Working in Boston Tech: Anaqua
Anaqua helps corporations and law firms turn intellectual property into a competitive advantage. Their software platform unifies the critical tools, best practice workflows, data, documents and services into one efficient, intelligent environment so our clients operate more efficiently and make better decisions faster.
We connected with Susan Grover, Anaqua’s Senior Director of Human Resources, to get an inside look at the company's day-to-day operations. She also went into lots of details about Anaqua’s technology, the various projects, the team's culture and more.
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Quick Hit Company Details
Year Founded: 2005
Number of employees / number of employees: about 400
Industry: Software & Legal Services
Can you share the details on what Anaqua does?
Anaqua is a software and services company that helps corporations and law firms gain a competitive advantage from their intellectual property. We are all about protecting inventions/ innovations and branding, which are the things that differentiate top tier companies and sustain long-term competitive advantage.
What teams are based in your Boston office?
Boston is our global headquarters and we have a variety of teams here including, Professional Services, Client Success, Engineering, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Sales, IT, Product & Innovation.
What are your company’s core values or how would you best describe the culture and working environment at Anaqua?
We recently revised our values by having employees globally vote on adjectives that best describe Anaqua. The winning values included Passionate, Collaborative, Agile, Diverse, and Innovative. Our culture and work environment mirror these traits. Employees coming into Anaqua can expect to work in a global environment, partnering and working with teams from around the world. We are fast-paced, love what we do, and strive to lead the way in our industry.
Is there anything that you’d like to share in terms of promoting diversity across your company and hiring practices?
Diversity is one of our core values and is one of the things that makes Anaqua unique. Working within different cultures brings different points of view, which allows us to look at problems and solutions from many angles. This is ultimately a major strength for Anaqua. To bridge geographic and cultural gaps, we established the Anaqua Culture Team (ACT) which is a cross-functional committee of employees who are passionate about developing and evolving our culture as we continue to grow.
From a big picture point of view, what experience or traits do you typically look for when interviewing and hiring new employees into Anaqua?
We look for individuals who can do the core components of a role and who are also aligned with our values. It is also helpful to hire someone who brings a unique strength that might be lacking elsewhere in the team. I think that balance is very important in building a cohesive team and you do not want everyone to have the same strengths and weaknesses. We have a member of ACT interview each candidate coming into the organization. This ACT interviewer has no stake in the person being hired and can be completely objective. Finding candidates who are going to fit in well with our culture is equally as important as finding someone who can do the functions of the job.
What’s the best way to get a job at Anaqua?
The best way to get a job at Anaqua is to connect with Cassie Tracey. Our roles are also always posted on our website, so applying directly will bring you to the right place as well.
What types of activities are employees involved in at or outside the office, and/or how do you stay involved in the community?
We spend a lot of time at work, so we try to make it a fun place! We have monthly happy hours, birthday celebrations and “office-made” breakfast to encourage teams to get to know one another. In terms of staying connected to the community, we hold an annual Anaqua Cares event where all employees are encouraged to perform community service with local non-profit organizations. This event started in the Boston office and has spread throughout our offices globally.
Rapid Fire Questions
What’s on tap?
I usually grab an Angry Orchard during our monthly happy hours.
iPhone or Android?
Favorite employee perk?
Wearing jeans to work daily is definitely a nice perk!
Coffee - hot or iced?
Iced lattes from one of the four Starbucks within walking distance.
Wake up before the alarm or hit the snooze button?
I have a strange ability to always wake up before the alarm goes off. Whether that means I actually get up depends on the day.
What superhero could you see working at Anaqua?
I will go with the Green Lantern for this one. Having a ring that can do just about anything would add a lot of value at Anaqua. Employees are often asked to wear multiple hats.
View from your office:
Cassie Tracey, Human Resources Generalist
“I love working with such a fun and diverse group of co-workers at Anaqua! Throughout the few years I’ve been here, I’ve seen firsthand how passionate everyone is about our software and client satisfaction. Together, we work towards a common purpose, and you can feel the buzz and excitement in the office every day. We’ve grown a lot over the past few years, and because of that, I’ve had the opportunity to get involved in a lot of aspects of the company that interests me, and really grow my skill set. And no matter how hard we work, we always know how to have fun with our monthly birthday happy hours.”
Amanda Hollis, PR Manager
“It’s exciting to work at a software company where my first impressions of Anaqua being an innovative, smart and friendly work environment continue to stay true today. The business is unique in that it’s changing the way organizations think about the management of their most valuable intangible assets, intellectual property. To work at a company where team members are passionate about contributing to a similar goal, their opinions are valued and their collaboration with clients (many of the world’s top global brands) directly helps their business and supports our software enhancements, is truly a unique opportunity.”