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Liferay Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
19 Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Work Culture with Opportunities to Grow

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

    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
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Diamond Bar, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Diamond Bar, CA

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    More than meets the eye

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Marketing Manager: Design  in  Diamond Bar, CA
    Current Employee - Global Marketing Manager: Design in Diamond Bar, CA

    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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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Started out great, but now the company is getting werid

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Book reimbursement, game room, happy hour fridays, 500 dollars each year to donate to most nonprofits, holiday meals, solid open source community

    Cons

    Poor communication when letting a person go, lack of collaboration, mostly one or two people were in charge of a large pieces of the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just hire Asians, it doesn't even seem like they are trying to hire a diverse team. Also pay decent wages, expectantly for the ones that have been there through the ups and downs. How do you expect to keep great talent around when paying 20-30k below national average

    Liferay Response

    Jun 6, 2014Recruiter

    Thanks for the feedback. We're an EEO employer and seek to hire a diverse team with 14+ offices in multiple countries regardless of race. As for the transparency in letting people go and market rate ... More

  6.  

    Incredible culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Diamond Bar, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Diamond Bar, CA

    Pros

    Employees are given ownership of projects
    Global company with a startup culture
    Lots of opportunities to learn and grow
    Strong but humble leadership
    Family-like atmosphere
    We had about 300+ people from all over the world come to the annual retreat and it felt like a family reunion
    Company gives 10% of profits to non-profits and gives employees extra time off to volunteer at various non-profits to help with disaster relief, education, etc. Liferay sent a team to help after the Japan Tsunami and Hurricane Sandy to name a couple examples.

    Cons

    Still in the process of developing necessary structure as we grow rapidly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to innovate without comprising core convictions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Java Consultant Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Java Consultant Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Java Consultant Intern in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Worked under an experienced manager.
    Learnt good coding practices

    Cons

    The salary was very little

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It's the people that are the best!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome, accessible colleagues who love to be resources for any type of questions.
    Everyone is really friendly and would bring food to share.
    Business casual is definite plus!

    Cons

    Content can be dry but you have to find ways to find it exciting, especially if you're working in a non-technical position.

  9.  

    Phenomenal company that recognizes that excellence is not only measured by profit, but by vision and conduct.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    • Supervisors and coworkers are eager to help one another.
    • Frontier-like environment that stimulates initiative.
    • Safe and friendly work environment.
    • Company has a vision that goes beyond profit and self-promotion.

    Cons

    • The company has grown significantly in a short amount of time, which means that many processes still need refining.
    • Managers and supervisors could use some training on how to identify and cultivate their employees' skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Greatly rewarding company if you align with their vision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    Pros

    - The company is devoted to delivering value by both building great software for its clients and serving the global community through its resources. They believe in "making a difference", and they're actually doing it, day by day.
    - Employees are all friendly and believe in both the company's software and social mission.
    - Founders are all very down to earth and grounded.

    Cons

    - If you don't align with their social mission, then you miss out on the company's bigger mission (which isn't just maximizing profits)
    - Salary and benefits are "competitive"; in other words "average"
    - Lacking diversity; relatively homogenous makeup of employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A different company with leaders that do things differently

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    * Unique corporate culture that focuses on relationship.
    * An executive staff that is so down-to-earth-approachable that after working with them for two weeks, they will troll you.
    * Highly intelligent and most friendly people I have ever dealt with.
    * A company with a vision that wants to make a real difference in people's lives. This reason is enough to want to work here. It is reason enough to stay.

    Cons

    * Young, inexperienced.
    * Executive management tends to be hands-on with projects.
    * Cliques (US office only) as a result of hiring practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Less hands-on. This is the area of opportunity that keeps your company from growing.
    * Don't be afraid to let your employees go. See it as an opportunity for the company to improve retention.

    Top motivators for employees:
    1. Job challenge;
    2. Accomplishing something worthwhile;
    3. Learning new things;
    4. Personal development;
    5. Autonomy.
    12. Pay
    14. Friendliness
    15. Praise
    17. Chance of Promotion

    Liferay needs to focus on #4, #5 (divisional). See how #12, #15 and #17 are not as high.

    * Lastly and most importantly, don't change your vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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