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Lytro Reviews

Updated March 11, 2017
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  1. "Pushing the envelope"

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

    I worked at Lytro (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Genuinely new technology and a chance to shape the future of imaging. Not many places where you get to actually be hands on with sophisticated hardware.

    Cons

    Making the entire platform work requires all the teams to be sucessful. Some times it seems like certain teams aren't getting it done.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused, make sure not to hedge the bets too much. The product is good, the tech is good, don't spread the team too thin.


  2. "not so hot"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice tech and nice people

    Cons

    bad management, lots of internal back stabbing, long hours with not much recognition afterwards

    Advice to Management

    wake up


  3. "Interesting technology led by an apathetic executive team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great talent. Fun products. Relatively laid-back environment

    Cons

    Too much apathy at the top. The executive team is completely disconnected from the work, the product and the employees. If you are looking for a 9-to-5 job and don't mind the commute, this could be a good place for you. If you care about your career, this is definitely not the place to be. Stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Power isn't about the authority you have. Power is about your ability to get things done. It is tempting to revel in the power you think you have but, if you continue looking down on your employees, you are only undermining the foundations of your power. Middle-age style management in this day and age and in this Valley? What are you thinking? Please! get over yourselves!


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  5. "Groundbreaking tech & smart teams"

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

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

    Pros

    - opportunity for every team member to make a big impact - no small roles
    - technology is truly groundbreaking and there's big opportunity to transform industries leveraging our IP
    - strong leadership with proven track record
    - teams work well together

    Cons

    not having a crystal bar to see what the 2+ year future will look like

    Advice to Management

    continue to be transparent with employees and to provide career growth opportunities within the company.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Don't Trust Them"

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

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, good pay, flexible hours, and decent benefits, but not much else.

    Cons

    Too much work for too few people. Top management is more concerned with their investors than their employees. Top management has a habit of lying to their employees and prospective employees to keep you in the dark about the true reality of their business, so you'll keep working. Working at Lytro destroyed my life. Literally.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees. How many lives have you ruined besides mine? We are not irrelevant parts you can simply replace.


  7. "I like Lytro a lot"

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

    Pros

    Smart people, innovative products, and good work life balance. As someone who is interested in photography I really enjoy working at Lytro. Coworkers are nice and senior management is accessible. CEO is present, involved daily, and supportive. Lots of perqs like yoga classes, free lunch/ drinks/ snacks, and a relaxed but focussed work environment.

    Cons

    Fairly early stage so not a huge list of customers yet but exciting to be part of inventing new things that have never been done before. To be expected at a start-up.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being agile and innovative while focussing on taking care of employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Was a great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lytro full-time

    Pros

    •They care about their employees
    •The pay is competitive

    Cons

    •The benefits are so/so.
    •While I know it's a start up, the twists and turns in priorities, direction can be difficult to reconcile

    Advice to Management

    Leave somethings on the table, you simply can't do them all.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "A MTS View"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lytro (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Engineering team
    Amazing to work cross functionally with firmware, hardware, desktop, mobile, qa, web engineering

    Cons

    Lack of direction and slow execution
    Moved away from consumer products


  10. "Very interesting place to work"

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

    I worked at Lytro full-time

    Pros

    I think the work climate is great, and the people are wonderful. There aren't any roadblocks in career development and a lot of support if you want to advance. Contrary to some posts, the work hours aren't that terrible at all. If you want to work a 35 hour week, join HP or IBM.

    The fact that direction gets adjusted from time to time only shows that you're working for a still relatively small startup. It's better to change direction than to go under!

    Cons

    Too much stuff to do with too few people. This leads to the frequent adjustments.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Smart people, cool technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    smart people, really cool technology, free and mostly good food, flexibility on work hours, vacation

    Cons

    experimenting with prototypes, but will be awhile before we get to revenue



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