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Lookout Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
18 Reviews
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18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place, great coworkers

    • 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 a 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    No career advancement in place and they just play with your career

    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    * nice coworkers
    * nice office

    Cons

    * they don't really have plans for career advancements, they play with your career and make you made a decision. for a company this size they really need to get their act together, and this is not only the HR to blame but the Engineering, PM and the companies' leadership.
    * compensations are ok
    * promotion are far and in between and you have to beg for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people but struggling with growth and leadership

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

    I worked at Lookout full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some very smart and friendly co-workers
    Good long term vision and market

    Cons

    Poor growth opportunities
    Middle management stretched thin and not attending to employee career goals
    Very slow velocity due to obsessive and arbitrary reviews
    Revolving priorities
    Poor salary for upper positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some professional managers to care for your staff career growth. Take a chance on your staff for internal growth. In a booming market people won't stay because of a vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Going from great to reasonably good.

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lookout offers very competitive salaries. Given their budget constraints, the office and IT staff really take good care of the engineers with up-to-date laptops, good screens, and good AV tools. The physical space is pretty nice as well. The benefits are well above average including very generous stipends for mobile phones and gym memberships.

    Cons

    The company is loth to promote from within. It's also changing from an engineering-first company to a sales-first company. Turnover is pretty high, and decision making is slow. It's hard to make a difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and respect the talent within the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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 a 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
  7.  

    Great company doing interesting things!

    • 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 a 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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 a 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
  9.  

    Very smart people, great work enviroment

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

    I worked at Lookout as an intern (less than a 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Ambitious, Smart, and Warmhearted Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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