Zillow Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff
Spencer Rascoff
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Pros
  • The work life balance is very good for a company that is growing this fast (in 15 reviews)

  • Need I say free food and drinks (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • You're working in a call center - talking to real estate agents, having the same conversation ALL DAY LONG (in 10 reviews)

  • Call time is good metric but there better metrics to drive business forward (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    OC Development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zillow full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The development teams in Orange County solve interesting technical problems, use the latest technology and get to work in a relaxed-ish environment. The people are fantastic and the number one reason to work here. You'll get to work together, share ideas and learn while contributing to software used by millions.

    Cons

    There aren't any huge downsides. There will be less than amazing projects but that happens everywhere. The benefits could be better in some areas but they're still good.


  2. Helpful (11)

    Hard work pays. Daily grind. Repetitive. Competitive.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Zillow full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to make a lot of money is there you just need to be good at seeking it out, being consistent, not letting "no" discourage you and really believing in the product. The job itself is the best sales opportunity I've ever had because of the product, brand recognition and culture. Im about to hit my two year mark as a sales consultant and I am very proud that I've been able to reach the stretch goals/quotas every month. Zillow pushes you to succeed and if you believe you can, you will. I've really enjoyed the challenge.

    Cons

    My biggest complaint would probably be regarding the expectation to bring 100% energy everyday or hit a certain number of phone calls or minutes everyday. Being on your "A" game everyday isn't really possible in my eyes. Some days I would prefer to work "on" my business rather than "in" it. With the daily eye on my activity I feel guilty taking breaks to recharge my batteries. Some days I may be really productive taking care of emails, finding new reports to be more effective and researching how to do my job better and those types of things aren't applauded because they aren't recorded in the sales dashboard. To sum it up, I think recognition from management could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    I'm a pretty happy employee! :)


  3. Awesome place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Zillow full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice work/ life balance. everybody here is so talented and friendly. Great place to work

    Cons

    everything is good since I got here


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great benefits and work/life balance -Both teamwork and individual contributions are highly valued -Wonderful management -Frequent opportunities to expand your skills and range -Perks like free snacks, standing desks (they move up and down at the touch of a button), gym reimbursement etc. - Zillow invests in keeping their people happy -Data meritocracy - best idea with best data wins; minimal politicking compared to anywhere else I've worked -Good advancement opportunities

    Cons

    -Not a lot of effective communication between different teams

    Advice to Management

    Remember that communication is key - transparency has long been a Z principle; please keep it that way. Communication between sales and other teams could be stronger, as could communication on some of the recent policy changes (Workday etc.). Site changes could also be communicated to support teams better/faster. In general: keep doing what you're doing. Spencer is a fantastic leader, and I trust our executives to take us in the right direction. Very happy to be here, and I always say I don't know how I could leave Zillow because I'm getting spoiled here!

    Zillow Response

    Jul 13, 2015 – CEO (Spencer Rascoff)

    Thank you for your great review! You are right, we do keep investing in our employees because they are our number one asset. I hear your point about communication, you’re right, communication is key ... More


  6. Best company I

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Zillow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work environment, great benefits, and a great place to grow. Everyone listens to ideas no matter what level of employee they come from. I've worked at some good companies, and also some bad, and Zillow is by far the best.

    Cons

    There is nothing that I can think of to be honest in my department. Since it is growing fast, Zillow is losing some of the convenience of a smaller company, but this is also a really good thing.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Best job I've had so far

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Zillow full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Zillow gets it. The management seems to put a lot of thought into what makes a great workplace and does everything they can to empower their employees to be successful and happy. One thing that always bothered me about previous employers was the lack of internal communication regarding company direction and decision making. I've never once felt like I was in the dark at Zillow, and if something wasn't immediately obvious I've always had my questions answered honestly. As an engineer I've always felt like I've had a clear goal and direction, and I've never had to spend time spinning my wheels wondering what I should be doing. Management works hard to unblock things if any hurdles do arise, as long as you're willing to admit when you're having trouble.

    Cons

    Zillow is a very team-oriented company, so if you're the type that loves personal glory and recognition, you might not do well. Achievements definitely get recognized, but arrogance is massively frowned upon. That's not really a con for most people, but it might be for some.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the transparency and communication. It feels like I'm trusted as an employee, and I hope it stays that way.


  8. Best Place I

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zillow

    Pros

    Great leadership that provides excellent growth opportunities. Lots of effort is put toward ensuring a top-notch work culture.

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being as transparent as possible while growth accelerates

    Zillow Response

    Jul 7, 2015 – CEO (Spencer Rascoff)

    Awesome. Thank you for the great feedback.


  9. Great company!

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Zillow as a contractor

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Zillow is has a chill environment where people get things done and seem to do it will. All of the cultural incentives like free lunch and the core values are great ways to anchor the company. Allot of cool projects are happening and they offer great company wide events. People seem to be really passionate about what they are doing and everyone is friendly and open.

    Cons

    I would say the major down side of Zillow is that they seem to lack diversity and real growth opportunity for contract workers. People get stuck in positions that have no opportunity for meaningful learning that will position to apply for current full time positions and then you end up occupying a space which makes you feel like a second class citizen, even though allot of contract workers are there for over a year. Its difficult to be involved with such a cool place but know that you do not entirely belong and have to wait and hope for the best. This hurts morale and creates allot of difficult choices for employees who want to stay with the company but have little opportunity to transition to place of having decent pay, benefits and job security.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing but make real plans to include contract workers into the main Zillow family when their work is needed and important.

    Zillow Response

    Jul 13, 2015 – CEO (Spencer Rascoff)

    Thank you for your thoughtful review. I am glad that you are enjoying working at Zillow, we take a lot of pride in the core values and I agree that they anchor the company by keeping us agile ... More


  10. Like a Dream

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

    I have been working at Zillow full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love the collaborative energy here. They really care about their employees. They survey the entire company to see what we would like to get added to the long list of benefits. I have great Co-Workers that are helpful and fun. Also, I love the fresh fruit that comes twice a week. They care about work life balance and know the importance of having fun at work and away from work. I come from a large software company so I went from feeling like a small cog in a large machine. I had an office with no windows and no sense of team in a very "office political" environment. Here I am an important member of a team with a great view.

    Cons

    Would love to see Zillow offer in-house child care. This is the one area I think we could improve on.

    Zillow Response

    Jul 7, 2015 – CEO (Spencer Rascoff)

    Thank you for the great review. I really appreciate it. It made my day. In terms of in-office child care, that is something we have thought about but I think the last time we evaluated it we decided ... More


  11. Zillow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outreach Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Outreach Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Zillow full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I have been at Zillow for 6 years now and I truly do enjoy coming to work everyday. The culture is one that allows hard work and creativeness to be rewarded.

    Cons

    No cons currently, all positive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what we are doing, Zillow really is a team sport.



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