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Informatica Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
453 Reviews
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453 Reviews
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Informatica Chairman and CEO Sohaib Abbasi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life Balance: One of the best IT companies in Bangalore I have seen (in 67 reviews)

  • Informatica has a good work culture compared to many Software product companies (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • People worked themselves to the bone running in circles for upper management - no work/life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Work is not a seasonal thing at GCS unlike R&D where everything happens "before" the release time (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fantastic company that is going from strength to strength

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Informatica

    Pros

    The best products in the industry. Great company culture - this really is a feature that sets Infa apart from any other organisation. The company is big enough to throw it's weight around, but more nimble or agile than the likes of Oracle or IBM. The training and on-boarding is also fantastic, they really do invest in their employees. Senior management is really very good and is taking the company in the right direction.

    Cons

    Despite the large investments they make in their employees, for those lower down the food chain (Inside Sales, Business Development Reps) there are next to no opportunities for career progression. There has been (and will probably continue to be) a drain on younger, hungry employees who felt that they had to leave to progress their careers. While the salaries and compensation packages are generally pretty good, I know the pay for those working in internal roles is a long way off the market rate.
    The White Waltham office is in the middle of nowhere, which has led to it being eerily quiet more often than not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of opportunities in Software Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Informatica

    Pros

    - Respected company with a strong portfolio and customer loyalty
    - Vendor neutral approach to database integration. Attempts to support everything. This gives plenty of interesting customer opportunities and database types. Help mailing lists are really interesting.
    - The company maintains a strong presence in the new technologies: Cloud, Big Data, Salesforce.com.
    - The company was able to ride out the turmoil in the financial markets c. 2008 without reducing overall staff numbers.
    - Corporate culture includes standard features of California-based software companies - flexible hours, working from home, teams distributed across various geographic locations
    - On a couple of occasions in 2006 and 2010, engineers were treated to off-site trips as special rewards e.g. to Puerto Rico
    - Parts of the company retain the energy and "can-do" attitude of small start-up companies.
    - The company makes wide-spread use of multi-geographic teams with benefits for reduced development costs and 24 by 7 support.
    - In the past the company benefited from many exceptionally competent technical managers.
    - In recent years as the company has started to transition to a more mature management model with process-drive agile system.

    Cons

    - There has been "churn" in middle management together with problems tackling technical issues, and especially in the estimation of the effort involved in large projects. Agile development does not work well if the base mandays are wildly wrong.
    - The workload of Top Level management is complicated by the need to amalgamate more than a dozen disparate start-up companies.
    - A gap is widening between the Top Level management and the core engineering teams. This is complicated by the number and complexity of systems.
    - There is a conflict between the company's attempt to be vendor-neutral and the fact that almost all managers come from Oracle. The blinkered Oracle-only approach constrains the head-count in teams trying to integrate non-Oracle systems.
    - A lot of time gets consumed in Webex meetings, meetings attended outside office hours affects the home work balance
    - The company relies on "superheros" who burn themselves out after a few years. Remuneration is good but your health may suffer - especially if you work in a team with head-count constraints.
    - It is not much fun working in a team faced with head-count reductions because of lost burn-out "superheros" in conjunction will deliberate redundancies.
    - The company relies on employees being fully-trained on external database systems when they join. It can be stressful trying to get up-to-date with stuff which has come out in the last year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management approach has worked well and is likely to continue to do so. A few individuals may get burnt out and legacy teams may implode but this should not affect the overall profit or share price.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Huge data organisation with smart, experienced and passionate people. Global reach with customers in all sectors.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Informatica full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is a huge amount of progression, and there are people in the business that care about it. They do everything they can to help you achieve things personally and professionally.

    I am a consultant and for me learning new and exciting technologies from the smartest people is a key driver for me and Informatica has this and more. I have heard people don’t leave after they join, and I can see why. I can see myself being here for many many years.

