April 25, 2018

Engineering Spotlight: Acquia

Acquia is the leading provider of cloud-based, digital experience management solutions. Founded in 2007, Acquia has raised over $180M in venture funding and is one of Boston's anchor tech companies.

Peter Troost Acquia
Peter Troost, SVP Engineering of Acquia

In order to constantly innovate in their industry and to work at this level of scale, Acquia must have a top-notch engineering team. We recently connected with the company’s SVP of Engineering Peter Troost to learn more about the team. Troost shared lots of information about the kinds of projects the engineering team tackles daily, the events the team attends, and lots more.

Also, Acquia is hiring! Check out its BIZZpage for all the company’s openings!

Quick Hit Details 

  • Year Founded: 2007 
  • Number of employees: 800+ 
  • Number of engineers: 150+
  • Industry: Software

Can you share a summary of what Acquia does and a high-level overview of your cloud platform?

Acquia products are used to create and deliver world-class customer experiences. Acquia is leading the charge in transforming web content management to multi-channel, personalized experiences across platforms including voice, IoT devices, and chatbots. Acquia solutions leverage leading technologies like machine learning, containerization, and microservices.

What are some of the different technologies that the engineering team gets to work with and at what scale?

All of our development is done for scale; we operate one of the largest cloud platforms in the industry for digital experience management and have been doing it the longest. We have a preference for open-source and use development languages including Node.js, Golang, Ruby, Java, PHP, Angular, Ember, and React.js. We also work with a range of leading-edge AWS technologies including Lambda, RedShift, Firehose, and Aurora.

What are some of the interesting projects that the engineering team is tackling?

We are growing our team significantly as we have no shortage of interesting projects to tackle. Our machine learning team is working on solutions to simplify data-intensive profiling tasks to make marketing teams’ lives easier. We have an industry-leading governance solution for customers that run large volumes of independent brand experiences and need to manage them collectively. We’re working on extending those governance features to customers who run one experience, a few experiences, or thousands of customer experiences.

Does your engineering team have a chance to work on projects outside of their day-to-day responsibilities? 

Yes, many of our engineers contribute to open-source projects including Drupal. Each team is empowered to allocate time to “gardening days” to pursue innovation or educational pursuits. 

In addition, we host Build Week, an annual gathering of our entire engineering team. They’ll come to Boston from five continents for a week-long hackathon. 

What is the culture like at Acquia for the engineering team? 

We have an egalitarian culture rising from our open-source roots. We have a great culture of healthy debate and team decision making. In our last employee satisfaction survey over 90% of our engineers said they would strongly recommend Acquia as a great place to work.

What can a potential employee expect during the interview process?

Candidates can expect to be challenged with thought-provoking questions and technical scenarios or problems to solve. They can expect to meet friendly, smart people, and to be impressed by our office environment!

Are you involved in any local tech organizations or Meetups?

Our facility is terrific for hosting meetups, and we do so on a regular basis.  We participate in cutting-edge thinking/discussion forums on machine learning, cloud scaling, and health, security, personalization and recommendation services to name a few. We also regularly participate in Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) events.

Rapid Fire Q&A

What’s on tap?

Cold brew coffee

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

iPhone or Android?

Either or both!

Coffee - hot or iced?


Favorite employee perk?

Snacks and beer on tap!

What TV show describes the engineering team’s culture?

What’s a TV show?

What music is playing in your office?

Currently playing ‘70s funk on Pandora.

Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.

Images courtesy of Acquia.

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