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"How They're Surviving"

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Former Employee - Manager
Former Employee - Manager
Approves of CEO

Pros

The company still has that spark of an enterprise software company from the late 90's. Creative, independent with a eye to the future. CEO is well grounded and accessible if you pretend you're from New Jersey / NY. Got to be ready to be part of the "boys club" if you want to move up. Sales culture is typical of companies like this. Miss your number for a couple of quarters and you better be looking for a new job. Development is pretty closed off from the rest of the company (good/bad?). Marketing is actually a high point for them.

Cons

I worked from home. The company didn't embrace the remote worker idea to much. Hurt me in the end. I found the product space a little boring, with few exciting ideas coming from development. They were swimming through the current recession by going back to existing customers and "making them honest" on their software license/contract terms. This actually was the only revenue driver for the last 12 months and the company would be toast today if it weren't for the 15 years of license violations that they're now policing. It's almost like banked money they're now collecting. Customers are happy to get 50 cents on the dollar for their purchase back in 2004. It's a win-win, but with a mafia/IRS kind of twist...come clean and pay up, or we'll yank your license.

Advice to Management

Find a buyer and get out of the market while you can. Oracle and SAP will crush you in 2 years. Otherwise, get lean and continue down the open source route. Prepare employees for the inevitable downsizing and cut them some options.

Other Employee Reviews for Actuate

  1. "Database Intern"

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    Former Intern - Database Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Database Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Actuate as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent, kind, and fun people. There was always a place to ask questions. Great food trucks that would show up every week.

    Cons

    Language barrier between some of the employees that worked there, disorganized and lack of direction for the interns you were basically on your own.

    Advice to Management

    No longer matters as the company as now been acquired by a new parent company.


  2. "Poor Management - No Vision"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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