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6 people found this helpful  

Great technology opportunities, poor product & people management

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

- work on technology that will absolutely change the camera industry someday
- own your own machine (almost)
- plenty of smart coworkers
- free lunch

Cons

- overall corporate direction unclear
- lack of widespread understanding
- office environment is just one giant room
- surprisingly lacking in "dynamic, startup" feel

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- figure out what you're doing and tell your employees
- think about fixing problems instead of making them worse
- don't second guess your employees all the time

Recommends
Neutral Outlook

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Amazing technology, poor management.

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    • Culture & Values
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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
    Neutral Outlook
  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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