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    I have been working at Lyris full-time for more than a year


    Engineering is leading a remarkable change in the company, development of a very slick set of web services for direct marketing. The vision is not only a state-of-the-art marketing platform, but a way to smoothly migrate the existing customer base.

    The engineering teams are sharp, small and agile, marketing and sales are aligned. And the work environment is friendly, personal and informal, much more of an East Bay culture than the less-personal Silicon Valley experience. There isn't a lot of process, and with 150 employees, it's easy to know who to talk to when you want to get something done.

    The usual perks, free parking and drinks and a beer fridge you can hit whenever. I can grab a beer at lunch in the middle of a full day. Management is available for a chat, and I don't experience a lot of political activity. What you see is pretty much what you get.


    The company is traumatized by several mis-steps over the last six years, which have left a mark. It's historically grown by acquisition, and must now innovate ahead of the competition.

    The sales and marketing teams are used to selling software and a website with features. The future will be a platform of web services, with a web interface but also capable of marketing automation in a big way. This is a tough paradigm shift, although the audience is the same, fortunately.

    There are bigger and better-funded players, for example ExactTarget is owned by Salesforce, and Responsys is now the Oracle Marketing Cloud.

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    Pare down the process, be willing to continue taking risks. You have some really bright people, let them run with the vision.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Lyris.

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    Leadership team is very open, highly energized and is looking for good cultural fit and similarly minded employees

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Silver Award for Sales & Customer Service, StevieĀ® Awards, 2014

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Headquarters Emeryville, CA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1994
Type Company - Public (LYRI)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year

Lyris sings a song of SaaS-pence. The company provides a variety of Software-as-a-Service (Saas) online marketing applications and services. Its more than 8,000 clients use the company's products to manage email lists and to create and monitor email marketing campaigns. More than three quarters of its revenues come from subscriptions to its cloud-based Lyris HQ hosted software application. Customers come from a wide range of industries including financial services, consumer goods, health care, retail, media, and transportation. The company also provides professional... More

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