Lithium Technologies

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Lithium Technologies Reviews

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Lithium Technologies CEO Rob Tarkoff
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Review Highlights

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.  

    A smart career move

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Things that spring to mind: Fast paced, smart people, innovative culture, strong leaders, healthy work life balance, free food, office location and design! All good.

    Cons

    Not many, but being in the city I spend more on communting in, and the Bart strikes (or threat of) are a pain!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep striving to improve products and features. Continue to be disruptive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    It is all about the flashy marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Lithium Technologies full-time

    Pros

    The company is coming into its own in the last 12 months. It progressed from bring a startup culture, very driven by revenue and key customers and partnership, to one that's driven by market strategy and social expertise. This is mostly the result of hiring the right strategist and the strong focus on IPO.

    Cons

    The flip side to everything listed in the Pros is that the bulk of those defining the strategy have little clue about social engagement and how this company can use its market advantage to win in the market, as well as be a true technology leader. The upper management don't even use the product besides blogging at the company's own community site or those of key partners. Except for the recent chief product hire, the upper management knows little about the product or technology and are all about flashy talk and presentation. Aren't we at the age where you have to be technical to lead a technology company? Requiring all staff, especially engineers to always be working from the office only leads to productivity drain. It is oblivious to the old school upper management that engineers have a choice and are pursued aggressively - holding them to such a requirement, on top of the long work hours, will not help you retain any talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop floating up there in the air with the flashy sales talk and pay more attention to the day-to-day. Spend time understanding your employees' challenges and help them learn and grow, instead of making them feel like they cannot voice their honest opinions.

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

    Fast paced company that fosters a learning social environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great new office in downtown SF. Catered food. Great on boarding experienced helps with the transition into your role. Hackathons and lunch and learns are great ways to share your ideas and learn from some talented people. The company is transitioning technology wise and its a great time to be on the cutting edge.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Well to be honest its because I lose track of time while at work. :-)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep forging ahead with the current strategy.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales Development

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There were friendly faces and a good product

    Cons

    No real sales advancement stuck in one position

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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
  7.  

    A company powered by great people. Innovating and raising the standard of excellence before

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    *The work environment is comfortable, colorful, and accommodating. The color and design scheme creates a space that promotes creativity and allows for flexibility of the work preferences of it's employees.
    *People are friendly and upper management is down-to-earth. I have never been at a job where every person from the bottom to the top tier is treated with respect and kindness. Job happiness is unavoidable!
    *The benefits,amenities, and opportunities are boundless. The company is generously offering different options to help employees deal with basic expenses and offers catered meals in the office.
    *Longevity: No job is worth anything if it doesn't allow for long-term security. Lithium is growing at a wonderfully exciting pace and touching into markets that will secure it's long-term growth. Working here means being part of an entity that will only keep getting bigger and stronger, and that is the description you want when you think of your long-term future.

    Cons

    If you leave, you will have a hard time finding a company to work for that is as good or better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lithium Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people and nice. Ok pay

    Cons

    No advancement opps, a lot of favortism and clicks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    eliminate the clicks and special treatment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing group of exceptionally talented and driven people in a super cool market

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Strategy Services
    Current Employee - Social Strategy Services

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

    Pros

    Corporate values on display daily. Incredible benefits package. Wonderful culture. Opportunity to work with the most iconic brands in the world. Backed by amazing science.

    Cons

    None that I have encountered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the amazing work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    An ideal company for social media enthusiasts

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    Current Employee - Sales in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Sales in Remote, OR

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

    Pros

    The company has a large customer base and is well positioned in the market. If you find social media technology interesting this is the company to work for. Software developers will find ample opportunities (server side and client side) to contribute their skills.

    Cons

    There are challenges with building on the existing technology but there have been improvements in the last 12 months. Remote employees often feel disconnected but senior management does well to keep everyone informed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Inspiring core business, growing fast

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    • 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 Lithium Technologies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. Fun! People are easy going, play games with each other, lots of good discussion and laughter, have hackathons, work on open source projects.
    2. Inspiring. Lithium runs social communities, where people help each other. No sneaky advertising angle.. I know right?!
    3. Great problems to work on. So many choices, so much to do.
    4. Location. Easy commute, great part of the city.

    Cons

    1. Growing really fast, so you won't be able to keep on top of everything happening. Don't try. Do your part, enjoy the ride. Lithium could double staff in next year or two, at this rate.
    2. So many impactful possibilities, regularly making hard choices about priorities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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