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Great Expectations - it's not all fun and games at Zillow. The company is headed for great things.

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Zillow

Pros

Fun. Beyond the team "morale" activities, sponsored ski days, ping pong, Guitar Hero, and other activities, the people at Zillow are friendly and warm. Laughter is a sound heard almost daily. People enjoy working at Zillow.

Honest, approahcable leadership. The executive team is absolutely forthright about their decisions (and mistakes), the status of the company, and the direction moving forward. Furthermore, these honchos are down to Earth and easy to talk with. For example, the CEO sits on the floor during all-hand meetings and has even been known to kowtow in thanks for hard work. The company feels like one big team.

Cons

Hard economic times have especially affected start-ups like Zillow. Layoffs, the struggles to make profit in a down market, and the relentless pace of under-staffed development slowly sap the energy of a small company.

Because the company is still young, there are limited resources for salary increases or other incentives. Stock options can only entice so much effort.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up the good work, but try not to do too much with too few resources. If you're not willing to employ more people don't stretch the current employees too thin. That will exhaust creativity and ultimately suffocate the amazing culture at the company.

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Other Reviews for Zillow

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Consultant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Zillow

    Pros

    The environment is fantastic and everyone has the same goals in common in making zillow the best online real estate website. It is a very fun and energetic environment to be around which makes it easier to come to work each day. This is also the first place that I worked where there was free coffee, soda, juices and snacks! We also have an amazing view of the Pugent Sound and the mountains from the 46th floor of the Wells Fargo building. The laid back dress code is also a plus, since we don't have to spend a lot of time getting too dressed up in the morning.

    Cons

    I don't see any downsides to working at zillow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

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    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best startup in Seattle but it remains to be seen whether this bet will pay off.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Zillow

    Pros

    Smart people - Zillow is a the place to experience awesome marketing and media product innovation.
    Transparency and trust - Zillow leadership communicates the details of the business' performance to all employees regularly.
    Ethics & ideals - despite being extremely ambitious A-type entrepreneurs, it's a rare honor to work with a team that really tries to do the right thing and who are leaving the RE industry better than they found it.

    Cons

    Thin option allocations in a small co. with a declining book value. Top heavy org is unnecessarily political for a small company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wear sunscreen.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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