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Liferay Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
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  1.  

    Your ceiling is limited only by your vision and ability to execute

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Diamond Bar, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Diamond Bar, CA

    I have been working at Liferay full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If there is something you're really good at and really passionate about, chances are, you'll be able to find an area here to work towards your passions.
    There are many areas where employees can contribute, and build up their skills in areas that they are interested in.
    Growth is not strictly dictated around titles or org charts, but around gardens of responsibility, which means you're only limited by your imagination (though of course, it needs to intersect with actual business or customer needs).
    The leadership (which is not necessarily management) will move mountains to help you personally or professionally, though this is harder to do at all levels the larger the company gets.
    People here are wicked smart. There are many engineers who are among the elite of their fields, and you would never know just talking to them because of how humble, accessible and helpful they are.
    The company makes no apologies for it's unique culture, and values far more than just a bottom line, but truly desires to have an impact on society for the greatest good.
    Bonuses are simply the best I've ever had anywhere, and the hardware you're given is top notch.

    Cons

    The larger the company gets, the more employees focus on the "meta" aspects of their job: job title, career path, position, etc. While these things aren't unimportant, it becomes a big distraction away from doing good work, and cultivating an atmosphere of responsibility.
    There is sometimes a tendency (not necessarily globally, but more so in the Diamond Bar office) to being passive aggressive, or just passive.
    On-boarding could be better, but given that many people come in with wildly different backgrounds and skill sets, standardizing this is tough.
    The Diamond Bar office is a little too over the top with some of the rules (resetting your desk every week being my personal peeve).
    Engineering is probably the strongest culture within the company, and because of the tendency towards passivity, the managers of the other departments don't push for their departments needs or considerations enough.
    Salaries could probably be higher (though this means that there should also be a higher standard for hiring at those salaries).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More than high salaries, job titles, or career paths, employees really want meaningful work, recognition, and a reliable feedback loop.

    For meaningful work, there is more than can be done. However, employees may not always know WHY some work they are doing is meaningful. This should be clearly communicated always.
    For recognition, this could include salaries, titles, etc, but these need to be clearly decided and outlined for how employees can be rewarded personally and publicly.
    For a reliable feedback loop, employees just need to make sure they are progressing, and how they are tracking amongst their peers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Didn't drink the Kool-Aid and keep looking if you want real opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Diamond Bar, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Diamond Bar, CA

    I worked at Liferay full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technology, some very smart & hardworking individuals. Magic Quadrant leader for a few years. Many OOTB features and easy to use.

    Cons

    Low pay, inexperienced leadership. Lack of a true sales leader at the "C" level. Politics and clique's. Passive aggressive management style.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop drinking the Kool-Aid, hire some consultants to come in and give you guidance. Leave religious beliefs out of the work place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Build a culture, execute a vision, reach the world

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    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Diamond Bar, CA
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Diamond Bar, CA

    I have been working at Liferay full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with some amazing people, both in terms of personality and talent. It's a very friendly environment in which all parts of life are shared together--successes, disappointments, and all other things in between. It's a great work-life balance. Company also has a great vision that extends beyond merely making a profit, but reaching out into local communities and contributing in tangible ways (included as part of employee benefits). Not to mention, the company is willing to invest and train young professionals to become future leaders of the company.

    Cons

    Compensation is often a big discussion point with several employees here. I think it might be improving (if ever so slightly), but in order to retain or hire new talent this issue will have to be addressed. Also, as the company grows bigger, there is a tendency for departments to become more silo'ed, thus hampering communication amongst the various teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Besides the compensation issue, which has already been addressed above, I would encourage upper management to create better career paths and opportunities for growth for those stuck in the middle (not entry-level, and not quite management level). Also, facilitate better channels/workflows so as to decrease the bottlenecks that drag down productivity / project completion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work hard and keep learning

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    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in Diamond Bar, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in Diamond Bar, CA

    I have been working at Liferay full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    good environment that boost communication with your co-workers. you are expected to work hard and learn new skills everyday. you can always get help from experience people around you. you will learn to be proactive in order for management to notice you.

