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  5. "Great place to work fresh out of college"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of learning
    corporate culture
    Good Support Team

    Cons

    20-25% lower than market rate on Salary
    Odd working hours

    Advice to Management

    No Advice


  6. "Actuate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Actuate (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work - life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and direction from management


  7. "Great People to Work With"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Actuate full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of great people to work with at the individual and first level manager levels. Good technology that was fun to work with.

    Cons

    CEO had trouble innovating and sticking with a strategy. Every 9 months the CEO was trying to reinvent the company which made it impossible for any strategy to get traction.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick with it. You have a good team, strong technology and loyal customers. Trust in them more.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, limited opportunities for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Actuate full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  9. "Senior manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. 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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Actuate is being starved by its new owners"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the products were good, and useful to people who needed them. The Toronto office was a friendly, flexible environment. The lower levels of management were helpful and supportive. The office itself was a very nice space.

    Cons

    Frequent downsizing, and other cost-cutting measures, prevent any possible growth in the business. The current hiring freeze means you cannot apply there anyway, but if you are hired, the owners are not interested in developing or expanding the Actuate product lines, so your job probably won't last long.

    Advice to Management

    If you have to make financial cuts, make them at the executive and senior management levels. Choking development is short-sighted.



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