Acquia Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company but management still experiencing teething problems.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acquia full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.  

    One company I would never work for again!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acquia for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, horrible management

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Acquia full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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,

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Acquia full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.  

    No training structure for employees

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Acquia full-time for less than a year

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good for your career, bad for your family

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Acquia full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

  8.  

    No work life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acquia full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Acquia

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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager

    I have been working at Acquia full-time for more than a 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

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    tsunami effect

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    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

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disfunctional leadership but great people

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    • 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 for more than a 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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