Mission: Make smartphones and tablets secure & trustworthy for individuals and organizations
I have been working at Lookout full-time (More than a year)
Fast-paced, grown up start up with fabulous, smart, funny folks! Good work/life balance. Good perks, good office, nice vibe. Really, really good people. Commitment to philanthropy, giving back, community awareness, etc. Great opportunities for those who demonstrate leadership, commitment and hard work. Exciting industry to be a part of right now.
Some teams a bit "neglected" at times. In the process of fine tuning the different layers of management, which should help a bunch. It's still a start up so there is always something extra that needs to be done... definitely a pitch in, all hands on deck mentality works best here.
Advice to Management
Communicate more and better. Bring back shout outs at All Hands. Don't neglect the global aspect of the company. Focus on internal comms now while establishing worldwide presence. It will only be tougher the longer you wait.
I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Lookout (San Francisco, CA).
They are moving fast. The recruiter was very friendly and efficient. There were one phone interview, then onsite interview. I have been to many onsite interviews, but I felt very bad about Lookout's onsite interview arrangement. The onsite interview has 4~5 rounds cross the lunch time, each round has two people. First round I interviewed with two people from iOS dev team. One people asked me an algorithm question needed to use recursive. Since I have out of school for a long time, I only know what real work automation programming needs to use, I couldn't answer this type of question anymore. This type of question is for new grad. But this job title is "Senior Software Quality Engineer". Also the productivity of experienced engineer is 10 times more than a new grad. After a while, I asked them to ask another question instead. But they only prepared one question, mainly a young guy, he didn't prepare anything else. Then there was next round, two QA engineers, asked test cases, it went well. After that, it's lunch time, but the recruiter came in and said that the following interview would be cut, no lunch ($8-$9). It's kind of disgusting, this type of thing will make interviewers feel bad, and may damage Lookout's reputation on recruiting Engineers. When I think again, it may be because each round two people are a lot of resource, but I think that each round only one person asks questions, why they need two people in the interview at the same time. Even there are 8~10 interviewers, but only one person is allowed to ask coding questions. I feel that his question is not practical at all. But no one else is allowed to ask practical automation coding questions to balance that out. I feel that their programming questions are more favor new grad and junior engineers, but I don't think you want to hire all new grad and junior engineers in the team.
If you missed the talk at DEF CON, BloombergBusiness has a great story on how we hacked a Tesla: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIT27
"I really want to thank you guys. You're making the product better, safer." – JB Straubel, Tesla co-founder, on stage at DEF CON 23 with Lookout CTO and co-founder, Kevin Mahaffey, and Marc Rogers. Missing Vegas this week? Check out the Tesla hack research on Lookout's blog: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIT2s