Lifesize Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Craig Malloy
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance is good with lots of flexibility when needed (in 8 reviews)

  • At least in my department, ample opportunity to work from home (hey, it's a video conferencing company, makes sense (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of communications has led to very high turnover and low morale (in 3 reviews)

  • I've never worked with a more egotistical group of people that are not willing to adapt to what customers or resellers need (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Good company with bright future but..

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lifesize full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance. CEO is focused on company growth.

    Cons

    Not enough transparency. Too many jaded old timers.


  2. Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Lifesize full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, motivated, fun people. Loved working there for 4 years. Actually love the open office setup they have now (though heard it was rough transition)

    Cons

    Layoffs are part of life there. No one trusts the management or the direction of the company. Everyone is just biding their time until the next layoff. Employees there genuinely like each other and have a lingering belief in the product and the power of video conferencing. Will be a tough road to success.

    Advice to Management

    Get your priorities straight and get back to building CULTURE at your company. Customers don't buy what, they don't buy how, they buy WHY. LifeSize lost the "Why" and I hope they get it back.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Not competent enough to compete in a SaaS industry

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Lifesize full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, where you can focus on making progress. Lifesize provides all employees in engineering with their own office which helps with the noise and confusion. Compensation is good which makes you feel a bit trapped.

    Cons

    Lifesize has a very flawed business operating model. Leadership is resistant to change or proper development practices, all the while pretending to compete in a modern SaaS marketplace by overworking all employees until exhaustion just to ship it. Bonuses are cut in half after promising 100% with no real explanation and a very dodgy presentation from the CEO on how awesome the company is doing. Logitech ditched Lifesize as fast as they could because we are sour looking on their books, and trying to sell a dated technology stack. There is arguing for the sake of arguing amongst groups and people rather than trying to work and find a common solution that everyone can be proud of.. and customers will buy. This company has maybe 4 years left in its viability and cannot pivot on changing business or market requirements. To further the issue A/B testing is non-existent, features are rammed down customers throats without any consideration on implementation requirements, planning, or utilization...

    Advice to Management

    Level the organization. Clear the MANY mid-level non-contributing managers who think they are awesome and re-org with a sense of purpose and collaborative goals.


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  5. Great Technology! Great people good company!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer, Test in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer, Test in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Lifesize

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    LifeSize takes VERY good care of its employees

    Cons

    Took a little bit of time to shift from an embedded platform to a cloud service (but that's understandable)

    Advice to Management

    Embrace good software development practices!


  6. Helpful (4)

    Boy, what missed opportunity as a company

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    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager

    I worked at Lifesize full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, at one time great culture

    Cons

    Terrible management, No corporate vision, no field support for front line soldiers, VERY short product line and commitment to customer support, HIGH turn over


  7. Support

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment great people

    Cons

    Fast changing environment 1.5 years without a review

    Advice to Management

    More attention bro reviews and promotions


  8. Helpful (1)

    Sales

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Lifesize

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The People. The people make Lifesize the great company that it is. Other pros are flexible work schedules, great work life balance, treats employees fairly, great opportunity to grow within the company, competitive salaries, great work environment, new and innovative technology, being an industry leader. Exciting new opportunities for this company!

    Cons

    The company has gone through a lot of recent change. Moving from focusing on products to becoming a SAAS company with a cloud service. These changes have meant that some great people were effected. Several roles were not needed in this new version of the company... The company did take care of everyone that were let go. Unfortunately the company just could not retain everyone through this change. Ultimately this is an exciting time for this company... but this is the major Con that comes from changing the companies direction.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing... we are building more momentum, this company will be successful... we just have to all be on the same page with the same goals. Its managements job to make sure we have the same goals and stay on the same page.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Lifesize IS changing and continues to be an innovator in the industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lifesize full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ok, so I've read through a lot of these reviews and here are the facts: 1) Lifesize is absolutely fantastic when it comes to flexibility in the workplace. It is a VC company after all so leaders at all levels are supportive when it comes to employee personal time needed. 2) Depending on what group you work in, work/life balance varies. I've seen in a lot of cases, working more than the avg 50 or so hours a week is self imposed. And when you do work beyond this, which will be the case in ANY company you work at, there will be times when you absolutely have to work more due to business needs. If you're interested in 9 to 5, then maybe tech life isn't for you. 3) Weekly Town Halls are in place to provide greater transparency on what is happening in the company. It doesn't cover everything but it's a great improvement from the past when the all hands were quarterly. 4) They offer a lot to employees in the form of perks: annual family picnics, family halloween party, super bowl party, free breakfast a couple times a week, philanthropic activities to support a variety of causes year round, happy hours, team lunches, and a pretty generous team allowance. 5) The leadership team is committed to driving positive change but this requires EVERYONE to adapt and be proactive to make change happen at all levels. If you can embrace change and help innovate, then Lifesize is for you. 6) There are a LOT of smart people here. There are a LOT of smart people who are no longer with the company. There are also people who were not committed or able to evolve with the demands of the business, and they are no longer with the company. It happens everywhere and it's hard for both the managers and the employees who left. 7) If you are proactive and resourceful, you can do almost anything you think is best for the business if you research it well, validate it with data, and measure the impact. If you want to wait to be told what to do, then you will likely not be a strong performer and that will be addressed. This also happens everywhere. 8) Coaching and training opportunities exist. You just have to ask for it! Some manager are more proactive here and offer but it's also your responsibility to step up if you want to. Everything is a two way street! 9) Internal mobility is highly encouraged. You also HAVE to be experienced or have the potential to do the job well but management is extremely supportive in giving their internal employees opportunities to be in new roles. Not everyone can and sometimes that leaves employees frustrated. 10) Lifesize is changing and requires in some cases skill sets that don't currently exist on the team. That is exciting! Doesn't everyone want to learn and grow in their role? If you want status quo, then tech and Lifesize is not for you. 11) Everything is data driven and becoming increasingly important. If you are not, then you might not be comfortable here. 12) The people. The people are a really great bunch and are a TON of fun to work with. 13) Partnership among teams is getting stronger - almost everyone wants to help you succeed. Overall, not everyone is best fit for change and learning new skills. The ones who are do really well.

    Cons

    The company changed a lot recently and launched a brand new VaaS less than a year ago. Because of this growth and change, some foundations need attention such as: 1) Teams need more process so everyone can work more efficiently. 2) Silos do exist but this is changing and teams are becoming more collaborative. 3) Politics exist but politics exist at any company. You just have to objective, open in communication, and put yourself in the other person's shoes. Sometimes, all you need to do is listen, step outside of your box, and politics breaks down pretty quickly I've found. 4) Employee engagement hasn't been a top priority in the past but it is becoming an increased focus. It's just been slower to come to life. 5) Communication could be improved. This goes hand in hand with breaking down silos, fostering a collaborative culture, and just being proactive in sharing. You don't need a leader to do this for you although you do need leadership support to help streamline company wide communications efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee engagement and management training at all levels.


  10. Lifesize is a great company with fantastic products.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lifesize

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lifesize has many valuable assets in many categories but the best qualities of the company are its people and products.

    Cons

    There is not much to say that is a con about the company. I would recommend the company to others.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you have been doing delivering great products that customers want to buy at a price that is affordable.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Hubris - Excessive Pride or Arrogance

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lifesize full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The people at Lifesize, sans the executive staff, are talented and compassionate about what they do.

    Cons

    This 350 person company is run solely by one man. Everyone else just tries to execute his out-of-reality ideas, and when they fail, they find themselves on the next list of people to be whacked.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick to it. Listen to your employees and your customers.



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