Appian

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6 people found this helpful  

Smart, young and results-oriented firm

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

I worked at Appian

Pros

-Growing: Growing, entrepreneurial firm that employs some very smart people. Plenty of scope to rise up quick if you are competent enough.

-Great people: The people are simply amazing. They are young, bright, and very enthusiastic. Many socialize after work, and there is a significant amount of EC activity (softball, soccer, picnics).

-Very Selective: The talent-density at Appian is way higher than its peers. All prospective recruits must go through a rigorous, super-selective interview process. The founders still conduct final round interviews - you need to be at the top of your game to make the cut.

-Fair: Appian is a total meritocracy. If you perform, you are promoted, period - regardless of age.

Cons

-Unstructured environment: Many times, situations, responsibilities and growth paths are unstructured. You need to figure out the best way forward, and then communicate your successes to management (formally, and informally). This may work well for some, but others may find it too risky.

-Specificity of skills: In the consulting group, its common to spend 60-75% time around Appian's software product. While client/project management and communication are transferable skills, those that involve the myriad quirks around its complex product are simply not transferable. These are just institutional knowledge.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-Incentivize consultants by rotating them through sales, marketing & technology projects.

-More structured career-management: Career management and employee-retention are too important to leave these unstructured. A rigorous, structured program needs to be in place to measure employee performance that incorporates feedback and has 6-monthly review cycles.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Solid Company with Strong Personal Growth Potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Appian

    Pros

    Opportunity. You can gain a lot of experience very quickly: both on client sites and also internally. Appian can be demanding but fair. I have learned a great deal and grown quickly as part of the Professional Services department. If you show good leadership, dependability, and competence Appian may allow you to make a permanent base in a non-office location.

    Without a doubt, and probably unparalleled benefit to working at Appian is the people. Appian has recruited some of the brightest and most personable people around.

    Cons

    Appian is definitely a full time job -- especially if you are on a demanding project. Top-level communication has some room to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistent, honest, and direct communication is always best.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    If you're willing to put in extra hours every single day, this is a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Appian

    Pros

    It is a small company, full of bright people.
    Everyone in the company is very open and willing to work together whenever is necessary to help out another member of the team.
    Middle managers are generally good. Most of them care about the people in their teams and are willing to get the hands dirty every time is needed.

    Cons

    The culture of the company consist in consistently rewarding heroic individual efforts. You're expected to work long hours every time is necessary and that is, almost every day.
    Project planning is generally done very lightly which causes most projects to end up delayed and people burned out.
    Upper management is completely isolated and never get feedback from the employees.
    Most projects are meant to fail from the start (thanks to ridiculous deadlines and lack of resources) unless people put in extra hours from the start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop putting your company in a position in which you'll never win by promising things that are impossible. You end up with angry customers and burned out employees.

    Disapproves of CEO
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