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Lithium Technologies President and CEO Rob Tarkoff
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Pros
  • Our work-life balance is what makes Lithium specially attractive to a lot of engineers (in 25 reviews)

  • Great people with a lot of successful tech company experience in their past (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • high turnover in certain groups (in 10 reviews)

  • The only downside to the benefits is no 401k matching, but this is offset by other benefits honestly (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "A smart career move"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lithium Technologies full-time (Less than a 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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (5)

    "It is all about the flashy marketing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Smart folks, somewhat confused direction"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lithium Technologies full-time (Less than a 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 ...


  4. "Inspiring core business, growing fast"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lithium Technologies full-time (Less than a 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.


  5. "Great people, great ideals with a fun and embracing culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lithium Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The perks here are amazing. Between having catered lunch and breakfast sprinkled in a few days a week, commuter, gym, performance bonuses and more! Plus the people here are warm and welcoming.

    Cons

    Priorities from the top seem to keep shifting quite often.

    Advice to Management

    Talking about Innovation is great; however, if upper management can't manage client expectations and demands appropriately it seems we'll always be in a state of emergency with roadmaps being taken hostage.


  6. "Smart people, good plan, lots of potential"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lithium Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good vision from C-staff, great benefits, great culture, no big egos. Fun work and interesting problems to solve

    Cons

    Some big competitors in the space, and a lot of work to do to go from this quasi-start up phase to full-fledged, big league company

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. I see a clear vision and good implementation of our goals and values. I'm very proud of our management team.


  7. "Good time to be part of Lithium...opportunities abound"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lithium Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Innovation is supported by the culture and the office space.

    It is the right time for this company to take off. The market is ready and they have been thinking about and iterating on how to make social media work for improving customer interactions for companies.

    The founders are still around. I have never worked in a company where the founders were leading the company, then realized it took another skill set to transition to another level and were able to go back to hands on contributors and actually let the talent they attracted lead the company. Refreshing!

    The facility is amazing. Fantastic location! One block from a Montgomery Bart station, the windows open so the recycled vent air is not an issue. Lots of open collaborative, bright cheery space. There are literally no closed door offices. Senior management sits with in the same desks as everyone else, scatter about the company. Rob Tarkoff does have two desks so he sometimes sits with the engineers and other times with marketing.

    I haven't been here long, but so far my experience that the managers are aware how to support motivated talent.

    Cons

    Lots of legacy code to deal with and the product inherently involves customization.
    Growing pains in process.
    Reasonable documentation, but you need to know what you are looking for to find it.

  8. "at the center of the social business scene and loving it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lithium Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    office space, collaborative atmosphere, in-house lunches, access to internal thoughleaders

    Cons

    legacy baggage from time as a forums provider

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what ur doing


  9. "Lithium is a great company to work for and grow your career."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lithium Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, generous perks, a wonderful new work space, a collaborative atmosphere, and drama free interactions with co-workers and management alike make working at Lithium one of the best jobs I have ever had.

    Cons

    Many of the processes remain manual as the company grows. Lithium can benefit from the implementation of industry standard systems that would help automate time consuming tasks and free up time for more value added analysis.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain transparency as the company grows.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A growing company with a fun culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lithium Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - located in the city
    - Fun place to work at
    - Lunch three days a week (although one of those days is salad and doesn't really count)
    - Plenty of Opportunities to innovate
    - Good co-workers with plenty to learn from

    Cons

    - benefits and salary are below par
    - some teams have it easy compared to others
    - Needs better focus on career growth and development of individuals
    - The bonus pool is funded depending on company performance ( != 100% funded all the time)
    - Does not do much to retain the current talent
    - Its not easy to move between teams

    Advice to Management

    Stand up to your company value of "being real"


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