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Pros – Highly competent people, who are fun to work with and easy to get along with. Location in the heart of San Francisco isn't too shabby. Everyone has high-end Macs and multiple monitors to use. Friendly, prompt, and good-quality helpdesk and production IT support services. Interesting challenges to work on solving, and an overall pleasant environment within which to work.
Cons – Very top heavy, almost a 1:1 ratio of managers to individual contributors. Frequent micromanagement, with senior managers trying to exert control over things they don't understand but refuse to delegate. Managers never have 1:1 meetings with their direct reports, company never buys anyone lunch, and praise or thanks is never given out except on an employee's last day. Complete lack of technical direction in the company, with multiple CTOs hired and fired over the past few years. Fully-outsourced development makes communication difficult due to vast timezone differences. Core product is years out of date, customers are leaving due to this, yet efforts to address this are 99% talk and 1% action.
Advice to Senior Management – Realize that you're a technology company, not an arts and media company. Shelve the existing legacy product, hire an energetic local team of developers, set a firm technology direction, and act like it's 1999 all over again. Push hard, do it right, do it local, and sieze back the marketplace before it fully slips away. Hire someone competent into HR, promote or hire an actual technology leader, offer quality benefits to your employees, and stop trying to paper over the serious moral problems.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
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Pros – Fun brand in a creative field. Start up environment. Competitive compensation.
Cons – Too much management. Most who have no idea what they are talking about or even know what you do... they just want it done NOW! Always rushing into projects without understanding the time and sweat that will need to go into them. Not appreciative of your efforts. Poor benefits. Lack or culture and moral. Too much focus on the dollar signs with promises or things "getting better". So much big company name dropping to keep people strung along.
Advice to Senior Management – You need to keep your promises. So much talk and not enough actual implementation. You want to be a fun start up company but you don't care about your employees. Slow down and remember who is actually helping you achieve your unrealistic goals. Offer better benefits and other forms on compensation for employees who work tons of overtime in achieving your goals.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
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Pros – Great clients and interesting projects. Some of the guys in liveBooks are really great to work with. Relaxing atmosphere in general.
Cons – Feedback might be misleading and comes late. Managers tend to take care of their own problems first with some exceptions.
Advice to Senior Management – Be truthful about the company and the employees will understand, you could explore other ways to make the people happy. When you don't understand something ask.