Acquia – Why Work For Us?

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undefinedAcquia is where great digital experiences begin. Our digital innovation platform empowers market-leading enterprise organizations to move at the speed of the web, providing agility, integration and resiliency.
 
 
 
 

Widely adopted

With over two million downloads since inception, Drupal is used by web developers worldwide to build sophisticated community websites. Diverse organizations use Drupal as their core social publishing system for external facing websites and internal collaboration applications.

Thoroughly supported

As a member of the global Drupal community, Acquia helps accelerate Drupal usage by contributing to the advancement of the core technology and offering products, services and technical support to simplify the deployment and management of Drupal websites.

Out of the box

Acquia Drupal provides an on-ramp to some of the best, most essential software from the Drupal community, assembled in a convenient package for easy installation. The Acquia Network provides an operations portal to deliver technical support and site monitoring services to maintain trouble-free Acquia Drupal websites. Finally, by offering commercial grade support from Acquia's Technical Assistance Center, we help organizations implement Drupal with confidence.

Next steps

We encourage you to discover how Acquia's products and services can help you build sophisticated Drupal websites to build communities, grow your business and deepen your relationship with your customers. To learn more, please review the Products & Services and Community sections of our site.

The brains and the backing

Acquia was founded by Dries Buytaert, the original creator and project lead of the Drupal project, and Jay Batson, previously founder and CEO of Pingtel. Our investors include North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.



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Who We Are

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Inspire a Little Crazy

Embrace your inner child. We encourage creativity and imagination. We celebrate our individuality. We inspire ideas, even those that are just a little wacky.

Jump In and Own It

Speed matters. We value a sense of urgency blended with determination and perseverance. We embrace calculated risk taking. We never say “that’s not my job”.

Do the Right Thing

Integrity rules. We take pride in always being respectful and honest with our clients, our partners, our communities, and our colleagues. We value listening, teamwork and collaboration.

Committed to Awesome

We are passionate about customer success on a daily basis. We are not afraid to extend boundaries to achieve the extraordinary.

Give Back More

Born from community. We cherish our roots in open source and contribute our time and talent to strengthen our communities. We serve and give to charitable causes globally. We are committed to sustainability efforts in our work and the environment.

 

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Leading the open source revolution


Acquia is fueling the growth of Drupal which drives some of the most powerful sites across the globe- Twitter, Paypal, MTV, Sony Music, and over a million others.

Map out your career in the cloud


At Acquia you can work on massive cloud platforms, or sell to the biggest companies on the planet. You'll do more in one month at Acquia than in a year anywhere else.

We do well while we're doing good


We're blowing away our business goals and we're bringing the same energy to community work and fundraising for groups like Habitat and Movember.

 

We're hiring people who love the web, get excited about technical innovation, and thrive, in a company moving at light speed.


Dries Buytaert     

Chief Technology Officer

Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal open source web publishing and collaboration platform. Buytaert serves as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organization formed to help Drupal flourish. He is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed software company that offers products and services for Drupal. Dries is also a co-founder of Mollom, a web service that helps you identify content quality and, more importantly, helps you stop website spam. A native of Belgium, Buytaert holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. In 2008, Buytaert was elected Young Entrepreneurs of Tech by BusinessWeek as well as MIT TR 35 Young Innovator.

Thomas Erickson 

Chief Executive Officer

Tom started his career in open source in 1980 (really). Except that it was called public domain software, derivatives were completely legal and hosting in the cloud was provided in Seattle by Boeing. Joining Acquia in 2008 was a return to those values and concepts after almost 30 years of living in the USA, Europe and Australia as an executive in proprietary software companies. Since then, Tom has led Acquia to numerous distinctions, including #1 Software Vendor on the 2012 Inc. 500 (#8 overall), MassTLC's 2012 Private Company of the Year and Forbes' 100 List of America's Most Promising Companies.

Prior to Acquia, Tom was Chief Products Officer at map maker Tele Atlas. Before that, he was CEO of Systinet, a leading provider of SOA tools that was acquired by Mercury Interactive and subsequently Hewlett Packard. During the rise of the internet, Tom was the EVP International for webMethods, based in Sydney, Australia. He's also served in executive roles at the Baan Company and Watermark Software in addition to his early days at MRO Software, known as Project Software and Development, Inc. in 1980.

Tom is passionate about many things. His diversions include wine, food, photography, skiing, golf and traveling to Australia and beyond. His roots are in Wisconsin, and received a BS Honors in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the UW-Madison. He's been an advisor and board director for several private companies.

