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Lookout Reviews

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place, great coworkers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Lookout has done an excellent job in hiring very talented engineers. No matter who you are or where you've worked, you'll learn something new every day from your coworkers. The perks are good (frittata mondays, waffle wednesdays, 4 beer taps), and the office is nice, but Lookout has it where it counts; the people.

    Cons

    The leadership on some teams has been lacking or non-existent in the past, and the transition out of start-up-hood has been a little painful for them. The new CEO is doing a good job helping with this transition, but it's still a transition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the path you're on, you're doing a great job moving the company forward, and it's recognized. Just be very careful about the management you hire; they'll make or break this phase of the company.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Cool place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart People
    Interesting product that is actually helping people and soon to help business.
    Free snacks and drinks - Waffle Wednesday - Fritata Mondays
    New CEO
    Beautiful office space in downtown San Francisco

    Cons

    Commute
    Nothing else really that comes to mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward - you guys are doing a great job so far. You should do even more with the new CEO onboard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company doing interesting things!

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

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

    Pros

    The company is extremely transparent and its easy to see how what you're working on has an impact both to the company and to the world.

    Cons

    Processes and standards aren't very unified across teams. Its harder than you'd expect to switch teams and contribute somewhere else.

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    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people, fast pace environment, good life/work balance, great location in the city

    Cons

    Commute for those who don't live in the city; hard to get promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people on the floor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very smart people, great work enviroment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Lookout as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    very interesting people, great office, interesting products

    Cons

    the management was inconsistent, employess sometimes lacked productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consistency in product director

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, great space, super smart

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lookout full-time

    Pros

    People are ridiculously smart
    People are very nice
    Office space is beautiful
    Great level of transparency and communication
    Great chance to work in leading industry (mobile and security)
    Waffle Wednesday

    Cons

    crowded market place for the product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus the direction of the company - lots of opportunities but let's place our bet and push - maybe even take some interesting, thoughtful, risks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ambitious, Smart, and Warmhearted Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lookout full-time

    Pros

    Lookout employs some of the smartest folks and puts them to work on very large challenges. The team is aggressive but also very collaborative and friendly at the same time. the culture is very open as the CEO hosts an all hands every Friday and offers very detailed insight into the company that I've never seen before at any other company.

    Cons

    As with any company at this stage, Lookout is navigating the waters of scaling its products and organizations through an inflection period. While it can produce some of the usual symptoms, this team is likely more suited to the task than many of their counterparts in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not sure - keep doing what you're doing and stay focused.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lookout as an intern

    Pros

    • Amazing company culture
    • Waffle Wednesday
    • Fun and energetic environment
    • Integrates new employees and interns like family
    • Amazing downtown s.f office

    Cons

    • Lots of coding nerds

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    • keep doing what your doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    The company of the post-pc era

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Work with talented engineers.

    - Work in an agile environment (Kanban).

    - Quality is at the core of what we do: dedicated QAs for each team, code review required before submitting code (and it must be tested).

    - If something goes wrong, you will be heard. Management is very proactive. Also, HR is very worried about the happiness of their employees.

    - Good leadership across the company. Good vision of where we are headed.

    - The open culture and transparency. Everything you should know about the company is in the Wiki, and every Friday there is a company all-hands where the execs share their vision of the future.

    - Kitchen full of snacks, drinks. Also don't miss, frittatas on monday and waffles on wednesday :)

    Cons

    Nothing. Oh, may be you should work out while you're there given all the sweets that you might end up eating (did I mention every new employee gets to share a couple of cupcakes or cookies, courtesy of Lookout, on his first day to get to know his/her coworkers?) But that sounds good, you will get a refund on part of your gym membership!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging and interesting problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Lookout full-time

    Pros

    Smart team members, interesting problems, growing company. Backend has a lot of valuable data to work with, and there's a lot of flexibility in how problems are approached. Write code, it'll hit production fast.

    Cons

    Growing pains re: scaling; deadlines are tight. Starting to hit barriers where legacy code and decisions made when the company was first starting are getting in the way of moving towards future development. It should be possible to work around this anyway, but how the company handles this in the near-term will determine the medium and long term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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