I've heard rumors of impending widespread layoffs (Sales, Consulting, Marketing, CS, BD) trickling down from leadership, citing the need to tighten up the org and trim any underperforming or obsolete groups that no longer fit the strategy, to keep ahead in the recession. Have any other Appianites heard similar whispers? With all the other big tech layoffs this month I worry it has some merit.
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Yes, between 10 and 15 employees from Marketing were let go on Wednesday
Another round of layoffs at Appian, at least in Marketing...
Appian has always been a BS company with high staff churn. Appian can easily morph into a marketing company, they're quite clever at making a sow's ear look like a silk purse. The intimidating, heavy handed and childish management of their best performers has forced all the sales talent out (resignations) into the arms of competitors. A nitwit organization blinded by arrogance and narcissism.
From the DOL site: If you know your company is planning layoffs and the workers not been told that Rapid Response services will be available to you, or your company laid you off without notice, please contact your state's Rapid Response team.
In Virginia, that's Virginia Brett Tavel. Reach out! Let him know what happened here! Share links to these message boards. This is insane and they should be held accountable.
Any rumors if there will be another round?
@5jfo+1kC7S6fP What has happened will already affect our image as a company to external talent. What is happening is a lagging measure of incompetence in planning and “the company’s” collective lack of empathy for our colleagues. Unfortunately the view point shared by yourself is the same view our leadership team has had the last 4-5 years: if we project a good image externally or if we state our values publicly enough then it will manifest itself. Unfortunately, it has been all talk and social media videos.
Totally true! You will always remember the day Appian layoff the people lying that it was due to performance. Sneaky tactic, lack of transparency and a company that prefer to keep the friends that have been for years without bringing innovation, resisting the change. They always act as FANG when they are just one more company with old legacy code.
Speaking about how the layoffs were handled is beneficial not only for prospective employees, but also those still within the organization. Being educated and making an informed decision about your place of employment is necessary. This page isn’t making recruiting or even working at Appian harder, Appian leadership and lack of transparency is.
@5jfo+1kC7S6fP you should quit working for a company like Appian. We are just telling the facts of what happened. What is wrong with that? Are you and HR person of Appian? You must be kidding in writing that you are affected by the people that got layoff....
My heart goes out to those affected. I worry about my future employment because in the recruiting space these areas are checked when making hiring decisions, yes, good people were let go but the risks of hiring some in this group does tarnish the rest. Yikes on some of the stuff said here. I wouldn't want to work with some of you alls and how you talk. Rise above and go forward. Help each other out. It stinks, but don't poison it for the rest of us and our future employment it is just common sense.
The manager will not contact you because of legal reasons and they were the ones that put you in the first place the list of low performers to be fired. Hope they also fire some of those bad managers.
I’m not sure what’s customary, but it feels even worse when you get laid off and your manager doesn’t even bother to reach out after the fact. Maybe they’re being told not to, but it makes you feel like just another cog in the machine rather than a person with feelings and financial burdens. Just like every other big corporate company - it seems like we’re just a number to Appian. And maybe managers never really cared about you outside of productivity.
Their confidential separation paper to be signed have the wording that you waive your right for many legal actions including a WARN and not even talk about the topic. Sneaky company not to be trusted. Shutting our voice, taking our rights, and do not pay what we deserve for severance. Disgusting!
Appian touts hiring incredibly intelligent people who are then encouraged to openly dissent. Former employees pursuing WARN, then, should not be surprising. It’s honestly insulting to assume you can do this to so many people while putting on a happy face for those still within the organization, acting like nothing is happening. I’d hope we’re all smart enough to see through that.
I still want to get a Chrstmas gift. My review has excellent. There is no chance I wasnt excellent!
spineless, weak and irresponsible. Expected so much better from a company that preaches respect, working "to impact" and integrity. The future will reflect present management decisions.
How do you submit a report to labor for the lack of filing the WARN notice? Maybe steps for it will help other people who never filed a complain before.
It is just dissapointing to make the employees go through unnecessary stress so they can save some money.