Bill Sorenson

Chief Financial Officer

 

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Bill oversees all finance functions for Acquia, including reporting, planning, treasury, and investor relations.

He previously was the CFO of Qlik Technologies, a leader in business intelligence, where he drove the company through its IPO and helped grow it from $118 million to almost $400 million in revenue.

Bill also lead finance operations for major mobile and media companies as CFO, at EMI Music Publishing and the Bertlesmann eCommerce Group, which funded Napster, as well as at several early stage start ups. Prior to that he served as senior VP of global finance at News Corporation.

 

At Acquia, we know the success of the company depends on the satisfaction of our employees, so we offer fabulous company benefits, and a fast paced, highly motivated, enormously fun work environment... Not to mention a career with tons of potential to grow within the company.
 

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You will also find many additional perks throughout our offices: comfy bean bags to lounge, foosball and ping pong tables to challenge your coworkers, fridges stocked with snacks and let’s not forget the keg on tap!

 



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    Exceptional culture, people and a FUN market

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

    Pros

    - Exceptional culture. People are encouraged to collaborate freely, and speak their mind in open forum. A more recent focus on diversity is awesome as well.

    - Smart people. The smartest group of people I've ever had the pleasure to work with.

    - FUN market. What our customers build is simply awesome, and we help them transform their business - which is awesome too. It's much different than working at a company who sells "black boxes".

    Cons

    - Hard to be disconnected, but yet the culture is very flexible. People work long hours, but are encouraged to take time for family, flexible hours, or difficult commutes.

    - If you work in Burlington, there's not much around the office. Makes for a more difficult social life within work - but the recent announcement of moving to Boston should fix that!

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    - Simplify the messaging, and stay focused on customer success. The maniacal focus on customer success although painful sometimes is very much so appreciated by customers.

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Acquia Interviews

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Acquia in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted via email by a recruiter shortly after applying online. I worked with the recruiter by email, but we set up an immediate phone screening with the hiring manager. I spoke with her for about 20-30 minutes over the phone. Since I was not local (the position was for Burlington, MA) we then set up three Skype calls with other members of the team (two product managers and a senior UX team member).

    The Skype calls went well and were fairly laid back. We talked about my experience, interests, and the team dynamics there at Acquia. I did some research ahead of time and had specific questions prepared for each person. The discussions with PMs were mostly a "culture fit" kind of thing, the toughest was probably with the UX team member since it was more focused on my skills. These calls each lasted 30-60 minutes.

    I was contacted again by the hiring manager the same day of the third call, this time to schedule a site visit. This would be a full-day interview. The hiring manager sent me a design exercise to complete ahead of time, with instructions to spend no more than 2-4 hours on it. The exercise asked me to re-design a specific aspect of one of Acquia's products, Cloud. I conducted some quick research, a heuristic evaluation, and developed some wireframes to suggest a new workflow.

    The interview day began with me leading a presentation/discussion with the UX team on how I tackled the exercise. Then a 3-person lunch with me and two members of the team. I then spoke to several people alone over the course of the day, including two directors, managers, and the recruiter. The hiring manager spoke with me again at the end to tell me how well everything went and that an offer would be imminent. The entire day at Acquia was about 5-6 hours.

    The entire interview process, between application and accepting an offer, was a little over 2 weeks.

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    • Probably the design exercise was the most challenging aspect, only because a lot of self-doubt starts to creep in when suggesting major designs and/or changes in a vacuum. The exercise itself was fairly open-ended, there were obviously no right answers, but the goal was mainly just for the team to get a feel for your design process. Then obviously the presentation of your solution in a group "critique" kind of environment was a bit stressful.   View Answer
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    I did negotiate on the offer, but only slightly. The initial offer was extremely generous and did not warrant any significant negotiation.
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Acquia Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work, Boston Business Journal, 2013
50 on Fire, BostInno, 2013
Best Places to Work, Boston Business Journal, 2012
America's Fastest Growing Private Comapnies, Inc. 500, 2012
Company of the Year - Privately Held, Mass TLC, 2012
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Additional Info

Website www.acquia.com
Headquarters Burlington, MA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 2007
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

Acquia is leading the open source revolution by fueling the growth of Drupal, which drives some of the most powerful sites across the globe. Acquia is a venture-backed company offering Cloud based SaaS services to Twitter, Box Software, Time Inc, Harvard, NBC and almost 4000 other organizations building websites on Drupal.

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