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Great place to grow your career and learn from your peers

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Livefyre full-time

Pros

Great benefits, company events, and learning opportunities. Open to internal collaboration and each person has a chance to shine in their role, or through other methods of giving back (social, charity, etc). You'll learn more at Livefyre than you ever learned in school or other jobs combined. Great coworkers making it easy to come to work every day.

Cons

There are always things we wish we could do better. There is so much going on it can be hard to keep up with what other teams are working on, so need to ask a lot of questions to get a full picture of the business and products.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

With so much going on it can be hard to know what our true vision and company goals are for the next 3-12 months. More transparency into overall business would be great.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Culture of fear, lies, and deception

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Livefyre full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of the engineers are very talented and know a lot.
    The environment is very open. There are large cubbies you can use to sit in and concentrate.
    The organization is very flat. The difference between the lowest person on the totem pole and the CEO is only about 4 levels of management.
    There are weekly Lunch and Learns you can use to broaden your skillset even more.
    There are weekly dinners from very good restaurants nearby.
    There's a large party culture here if you're into that. Livefyre is very "work hard play hard."
    Livefyre spares almost no expense on company trips (of which there are quite a few of).

    The compensation is pretty competitive. It's basically what you'd expect from an engineering job, though. It's not bad by any means, but it's also not amazing. You pretty much get exactly what you expect if you accept a job here.

    There's also the general stock options thing if you're into that. It's a very startup culture. So be prepared for that.

    Cons

    There is a huge culture problem at this company as well as a complete inability to plan. It seems that every week, someone is fired for little or no reason, and the company will send an email out about it just to remind everyone that they're expendable. Very talented engineers will be fired because they were given projects with unreasonable scope (that they had no say in), or they will be fired because they were hired for one job and given a different one.

    The company lies to candidates repeatedly. For example, you'll see people get interviewed for their knowledge of Python only to get stuck writing Puppet Manifests for 7 months. This is a common problem at Livefyre. They will hire people for positions that don't exist, put them somewhere where they have no experience, then act surprised that said employee doesn't do their best work there. Then, because of Livefyre's failure to plan, they'll write a check for the engineer's PTO and tell them to get out of the building.

    It takes very little effort to actually interview and hire for the position you're going to put someone in- and Livefyre doesn't do that. You'll frequently see backend developers shoved onto UI design, you'll see Application devs shoved onto Ops, and you'll see UI designers forced into Application dev roles. Then, rather than swap these people around to better make use of their skills, Livefyre will simply fire all of them to scare everyone else in the company.

    There is no work/life balance here. You'll see people leave at 7 PM only to be made fun of because they're "leaving early". It's *very* common and *expected* to work until 10 or 11 at night every night. If you have your own life outside work, it will have to be put on hold while you're employed here. Between the long work days, the 24/7 on-call (that always goes off at 3 AM), being placed in a position you didn't interview for and that you weren't trained for, and the constant firings, Livefyre is a very mentally and psychologically exhausting place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop getting rid of your biggest assets. Don't hire people for positions that don't exist. You're getting poor quality workers because you're misusing them, misleading them, and mistreating them, not because they're actually poor quality.

    A lot of upper management needs to be gone. A lot of the random firings, mistreated employees, and poorly utilized resources are because of two or three upper managers. This would make the culture much much nicer and new people in (positions redacted) would let people enjoy their jobs more and increase productivity rather than leave them constantly worrying about being fired for reasons beyond their control.

    Also, if you're going to plan projects, include the engineers that will be working on it. It's completely unfair to give an engineer a project that's already estimated and scoped without taking the engineer's input into account. You can't just give a massive project to someone with 0 experience in the area and then get mad at them that they take too long.

    Lastly, if you have a deadline for someone- actually tell them what it is. You cannot make "ASAP" a deadline. It's not a time. It's not a date. You have to actually give your people the necessary information to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    An amazing mix of tough challenges, great people, and stratospheric growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Livefyre full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The perfect workplace doesn't exist. That said, Livefyre comes as close as is likely possible. The work environment is intellectually challenging (in a good way) every day. We are solving tough problems technically, and we get to operate a platform at a level of scale that few companies achieve. The environment is scrappy and fun, and the people who are here truly strive to make the environment, technology, and products second-to-none. The customer base has growth tremendously, and competitors have fallen by the wayside due to the hard work of everyone across the organization. Livefyre has a "all customers should be happy customers" mantra, and this shows in our customer and employee retention.

    Cons

    As I stated in the "Pros", the perfect workplace doesn't exist. The following "Cons" are minor in the scheme of the tremendous positive aspects of Livefyre. The speed at which the company operates can be challenging for some. There have been periods of work/life and leadership imbalance during periods of rapid growth. We have the occasional episode of start-up immaturity as leadership continues to mature. Goal-setting for employees has been hit or miss at times, but has gotten consistently better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to structure the company for team success(es), and continue to remain committed to hiring only the best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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