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Appian Reviews

Updated December 30, 2014
Updated December 30, 2014
47 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart people, interesting product

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Appian full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Appian hires smart, interesting, hard-working people who are great to work with. The company is committed to following best practices in its software development, and is constantly examining its processes to find what works and change what doesn't. There is a big push for leadership from within and self-organizing teams. Appian provides many opportunities for employees to make contributions they think are valuable, including strong support for Indie Time and a newly initiated Fed Ex Day.

    The company also does a good job of organizing fun events for employees, including after-work beer and wine socials, movie nights for big movie premiers, laser tag, and holiday getaways.

    Cons

    The biggest issue is work-life balance as there is a strong push to deliver new features with aggressive schedules. Middle management can be harsh when unexpected events cause development to take longer than originally expected.

    Rapid growth in number of employees also comes with challenges but management is aware of this and does their best to ensure the growth does not impact quality and company values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mostly keep doing what you are doing.

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

    Great company full of highly intelligent, motivated, generous people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture, great perks, wonderful, smart people, good pay, many opportunities for advancement (personal and professional), bright future. I highly recommend applying if you haven't already.

    Cons

    I can't think of too many cons to working at Appian. The main one is the work load and very high expectations. You will be constantly challenged. Laziness and intellectual deficiencies are not acceptable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full of challenges ahead and tough training.

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

    I worked at Appian full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Smart people around and challenging work. Providing opportunities to college graduates.

    Cons

    Appian provided 3 weeks of intensive training and I got let go on the last day of training.
    Appian has "evaluation" or "demo" type of final project at the end of the training....

    Trying for IT company when you didn't major in CS or similar fields was very challenging.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Aweful... that's it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant II in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant II in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    None.... free coffee.. that's about it.

    Cons

    People working at the Engineering department in average were at Appian for 10+ years.
    This includes few upper managements fresh out of college or as their first job. Because of that they have few young managers.
    I think they are mostly closed minded and stubborn when dealing with diversity of experiences.
    Because they have worked on the same product/modules for so long and know their product so well, when new employee comes in and if they see the struggles, they don't seem to accept that or understand.
    Once I got a question...."why do you take this long to ramp up??" They don't seem to realize that they were looking at the same damn thing for 10+ years.
    Also, it feels like these "experts" seems does not know how to explain things to the new employees.
    Yes they have "On boarding" process, and 3 weeks of training on the "product"(not the code),
    but trying to fix a code that is 10+ years old is a different story.
    People needs to ask bunch of question in the beginning, but they don't accept that because they have been working with same people and same experts for so long they don't understand why he/she is asking question.
    They expect all of the employees to be prompt with their tempo feeds and emails as well.
    It is natural to them that they should work during the night, and weekends in frequent basis, because Appian "product" is their baby.
    They used the gitHub repositories comments when doing performance evaluation.
    During the daily code reviews, if you write a question that is too obvious to the seniors, upper management will use your comment and say
    "lack of understanding".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Appian Response

    Dec 17, 2014CTO & Co-founder

    Thank you for taking the time to reflect on your experiences at Appian. We wish you luck in your future endeavors.

    For context, this person self-identified as Professional Services but only
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  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place; lots of focus on customer success

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Appian full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a strong corporate culture and focus on customer success. There is a good mix of talent internally between long-time staff and those that have joined recently. Strong focus on promotion from within. The technology is heavily focused on innovation to take advantage of consumer product innovation. New offices are nicely arranged and open.

    Cons

    Even in the local area, many haven't heard of Appian, so it requires some explaining to family/friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Appian Response

    Dec 17, 2014CTO & Co-founder

    Thanks for your great feedback! We intend to keep investing in talent -- the new Appian MBA Program for 2015 with content licensed from Harvard Business School is just one recent example.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company on a mission

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

    I worked at Appian full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The product is excellent, and the people are top-notch. There is a real focus on promoting from within, and recognizing the achievements of the top performers. Quality of customer service and overall customer satisfaction in the primary driver.

    Cons

    The people in professional services delivery are expected to work 60-80 weeks and travel extensively, which leads to burn-out. The company is small, but growing fast, which means lots of changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Appian full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, smart, challenging, friendly, passionate.

    Cons

    Sometimes really mind and physically exhausting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent culture, Fast growth. Pre-IPO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Appian full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Culture and People. They hire extremely smart people that have varied interests outside of work. Everyone is friendly and very helpful.

    Cons

    With all the growth it's sometimes hard to keep up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the culture doesn't change as we get bigger

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Innovation & Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    - Best ideas win
    - Company moving in right direction
    - Visionary leadership
    - Company culture highly valued
    - Endless opportunities
    - One of top two or three products in BPM space
    - Incredible, intensive training
    - MANY out of office events

    Cons

    - Headquarters aren't in major city (Reston, VA)
    - Highly selective recruitment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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