Mission: The core mission of Liftopia is twofold: help skiers and snowboarders get out on the slopes more often, and help alpine resorts generate incremental revenue. The Liftopia platform gives alpine resorts the ability to sell advance-purchase, date-specific tickets, rentals, lessons ...
I worked at Liftopia full-time (More than 3 years)
-You actually are making an impact on a fun industry- ski!
-I truly enjoyed working with my coworkers and spending time with them
-Management cares about you as a person and are easily accessible if you ever want to chat with them
-Excellent work life balance
-Strong, fun culture
-Small company means there aren't a ton of different teams to potentially switch to if you want to work outside of your core role
-Salary is solid but not the highest paying in tech
-On occasion more layers of management than there should be in small teams
-free snacks but not lunch/breakfast like other bigger tech companies
Advice to Management
Stay focused on what is coming next and make sure that employees feel like they are working towards a larger goal.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Liftopia (San Francisco, CA) in July 2013.
Brought me in for a technical interview, but ended up being too busy to actually interview me. They scrambled to find an engineer who was free that day. Even though my expertise was in front-end engineering, they had me talk to a guy in devops. He didn't ask me anything technical, and was clearly not prepared to be interviewing.
Once the VP of engineering came out of his meeting, he talked to me for approximately 30 minutes. The discussion was relatively directionless, and ended abruptly when he said he had to get to a company all-hands.
I had expected the interview to be a typical 4-5 session day, but instead got shoveled to the elevator within the hour. Not a single technical question was asked.
I hadn't heard back after 2 weeks from Liftopia or the recruiting firm they were working with (Sourcery). I dropped the firm a line, and they gave me a generic "They decided you were not a good fit at this time."
From what I saw, it would not have been a great place to work anyway. Low salaries and small stock option packages in exchange for working at a place with an outdoorsy culture. Plenty of other places that offer the best of both worlds.
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