    They really look after you as an individual, GREAT Place to work

    Cons

    The company is huge and teams are dotted all over the world so it can be difficult to network and maintain a strong presence in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Category leader in a hot market segment with huge upside potential and a clear vision and strategy to achieve success.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Sales Leader in London, England
    Current Employee - Area Sales Leader in London, England

    I have been working at Informatica full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hot market driven by explosion of end user Analytics, Big Data, Data Governance, Internet of Things and the shift to Cloud Applications. Strong solutions and product propositions with GTMs aligned to industry imperatives. Supportive culture and genuine "can-do" attitude. A place where origination of new ideas is rewarded and encouraged. Sales compensation plans that are best in the industry and heavily reward over-achievement.

    Cons

    Transitioning from product selling to solution selling with the associated pains, but the results will be worth the effort.
    Immature vertical messaging and assets outside of Fin Serv - seen as an investment area for FY15.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more thoughtful about sales messaging, i.e. what we can sell today versus vision/roadmap messaging - which is about retaining our thought-leadership position in the market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Informatica full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    All staff are very friendly and want to help you.
    I have worked in many different companies but this is by far the most beautiful office with lots of space, plants and lights.
    All the work is done with a lot of fun in a relaxed atmosphere.
    There is table tennis in the office, gym with a pool is in a neighboring building, football is organized on Friday
    Work/Life is good. It is not expected from employees to work longer than normal hours.

    Cons

    There is not much to put here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love that style when employees are under pressure that managers trying to relax the atmosphere by making jokes and try in every way to help people. Please continue like this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fantastic new hire program and everyone is so helpful irrespective of your role! Just Fab!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Channel Sales Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Channel Sales Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Informatica full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Three months in! 20+ years in the industry... Informatica have the best Sales development and New Hire program I have experienced.

    Cons

    None so far, Informatica investes heavily in supporting it's employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Organization Effectiveness in Maidenhead, England
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Organization Effectiveness in Maidenhead, England

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

    Pros

    Informatica has a strong results culture combined with an environment where the majority of work gets done through relationships. This makes for a great experience if you are prepared to work hard and as part of a team, within a matrix structure. The company is on a growth trajectory and there are plenty of opportunities for career development and personal growth. Accompanying this growth comes continuous change, so adaptability and a growth mindset are qualities that set you up for success here.

    Cons

    Budgets and headcount are managed tightly, as they should be of course but sometimes this leads to some tough decisions around the prioritisation of resources and projects. In order to scale, the company is having to introduce more rigour around processes which some people might not like but this said, it seems to me that the company and people retain a desire to be flexible wherever possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Informatica is a great place to work and I feel we could do a better job of evangelising that. Because we are not a consumer brand, I believe we all have to work even harder to promote our employer brand. This is already a key area of focus for the HR leadership team but everyone in the company has a role to play in building and promoting our employer brand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    RMO

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RMO in London, England
    Current Employee - RMO in London, England

    I have been working at Informatica full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best company to work with. The management team always support you and encourage you. Each individual contribution valued by Managers and by management team.

    Cons

    It is a world wide organisation and it is challenging to meet everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think our management team is aware of the challenges and they are continuously working towards it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A company which trusts and supports its employees in equal measure

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England

    I have been working at Informatica full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, exciting opportuntiy in the marketplace, perfect size to be able to influence but not get lost or frustrated

    Cons

    As a quickly expanding firm, it suffers from growing pains from time to time, that can be tricky but the can-do attitude of the vast majorty of the staff smooths out the bumps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Leading, dynamic, engaging, vibrant!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Informatica full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Supremely forward looking organisation that feels like a small company in culture and attitude and buzz, but equally at home in the market with the large software companies. The management work as a team in a common direction.

    Cannot fault training, perks and benefits. All aspects considered, above market rate have been employed at some of the largest global IT/Software companies. Company values and work-life balance are good and fair.

    You can make a difference

    Cons

    Resourcing - never enough people to get everything done. But, often the case in a dynamic growing organisation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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