    Cons

    low salary. less communication from management if you don not ask for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give more directions and help to new hires to boost their development as well as becoming more proactive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Liferay full-time

    Pros

    Pretty solid benefits, coworkers are generally nice, good work-life balance. Company has good values and represents more than just technology. Decent PTO.

    Cons

    There's no training when you're hired. You take a "portal admin" class that all new hires take regardless of department that goes over basic Liferay product, but no real training program in departments. You are expected to know everything from the get go and pick it up yourself. No room for growth. Upper management have been working here for years and years (most since the inception of the company), and they are not going anywhere. Managers vaguely talk about growth, but rarely go into specific details on your professional growth. Decision-making from executives takes a ridiculously long time. Also, low pay compared to national average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Onboard your new hires with a better plan instead of throwing them in the deep end and expecting them to swim. Be more responsive to questions about personal growth in the company. Don't create meaningless tasks for the sake of giving people more work.. Meaningless work makes for unmotivated employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Liferay Response

    Dec 8, 2014Recruiter

    Thanks for the feedback. Onboarding and training are two areas we're focusing on, so hopefully these will continue to improve as we grow quickly. This is a common pain point for companies in rapid ... More

  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    People look unhappy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Diamond Bar, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Diamond Bar, CA

    I worked at Liferay full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's chill. There's a game room to goof off. Free drinks. Executives are super nice.

    Cons

    Being new, I was stoked to get started. But had quick decline in morale from seeing my peers around me. Here's why:

    On-boarding training inadequate. Ongoing training non-existent.

    Managers look like they are people that have just been there a long time, rather than qualified.

    Compensation is sub-standard, unless you are a senior engineer.

    For a company of about 500, there is ALOT of politics to accomplish anything. Most of the politics is centered around territory of ownership, so management would more time in the "who, what, where, why, when" than action plans to move things forward.

    Merit increases are based on the subjective opinions of supervisors. There is no performance standard.

    In-balance of benefits. Some people get "extra" off the books benefits such as non-exempt work from home status, or unmonitored extended lunches for non-exempt, or other "special treatment". These are usually case-by-case, but I find there isn't a valid reason to approve one person, yet deny another. When there is a valid reason, it isn't made clear to everyone in that department, so a sense of favoritism is displayed.

    No option for employee growth. Employees seen as resources, not investments. The moment you are no longer "useful", they "fire" you. And most promotions happen because someone wants to leave, and their manager counteroffers with a position or compensation to stay or worse, they are under-performers at their current job and rather than lose a body, they shift them around. If there are no opportunities inside, employees will definitely look from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the seniority. Promote based on qualifications, not tenure. Look at managers from mid-level to senior executives with scrutiny. One bad apple in those ranks can turn all their subordinates into bad apples. The more people under them, the higher the scrutiny.

    Start developing a standard performance measure across the board for everyone. If you can't hold people accountable to their work, you start creating a culture of sub-par performers.

    Don't be afraid to let employees try new things, apply for different titles. Forcing them to do the same thing day-in and day-out is a recipe for an exit interview. This is a necessary cost to retain employees. Hoping for passive employees that are happy with their job and never wanting to leave is a basically saying, "I support mediocrity."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Liferay Response

    Nov 24, 2014Recruiter

    Hey there, really sorry you had a negative experience at Liferay. Like any company, we have areas we can grow in. Some of the questions we're wrestling through are: "How do we create helpful ... More

  8.  

    Friendly place; great for your first growing your career. Some improvements could be made.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Diamond Bar, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Diamond Bar, CA

    I have been working at Liferay full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits (100% employee, 50% family).

    Very friendly environment. To the reviewer who said it's "cliquish" y,es it is, but those cliques are very open. You just need to start interacting with them. They are not going to ostracize anyone.

