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Shopzilla Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
19 Reviews
3.0
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Shopzilla President William G. (Bill) Glass
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great perks, especially the free lunch, free drinks and good parties (in 33 reviews)

  • Casual dress code, free lunch & snacks (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • In 10 years they've gone through three significant rounds of layoffs (in 4 reviews)

  • The business model suffers a conflict of interest: clickthru rates (money) vs quality search results for the consumer (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great perks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Management works hard to promote a sense of community, free lunch every day and numerous other events and perks to keep people happy and engaged. Office atmosphere is polite and friendly, easy to get help and advice from others.

    Cons

    Industry as a whole is struggling, multiple rounds of layoffs in the last few years as the company struggles with slowing revenue and changes in overall strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate clearly the challenges the company is facing; don't sugar coat anything. People appreciate being told the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free food
    Holiday Party
    Location
    Management is top notch
    Good salary

    Cons

    Somewhat of a boys club in the senior team
    Hard to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoy your time there while it lasts.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Content Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Content Producer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, catered lunch every day, generally good coworkers. Good events. There is a break room with a ping pong table that can be good for relieving stress as well as several rooms with comfy chairs.

    Cons

    Promotions difficult to come by. Layoffs 3 times last year. Little interdepartmental communication and few training opportunities. Many digital tools used are proprietary and so after leaving the company this experience can prove to mean very little.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the little guys have more than a glimpse of what's going on with the company overall.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shopzilla full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great with the exception of a couple. Really relaxed environment. The leadership isn't afraid to try new things. Game room is cool.

    Cons

    The company has gone through a lot of changes recently to evolve with the ever changing landscape that is eCommerce. This has also resulted in a lot of initiatives getting cut as well as people getting laid off. The company is in a flux period which can be great, but is also a little unsettling.

    It's a little more political than I would expect from a company of this size.

    Cubicles and offices. It seems like everyone who is a director or higher has their own office. Unfortunately, all the offices take up the exterior of the office space, so it becomes very dark and reliant on artificial lighting. I wish the office space was more open, and the offices were replaced with conference rooms or other public use rooms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become better at identifying your GOOD employees. Consult them more often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ok work culture with typical perks of a tech company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time

    Pros

    There are free lunches daily and you get to work with smart people. There are also some company events throughout the year.

    Cons

    Mostly men in leadership roles. This can provide a challenge. There isn't much of a work life balance.

  7.  

    A Comfortable Place to Work if You Don't Mind Standing Still in Your Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Shopzilla full-time

    Pros

    There are free lunches and frequent team building events including an annual one-day outing for the company and a three-hour early release on Fridays in the summer. Most groups have flexible work hours that fit around the personal needs of the workers. Benefits are good including low cost health care.

    Cons

    The best positions are given to new employees who don't stay long. A job here is better for someone early in their career as a stepping stone to something more challenging. Groups with long term projects reward their members much more highly than groups with many short term tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more responsibility and allow workers to take on more responsibilities, learn new skills, and advance.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Let's be clear, this is what private equity companies do

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shopzilla

    Pros

    Great employees whom work hard to achieve their goals

    Cons

    Poor exec decisions
    Behind the eight ball on innovation
    Favoritism from Execs for chosen employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent with employees about plans for the company. With Symphony in place as a new parent company the goal is to drive down cost and ramp profits quickly so this company can be flipped. It's not about the employees or being a great place to work, it's about Symphony and the executive team cashing out.

  9.  

    Pay attention

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Shopzilla (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great core group, of the workers who actually care aka the workers and line managers not the executive team.
    Social Responsibility they give back to the community
    Great Parties
    They provide a lunch time variety of lunch specials both hot, cold, and grab it and go and yes it is free as long as you sit at your desk like a worker bee. (nothing is really free, right?)
    The other freebie's like fruit, water, soda's and coffee, and it is Starbucks is cool, and the best option really.

    Cons

    Passive Aggressive culture
    Leaders don't engage you they talk at you, they are a group of bulldozers and they all fight to be hero's.
    There is absolutely no collaboration, at all caution to anyone who thinks they could come in at a leadership role and actually win/win.
    Leaders plot and sabotage each other and talk badly behind one another everyone would have knifes sticking out their back like a funny Tim Burton animation movie or better yet beetle juice!
    I'm still not sure what the purpose or the direction of the company is since the take over in July 2011? Is it to annoy the B2C shoppers with more pop up windows; so you click them away thinking they will magically disappear? Nope they come back like a bad habit, the more you click the more they make for being an agitator of your time and the tracing of your cookies, to the put they know everything about your spending habits and then some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about your end goal and really be open and honest for a change, embrace your values on your web site. Remember leaders actions speaks volumes to your words which have time and time again given or equal to empty promises. Plus, if your goal is to sell say it and make sure people really know why they are coding for hours and hours on a project like a journeyman with a nail and hammer, what are "you" building the same architecture over and over the same legacy code. I wish you well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Definitely gone through some changes...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Acquisition Area in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consumer Acquisition Area in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Overall great culture because of the people.

    Cons

    Lost some great leadership over the years after Scripps acquisition, and not as much of a "fun" place. "Old boys school" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more pride in the valuable people assets you have or could have, rather than stick to the old schoolers just for the sake of keeping them around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great job after college however retention of talent is tough at Shopzilla

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - When I was working there we had a great flat culture
    - Great work environment

    Cons

    - Notoriously low pay
    - Depending on the department, not a ton of room to move around

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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