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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zoosk full-time (less than an year)


    Dogs are nice, I wish more companies (and their building managers) would do it.
    Most reviewer complain about the dinners, but I routinely stayed late and got them, and it was probably the most social interaction a lot of people got all day.
    Culture was actually pretty cool, a lot of the rank-and-file folk are regular people just trying to pay for the families.


    I was fired a few years back , during the co-CEO days. While I'm a well paid iOS developer with many years of experience, even still I should have known the money was too good to be true (not outrageous, but definitely a level I would not have expected). Now I wouldn't really care; I got rehired in a week, but my friend who was working here just recently got fired as well.

    My story is I worked in two roles for about 5 months. After completing my deliverable for that sprint, I was fired the following Friday, what was so odd about it was my manager (technical guy, who actually did the 1-on-1s) was pretty amazed at my ability (I showed off a lot of cool techniques I had learned in my spare time). Turns out I had offended the senior manager 'dude' when I failed to answer his pedantic questions about my code satisfactorily, and I was being let go immediately.

    Additionally, recent college graduates should be particularly worried, they regularly fire about half the team when your "intro" project is done. While I noticed people were fired regularly (typically 1-2 per month), I didn't know there technical chops personally, so I reasoned they could actually be incompetent. However a friend I made while working there got the ax recently too, so yea, definitely look elsewhere if you've got the opportunity.

    Also current employees are greatly encourages to post a review, so take all these positive ones with a tremendous grain of salt.

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    Glad to hear the co-CEOs thing is gone, that was very dangerous to the design (the designers of course, not you).
    Certain managers need to go, they were promoted for their loyalty, and not competence or leadership ability.
    Disagreement should not be meted with termination; disagreement produces a better product, because you have to justify your assertions logically.

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