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Updated June 23, 2017
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  • Work life balance is not good at times (in 31 reviews)

  • The current privatization will reduce interest in R&D and bring down cost cutting everywhere (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Stay away if you care for your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Informatica (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are nice. Which is a good thing. But that's it.

    Cons

    Worked at Informatica for more than 5 years. Culture was good back than. 2 years back, the company went private. Since then, company is bleeding talent. Managers does not seem to care. No more bonus. Not to mention equity, forget about it.
    Inefficiency and poor management are the key factors.
    If you are a below average engineer you'll like it.

    Advice to Management

    Please retire. You are wasting stakeholders money.

    Informatica Response

    Jun 16, 2017 – Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Marketing & Employer Branding

    We would obviously disagree with your assessment of Informatica. And so do your former peers. Our employees give us consistently high marks across the board and analysts rate us very highly for... More


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Worst company I ever worked for"

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

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

    Pros

    401K and HQ Office Location

    Cons

    > Very Bad Management in HQ
    > Company lost the track due to outdated managers.
    > If the manager doesn't like you then behave like let go and you can't complain to his superior as it is a political ring.
    > They send the surveys to hear people voice and catch who is floating against them.
    > No Internal Transfers and if you apply you will be rejected.
    > No training to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Good talent already left but not political managers as they can't get jobs outside. Informatica does have political spider network management which is very bad for the company.

    Changing the logo doesn't change the employee satisfaction. Send the latest survey to employees to see how many happy with the company inside.

    Informatica Response

    May 19, 2017 – Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Marketing & Employer Branding

    We regret that you have a negative view of working at Informatica. Your peers in Redwood City rate our Senior Leadership at 3.5 out of 5 stars, significantly above the Glassdoor average. Comparably... More

  3. Helpful (18)

    "Death Spiral - Worst Management Team in Silicon Valley"

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

    I have been working at Informatica full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are still a few very dedicated, good people that work at INFA. The Redwood City location is convenient and the campus is very nice.

    Cons

    The current management team has completely destroyed the culture and spirit of the company. The senior management team is the most unqualified, incompetent senior management team in the valley. They simply do not have a good understanding of the business and treat the long term employees with disrespect. The business is tanking and they don't know how to get the company back going in the right direction. They mistakenly under-estimated the value of the existing senior management team and let them go when the company went private. It has been a very sad demise.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out the current senior management team, they are not capable of returning the company to the success it experienced prior to going private.

    Informatica Response

    Jan 5, 2017 – Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Marketing & Employer Branding

    Informatica leads the industry – both in market share and analysts’ evaluations of our innovation and leadership in the growing data management market – and our senior team is integral in setting the... More


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no common sales methodology and the products they sell do not work together for customers.

    Cons

    On-Premise and Cloud are the same as the Cloud Product has an agent and has big competition from Dell Boomi.

    Advice to Management

    The management needs to sell the Cloud product to Salesforce.com or another cloud provider

    Informatica Response

    Jan 9, 2017 – Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Marketing & Employer Branding

    Informatica is the worldwide market share leader in enterprise integration for the Cloud, including Gartner ranking Informatica Cloud as the #1 iPaaS Solution Worldwide. Additionally, our technology... More


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Sad destruction of what was once a premier company"

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

    I worked at Informatica full-time

    Pros

    As a former employee (and not a disgruntled one I might add), the only thing left that is a "pro" are some of the people that I have left behind. There are some truly great people still there. It hurts me to be this honest.

    Cons

    The PE lost a fight with the former executive team (who almost all quit) and has deployed the worst executive team I have yet to encounter in my career. The new HR group has zero interest in understanding the culture and wants to insert their own, which is rooted in 1982. Crazy high turnover in HR because of this. The executive team consists of several siloed folks all rowing in different directions. PE managed to take what was once a premier destination company and absolutely destroy it. There are probably resume building opportunities there, but the company is slowly becoming a stain on one's resume.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that you need an experienced CEO to right this ship and take action. Just start over in HR and find the culture that once existed. Quit trying to prove to yourself that all you have to do is send jobs outside California to make it successful, remember where the innovation came from in the first place.

