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Appian Overview

Website www.appian.com
Headquarters Reston, VA
Size 501 to 1000 Employees
Founded 1999
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Appian makes companies better at being different.

Appian is a very different kind of software company. We began 15 years ago with the shared vision of four friends to create an institution devoted to innovation. Today our team is over five hundred strong ... More

Mission: There is a new way – better and faster – to deliver innovative business applications that improve decision-making, mobilize key data and processes, and unite business and IT in driving bottom-line performance. This is Appian. The one enterprise application platform for customer ... More

Appian – Why Work For Us?

All businesses have one thing in common. They’re all different. Different plans. Different processes. Different cultures. Appian makes companies better at being different.

Appian is a very different kind of software company. We began fifteen years ago with the shared vision of four friends to create an institution devoted to innovation -- not with a business plan and a pile of borrowed money. Today our team is over four hundred strong, we're fast-growing and pre-IPO like a start-up combined with the stability of a long track-record of business success. 

We have a saying at Appian, “the best idea wins.” It means every voice is heard. It means we work collaboratively in small, agile teams. It means talented people eager to help each other succeed. 

We only make one product at Appian, one product with endless possibilities -- the Appian App Platform. Appian technology lets people build and improve enterprise cloud and mobile apps without code. Every new innovation we create goes into making the App Platform faster and easier to use for our ever-growing audience of millions of users in many industries. 

We build the App Platform in our modern offices right outside of Washington, D.C. in the Reston Town Center and support it with our expert consulting, support, and sales teams around the country and around the world.

And yes, we're hiring! See more at: www.appianjobs.com

Be part of something amazing. At Appian, we know that every single employee is our competitive advantage and the key to our success. We also know that every small idea holds great opportunities. This is why we always strive to create a team-oriented working environment that encourages high performance, productivity, consideration, rewarding career development, and work-life balance. Appian doesn't just feel like a small company, it is a rapidly growing, small company, with unlimited opportunity. You will impact the organization through exposure and contribution to all aspects of the business -- from technology and professional services to leadership and sales. If you are looking for a rewarding career, where innovation is paramount and possibilities are endless, we encourage you to submit your resume today!


We are committed to keeping our employees healthy and happy – both at work and away from it! In fact, Appian has been recognized repeatedly by the Washington Business Journal and Indeed.com as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Greater DC Area." We’re constantly seeking new ways to both reward and meet the evolving needs of our teams. Below are some highlights of our current offerings:

For your Health.

  • Comprehensive, premium benefits packages for you and your family including health, dental, vision, company paid Long term disability, company paid Group Term Life insurance and additional voluntary benefits including: Short term disability, Flexible Spending accounts, and voluntary life insurance.
  • 401k retirement savings program administered by John Hancock with online access to monitor your investment portfolio.
  • Generous paid time off that increases with your time at Appian, as well as paid holidays.
  • Having a baby? For new moms and dads, Appian provides additional paid time off for you to enjoy your newest family member.

For your Mind.

  • APPIAN ACADEMY - a three-week technical training program for new employees so you can be hands on with our software within your first weeks at the company. Not for the faint of heart, this is an intense three weeks that will bond you to your fellow new hires, give you a great foundation for your career at Appian, and provide you with the perfect opportunity to showcase all the skills you're bringing to the company!
  • INDIE TIME - every two weeks, our engineers are given a day to work on exciting projects of their choosing. Ever come up with a cool idea and wish you had time to explore it? At Appian, you will!
  • OFFSITE QUARTERLY MEETINGS to share highlights and milestones from each department, cast vision for the next quarter, and celebrate employees that have gone above and beyond.
  • QUARTERLY AWARDS - in addition to being recognized at the Quarterly meeting, winners are given unique cash rewards and discretionary stock options. (some recent gifts included: a trip to Las Vegas, a home gym, international airfare...)
  • LUNCH AND LEARN EVENTS - some recent topics included a series of photography workshops, a car buying seminar and an investment 101 workshop. Appian also hosts a regular Toastmasters chapter.

For your Enjoyment.

  • We love to gather! Recent outings include a movie night in Reston Town Center, an impromptu happy hour at our company HQ, annual Appian Retreat with families at the lovely Wintergreen Resort, and more!
  • Wide variety of complimentary gourmet beverages.
  • Free gym access. Have a gym or favorite class already? No problem, employees are given a monthly gym stipend to spend as you choose.
  • Happy Hours - offsite after each quarterly meeting, and other times, just because!
  • Employee athletic teams: longtime teams include the Appian Sox Softball team, Appian Basketball, Cycling and Marathon/Triathalon/IronMan training teams, and Appian Soccer team.


