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8 people found this helpful  

Rewarding entry level position, but lacks room for growth

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Member Services Associate in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Member Services Associate in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Zipcar

Pros

Ultimately, zipcar is a fantastic concept and the majority of the employees are true fans of the product. There is an overall energy that is positive and people care about their jobs; you can see evidence of hard work in every corner of the office.

Many managers are happy to delegate projects out to entry level employees, which allows you to improve your skills and earn some stripes for your resume. Although you may not receive financial compensation for the extra work, you will find yourself continually challenged and trusted with new responsibilities.

The culture of zipcar is fun. The office is laid back and casual and there are often small events that allow employees to socialize such as a chili cook off or a guacamole off for Cinco de Mayo. Zipcar has found a great balance between keeping things fun and keeping things professional, something that many young companies strive for (and often fall short of).

Cons

After 11 years in business and a successful IPO, zipcar needs to stop telling its employees that it's still a small startup. The pay is mediocre at best, raises are few and far between, and the benefits package doesn't make up for it. Ideally, it would be nice to see some sort of stock option, 401(k) matching plan, or cheaper benefits for employees.

Within the member services department, there is little room for growth. Unlike other departments, there are fewer "levels" of employment so you have three options: 1) make a lateral move to another department and work your way up, 2) wait for your manager to quit and apply for his/her job or 3) seek opportunities elsewhere.

Despite zipcar's young age, some of the "old" folks who have put in 5 or 6 years already have a "that's the way it is" and "I know best" mentality. This can be difficult to deal with because zipcar is still growing and changing all the time. Although experience is important, so is change and there needs to be more open dialogue and acceptance of newer ideas.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make sure that the Home Office and the Local Offices are on the same page. The communication seems to break down somewhere and it leads to confusion for employees and eventually members. Remember that as the company grows, it is important to allow employees to grow as well - speaking to the effect of career growth is one thing, but realizing it is another.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great culture, enthusiasm for Zipcar brand

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Zipcar

    Pros

    Culture, enthusiasm, nice office, management

    Cons

    troubling business model, computers are outdated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to recruit more aggressively at the junior level

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good while it lasted

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

    I worked at Zipcar

    Pros

    Great people - sense that everyone genuinely cared about the success of the mission and customer satisfaction.

    Cons

    Extremely poor communication on the part of senior management, an unwillingness to communicate unpleasant news either internally or to customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're getting paid to lead - that means taking leadership even when you're making unpopular decisions.

    Recommends
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