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Spark Networks President, CEO, and Director Gregory R. Liberman
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Experience with growing a subscription based online community

    Cons

    Low company morale, non-competitive salary,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It is just average.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros

    Easy work, easy hours and easy assignment.
    For most of the teams, you have high autonomy.
    They have done a good job in building community for their business, and smart to stay at the niche fragmented market.

    Cons

    It depends what you are looking for. If you are looking to get some new skills and be current, especially for the techies; this is definitely not the place to be, Your skill set will go stale. They don't understand what scrum is other than those "concepts" from a seminar: emphasis is put on the "story points" but the end result basically speaks for itself: tons of technical debt, small enhancement or bug fixes are very hard to do, people are avoiding some "legacy stuff" at all means. There is absolutely no continuous integration (a deployment script is not CI).
    Deployments are very buggy and there is rollback close to every single time. Most engineers are very passive and also not seem to be self motivated to learn new concepts or technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Despite that the strength of the companies are not at technology, it may be time to look at if the current state can get the company to the next phase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Soul crushing management in database team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros

    Great smart people, good pay

    Cons

    Particular manager of database team loved to micro-manage his people. He freely belittled team members in front of other team members. It was his way or the highway, even when you could prove you were right. Micromanagement included standing behind you and dictating how to best write your emails to other departments. Turnover rate in database team for 2010-2012 was over 75%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retrain database manager in people skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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