Can't believe they made some fake performance nonsense in a month after my excellent official review #silentlayoffs
I am submitting a report to labor for lack of filing a WARN. I advice people reading this do the same, it is Anonymous. They need to follow the law and give the 60 days of salary at least.
Not that surprising Appian is in trouble. In my short time, I was disappointed in the lack of progress or evolution of the products and services. Still selling the same cr-p they sold when they started 20 years ago. Old and stale. Low-code....yawn.
I feel like I should have seen the writing on the wall only 2 months into the job. A business trip got cancelled. My boss essentially ghosted me from November on saying "too busy." No Christmas gift. No performance feedback. A new VP (i.e. corporate terminator) bragged in his intro at a meeting that he fired 5 RVP's in his first couple months at last job. A**ho-e. He also stated that moving forward Appian was going to focus on large accounts in FS and Gov.
A culture of debate yet no exit survey was sent with offboarding documents?
At least they should have left the laptop to the employees. What they will do with a used dinosaur?
Is this what “winning the recession” looks like? Dropping employees after less than a year? And they’re currently building out a new “alumni” project. Not sure how many “boomerang employees” you’ll be getting after this. I would suspect some feelings of mistrust and anxiety from current employees as well.
Yep. I was laid off 1/11 after only 4.5 months at the company. No explanation. Almost no severance. Seems very short-sighted and reactionary to wall street pressure. Shows true nature of Appian leadership.
Since they are keeping all secret, we do not know there will be more than 500 that got layoff in a 90 day period.
My severance was being paid through the end of January, plus 4 weeks pay and a $750 add-on that’s intended to help us in our future job search.
@1qnr+1kC7S6fP what was the severance offered, did they athleast offer a competitive severance?
As a current employee, I can confirm they have not said anything about this to the rest of the company and it’s very much just a “did you hear this happened” situation. Very bad look
layoffs were not performance driven. The people they let go were strong, everyone knew it. They stated "reorg"
@3yoq+1kC7S6fP WARN only applies if it’s one of 3 things: 500 employees, 1/3 of the workforce or closing a facility/plant site. Doesn’t sound like they have to do WARN
They are avoiding to submit a WARN that is public record and giving notice 60 days before its announcement. It is cheaper and does not affect stock. They are saving like 10 to 12 days of salary per layoff doing this.
I was let go from engineering also this morning for performance related reasons given my review was great for the past countless times.
They made up the whole performance thing just after the last great review.
I think Appian should own up to layoffs then do this sneaky performance termination.
You have to be employed until the day they pay the bonus. Not surprising they layoff before that. On top of that, I do not think there will be bonus this year.
I was told this is a part of the Company’s recent review of the organization, which included business strategy and priorities, organizational structure, and performance. They're calling it a "reduction in force" and used the term "reorganization" as well.
does anyone know how many of us were laid off? what reason were you given?
On Friday, Jan. 6, an HR lady forgot to mark a meeting on her calendar as private. For two days, we were able to see the entire agenda for that meeting. The agenda stated that any layoffs due to performance would not receive their bonus. Unsurprisingly, all these layoffs have been classified as performance-related.
I was let go yesterday as well. They said it was “reduction in force” but cited my low performance (even though my last performance review was good and it was the first time I heard of any performance issues).
Return to work mandate almost Tesla style after saying we are ok with remote, removal of home office stipend, firing important people, stock fall, articles saying Appian will not have layoffs since we are prepared for recession 6 months ago, and no Christmas gift this year were clear signals that things are not ok with the company.
I could not recommend this company to anyone.
Same! It is really layoffs and managers choose the "low performers". CEO says please only low performers, VP says stack rank and fire X% percentage to their directs. You get layoff and blocked in their system as low performer do not rehire. Really sad tactic.
I was laid off from Appian this morning. HR said it was due to layoffs and what they called “right-sizing” but my managers felt the need to tell my former coworkers I was on a Performance Improvement Plan that I was failing, and that I was a poor performer (both of which are untrue and easily disproven).