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Spirited, green startup

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Zipcar

Pros

Flexcar teams were fun, high-energy, and mission-driven. People wore many hats and improvised resourcefully to solve problems and get things done. Internal promotions grew people professionally and were good for morale.

Cons

Flexcar experienced some churn in ownership and management, and somewhat lacked process discipline (probably inevitable when growing so rapidly), but the strong prevailing can-do attitude counteracted the potential chaos.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Flexcar was acquired by Zipcar and integrated under the Zipcar brand and management team. The ideal company would leverage the high spirit of Flexcar along with with the lean process discipline of Zipcar.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    An innovative operation full of passionate, fun people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zipcar

    Pros

    Many of the people I worked with were smart, fun, fantastic at their jobs, and passionate about transforming car sharing into an attractive alternative to car ownership. The rapid growth of the company provides a lot of opportunities to transition into other roles and move to other locations. And since the company is in the middle of transitioning from a relatively unstructured startup to a more structured corporation, there are a lot of opportunities to have an impact on the company if you take the initiative to make suggestions and improvements.

    Cons

    As the company has grown and more standards and procedures have been implemented, the autonomy of the regional offices has decreased. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it has led to some resentment from those who feel like their autonomy has diminished and their responsibilities are being taken away.

    Also, the compensation and benefits are almost nonprofit-like. (I actually took a pay cut from a nonprofit job to work there.) Not surprising given that it is a young company still trying to reach profitability, but the passion for the product and entrepreneurial energy can only sustain employees for so long. At the time I left the company was just starting to turn its attention to this issue, so hopefully compensation levels and benefits are improving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue building the HR function to ensure that employees feel appreciated.

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    Fun job, poor pay!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zipcar part-time

    Pros

    Flexibility and Work/Life Balance plus lots of perks

    Cons

    Low pay for the type of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people more because they deserve it!

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    Positive Outlook
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