Lytro

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Amazing technology, poor management.

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Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

The people are great.
The technology is amazing.
The work environment is wonderful (free lunches, on-site showers, great location, flexible hours).

Cons

Lack of experience with software development process is frustrating.
Management has a poor attitude towards people management (no reviews, no bonuses, no frequent 1:1s, no "voice of the workforce").
Executive management lacks experience in product development to execute quickly.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Invest in your employees! Buy them the best equipment and make sure you financially incent them beyond options. Stop telling employees they're lucky to be working at Lytro. You are lucky to have them!

Also, hire executives with experience building hardware and shipping software. Lack of process, planning, and overall execution is extremely frustrating to your individual contributors.

Doesn't Recommend
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15 Other Employee Reviews for Lytro (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Great technology, brilliant people,

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lytro full-time

    Pros

    --Very passionate, hardworking employees. No slackers here!
    --The company employs many industry experts
    --CEO is very approachable and supportive of employees and teams
    --Very likely going to be a game changer in the digital imagine industry
    --Great "open", no cubicle office environment
    --Laid-back dress code
    --Free daily catered lunches

    Cons

    --There seems to be an overall issue with interdepartmental upper management alignment.
    --Work-life balance is a big challege. Everyone seems to work 18hrs/day , 7 days a week...no joke.
    --Workload is massive and with so many fast moving parts, you can find yourself buried many layers deep very quickly.
    --Fairly clicky workplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep at it! You are some of the best in the industry. Just need to work on overall alignment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Can't ask for a better start-up

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    - Some of the sharpest minds in the business who push you to the maximum
    - People that give a damn about what they do
    - Doesn't get more cutting edge / hi-tech than this in the bay area
    - Working on something that will bring about a long-lasting change
    - Big picture thinking from the CEO
    - Catered lunches

    Cons

    - You'll find yourself working non-stop, among people that work non-stop
    - Like any startup, tons of stuff thats broken and needs fixing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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