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Lifesize Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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Craig Malloy
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Pros
  • Good work / life balance and culture that values family (in 19 reviews)

  • Great work environment great people (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Gobbling up market share & having fun doing it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lifesize full-time

    Pros

    •Fun culture fueled by good people, not forced activities, kegs, ping pong, trivia (although we have those things). Real culture starts with people, not just having a fun office.
    •CEO is an intelligent guy with an engineering background, not a typical showboat CEO. That lends itself to an honest experience in Town Hall Meetings and company updates.
    •Marketing & sales are snatching up market share like nobody's business. Good things are on the horizon.
    •Good, fun product that truly enhances organizational communication.

    Cons

    •More investments need to be made in the product itself, expanded functionality.
    •Town Hall Meetings happen too frequently (although I bet this is better than not happening enough), and can sometimes take a negative tone.
    •The company is very segmented by department/floor - the people on the 2nd and 3rd floors don't really interact with the people on the 4th floor. We could do a much better job of just plain knowing each other at Lifesize.

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking us up. Be agile, make decisions in a timely fashion and good things will continue to happen.


  2. "Don't Pass This Up / Career Opportunity or Technology Opportunity"

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    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Exciting technology that anyone can understand the value of
    - Product poised for greatness
    - Flexible work environment
    - Cool perks like breakfast / good snacks
    - Good work / life balance and culture that values family
    - Fun culture without being overly alcoholic or forced

    Cons

    - Questionable hires (tend to filter out quickly though)
    - HR is behind the times. Needs to modernize.
    - Engineering / Sales / Marketing seem favored over other groups

  3. "HR Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Lifesize part-time

    Pros

    It was a great place to learn about HR and has a great culture.

    Cons

    I was only there for a short time because it was an internship so I don't have any cons.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Technology and Culture Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company has good technological intentions, the culture is friendly and progressive.

    Cons

    Management continuously makes decisions that adversely effect the companies customers and its employees.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good but not Great."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The product is awesome, just needs vision in terms of where to go. The people are so much fun but it can be clique-ish at times. Unlimited PTO is good. Pay is about average for Austin. Work-life balance is respected greatly.

    Cons

    Stability. From layoffs and people voluntarily leaving to bonus re-structuring, this company is very unstable. They still haven't figured out how to be on their own or where they should go and restructure every 2 or 3 quarters in response to that.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to one thing and see it through. Don't take your employees for granted.


  6. "Good People"

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    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


  7. Helpful (7)

    "No future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lifesize full-time

    Pros

    - Perks: The company has great perks. Very generous PTO, great health insurance and good dental vision.
    - Work/Life Balance: Most people leave the office at a very normal hour and you aren't expected to work until 8/9 pm.
    - WFH: Depending on your boss, most people are allowed to WFH regularly which is a nice benefit (and good cause it helps you test out our product regularly)
    - People: Most of the people are good to work with. Some teams are more cohesive and collaborative than others though

    Cons

    - Management: The team is lost on what to do with the company. From lack of clear strategy to constant change in management, there is a lot of chaos and no direction
    - Competition: With companies like Zoom, BlueJeans, Google, Skype and Slack all moving into the space, there is no hope for the cloud/app side. The hardware seems to be the main focus now
    - Innovation: There is no innovation. Just constantly catching up to the competitors that are years ahead
    - Constant layoffs: The company has had multiple rounds of large-scale layoffs over the years and teams are constantly reshuffled. There is little stability in who you work with sometimes.
    - Mentorship: There is none at the company. If you are looking to learn and grow, don't go to Lifesize

    Advice to Management

    Figure out your strategy before it's too late

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Company with lots of promise"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "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.


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