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Kelly Steckelberg
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook


    Zoosk has a casual work environment typical of many tech companies. There have free snacks, and have catered dinners. You can bring your dog to the office if you have one. In the early days it was fun to be empowered to do projects while the company was growing. They have invested in a decent amount in the design of their new corporate offices on 6th & Market, even though I preferred working in their old downtown location.


    Management is terrible at this company, including the executive team. Although I have some respect for the former co-CEOs, they really didn't have any good ideas to grow the business past the initial stages other than to boost marketing spend using aggressive techniques such as spamming people in order to feign growth in user acquisition. At one point we were expected to make a social network for couples (who were already matched) and I spent countless hours developing this new website, sometimes to the tune of 60+ hours nonstop. Even though I voiced my opinion on this matter, they didn't listen. As I anticipated, this didn't take off and the company wasted an entire year's time as Tinder and other competing services took off. During my time at the company, Kelly Steckleberg (the current CEO) was the COO and CFO. It was clear that she didn't know anything about technology, dating sites, or innovation. She is simply a bean counter that the co-founders hired to put more discipline on the company's P&L. For some reason she wrestled more power away from other managers and is now the scarily enough the CEO. Never trust an over glorified accountant as a CEO, especially in technology...they don't understand innovation and the investment in money that needs to happen in order to grow the business. She is a terrible executive with no ideas of her own and I've seen her fire people for no reason and under extremely questionable circumstances. I'd love to see more Women as business leaders, especially in Tech, but not more of her - She's absolutely terrible as both an executive and a human. On their jobs page, Zoosk refers to their open positions as "careers with the company", but will the company even be around in 2 years? That sounds hardly like a career to me.

    Advice to Management

    Quit having your PR team make fake profiles on Glassdoor to boost your rating on this site. If that's what it takes to make it seem like you are competent and make it seem that your employees like working here, your company already has deeper issues than it does currently.

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