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3 people found this helpful  

Great place to work

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Former Employee - Advertising Sales  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Seattle, WA

I worked at Zillow full-time for less than a year

Pros

There are a lot of great things going on there. The compensation, freedom and culture is amazing.

Cons

If you are not motivated, engaged, or interested in money, you will have a difficult time because the demand for productivity is very high.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good place to work with lots of smart people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Zillow full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good leadership vision and opportunities to grow, a place where good ideas can come from anywhere, get heard and get implemented

    Cons

    Benefits could be better, e.g., 401k matching, lower deductible health/dental plans

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the core. Some of the most important teams are not working as efficiently as they could be. It takes a frustrating amount time to get things done. Need to improve the process and put more of the best people on the core teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Zillow Response

    Apr 1, 2014CEO (Spencer Rascoff)

    Thank you for the review, and I'm glad you are having success at Zillow. Regarding your comment that some teams aren't as efficient as they should be, I agree. If you ever have specific suggestions ... More

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company with work life balance but lack of charm of tech

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Zillow full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Great and friendly people.
    2. Clearly defined project and well executed
    3. Great executive leadership, clear roadmap on what they are doing.
    4. Schedule is reasonable and not aggressive.
    5. Easy problem to so solve if you like it.

    Cons

    The following cons are from engineering/eng-management prospective, may not related to other orgs:
    1. Engineering talent/leadership is not top level, and if you are the top ranked engineer, you will feel a lot of push back and dragging. And great idea is not easy to spark out.
    2. Mid-management is very laid back, need to be more aggressive to help the company moving to the right direction.
    3. Granted, long staying people are now in mid-senior management level, but this is the problem of allowing the company to move forward. They have a lot of legacy, which *should* be fixed long ago if committing to it, but unfortunately, the safe route is always selected.
    4. A lot of cost optimization can be done within the technical stack, but hard to convince people to care.
    5. The technology management/development is traditional, you will see a bunch of Unix admin/DBA and ops, and handing day to day ops and also the blockers of moving fast in SOA world.

    I understand a lot of companies have similar problems, probably Zillow is better than all of its peers, but given Zillow is young and want to move to next stage, then it has to do something different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Keep the good work defining clear goals!
    2. More aggressively invest into R&D, I can see the ROI will be much better than flooding in sales org in longer term, and more scalable.
    3. Hire top level talents and put them in charge, magic will happen. Focus on quality rather than quantity in tech talent hiring.
    4. Hire technical management talent from top companies, FB/AMZN/GOOG, and transform the development process within Zillow, it may only need half of the developer to do the same job yet yielding much faster iteration and better products.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Zillow Response

    Mar 20, 2014CTO

    To Former Senior Software Engineer in Seattle,

    Thank you for taking the time to provide the feedback regarding your experience at Zillow in the Seattle office. I am sorry your experience here
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