Actuate Reviews

Updated Dec 19, 2018

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Actuate President, CEO, and Director Pete Cittadini
Pete Cittadini
48 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great place to work

    Mar 7, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexibility of job, opportunity to grow in role. Great relationships with managers Working with a team who support you.

    Cons

    Working outside of corporate can be sometimes be challenging.

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Actuate is being starved by its new owners

    May 8, 2015 - Software Developer in Chennai
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    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.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    I like what I do and the people I get to work with!

    Mar 11, 2014 - Anonymous Happy Employee in Mumbai
    Recommend
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    Pros

    A multicultural workforce, open minded accepting company, a professional fun place to work, promotes from within, great people, challenging work, flexible time, good benefits, employer RRSP and ESPP, salary in line within the GTA, excellent work/life balance, encourages some moderate risk taking.

    Cons

    Facilities need to be updated

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Challenging, interesting work

    Sep 12, 2013 - Sales Engineer in Rochester, NY
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    Pros

    Great people. Good opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    They suffer from "Not invented here" syndrome. They didn't do the necessary research in order to make decisions based on facts.

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Bad Management

    May 3, 2013 - Software Engineer in Kingston
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    Pros

    Well paid jobs, compared to market. 9-5 hours.

    Cons

    Some incompetence at higher level. Corporate managers have no clue about tech. No growth opportunities (old boys club). They do acquisitions of smaller companies and drive those products straight into the ground. Stories went around about higher management using foul language in all hands meetings (disgusting). People lost jobs after many layoffs.

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  6. 3.0
    Former Employee

    How They're Surviving

    Dec 15, 2009 - Manager 
    Recommend
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    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.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Intellectually stimulating job with freedom and support to try new things

    Mar 3, 2014 - Sales Engineer in Tulsa, OK
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    Pros

    The best part about Actuate is that the company is small enough to make a difference but big enough to get something done. Your manager allows you to try new things while you perform your duties. Also, everyone is willing to help you figure out the best course of action and the environment is very collegial.

    Cons

    The cons really can be a plus. About half the work force works off site so the office can often seem empty even when a lot of work is being done. I also work from home a fraction of the time so I probably should not list this as a con. The pressures of the marketplace also sometimes forces us to release products that are not fully baked and Actuate ends up doing many dot releases.

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Marketing

    Dec 19, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
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    Pros

    I learned a lot, and lots of opportunity for growth within the company.

    Cons

    Poor management, not a motivating work environment

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  9. 2.0
    Former Employee

    If Actuate can gain traction with their open source offerings, they could be an exciting company

    Mar 17, 2009 - Sales Engineer in Toronto, ON
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    Pros

    The investment that Actuate has made in their new open source offerings is a daring move, and one that might get them the market share they need as a second tier business intelligence software provider. This technology, along with the community of open source developers that back it, have led to some very exciting technological advances that make the products very exciting to work with. Coupling these innovative products with their battle tested server offerings provides a fairly compelling story that mixes the innovation associated with open source with the stability provided by a seasoned and time tested delivery platform.

    Cons

    Actuate has changed its strategy numerous times, and I think this has led to confusion throughout the organization. At times, they have focused almost exclusively on marketing several different productized "reporting applications" that primarily targeted the financial sector, which makes up the majority of Actuate's install base of customers. As that sector has suffered, so has Actuate. They have also attempted to integrate several acquisitions with varying levels of success. The Performancesoft acquisition has not been well integrated, as both the technology and the skill set needed to market and sell it are very different from Actuate's traditional core competencies.

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

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

    Mar 7, 2015 - Marketing in Toronto, ON
    Recommend
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    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.

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