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Living Proof Reviews

Updated March 14, 2017
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  1. "lab assistant"

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good working environment, good culture

    Cons

    it's a kind of push


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome in early days"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Living Proof full-time

    Pros

    Start up environment where you get to wear many hats and have exposure to all areas of the business. People (in early years) were great, hardworking and focused. Everyone was 100% in on LP and culture didn't have to be talked about because everyone was contributing to it. Opportunity to be part of something cool. Biggest pros were exposure to cool board members, including Dr. Robert Langer and ability to have input on a lot of decision that affected the culture and the company.

    Cons

    Shifts in leadership (CEOs) over years have dramatically changed the focus, the culture and how people are rewarded. Science is no longer the backbone of the company (as the marketing likes to make us believe) and it has turned into an advertising and profit focused entity that cares less about creating products that are truly unique and disruptive versus products that are good but only continue to leverage existing technology and provide nothing really new except more marketing campaigns and over-priced packaging. The company has lost its way and while successful is not true to it's origins.
    In addition, over the years, senior leadership has been shockingly heavy given the size of the company and most alarmingly big-company focused with process, communication and decision making.
    Last, the lack of good intentions and strategy around people, org and culture decisions have and will continue to impact engagement levels from the most critical people.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people and let them have a voice in the future of this company! Authentically reward and recognize all areas of the business, not just the internal marketing machine. Engagement isn't driven by compensation decisions so consider how else you can retain and develop your people.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "position review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    it's a fun environment to work. Benefits are good and the management is not bad

    Cons

    it can get very stressful as you need to work against aggressive deadlines.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Living Proof"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Amazing products. They are very particular about who is hired - everyone is extremely intelligent and adds value. There are a lot of social events.

    Cons

    True start-up environment. Everything is very manual. There is an expectation to work late. Things are constantly changing.

    Advice to Management

    Need better employee appreciation. Sales and Marketing get more attention and "thanks" than other groups.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Living Proof full-time

    Pros

    For someone from a science/engineering background, this is an exciting and dynamic place to work. Researchers are given a lot of freedom and autonomy; you will feel like you have a voice. Employees are recognized and rewarded for achievements.

    Cons

    Considering how small the company is, the organization feels very hierarchical. It sometimes felt like big decisions get handed down from the top, and the little guys at the bottom are given minimal information about big changes.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A unique start-up with a great culture and strong growth prospects"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Living Proof full-time

    Pros

    Living Proof is a biotech/beauty hybrid which brings the best attributes from both industries. The employees are respected and there is a strong focus on creating a fun workplace that drives collaboration and innovation. Given the growth trajectory of the company, there are frequently events that recognize individual and team accomplishments, this dynamic fosters a very positive working environment. The team is extremely diverse and talented, there is much to learn from your co-workers who come from many different walks of life. Work/Life balance varies by department, but there is generally a fair amount of flexibility especially for those with children.

    Cons

    Like many start-ups, there is not a defined career path and development opportunities are limited. Salary for middle management is not competitive with the biotech industry although this is typically supplemented with a generous stock option package.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for the experience and keep up the great work!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "researcher"

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

    I worked at Living Proof full-time

    Pros

    good opportunity to take on many roles

    Cons

    start-up environment, hours are more demanding

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Marketing does not know how to "market" their product."

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    Former Employee - Everything A "Start Up" Should NOT Be! in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Everything A "Start Up" Should NOT Be! in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The products are great and really work.

    Cons

    The marketing team does not seem to know what they are doing not only in terms of new product development and brand management, but also in terms of professional development. They hire and fire employees on a whim and they also do the same with their agency partners, treating them like service-people and not the marketing and branding experts they are. The brand manager has zero management experience, which doesn't work out to well when they are managing someone, the CMO doesn't care about professional development of their employees, nor knows much about the products themselves or the competitive landscape, and the people are just not nice, not a good working environment and very unprofessional people all around. I've never encountered a situaition in which the people are so unkind and just downright weird, but at Living Proof that's what you get!

    Advice to Management

    BRAND BRAND BRAND, oh and invest in actually training your employees and taking an interest in their professional development, especailly the managers. Start-up's are supposed to be fast paced, but by not taking the time to really train your employees you are wasting their time and yours. You will never find the "perfect" person if you don't take the time to train them and let them learn and as a result you will never be the big brand you want to be. The big brands do take the time to do this - and as a result they are sucessful and their employees thrive.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Values employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Living Proof full-time

    Pros

    Employee recognition
    Family oriented
    Easy to talk to anyone in the company
    Great leadership

    Cons

    Since it is a small company, positions require a larger amount of work


  10. "Great start-up with amazing products"

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

    I worked at Living Proof full-time

    Pros

    - Decent pay with decent benefits package
    - Location was great; right in the middle of the life sciences industry
    - Great, collegial atmosphere with a great team of managers and a great, energetic CEO
    - Science is very interesting
    - Really empower employees; if you have an idea, then they really let you go after it

    Cons

    - Can be hectic at times, but that's expected when working at a start-up