    No office politics. No one is after your job or is trying to sabotage your work. Everyone is willing to help each other.

    Great mentoring practices. We've had many interns, which knew nothing about development, blossom into very productive and talented developers.

    Cons

    It seems there may be some significant pay differences, between departments, for basically the same skills. For example, a beginner Java developer could expect to be paid more in the Engineering department than in the Technical Support department. This may be because of department budgets or manager styles; not sure.

    I get this impression, because it seams those in Engineering are content with their pay, while those in Support are not, eg. comments about being "below" market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the pay disparity in Cons, because our life blood is support contracts, it would be well worth budgeting greater pay for Support. Keep those people happy, Support isn't the funnest job.

    Prior communications when letting someone go, is something that could be improved. I've heard from multiple (4) people, after they left, that they had no idea it was coming. If someone isn't meeting expectation, a manager's duty is to address those expectations, prior to it being a reason for dismissal.

    I would take a guess; because everyone is so friendly, they are afraid to hurt someone's feelings. So while this employee isn't meeting expectations, the "nice" manager is hoping the problem will correct itself, to avoid having to confront the issue/employee. But in the end, the issue isn't resolve, the employee as no idea, and gets fired. This is my biggest complaint. Leaving practice uncorrected, is eventually going to effect employee morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Liferay Response

    Dec 1, 2014Recruiter

    Thanks for the feedback and sorry for the delay in response. Yes, an area we're trying to grow in is our ability to give accurate and real-time feedback about areas to improve. This should help ... More

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Work Culture with Opportunities to Grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Liferay full-time

    Pros

    Some of the most genuine and caring people I've ever worked with! They really know how to take care of people beyond work and I've found so many great friendships. Truly supportive when you have your rough days, and the work provides opportunities for growth. It's definitely a collaborative environment where people are genuinely trying to help each other out. Great place to work.

    Cons

    Salaries aren't great, but they do a good job of trying to take care of those who work hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to allow the people you've hired to be creative and take ownership of the company. Do whatever you can to keep solid talent at Liferay!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Several highly intelligent & compassionate members contribute to Liferay from around the world 24/7. Very rewarding!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Diamond Bar, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Diamond Bar, CA

    I have been working at Liferay full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of super-smart/nice developers. Great office environment. Lots of room for growth.

    Cons

    Almost every employee in the Diamond Bar office is devoted to their religion. It can be a little overwhelming to a non-believer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Continue to balance agility with quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    More than meets the eye

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    Current Employee - Global Marketing Manager: Design in Diamond Bar, CA
    Current Employee - Global Marketing Manager: Design in Diamond Bar, CA

    I have been working at Liferay full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Liferay is a global company with a start up culture. Giving it the stability of an international company but the community of a start up.

    The relationships you build at Liferay are much more meaningful and personal than anywhere I have worked before.

    I came from a pretty cut throat company before and I was always afraid of doing something wrong or getting yelled at. At Liferay there is none of that. Everyone is willing to help instead of trying to steal your job. Which allows for more creativity and exploration.

    Liferay is also invested in giving back to the community/world. Liferay believes that building software enables them to do good around the world. They do this by offering 40 hours a year on top of vacation time to employees to volunteer to help people, as well as donate to various non-profits.

    Cons

    Liferay is growing at such a rapid rate that it is still learning how to best operate. As a start-up employees would invest their time and lives into the company to see it grow. They'd take lower salaries and wear multiple hats to see it succeed. Now that they are not really a start-up any more they are still trying to keep that culture of "It's not about the money." and "Do whatever is needed." but at 500 employees that is difficult. As Liferay learns how to address these issues they'll really thrive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Invest in the development of the employees.
    - Delegate decision making power to middle management
    - Over communicate on company life throughout the company
    - Connect the good that Liferay is about to the day to day

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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