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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Zywave full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

This company is a great place to start your career. They'll hire you right out of college, and they're one of the only places around Milwaukee that will do so. They do a really good job of considering all your strengths, and even if you don't necessarily have experience, they can recognize potential anyway.

They offer an excellent training program, ranging between 12 - 14 weeks. If you don't know the industry, that's okay... they'll teach you that, too. They are mostly looking for bright people who are honest, hard workers, and if you possess that, you can probably get a job here.

They're good at promoting from within, as well. It's rare that anyone stays in an entry-level position for an entire year, because they usually get promoted elsewhere within that time. It's a great place to start out, learn quickly, work hard, and progress to a better job - but it doesn't last forever. Use this as a stepping stone to get you to your dream job.

There's also a ton of PTO, even for the newest employees.

Cons

The pay is middle-of-the-line. When you're fresh out of college, the amount they offer you looks amazing and it's more than you've likely seen at any of the part-time jobs you've worked so far, so for a while it feels pretty good. But once you settle in a little bit and get to know your work load and find out what others in the industry are earning compared to you, it starts to feel a little sour.

Zywave can also be a little fond of the kool-aid, if you catch my drift. Lots of 'team development' that revolves around buzzwords and abstract ideas being used wrong by half the people in the room and personality tests to identify your 'type' and how you work with others. Training is provided to employes on topics like "the value proposition" and "active listening" regardless of their current strengths, and full participation is expected. I'm not against a good service experience, and I do think that training on things like service can help... but it gets to feel almost cult-ish after a while the way it's done at Zywave. And sometimes, after you've been through five sessions in two years on the topic of Zywave Core Values, you'd rather just sit down at your desk and get your work done. There's no consideration for who could actually benefit from the training when they sign up an entire department for it.

I've also witnessed, a few times over the course of my employment, the elimination of an entire department and layoff of all the employees of said department. There's always a solid business reason for the layoffs- it was a redundant department, it was a remote location they decided to close, something like that. But those business reasons don't really ease the discomfort of seeing a whole group of your colleagues, who were working hard and doing their jobs, getting axed.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Starting Point for Fresh Grads

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Zywave full-time

    Pros

    Young workforce
    Flex Hours
    Decent benefits
    Modern office
    Friendly peer group

    Cons

    Low salaries
    Unattainable goals (company goals) = minimal bonus payout/raises
    Inexperienced management
    Turnover
    Large focus on sales (favored side of the company)
    No growth path for current employees
    Favoritism
    Poor mid-level management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Jim Emling and get som fresh blood in there. He has done fine, but he is not inspiring, not liked, and not respected. The company is losing great talent because they aren't paying a competitive salary and employees do not feel like that are valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Shaky management, but good if you're young

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Zywave full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere with approachable and adept coworkers. Fairly dynamic business in that it has grown significantly over the past few years and management seems adept at continuing that trend. It's very much a young person's environment and the work/life balance is great. I'd recommend it to recent college grads in a heartbeat. They also work to help you find what position would fit best - i.e., if you dislike your current position, Zywave's okay with an internal transfer. Generally, there's not a much of a need to take work home, and the vacation benefits are relatively generous. Successful salespeople earn great money and have extra perks.

    Cons

    Pay is lacking, unless you're a good salesperson (in which case it's almost laughably lucrative compared to what the rest of the employees earn). Managers are simply plucked from the next most senior person after the previous manager leaves, so the quality of direction, mentorship and sense of purpose for those being supervised is sorely lacking. I wasn't in software development, but it seems like the turnover is very high (pay was not competitive for developers, in my opinion), which might explain why software releases were half-baked or littered with glitches at first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on cultivating the talents your current employees. Better pay for developers, more of a sense of purpose for the service staff. Also, cut out the weird internal secrecy with the projects in development; it only hurts the final product when 90% of the workforce doesn't get to give feedback until after things go to production.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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