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Shopzilla Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.0 81 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

Shopzilla President William G. (Bill) Glass

William G. (Bill) Glass

(49 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free lunch, lots of company sponsored events(in 32 reviews)

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


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

  • Look carefully at your directors and the project managers(in 6 reviews)

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    Enjoy your time there while it lasts.

    Content Producer (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great People

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementBecome better at identifying your GOOD employees. Consult them more often.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Ok work culture with typical perks of a tech company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementShare more responsibility and allow workers to take on more responsibilities, learn new skills, and advance.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat employees whom work hard to achieve their goals

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe 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.

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    Pay attention

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsPassive 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 Senior ManagementThink 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Definitely gone through some changes...

    Consumer Acquisition Area (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsOverall great culture because of the people.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Associate Manager (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Shopzilla provides a fun place to work but the ratio of QA to dev is unbalanced which makes the QA workload very high.

    QA Engineer (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    Pros*Learn the latest industry trends for QA
    *Learn many new QA technologies and frameworks
    *Fun place to work at times

    Cons*Industry trends implemented are not proven technologies
    *Each team does non-standard QA practices (makes the ramp up time for transitioning from team to team very high)
    *High turnover of employees
    *If you do not have a dev background and don't want to program do not work here
    *Expect QA to be heavy on automation
    *Expect QA to be heavy on development skills (isn't that dev's job?)
    *Very high workload - (8 hour days are unheard of)
    *Food is catered in - (industry trick to get you to take shorter lunches and increase productivity)

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease standardize the QA across teams so there is one unified way of performing QA. QA productivity would be higher if you separated QA Engineers from QA Automation Engineers. There is just not enough time for a good QA leader to learn years of dev knowledge if the workload and pressure is high.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    it's not too bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    Prosfree food and snacks, casual dress code, fun events

    Consstuck- up management, no communication.

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep your employees happy. you couldn't do this without us.

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