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Acquia Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
38 Reviews
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38 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaged Fast Growing Company

    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Acquia full-time

    Pros

    The guy who created Drupal is there, and the company has the best Drupal talent in the market. Their Professional Services team can't be beat and the in-house tech team is very talented. They also have a very impressive client list.

    Cons

    It's the most micromanaged company that I have every experienced. There are meetings about meetings to get updates to the updates, and it's never enough. The micromanagement is a terrible waste of time and shows a lack of trust in the employees.

    The goal all along seemed to be focused on an IPO. It never felt like things were growing organically. Always felt like the Board wanted specific results to get to the IPO, and the Management would micromanage based on the Board's expectations. They were really putting the cart before the horse.

    Merge with or buy Phase2. If Acquia had a development arm they would have a monopoly on the Drupal market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your hiring process. If you hire properly you won't need to micromanage as your employees will be capable of doing the job you are paying them to do.

    Focus more on your product than you do the IPO. If you do what you're supposed to the IPO will happen.

    Accept that you are a business and not just a profitable arm of this open-source community. Offer Development services.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Acquia Response

    Oct 27, 2014CEO

    Thanks for the comments. I see you worked in sales, so I'll reply with that context. I am confused by a couple of your comments, including "never felt like things were growing organically". We ... More

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    tsunami effect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acquia full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment. Very open, collaborative, free food and drinks all the time! Fun culture, monthly activities and team building. Friendly co workers.

    Cons

    Really a sink or swim experience. Somewhat overwhelming when you start and there is really no one to help you after onboarding. You kind of have to find your own way. There seems to be a lot of ego rolling around the office as well which doesn't help the communication among some of the staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Acquia Response

    Aug 9, 2013CEO

    Very pleased you love our culture and values. It's the center of creating a great company in my opinion, and we work hard to sustain them. Certainly helps, because as you rightfully point out ... More

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disfunctional leadership but great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Acquia has some of the best people I've ever worked with: smart, passionate, and collaborative. Impressive customer base with hundreds of recognizable brand names. Dries is a terrific open source leader and maintains a high profile in the Drupal community. There's nothing like Drupalists -- great people overall.

    Cons

    Severe lack of focus makes exit via acquisition unlikely and poses challenges as the business scales. Significant revenue derived from low margin Professional Services.
    Dictatorial senior leadership whose decisions can be erratic and based on personal friendships rather than solid research. Leadership's micromanagement and belittling of employee's ideas leads to conflict avoidance in much of the organization.
    Very little tech representation on leadership team.
    Drupal is showing its age and facing challenges bringing in new contributors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on fewer products. You have great employees. Trust their judgement and ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Acquia Response

    Aug 9, 2013CEO

    It's been more than a year since this was posted, so perhaps the content is now outdated. The issue that strikes me here is poor communication from our leadership, which I will take responsibility ... More

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Acquia

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Acquia

    Pros

    Fast growing, fast paced, road to success.

    Cons

    Lack of work/life balance, lack of transparency on some decisions.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Acquia

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager

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

    Pros

    - Most of the tech people are amazingly helpful.

    Cons

    - Working long / odd hours is not unusual and my family hates it.
    - Ironocally the company made Drupal much less fun for me.
    - Drupalcon is no longer a fun event but a mere business opportunity.
    - Because of the workload, I struggle to contribute back to the community.
    - Sales can be too aggressive at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Acquia Response

    Sep 17, 2013CEO

    From Michael Krause, VP Customer Solutions:

    Thank you for your post! Your courage, candor and willingness to be transparent helps us increase the quality of our experience here at Acquia and yours
    ... More

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