Acquia Reviews

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great company but management still experiencing teething problems.

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

    I have been working at Acquia full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This company has great potential with some amazing success stories over the last few years. Great rates of pay.

    Cons

    Very little training provided. Expected to work several extra hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Dysfuntional Management still need to be more realistic about their goals and there is too much overruling.

    Acquia Response

    Aug 5, 2014CEO

    I would love to hear more about what you think we could do better. As you are still an employee, it's easy to get some time with me, I do it frequently with others. I would like to understand what ... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    One company I would never work for again!

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

    I worked at Acquia (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The salary was ok, but not the added pressure of the environment

    Cons

    No Strategy
    No Management responsibility
    No stability in the company (hire and fire mentality)
    No retention plan
    No Career Development
    No support at all
    No respect for fellow colleagues

    Advice to Management

    Rather than just throw people in at the deep end and let them sink. Would it not be better to hire the right people and retain them by giving them support and the relevant training for their chosen markets. A few dodgy leads from Africa and Asia will not help grow the European business!

    Acquia Response

    Aug 5, 2014CEO

    We clearly missed the mark in your time at Acquia. Based on your comments, I am guessing that you were based in the UK in sales. Certainly, our growth there had some bumps. We moved some staff ... More


  3. Helpful (3)

    Great people, horrible management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Acquia full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Acquia EMEA had some great people. Unfortunately middle/senior management pushed them all out. Nice office but not great location for acquiring and retaining talent. The tech and support side of things run very smoothly. Great people there and middle management there knows what it takes to keep people happy both on the customer side and employee side of things. Wish I could say the same of sales. Also, really believe in the product and the passion of those working to improve it.

    Cons

    Very cut-throat culture for the sales team. The "you're only as good as your last quarter" mentality has never been as true as here. And even if you do well but don't play their political games you stand the chance of being given the boot. You're not encouraged to think for yourself at all. The weather in the UK changes less than process, procedures and structure at Acquia (Not to mention employees). This was literally the worse job I ever had but with the highest potential. If only they would get their act together.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise senior management in the US to take a very close look at what's happening in the EMEA office. With the high level of staff turnover for more than a year and a half now they must realise that the problem lies more with management than with the sales team. People don't even get the chance to finish their ramp-plan before getting pushed out. You'll never have a fully functioning sales team if you don't provide the proper training or push them out before they even had a chance. You need to get a proper sales structure in and stick to it. Listen more to your employees as they are at the frontline with your customers. They hear the a

    Acquia Response

    May 22, 2014CEO

    I'm sorry that your experience at Acquia was not a positive one. I personally have made several trips to Europe to ensure our initiatives there were on track. We've made some mistakes for sure ... More


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  5. Great US organisation but extremely poor EMEA organisation,

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Acquia full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - OSS which is different than proprietary
    - multi cultural environment

    Cons

    - high turn over of staff (EMEA) ; 10 sales people left in first 6 month of the year, on a team of 15
    - obsolete sales strategy and same for marketing dept.
    -micromanagement a la callcenter ( who wants to buy a 1mil+ service from an agent)

    Advice to Management

    -implement tools allow greater reach into the market
    - transform your message from transitional to consultative
    - localize and expand to asiapac

    Acquia Response

    Sep 13, 2013CEO

    Thanks for the note. We have had a rocky time with our EMEA staff. We made some mistakes in hiring, not applying the same criteria as we had in the USA, and that has resulted in more turnover than ... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    No training structure for employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Acquia full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong leadership, great products, free beer and snacks!

    Cons

    No sales training for new employees, not willing to invest in employees long term. Very "sink or swim" right from day 1.


  7. Helpful (1)

    En une phrase, je dirais que c'est l'une des meilleurs et des pires entreprises pour lesquelles j'ai travaillé. In one sentence I would say this was one of the best and worst companies I worked for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Responsable comptes techniques
    Former Employee - Responsable comptes techniques

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    - Collègues formidables.

    - De belles opportunités d'apprentissage, bien que tout apprentissage se fait par l'erreur et que quand quelque chose casse, vous devez le réparer.

    - Beaucoup de projets de haut rang.

    - Great Colleagues.
    - Great learning opportunity, although all learning is done hands on when something crashes and you need to fix it.
    - Lots of high profile projects.

    Cons

    - Trop de petit management et de contrôle. Vous sentez Big Brother vous regarder constamment.

    - Trop d'exposition à des discussions de management qui nous dépassent. En tant que responsable de compte, mon objectif est d'être utile à mes clients, pas d'être 70 %, 80 % ou 90 % facturable.

    - Très peu de temps consacré à la formation et pratiquement pas de budget de formation.

    - Équilibre de vie parfois brouillé.

    - Le manque de soins envers les employés. Comme c'est un poste technique, vous valez au moins autant que vos heures facturables.

    - Too much micro management and scrutiny. The feeling big brother is watching every move.
    - Too much exposure to higher management discussions. As a technical account manager, my goal is to be great and useful to my clients, not be 70%, 80% or 90% billable.
    - Very little time allocated to training and practically no training budget.
    - Rough work/life balance sometimes.
    - Lack of care towards employees. Even though it's a technical position, you're only as good as your billable hours.

    Advice to Management

    Commencer à se soucier davantage de vos employés et moins de vos numéros. Après tout, les gens font les chiffres.

    Start caring more about your employees and less about your numbers. After all, the people make the numbers.

    Acquia Response

    Jul 12, 2014CEO

    Certainly very disappointing to see your thoughts here, though I appreciate them. Clearly our employee recognition and compensation / benefits / equity efforts are not having the desired effect ... More


  8. Good for your career, bad for your family

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot's to learn, lot's to do. Snack and drinks are a very nice thing to have. They try really hard to have a positive culture. Will look fantastic on your resume.

    Cons

    No project ownership. Many tasks are refactoring code, fixing bugs, or worse, adding features without any chance to fix the underlying code. Way to much process, easy to get held up for a week. Management gives no feedback until it's to late. Reviews are mandatory but don't matter when it comes to pay considerations. Some team members work constantly, at all hours and every day. This makes a 50-60 hour week light in comparison, and management encourages you to complete more projects to 'get on par'.

    Advice to Management

    Cut some process, be prompt with feedback and expectations, encourage project ownership and discourage project pirates.

    Acquia Response

    Aug 9, 2013CEO

    On behalf of Chris Brookins ......

    We're sorry you had a negative experience, but glad you agree as many do that Acquia is a great place to build your career.

    re: your points, I'd like to
    ... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    No work life balance

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

    I worked at Acquia full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, being a part of company that is growing rapidly. there are plenty of activities that work to bring the teams together, and plenty of free beer to fill those activities. For the most part there are a lot of great people there but that is changing quickly.

    Cons

    No work life balance at all and there is no room for error. They like to think that they are all having fun and it's great to be there but I think they do that to disguise the hours that you have to be there. Even if you are done with your work and have nothing to do, don't even think about leaving before 6:30. Even if it's a family emergency

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach! and take sometime to work with your employees to reach a goal

    Acquia Response

    Aug 9, 2013CEO

    I'm confused by your comments. In Pros, you admit its a fun atmosphere. In Cons, you state that folks are disguising their fun. I agree that it's hard work. That's the nature of a start-up, and ... More


  10. Helpful (5)

    Micromanaged Fast Growing Company

    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Acquia full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Acquia

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

    I have been working at Acquia full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

    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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