Appian Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
38 Reviews
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  1.  

    A place of passion, opportunity, stress, smart people, and a great product

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering  in  Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Appian full-time

    Pros

    The people are very smart, motivated to do a great job, and happy to lend a hand to a fellow co-worker. Pay is good, and leadership is trying to improve. The product is interesting to work on and the future seems very interesting.

    Cons

    There is a disdain for "work-life balance". People are expected to put in long hours often; some of the management is trying to change this. The processes are confusing, and there this company observes the absolute bare minimum of holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider the work-life balance, not as something nice to have, but rather something to get more effective decisions and results from the staff. Continue trying to fix the processes and problems. Be comfortable looking at your self for any causes of problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Learn and Shine as and Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Reston, VA

    I worked at Appian as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Each project is unique and challenging.
    - Supportive company culture when you need it.
    - Good compensation.
    - Opportunities to work on side projects and be recognized for them.
    - Many events for interns and employees.
    (Internship Specific)
    - Great to work with other college aged students.
    - Young and relatable workforce.
    - Immerses you in an enterprise agile development environment.

    Cons

    - Appian is currently rapidly expanding and there are some growing pains.
    - It takes time to familiarize yourself with the architecture of the system.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Financial Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Appian

    Pros

    great pay for the position

    Cons

    no status or return calls

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  5.  

    Would-be amazing, except...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Appian

    Pros

    The company is in an amazing industry, ranks incredibly high in Gartner and Forrester reviews, has amazing people, product, values, except... company has insane gossip problem. Many talented individuals have terminated short of reaching amazing potential because management strategy to deal with problem is poor. Advice is to "just don't get involved" or "just ignore it"

    Cons

    Company has insane gossip problem. Many talented individuals have terminated short of reaching amazing potential because management strategy to deal with problem is poor. Advice is to "just don't get involved" or "just ignore it."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use upper management to work worth this issue. Do not tolerate gossip, trash talking or negative behavior ESPECIALLY from middle management! Company culture has the potential to be amazing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Appian

    Pros

    Financially stable future looks bright

    Cons

    Growth might be too fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Some of the smartest people I've worked with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Appian

    Pros

    Strong culture of individual contribution and high achievement. Lots of opportunity for personal growth and broad exposure to technical marketing and consulting. High recruiting standards- many of my best friends are the brilliant and fun people that overlapped with my career at Appian.

    Cons

    Struggled to retain talent- employee retention was not a priority and turnover was high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Corporate Culture, Sub-par Benefits and Growth Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Services  in  Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Professional Services in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Appian full-time

    Pros

    The corporate culture is great! Most people are young, friendly and a lot of fun to work with. Everyone they hire is smart, but never brags about it. The software is very interesting and has a lot of potential. They train incoming employees thoroughly to ensure that we are useful almost immediately. The management works hard to place each employee on a project based on their skills and their personal needs. They always are your advocate in tough client situations. Additionally, the holiday party and corporate retreat are very enjoyable and well-done.

    Cons

    The benefits and salary are low compared to the industry standard. This would be less of a problem if there were opportunities for raises or bonuses, but the only way to get a raise is to get promoted. For a certain professional services position, there are employees ranging from mid-20's to mid-30's who all get the exact same compensation regardless of tenure at Appian. Some of the project managers are underqualified and certainly less competent than others who have a lower position. Also, the founders are generally cold and seem to lack social skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build the brand, be more personable, offer monetary rewards for excellent performance and consider giving raises, even just to keep up with inflation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    I was there for a year and wouldn't go back

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer  in  Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Vienna, VA

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

    Pros

    Some people working there are fun

    Cons

    Benefits were cut (company cruise, Friday perks). Salaries well below the average for industry and the area. Paralysis by analysis on tech side. And side projects/indie time never happened

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove non-tech managers from tech positions. It's killing your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great!

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Curl Tex Colonia, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Curl Tex Colonia, TX

    I worked at Appian as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great working environment! It was great!

    Cons

    None, there was nothing negative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Odd management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Appian full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting product, social crowd

    Cons

    Management is strange; almost Asperger's like

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn people skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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