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Tragic

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

I worked at ZL Technologies full-time

Pros

There are some great people at ZL. Working with many of the energetic and lively people there was a pleasure. This company is very flat, everyone reports either to the CEO or the CTO, or the office manager who is the CEO's wife. The CTO is a competent engineering leader.

Cons

Other than the CTO the senior leadership is not great. Pennywise and pound foolish is the perfect description of the culture and style that pervades here. In its entire history this company has never managed to keep any non-founding member of the executive team for more than 18 months, not a VP Marketing, not a VP Sales, not a General Counsel. These execs are not all wrong. The 90% turnover, year over year in sales and marketing is also an indication of trouble emanating from the top.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start by being willing to take advice, especially from the people you hired because they are good at their jobs and have been successful.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at ZL Technologies

    Pros

    The other employees were great - supportive and like a small community.
    The product was excellent.

    Cons

    The CEO, Kon Leong, cannot effectively manage the organization and lacks the self awareness to realize it. No respect for other employees. No trust in other employees. Pitted other employees against one another and frequently attempted to foster a hostile and competitive environment among employees. CEO does not know how to get along with other employees and make them a functional part of the organization. Complete lack of mid-management; hires college kids to do the work of senior level employees. Most employees quit in less than a year. Kon Leong has no respect for anyone else and only thinks of sales as his bottom line. Marketing and other business initiatives are irrelevant and lacks direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up and sell the business. The CEO doesn't know what he is doing and is making other people miserable, some of whom aren't properly informed about the environment prior to joining the organization. The company isn't growing and hasn't for years. There is no future and competitors are quickly taking over the space.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfying

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at ZL Technologies

    Pros

    Few people are really stud at coding. Whole product is built by just by couple of people. Lot of opportunity for knowledge transfer.

    Cons

    As any start-up company environment and resource crunch, there is no training, growth is dependent on self effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your company is in good shape to become a big company. It is important that you preserve and nurture your talents.

    Disapproves of CEO
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