Zinio

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So close to being the coolest thing out there, yet so far away

  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Zinio

Pros

Great company with some really awesome people in the lower ranks. Started in the right direction with major changes in senior management late 2011.

Cons

Lack of vision to the future, they need to think way ahead to long term sustainability of their business model. They are unable to complete projects before starting 4 more.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue looking within your ranks for some of the brightest talent and future leaders of your company. Also keep in mind that employ morale is a powerful weapon both ways, it can propel you up or drive you into the ground.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you always dreamed of being a rancor-keeper, this is the place for you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zinio

    Pros

    The high turnover means that there are generally positions available. Also, their poor employee-vetting means that you can get hired even if you don't know what you're doing, and have a degree from a mail-order college. The pay is o.k., as long as you don't let them low-ball you.

    Cons

    Start with the capricious management and total inability to plan. Then, add unreasonable demands on time and effort, absurd "recognition" (the $10 McDonald's gift-card story in the other review is true), broken promises and poisonous morale. In short, imagine working at Jabba's palace, without the live music.

    I was trapped in carbonite there for longer than I care to remember.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay right where you are. Please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Great Market Opportunity, Unsustainable Market Player

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zinio

    Pros

    There are some really gifted folks here who work "in the trenches." Folks below the senior management level are great to work with though there is some silo-ing in the organization. Overall productivity and mood varies from group to group with some having the benefit of more capable managers. Employees here have the opportunity to learn about the publishing industry as it undergoes its transformation during the digital transition.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, many of the efforts of the employees are hindered by the continued poor judgment and lack of focus resulting from the senior management team. Management has no problem creating a high pressure environment and asking a lot of its employees while at the same time providing very little in the way of actual leadership. Organizations within the company change course on a constant basis, which is due to senior management's fickle decision making but little to do with appropriate response to market conditions. Executive management tends not to look more than beyond a month or two into the future, which ends up resulting in huge amounts of rework, loss of productivity, and ultimately, lower employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My first reaction would be "replace yourselves" but in the spirit of constructive feedback, I would consider a couple of items:

    -Develop, articulate, and effectively communicate an actual company vision and mission. Ensure that all of upper management is on the same page (currently, they are not). Be honest about the type of company this is.
    -Engage in strategic analysis and make intelligent bets instead of hedging the company every which way. Building great products and building many products are in conflict with each other here.
    -Stop outsourcing what should be core competencies. Don't be afraid of building internal expertise instead of relying on "innovation" through one statement of work after the other even if that slows pace.
    -Recognize achievements. Giving your top employees gift certificates to McDonald's, while cute, is quite telling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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