At Appian, you’ll be immersed in an engineering culture that deeply values your success, the success of your team, and the success of our customers. We go the extra mile to ensure that you have the tools and knowledge you need to excel and we constantly look for new and better ways to organize, communicate, and deliver value. Join us, and be a part of something truly special. Already interviewing with us??  Check out our tips and tricks for a successful interview at Appian:  http://www.appian.com/about/careers/engineering/ or learn more about our Engineering culture by checking out this short video:



Whether you’re looking for an inside sales role or a field sales opportunity, Appian offers the best for our team: a dynamic environment, uncapped earning potential, and the opportunity for professional growth through hands-on training, mentoring, and continuous product education for our industry leading software.  We offer a cutting-edge product and have redefined traditional BPM by incorporating social media, mobile devices, cloud technologies, and big data into our product suite.


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


    Joining Appian was the best decision I've made in my career. Why? Honestly: 1) My colleagues are brilliant - high bar for hiring top talent so you're among the best 2) The organization is extremely employee-oriented (a few examples: Monday morning breakfasts provided, ambassador program for new hire orientation, Women's Leadership Program for the empowerment of women at Appian, I could go on...) 3) The environment is collaborative and everyone has a voice - it's a flat org structure so there are few steps up or down the ladder, which minimizes the gap between C-level and entry level 4) Immediately, you have the opportunity to bring ideas to fruition and work on special projects with other people that are passionate about the same objectives (I participated in something like this in my first month of working here). What's awesome is, with the right approach you'll get the resources to make those ideas a reality. 5) Opinions are sought after and sharing those opinions is encouraged regardless of status 6) Coolest product in our industry - literally transforming the way people do business - and everyone in the company also gets to be a user. As a non-technical person, I'm continually impressed by the power of our platform. It's easy to be excited about the product. 7) Appian doesn't rest on its laurels. Being the best at what we do still isn't enough. I love that this organization has a vision for the future and veraciously pushes the boundaries -- that tells me we're built for longevity and positioned for strategic, organic growth. 8) Great balance between start-up culture and large organization - I haven't felt anonymous here, but I also have a very clear role that contributes directly to our strategic plan. (Previously worked in another "start-up", and a lot of times you're asked wear too many hats that are way outside of your scope of work, but I haven't found that to be the case here. Everyone has a key role, and expectations are high for individuals but they aren't blurry. You have to be flexible because you may be moved around depending on your strengths, but you'll have a clear purpose.) It also helps that you're equipped with all the resources you need to do your job. 9) Flexibility both vertically and laterally with advancement (Example: my first meeting with my manager was entirely about where I wanted to see my career go and how we take steps to get me there... wow.) 10) I want to be here. I really found my fit with Appian and if you are someone that seeks a fast-paced, challenging environment and applies passion to everything you do, you'll be valued here. There are just 10 reasons if you like lists... this is just a fraction of what I've observed. In conclusion: from the inside, it's easy to understand why Appian was rated one of the best places to work!


    HQ located in Reston Town Center -- not the most central location so for a lot of people it's kind of a hike. Reston Town Center is really nice with a lot of conveniences, but unless you live in Reston/Dulles area it'll be a longer commute.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! When you have an training day offsite just to talk about how to better manage your teams, you're doing something right!

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    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Appian.


    The interview process is similar to other firms, started with a phone interview where a programming problem was given to be solved in a limited time period. Then there were 5 onsite interviews and the most common things with all the five interviews was. they were irrelevant questions asked by very arrogant and rude people. They do not want to know what candidate know but were busy blah blah around what they have achieved. They were behaving as if they are the only BPM software company in the world, guys wake up time they are companies way ahead of you and providing ton of good software then what you actually have. I think they are only looking for programmers and not engineers with vision and understanding of software and not just a program.

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Appian Awards & Accolades

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  • Technical Excellence Award to our very own VP, Application Development -- Lang Ly, Women In Technology (WIT) Leadership Awards, 2015
  • Best Places to Work (1), Indeed.com, 2015
  • Top Workplace - 2014 and 2015 Winner, Washington Post, 2015
  • 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management, KM World, 2011
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