Lyris Interview Questions in San Francisco, CA

Updated May 3, 2015
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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Lyris (Emeryville, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Had a great initial interview but was jerked around for months after that. Went in for second round interviews and no one knew who I was or what I was there for. I should have walked out the door then.

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    Front Desk Receptionist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Emeryville, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Lyris (Emeryville, CA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Was contacted by a recruiter shortly after applying online to set up a phone interview. Something was wrong with my phone when we spoke and the call dropped five times and she was incredibly patient with me and the technical difficulties didn't have any sort of negative impact on my interview process. I went in for my first interview on December 9 and I met with two people in HR and the Executive Assistant -- I walked out of the interview feeling like I actually had fun (crazy, right?). I received an email later that day requesting that I come in for a second interview, which we scheduled for December 15 as my schedule was a little chaotic at the time.

    During my second interview, I felt confident that things were going well, as my time with the COO/CFO and the CEO was relaxed and seemed much more about them getting to know me and agreeing that I was a good fit for the company than a repeat of the more technical questions regarding my experience that I had answered in the previous interview. I met briefly at the end with the Director of HR (who I was told would be my supervisor if I were hired) and she told me they would be in touch soon. I got a call from her the following day when she told me that they would like to hire me and asked if I could start the following day! (I was eager to start as quickly as possible, and as that date was December 17 they wanted me to have a few days in the office before the time off for Christmas and New Year's.)

    The entire interview process took just a little over a week and I always felt like they were eager to bring me in and get me started. Definitely the best and most efficient interview process I've been through.

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    Director of Account Management Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Lyris (Emeryville, CA) in August 2012.

    Interview

    I met with 5 people who were directors or higher. Met with the hiring manager 3 times. I talked to a number of HR people on the phone. I like the office energy and buzz and the people I met. All in all the process was really efficient, I was happy with the speed of things despite the fact that I didn't get the offer I had wanted.

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    • How to manage the balance of customer selling and relationship management.   1 Answer
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    Customer Success Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Lyris (Emeryville, CA) in May 2012.

    Interview

    I applied to an online ad and was sent an automated email asking me to interview. A director called me on the date and time we agreed and asked me a few basic questions. The questions were focused on the experience I had, what I could do, etc. The interviewer was a "fill in" director for another and had a hard time answering my questions, and lacked any enthusiasm. I felt as though she interviewed all day had a standard question sheet and couldn't care less about the role. After the interview I followed up by phone email etc, and got an automated email stating the position was filled. After another week went buy received another invite to interview, but turned it down.

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    Customer Success Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Lyris (Emeryville, CA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    Application "got lost", there was a feeling of a poor process management from the start. Dates for interview were given and changed twice. Once there, waited ~ 30 min for the interviewers and the conference room to get available. Got a feeling that they were expecting a different candidate for a different position. Office and the neighborhood does not have free parking. Everybody inside seems super-busy, no eye contact. Office space with no windows,but, on a bright side, conference rooms are named after Will Ferrell movies.

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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Lyris (Emeryville, CA) in June 2011.

    Interview

    The process started off with a recruiter. Then a 1:1 with the CFO. I then had to do 4 skype interviews with the executive team, which 2 of them never showed and the other 2 ended up doing phone interviews. The team seemed very knowlegable and the company seems like one I could advance. 3 weeks I waited for an offer, after being told I was the top candidate. The offer finally came, however it was far below what we had discussed in the initial interview. They then told me the dynamics of the position had changed and I that I would have to interview with yet another executive. I spoke with him and he was unaware they were even hiring for the position. I waited another 2 weeks to hear a response. The CFO then contacted me and told me the the budget was tight, he didn't want to lay me off in a few months due to finances.

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    Reasons for Declining

    For 5 weeks I waited for an offer, several emails and I even declined an offer that I had on the table. They seem to be very inexperienced. I read between the lines.

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    Field Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Lyris (Emeryville, CA) in January 2011.

    Interview

    From the phone interview to the in-person interview, they sent mixed messages and were disorganized. The Field Marketing Manager was professional, insightful and cheery, but the Senior Marketing Programs Manager was abrupt, standoffish and impersonal, which made me leave with a really bad impression about the company. What I remember hearing was employees leaving, products that don't work/never gained traction, and being pigeonholed as an entry-level model. Sucks for them.

    Interview Questions

    • Give me an example of a project that recently failed and explain why.   Answer Question
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    Finance and Accounting Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Emeryville, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Lyris (Emeryville, CA) in January 2011.

    Interview

    The process started with the recruiter contacting me, indicating the opportunity, and being very candid about the transition at the senior management level, underway since the new CEO joined in Aug 2010.
    From the initial communication with the recruiter, the recruiting team and interviewing team was clear about the challenges ahead. They were thorough and organized. It appeared that interviewers had been properly prepped and had clear and relevant questions. I found the experience reassuring. I would offer to future candidates that they read up on the new management team, and be prepared to ask direct and intelligent questions back to the interviewing team.

    My perception of the people I met -- intelligent, dedicated, committed to changing the company to be a top place to work. The office and work culture is changing -- new leadership seems committed to create a high integrity, passionate and progressive workplace culture.

    Interview Questions

    • How connected are you to social media? Describe how you use social media in your professional life   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Looking at the rest of the GlassDoor salary information, Lyris seems to be paying competitive wage. I'd recommend that candidates ask about the total compensation package -- salary, incentives, stock, and benefits, before beginning any negotiation.

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    QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Lyris (Oakland, CA) in November 2010.

    Interview

    It was good technical interview,could not answer some of the questions

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    Account Services Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Emeryville, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Lyris (Emeryville, CA) in July 2010.

    Interview

    Initial phone screen by HR was followed approx 3-4 weeks later by a phone interview with management. Was asked to come in for face-to-face meetings with several staff in two locations on the same day requiring travel of 50+ miles, followed by phone interview with offshore staff. Was then asked to return and meet with 3 additional staff members. Was asked to submit references which were checked. A verbal offer was made and accepted. A start date was agreed upon and I was advised that written offer would follow. The night before the agreed to start date I was informed that Sr. Mgmt had concerns and asked to submit a substantial amount of additional information. One week later I was told the concerns had not been resolved and the offer was rescinded.

    Interview Questions

    • Please provide retention rate of previous accounts   1 Answer

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