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Lifesize Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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Craig Malloy
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  • Whenever these issues were brought to their attention with suggestions on improvements that could be made, upper management becomes confrontational (in 5 reviews)

  • Not enough opportunities for career growth for top performers, which is eventually why I left (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good People"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lifesize full-time

    Pros

    Good teamwork, management makes effort, products and services are good

    Cons

    some policies with customers aren't clear as who is responsible for video conferencing issues related to customers network


  2. "Company with lots of promise"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very transparent about financials, growth, etc.
    - Fun company culture and a cool product.
    - Making lots of the right changes, but still a long way to go when I left.
    - SaaS is a fun space to work in, but not for everyone. Need to love fast-paced and not be scared about putting in hours.
    - Generous PTO policy and salary.
    - Analytical approach to business is highly appreciated.
    - CEO is a good visionary.
    - Lots of smart/fun people work there.

    Cons

    - Video conferencing is becoming a commodity, the product is expensive, and most people don't like being on video, which makes it a tough sell.
    - Several poor hires in upper management made me question the company direction.
    - There were several instances where promises were made regarding compensation that were later broken.
    - Not enough opportunities for career growth for top performers, which is eventually why I left. I had several bosses during my tenure and only my first one asked about my career aspirations at Lifesize.
    - Product needed a lot of work to be a truly upper-echelon performer in the space.
    - Fairly high turnover. A lot of that was due to shedding the legacy business and under-performers, so not always a bad thing, but there were certainly some great folks lost in the shuffle.

    Advice to Management

    On the right path, but upper management needs to be reviewed more closely. Create more opportunities for your high performers to retain them.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Tight-knit workforce with a solid product"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lifesize full-time

    Pros

    -Fun product, fun brand. It's amazing being part of a company that has such an essential tool to workplace connectivity.

    -Free Time Off - employees are graded on merit, not amount of time in the office. If you're hitting your numbers, no one questions your schedule.

    -Transparent E-staff - CEO is from an engineering background, so his updates to the company are transparent, intelligent and the opposite of "fluffy". This resonates positively in our town hall meetings. The rest of the E-staff is accessible, available and generally well plugged into the organization.

    -Autonomy for manager level and up - if they hire you, they trust you to build your strategies and see them through. In my department, I've found extreme autonomy and empowerment. After all, my KPIs are my KPIs.

    -Breakfast tacos every Monday and Wednesday

    Cons

    -Product could improve in its UX, but the product team is working hard on that.

    -Recruiting process was a bit lacking in communication. It took a long time to respond to emails, get questions answered about my contract, etc.

    -Onboarding process was flimsy. It was a 15 minute chat and no follow up. HR could do a bit more to expose new hires to company culture as they join the company.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Make your schedule or you're fired"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice facility. Decent salaries. Covered parking. Offices not cubes

    Cons

    Tremendous pressure to meet milestones but little help from my manager. All he cared about was making the milestones that he committed to his management regardless of difficulties encountered along the way.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up it's not a startup any more.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unstable company"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lifesize (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Product startup culture
    Fast paced environment

    Cons

    Seems unstable all the time

    Advice to Management

    Think about how you differentiate the product in the long term.


  7. "A Great Company to Work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good pay.
    - Less formal, less bureaucratic, and lightweight process
    - Friendly co-workers
    - Engineers get own-offices with doors
    - Free coffee, snacks, fruits, and beverages
    - Regular communication from management

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep this enjoyable work environment going.


  8. "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lifesize full-time

    Pros

    Great industry to be in. SaaS and embedded. Salary is above avg. But that's it as far as compensation. People are great. Breakfast tacos two days a week. 401K matching etc.

    Cons

    Bonus is hard to come by because its a private company. So basic salary is all you get. Very little space for promotion because its a small company so someone has to leave for you to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Get some people with actual SaaS experience. Trying to do new things with the same old management is impossible.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Hanging in there"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lifesize full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many wonderful people to work with. Generally a good work-life balance. Great technology and a great product. Empowered employees.

    Cons

    Culturally, something seems to be off-kilter at the very top. And that is putting it mildly.

    Advice to Management

    Great culture and an environment of respect, and happiness are not things to be preached and indoctrinated; they ought to be modelled. ...and that will not be successful unless it originates and is modelled at the very top. It is time to re-center and re-focus on the things that matter most (and hopefully "people" are what came to mind).


  10. "Needs to change with the times...adapt to post start up life"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Many nice people mixed into the company, many long time employees.

    Cons

    Many still wanted to maintain startup culture but the company was too large and heavy to work efficiently at that level. Heavy in non revenue producing roles.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce excess number of administrative/non revenue producing roles.


  11. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company and top management

    Cons

    Management always sided with long timer without considering all facts of current situation. Work/Life balance was non-existent



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