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Company Has Big Goals, but Poor Execution

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Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Reston, VA
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Reston, VA

I worked at Appian

Pros

Your peers are generally good people. Smart, easy to work with. Generally pretty reasonable with work-life balance and easy to take time off whenever needed. Work is also low to medium stress after the initial shell shock boot camp.

Boot camp is good and bad. Great way to ramp up quickly, but it is extremely high stress and you WILL get yelled at, grilled, and force fed basically.

Cons

Very limited opportunity to advance your career. There just isn't enough opportunity at the company.
Company is having huge issues becoming profitable. I'm not sure it has been in the last 3-4 years.

Total lack of raises. Benefits suck. Vacation carry over is stingy and so was cash out. They will not pay out you earned and will limit what they give you in cash. Zero training opportunity. I mean ZERO.

Your SKILLS are what you sell in consulting. Zero training means you're falling behind.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Find a way to get profitable. Dedicate career advancement funding and create training opportunities. Upper management is has huge goals and big vision for the company, but they have yet to deliver financially.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Appian

  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Smart, young and results-oriented firm

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    • 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Solid Company with Strong Personal Growth Potential

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    • 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
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