LiveText Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Outdated and indecisive

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in La Grange, IL

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

    Pros

    Was able to work mostly telecommute so I didn't have to be in a cubicle farm every day. The code base, written in Perl, wasn't bad.

    Cons

    The biggest problem I had with LiveText was nobody seemed to be the final word on a decision that needed to be made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Highest potential, but worst professional experience of my life.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL

    I worked at LiveText full-time

    Pros

    Higher Ed is a great industry to learn and work in. The core technology is probably the best in the industry. The company and product have tremendous potential to grow and a solid, but vulnerable user base.

    Cons

    Management is a disaster. It pains me to say this because the CEO/Founder is a successful business person who really means well. However, he has chosen to surround himself with narrow-minded, short-sighted, passive/aggressive albatrosses. The lack of professionalism, tact and basic team-building/management skills are stunning. Read the previous reviews. They are spot on. As long as this team is in place, there is no hope for growth. None. Zero. The smart move would be to sell out so that at least the core tech and client base can be salvaged before it all disappears. It's surprising that competitors have not seized upon LiveText's inability to grow. They might be even more clueless. Anyone thinking about joining this company in any capacity should seriously reconsider.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell now while you can. There's not chance for a management upgrade, so there's not hope for growth. Take the money and run before it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people to work with but not so great management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in La Grange, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in La Grange, IL

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

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere where employees can wear jeans; fun and helpful employees for the most part; potentially good product. Good location.

    Cons

    TWhile some new developments seemed to be promising, ultimately little will change since the same people make the final decision. Inconsistent structure; changes are abruptly made and are poorly communicated (if at all). Little room for advancement even if you wanted. Management can be flat out deceptive. Hard work is decidely NOT rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your whole mindset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Growing Company Makes Difference in Higher Education

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL

    I have been working at LiveText full-time

    Pros

    Initiative is welcome, employees are passionate and there is real a sense of teamwork, company is growing, mission to improve learning at all levels within our higher ed system is strong

    Cons

    The work can be demanding or the hours long and you may face challenges each day but if you are resourceful and clever enough to come up with your own solutions, you will feel accomplished

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible management and consistantly failed to meet customer needs.

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    Former Employee - Marketing in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing in La Grange, IL

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

    Pros

    Very low expectations from management.

    Cons

    Very low expectations from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The owner should not be involved in daily operations; he's insain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thank heaven I left this company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Assessment is a growing industry.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the management of this company is in a strangle-hold by one person who micromanages, dislikes divergent opinions and can be demeaning at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stunningly Impulsive and Unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Pretty good tech platform for managing higher education assessment data.

    Cons

    Leadership caste has a habit of obsessing over the trivial and dithering over everything else. Sales management seems to delight in piling administrative and personal servant duties on the staff. Onerous reporting duties, ongoing (and never-ending) product training, unnecessary travel to corporate for MONTHLY sales meetings and "just to work out of the office for a few days, just 'cuz" are a continual productivity drain. Commissions paid out ANNUALLY in April for the previous calendar year (as if anyone hangs out that long).

    Worst of all, though, is putting together a weekly reporting "suite" that must include a "reflection" piece. It's apparent primary purpose is to serve as a basis for criticizing and ridiculing the sales staff. Additional demands are delivered by hostile e-mails on a more or less daily basis. Not only the worst and most unprofessional workplace I've experienced, but also the worst I've ever HEARD of in 20 years of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read a book about management, leadership, sales, Six Sigma, TQM, or something useful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    I feel sorry for myself and my co-workers just about every day.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LiveText

    Pros

    Many of the people who work here at the staff level are dedicated and very capable.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the individuals here who are in management do a very poor job. I have observed defensiveness, lying and overall poor decision making. The most upsetting aspects of working here are the belittling comments I've heard the office manager say about co-workers and the outright yelling that occurs on a regular basis. Toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving the product and open your minds to new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Politics reign supreme.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL

    I worked at LiveText

    Pros

    There is a decent salary involved and good benefits.

    Cons

    Incompetent snobbish management and a dictator-like atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The reasons people leave are not fully understood by leadership due to management trying to cover up their incompetencies. Hire managers worth respecting and employees who do not need hand holding and this company will take an atmosphere of enlightenment rather than oppression and indifference.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Politics and unproffesional behavior run supreme

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LiveText full-time

    Pros

    Salary is OK, but not that competitive

    Cons

    Cliche management team who is over controlling and authoritative toward its employees. Benefits are minimal and certainly not industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company has a very high attrition rate because they treat their employees poorly, they have an overinflated sense of themselves and can't accept perspectives or suggestions that are different than their own. Hire managers who know how to cultivate the strenghts of the employees and that allow for indepedent thinking and engage in true strategic planning (rather than being so recationary) and this company could do well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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