Appian Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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Appian President and CEO Matt Calkins
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Pros
  • Smart people, interesting product, social crowd (in 6 reviews)

  • Supportive company culture when you need it (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • You're expected to work long hours every time is necessary and that is, almost every day (in 5 reviews)

  • The people in professional services delivery are expected to work 60-80 weeks and travel extensively, which leads to burn-out (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Positive Internship Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern in Reston, VA
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern in Reston, VA

    I worked at Appian as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    They have an interesting product and provide the chance for you to work with many smart, highly motivated people. Interns make actual contributions to the product and are compensated accordingly.

    Cons

    It did seem like many of the full-time employees were under pressure to put in long hours, but this obviously wasn't an issue as an intern

  2. Helpful (2)

    By far the best place I have ever worked

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

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

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

    Pros

    The company culture at Appian feels too good to be true. You are surrounded by a bunch of smart, motivated, and creative people whose first instincts are to share their knowledge and help others instead of increasing their own job security. The management structure is incredibly flat for the size of the company, with only 4-5 levels in total from CEO to entry level positions, and the founders regularly interact with employees at all levels. The Engineering department does Scrum very well and is constantly making improvements based on the feedback gained in regular retrospectives. Appian has a highly productive environment where you never feel you are doing busy work and even during the occasional push to get a new release out, it is still an enjoyable place to work because of the team focus and the great people around you.

    Cons

    PTO is not as generous as most other places I have worked.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the PTO slightly to be more in line with competitors, but otherwise just keep doing exactly what you've been doing!

  3. Helpful (4)

    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    Mostly keep doing what you are doing.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Keep doing a great job.

  6. Helpful (4)

    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    n/a

    Appian Response

    Feb 17, 2015CTO & Co-founder

    Thank you for sharing your experience in Appian Academy. It's not meant to be easy but I'm sorry to hear you were let go. The majority of Appian consultants are not CS majors since our platform ... More

  7. Helpful (3)

    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 a year)

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

    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".

    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
    ... More

  8. Helpful (4)

    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)

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

    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.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Great place; lots of focus on customer success

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    Keep investing in talent

    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.

  10. Helpful (4)

    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)

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

    Pros

    Flexible, smart, challenging, friendly, passionate.

    Cons

    Sometimes really mind and physically exhausting.

  11. Helpful (3)

    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)

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

    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 Management

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

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