Acquia – Reading, England
Acquia is looking for a Senior Director, Marketing to lead our Marketing function across EMEA. The role has principal responsibility for driving… Acquia
Acquia – Boston, MA
This position is designed for an experienced account manager who has a high attention to detail and strives for customer satisfaction. This is a… Acquia
I worked at Acquia full-time (Less than a year)
- Great location in Boston. - Open source environment. Good utilization of the Atlassian products and AWS. - Some of Acquia's clients are world-known. - Met some really smart engineers. - Probably the best company if you want to be an expert in Drupal. Dries Buytaert is the CTO. - Salary is OK, but a bit below the market for engineers. I had another offer with 50% higher rate at the same time, but I had chosen the Acquia's offer, based on its reputation and hoping to be better in the long run. - Free beer and some snacks, but that is a must now in most IT companies in the area.
I need to say that this is based only on my experience in my department and partially on the rest of engineering teams. I don't have any observations on sales, marketing, HR, etc. - The new office is not as good as I expected. Very noisy in some parts and some coworkers behavior was disturbing. Very very difficult to concentrate on projects. There were few problems with the A/V and the wi-fi in the office, but that could have been because it was a new office space. - The on-boarding process needs significant improvement. More or less it is a swim or sink environment. - The main technology stack (PHP, GlusterFS) and the tools need improvement. The level of technical debt is high. - Contractors are not treated as good as the FTE. - Some of the engineering managers, though excellent engineers, lack some people skills. - Engineering teams don't cooperate enough. I personally didn't know what all of the engineering teams do and there wasn't an easy way to find out. If you work in one of the distributed teams, like me, the physical distance and difference in time-zones makes it very hard to build team spirit. - Lack of culture. I've been in several IT companies with similar sizes in the area and Acquia has the weakest culture. - The hiring process needs improvement. I found it weird that I didn't meet the team (except for my manager) I was going to work with at the on-site interview.
Advice to Management
Look carefully at your hiring and onboarding processes. There is room for improvement on both. Get feedback about the office environment not only from the employees, but from the contractors as well. We also work in this office! I personally sent email twice regarding a survey to the new "head of people" and didn't get any response.