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Meaningful, profitable work with a great team

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Current Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

Pros

Great people whom you can trust to do their job well, great opportunity in an industry that can use innovation, and strong shared sense of mission to fulfill consumer needs. I feel lucky to work with this quality of colleagues on this kind of business opportunity with this redeeming a project.

One other thing -- transparency on strategy and performance to the whole company. This company is pretty unique in the degree to which everyone can know what's going on and how we're doing.

Cons

Things move fast -- you have to be comfortable living with the foot on the gas. As start-ups go, this is run as a survivable business. We're not on a forced march to IPO, leaving bodies along the path -- we have fun, people can take vacations. The people need to work long hours with some regularity, as we ship a lot of stuff, but certainly not every day.

The culture is straightforward, which can feel blunt and even harsh. Personally, I appreciate a culture where everyone (at every rung of the ladder) can say what they think -- as long as they back it up with data or rationale. There is little beating around the bush, which means things get done faster. Sometimes the bluntness involves less tact than it could, but hey this is a tech company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on developing mid managers, and helping mid managers train and develop their reports. We have smart people in some positions without a lot of management experience. Sometimes execs assume that smart people can automatically manage well. Some execs could also think about managing people more, not just projects and features. We do have some good execs on this front, but not all.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the place - wouldn't work anyplace else

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging work, huge potential, fast moving, solid strategy, great place to learn and grow

    Cons

    Not a public company, so no liquidity yet. Lots of upside in future value of stock options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's keep moving fast!

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Zillow is a fun place to work and I get to be part of something new and revolutionary.

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    Current Employee - Product Team Lead  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Team Lead in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Zillow is a cool place to work because I get to work on projects that are helping revolutionize an industry. Helping people who are interested in Real Estate make smarter decisions through Zillow's data and tools. I get to work with fun people and the environment is open and supportive. The work / life balance is reasonable for a startup. Sure, there are times I have to work longer hours than I sometimes would like, but when you like what you are doing and you like the people you are working with, it makes it worthwhile.

    Cons

    The fast pace can sometimes be overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in great projects and the people that make them possible.

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