    Informatica Response

    Nov 30, 2016 – Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Marketing & Employer Branding

    We see Informatica as a leader in all things data management and having a very bright future ahead. Obviously, we disagree with your characterization of the Company. We would note that we continue... More


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Don't spoil your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None that is worth mentioning

    Cons

    Nepotism bordering on racism, zero career growth opportunities. They bring in offshore resources for the professional services in order to stifle growth and keep salaries down. Partner companies are promoted heavily. Being private makes them even less attractive to work for with reduced benefits, no RSUs or ESPPs to look forward to replace zero raises

    Informatica Response

    Nov 3, 2016 – Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Marketing & Employer Branding

    We're sorry you had a bad experience working for Informatica. We have made a renewed effort to ensure that performance is appropriately rewarded with increased emphasis on establishing goals and... More


  7. Helpful (18)

    "Inept CEO can't figure out Cloud and Big Data strategy"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Informatica full-time

    Pros

    - Engineers were taken on a trip to Thailand
    - Most of us got major pay increases

    Cons

    - We got manhandled in the Big Data space by much more nimble competitors
    - Our cloud strategy is basically on its last legs, because of the Private Equity investor bean counters
    - Pricing is so hard to understand you need a PhD to even explain to customers
    - Re-org after re-org has turned INFA into a communist dictatorship with VPs more focused on showing the size of their org chart in meetings instead of how they are going to execute on strategy
    - Promotions are directly proportional to how well you know the SVPs

    Advice to Management

    - Fire the the CEO Anil Chakravarty and his second in command, Amit Walia the CPO. Their constant re-orgs and pivots in the company strategy have been disastrous for morale
    - New CMO needs to clean house, starting first with narcissistic, bombastic cloud marketing VPs who talk a lot, intimidate their employees to impose their power, and love hearing their own voice
    - Start managing out some of the failed SVPs whose only value-add is running a wine-tasting club in the company and posting selfies at INFA events onto social media

    Informatica Response

    May 9, 2016 – Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Marketing & Employer Branding

    We regret that you had a bad experience working at Informatica. Your criticism, however, does not match the facts. Rather than being “manhandled” in Big Data, we have been leading the industry. Our... More

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Toxic Culture"

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Austin, TX
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well paying jobs, good amount of opportunity

    Cons

    Company is run by social elite, typical ponzi scheme structure.

    Culture is absolutely embedded in an elitist mentality, you are either in with the popular kids or you are not. Promotions, accolades and even career termination is mainly determined by who you know and how well you know them. One's body of work, work ethic and ability to tackle problems both internally and externally will certainly come into play as one goes through their career at Informatica, however it will always be trumped by your social status in the company's toxic social culture.

    Informatica Response

    Apr 21, 2016 – Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Marketing & Employer Branding

    We are sorry you have such a negative view of our culture. It is very puzzling, as your co-workers in Austin rate our culture 4.47 out of 5 stars according to Glassdoor. As announced at our most... More


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Working in field sales"

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    Former Employee - Senior Inside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Senior Inside Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products and superb field technical support

    Cons

    Worst sales mgt I have worked under in 20 years. Never trust compensation plan. No ethics at all levels of sales management. Treat top performers with dishonesty. I would never recommend anyone in field sales to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Don't manage to keep sales rep income to a minimum. That is why all your good people have left. I would never recommend anyone in sales to work at INFA.

    Informatica Response

    Jan 13, 2016 – Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Marketing & Employer Branding

    We regret that you have a negative view of your time with Informatica in Sales. As you know, the Company went through significant changes in 2015, some that specifically affected Sales. Those moves... More


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Outsourcing and cheap labor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Informatica (More than a year)

    Pros

    None anymore since the private equity guys took over.

    Cons

    What used to be a technologically innovative company is being slowly reduced to ashes thanks to the bean counter Private Equity guys and overpaid myopic Informatica management.

    Highly talented American engineers were laid off last August and the layoffs continue in small bunches despite management promises not to layoff anyone else. Now that Informatica is private, they no longer have to file WARN notices.

    Entire engineering teams have been laid off and operations outsourced to the Bangalore R&D office. Management then collects air miles flying back and forth not really doing anything productive. Whatever code gets produced takes twice as long to debug and there was intense pressure during the v10 final build.

    The Indian engineers are then brought in on L1B visas (for which no prevailing wage exists) and pressured to work long hours which they do because they have no worker protections.

    Advice to Management

    Outsource yourself instead of living high on the hog. The private equity guys have been the number 1 disaster for us employees and Informatica management is a close second.

    Informatica Response

    Dec 29, 2015 – Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Marketing & Employer Branding

    You make a lot of assertions, but the facts do not support them. Informatica continues to be recognized for technical innovation - Gartner lists Informatica as a "Leader" in seven distinct enterprise... More


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