Lithium Technologies

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Lithium Technologies Reviews in Emeryville, CA

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Pros
  • nice SF location, WFH and good work life balance for a mid sized company (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people with a lot of successful tech company experience in their past (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Based on the above, there is extremely high turnover in Sales and other divisions stay for a long time (in 6 reviews)

  • Getting the right people in the right positions and managing the new personnel requirements with the historical talent makes for growing pains (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work at. Talented and dedicated individuals.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Lithium Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    great talent
    amazing product
    ping pong
    lunch

    Cons

    location could be better
    management needs to change
    food could be better
    hours can get bad at times
    space
    nothing else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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

    Smart folks, somewhat confused direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Lithium Technologies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    In general, smart, capable people throughout the organization - sales, product, and engineering. Pleasant co-workers, not a lot of politics at the lower levels. Many major clients with long-term commitments to Lithium. CEO seems committed to addressing some of
    the long-standing structural issues by bringing in new blood.

    Cons

    Massive, monolithic codebase, with extensive customizations that are 'contract points' with
    customers.
    Product management tends to try to please the sales group at the expense of paying down technical debt.
    Insider-driven culture - founders have absolute control over critical aspects of the technology, much of which is unique to Lithium.
    Lack of clarity around product direction - forums, yes ... beyond that ? ... nobody seems sure ...

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Revolving door, good marketing, products average

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    Former Employee - Customer Success Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Success Manager in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Lithium Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Has emerged from unknown to a recognized player in the social CRM space.
    Well funded.
    Market domination in telecom communities.
    Moving office to San Francisco.
    Good marketing.
    Fun user conference.
    Work-life balance is fine.

    Cons

    Talent is always leaving.
    Revolving door of leadership.
    Product quality.
    Culture and values -- ? What are they?
    Long-term outlook.
    No end-game. IPO is always "1-2 years out" and has been since anyone can remember.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lithium has a promising business and interesting challenges, but not the easiest of engineering cultures

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Lithium Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The business is interesting and has promise, especially with respect to the analytics and historical community performance side of things. Not sure what happened with it, but they also bought Scout, which was a cool reputation technology. There are interesting challenges and technologies to work with.

    Cons

    There is an insider culture at Lithium that can make it hard to get comfortable and really know folks on the engineering team. That said, there are good people there, and once you get to know them, it gets much more fun. There is quite a mish-mash of technology, and some of it has been around for a long time, so that can take adjustment and may drive some folks who love a green field crazy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it clearer who the business owners are and connect them more directly with engineers. Foster better collaboration across teams and groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Best company I've ever worked for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Services Director in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Services Director in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great opportunities. Lithium recognizes and promotes talent. Many of the best people stay with the company long term, making for excellent long lasting work relationships. The work is interesting and challenging and there is always plenty of it (which, in this economy, isn't a bad thing). It's also a great industry to work in right now, and Lithium is positioned to really make a difference in a lot of people's lives, making it easier for our customers to interact meaningfully with their own customers.

    Cons

    The company sometimes "forgets" their remote staff, leaving them out of some opportunities that office staff enjoy, without finding comparable activities/rewards for them.

    Salaries should be reviewed on a more regular basis.

    Lithium is sometimes a little slow to identify and deal with problem staff members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fail fast should a rule used with staff. You can usually tell pretty quickly if people fit the culture and have good work ethics. If they don't, let's not wait 6 months to a year to start taking appropriate actions. Sure it's hard to hire and fire, but it's also hard for staff to work with employees who don't carry their weight for long periods of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I am reasonably happy here as there are more pros than cons

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    - Excellent life/work balance: Flexible work hours and a lot of parties.
    - Paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO): I am encouraged to volunteer at any philanthropic organization of my choice during office hours and still get paid.
    - Very strong sale team. Engineering leaderships are young, smart and energetic.
    - Pre IPO and the market is still growing
    - Lot of foods and snacks

    Cons

    - Complex products require the most brilliant engineers just to get them maintained.
    - CEO focuses on long term success by building a multi generation company, so it is unlikely to get rich quick here.
    - Huge competitions in a red hot market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please move the office to San Francisco ASAP.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good balance of Compensation, Learning Opportunities and Interesting Problems

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Problems you work on are interesting and varied

    The organization makes a concious effort to see that you have the tools and resources to make you more productive

    The company is growing and there is room to grow along with it

    The line managers are all former leads and staff as opposed to MBA's

    Cons

    I haven't found any yet

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of potential in a growing space. Overall great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    * Great learning environment. Anyone can fairly easily move amongst teams and work with whatever they want to learn
    * Friendly people. Everyone is extremely helpful. You never have to be afraid of not being able to complete your task due to being unfamiliar with the code
    * Free snacks, drinks, food, whatever. Very healthy options too
    * Very chill management. They are usually very cool with people working from home and are very flexible in terms of accommodating your schedule
    * Near the public market, which has a lot of great food options.
    * Near one of best universities, UC Berkeley.
    * Easily accessible by Bart(emery-go-round), Amtrak, and easy parking.

    Cons

    * Too much legacy code with very little emphasis put on refactoring and improving existing code base
    * Interview standards way too low. Knowing basic data structures are optional in some cases.
    * Too much overhead in scrum process. (too many meaningless meetings that hinder productivity)
    * Been at lithium for a long time and so far, management has been extremely un-proactive in terms of rewarding employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Stricter Interviewing. In order to attract the best, we need to have the best.
    * Reward your employees more. At least according to my friends, I am being paid significantly below market.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management is Clueless, People are Very Nice

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Lithium Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good product, in need of upgrades
    great people
    good culture
    excellent location for those no living in the peninsula

    Cons

    management is clueless
    there is no vision
    it is all about flashy stuff, no substance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a clue about the competition, the market, and the product and set a new goal for the company. it is not about the past, it is about the future now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at lithium is like a thrilling ride with a bright future.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Lithium Technologies

    Pros

    At Lithium you can see a problem, figure out a solution, and solve it. Most companies can't claim this.

    Cons

    Being at startup pace often the middle management pieces are dropped. Self guided careers are necessary here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in your employees and listening to them... they are right!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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