Liquid Robotics

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Liquid Robotics Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
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  1.  

    Pioneering ocean drone company transitioning to accepted and growing commercial product

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    If you are interested in the commercial autonomous vehicle space it is hard to find a company with more early traction, interesting problems to solve, or software and hardware engineering talent. Bonus: If you love the intrigue of exploring the unexplored ocean, this is REALLY your place to work. If you think that making indestructible robots are fun or building the software that pilots oceans is an interesting challenge, get here now.

    Cons

    Liquid Robotics is solving a surprising hard set (read: interesting) of engineering challenges and these ups and downs of building a company exploring "uncharted waters" (pun) can be thrilling one day and a nail biter the next. If your goal is for a predictable, balanced and stable career path, this is not only not your company, but likely not the industry you would enjoy. This is pioneering stuff.

    Also, over the last several months there has been a transition from the original company CEO to a new CEO with a different profile and background. It may be a quarter or two before all the changes work themselves out, but the change has been greatly welcomed as Liquid Robotics starts facing different growth issues than two years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep driving the "new focus" on market development, and keep narrow down the engineering project focus. The transparency and the changes that are underway are appreciated. See them through!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Technology, Horrible Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Liquid Robotics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Company has great technology and potential to make ocean data collection safe, cheap and real-time.

    Cons

    Things other than the core technology- personal growth is discouraged and professional growth is non-existent (less that 3% of the company have received promotions). Pay is on the low side of the start-up scale and stock options are pitifully meager. Office politics are strong and there is a very noticeable and distinct "Us" and "Them" -if you are on the them side you will get get a knife in the back.

    Company culture is more interested in playing withe the cool technology than it is with making a good product or helping our customers succeed. This can make for fun days but not a great way to build a business or get the technology adopted. Very, very little time and energy is spend on anything other that marketing and R&D.

    However the most con of the cons is leadership- The rules don't apply to leadership and their pets- they can travel in style, order excessive and expensive wine, miss quota time after time after time, fail to make any progress on product development and there are no consequences. Leadership cultivates pets who are not expected to contribute in trade for fierce loyalty, and others end up shouldering the pets work. The sloppy leadership trickle down to the rank and file and you find that LRI rarely takes accountability for anything.. wrong products delivered, unfulfilled contracts, and personnel lawsuits are a result. Individuals too are held unaccountable...until they want to fire someone- 5 group layoffs in the last year, each one was promised to be the last...

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3.  

    Poor leadership, Significant potential.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Liquid Robotics full-time

    Pros

    Pay is on par with industry standards. Free food at office. Flexible work schedule. Work life balance is good. Those veteran employees who are still around are quite competent. Actual products are on par with industry competition. Potential for significant product improvement but so far this is mostly unrealized.

    Cons

    Significant turnover across company at every level including recent loss of CEO. Average new employment is less than 1 year. Senior leadership does not care about employees well being, training, nor career advancement. There is a pervasive lack of understanding of the industry they are in as well as a severe disparity in the things they say they can do vs what they are actually doing. Backstabbing/politicking is the way of life. Ethics are non existent even in business practices. All hiring is external so internal advancement does not occur.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees. Communicate more to your direct reports and encourage transparency throughout the organization. Minimize the things you say you are doing to clients to avoid continually retracting statements. Develop ethics best practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Poor leadership

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Liquid Robotics full-time

    Pros

    Great product that could be used for such amazing things. The founders are passionate about the product.

    Cons

    Management is all over the map (by no fault of their own) due to the convoluted direction from exec staff. Different sets of rules depending on your department and manager. Weak leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on the now and make sure you remember what you state. It is uncomfortable when sitting in a meeting and you know what is being said to the masses isn't what was stated.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    My experience at Liquid Robotics was short lived for many reasons.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Liquid Robotics

    Pros

    Started to actually acquire a "some-what" start up vibe, but still lacked. However, I appreciated their efforts.

    Cons

    For a company of about 100 people in HQ, there was not a lot of team commodity! The companies pro is also their weakness. Definitely a male driven company with not a lot of ethnicity. Also, many lower level people were promised promotions, increase salary, or full time, yet it didn't happen or took triple the time they stated. However, mid-management and higher seemed to have no problem patting themselves on the back and reaping the benefits. What could be a pretty neat company was very disappointing and many people have left!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Cons, and please make it better!

    Doesn't Recommend

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