Appian Employee Reviews about "work life balance"
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(48 total reviews)
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- "Great people and talent" (in 71 reviews)
- "Engineering department has great culture and is run very well." (in 60 reviews)
- "Good Company and Benefits for Entry Level Job" (in 39 reviews)
- "Work life balance is great and is strongly encouraged." (in 24 reviews)
- "Salaries were competitive." (in 17 reviews)
- "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." (in 16 reviews)
- "Manager will have 1 on 1 with you every other week but it’s useless they just want to get rid of the people who are genuinely trying to fit it... all they care about is the people who are quick learners" (in 9 reviews)
- "Zero training opportunity." (in 8 reviews)
- "Upper management is a closed group" (in 7 reviews)
- "Feels almost like brainwashing, considering they dropped people like taking out the trash during layoffs (a simple search of Appian layoffs shows what employees really think when not afraid to voice their opinion and how the situation was handled) and yet everyone was still expected to give 110%." (in 5 reviews)
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Updated Dec 5, 2023
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- 4.0Dec 1, 2023Solutions EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearLondon, England
Good company for Ambitious people. Work life balance is good
Too much changes are made too quickly but ok
- 5.0Apr 4, 2017Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
There is a great work life balance
I have no complaints at this pointAppian Response7y
Thanks for your kind words. Since everybody is different, I would just ask that all contributors consider adding more specifics about what kind of work you do at Appian and what expectations you had coming into the company -- like in this case for work-life balance. We find that makes reviews more useful for prospective candidates and helps us assess how we're doing.
- 5.0Dec 21, 2021DirectorCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearMcLean, VA
Appian has a fantastic, welcoming culture. Everyone I encounter is eager, smart, and optimistic. We are encouraged to push back and drive a culture where the 'best idea wins'. Amazing work/life balance and the perks are on the level of some of the biggest and most well known companies around. Gorgeous, easy to get to, office campus in the outer DC suburbs with every amenity you could possibly want - plus a very flexible remote work policy if that is what you need. Even though founded in 1999, you get the sense that we're just getting started, like the business is only a few years old. Some may say this 'start up' feel is a con, I see it as a plus. The potential for what this company can be is endless and you feel that something big is on the horizon. I feel every day that everyone I work with is ready to make that something big happen through hard word, collaboration, and determination. Loads of affinity groups for anything you might be interested in or passionate about. Endless top down communication, I never feel out of the loop.
-The work titles people are given are somewhat arbitrary. A lot of managers and directors but the level and type of work amongst them all is inconsistent. -I hear rumblings of lower than average yearly bonus compensation and lower than average salary increases. Perks and stock might offset this for some. -Generous stock benefits but the stock has trended downward recently so its hard to get excited about it at times. -Messaging changes several times throughout the year, creating a bit of inconsistency and confusion in the market. Ask anyone what Appian does and you'll get a different answer every time. -Good bit of veteran talent stuck in "this is how we've always done it mode" with a lot of new talent coming in with new, big ideas leading to tension between the new and old guard. There's been some turnover recently and I suspect this might have something to do with it. -I'd personally prefer a downtown DC or closer in suburb office but its not a deal breaker given the WFH policy.1
- 3.0Oct 26, 2020Software Engineer IICurrent EmployeeDenver, CO
* Work life balance is coveted * Brilliant employees * Decent salary
* Management lacks ability to identify and foster growth in their engineers * Depending on team, the problems you solve could be incredibly interesting and complex, or incredibly boring and simple.2Appian Response4y
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I'm concerned about your perspective on management and people focus, and would welcome the opportunity to learn more if you would be willing to reach out to me. Between our Talent Management Council, Talent Management Chapter, Community Committee, Indie Time, Learning Time, and many other employee/growth-focused efforts, we hear more often than not that our focus on people is exactly what sets Appian apart from many employers. Please don't hesitate to contact me as I would like to personally ensure that you are having the best experience possible.
- 5.0Feb 15, 2022Senior Sales Engineer (Pre-sales)Current Employee, less than 1 year
Work life balance is great and is strongly encouraged. Appian is a true people first company and that messaging is consistent. The software is legitimately fun to work in and is very high quality. Appian invests time and money to teaching employees and building their skills. The learnings are also reinforced, so it's NOT 'here's a doc and good luck', but instead there are plenty of opportunities to learn more, to ask questions and to become a master. The remote employees are fully incorporated into team building and culture, which isn't always easy to do. I enjoy working at Appian from the culture to the people to the product and I plan on staying for a long time.
They do use Gmail which can be difficult and sometimes "roadblockish" in getting things done.2
- 4.0Jun 8, 2022Product ManagerCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearWashington, DC
Perfect work-life balance and great people to work with.
Perks can be limited sometimes when it comes to benefit options and free lunch and snacks1
- 4.0Aug 30, 2022Solution EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
Pay and work life balance is great. People are smart and very helpful.
Some politics and favoritism exists1
- 5.0Nov 29, 2023Senior Product ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearWashington, DC
- Work life balance is really incredible for a product position - Engineering is a fun and accepting group to be so large - Interesting engineering challenges/growing pains to solve
- Some of the tech and product portfolio could be considered antiquated and boring depending on your background - There is definitely some middle-management dysfunction - Promotions and pay seem to be pretty slow to rise generally, so make sure you negotiate well up front2
- 2.0Jan 25, 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
There a lot of smart employees and the general vibe is very friendly, especially at the individual contributor level. Flexibility and work/life balance good.
They recently laid off a percentage of their employees due to "restructuring" even though the CEO mentioned over the last year there would be no layoffs like the rest of the tech industry has been experiencing. Even went as far as denying layoffs happened in an internal communication. On the same day they let go of employees, they posted on social media about end of year celebrations on a private boat. Not an empathic organization at all. They also started making cuts to benefits (that were always highlighted as reasons why it's great to join). Untrustworthy leadership who do not listen to their employees and their feedback. An employee survey does get sent out but they don't take the feedback seriously to make the changes needed. They talk about Appian values but when it comes down to it, a lot of the leadership does not truly live by those values. Appian does not take a humble approach to how they present themselves in the market. They worry about attacking competitors instead of how they can solve problems and how they bring value to their customers. They also only care about "big brand" customers and exploiting them instead of truly being customer centric and highlighting the outcomes of all of their customers. Messaging and value propositions change every few months so the company isn't able to focus on priorities and a clear direction for the market.61Appian Response8mo
Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experiences at Appian. We are pleased to hear that you appreciate our talented and friendly team members, as well as our dedication to work/life balance. We understand that change can be difficult, especially when it involves colleagues that you have come to consider as friends. At Appian, we place a high value on recognizing and celebrating the hard work of our employees, and we are committed to fostering a positive and supportive workplace culture. We appreciate your feedback regarding our employee survey and are committed to using this feedback to make meaningful improvements that benefit our team members. We strive to focus on the needs of our customers and deliver value through our innovative products and solutions. Our commitment to customer-centricity is reflected in our efforts to provide tailored solutions to businesses of all sizes and industries. We welcome any further thoughts or feedback you may have. Please reach out to your HR Business Partner with additional feedback or questions.