Shopzilla

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Shopzilla Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
89 Reviews
3.0
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Shopzilla President William G. (Bill) Glass
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great perks, especially the free lunch, free drinks and good parties (in 33 reviews)

  • Casual dress code, free lunch & snacks (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • In 10 years they've gone through three significant rounds of layoffs (in 4 reviews)

  • The business model suffers a conflict of interest: clickthru rates (money) vs quality search results for the consumer (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stellar Employee Driven Tech Company with Solid Growth In The Horizon

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Talent Acquisition in West Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Talent Acquisition in West Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Shopzilla full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Weekly company wide update meetings led by Bill Glass - CEO, daily catered lunches, flexible work schedules, data driven company, challenging work, work with talented employees, new leadership and innovative business incubation. Socially conscious leadership and employee base; we work hard, but also know how to celebrate the wins.

    Cons

    The commute in and out of the office is bad, but then again it's LA. The cubicled office space stifles collaboration between departments and individual employees, a redesign would make a world of difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep innovating the core business and continue to incubate new businesses. Help employees embrace change as a springboard to growth and innovation. Re-design the space to create opportunities for spontaneous collaboration between departments and individual employees. Keep hiring talented people and solicit their ideas and perspective. Start broadcasting about all the great businesses and products that we developing to show that we really have a Hemi under the hood, not a 4 cylinder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    The office culture was amazing... then there was the communication from management....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Office culture. Coworkers on the same level of professionalism as you. Free lunches and lots of boozy happy hours and social events. Location is pretty central. Decent pay. Terrific CEO!

    Cons

    AWFUL communication from management. Very cliquey higher ups. Outdated business model. But honestly, the lack of communication and directives from the management overshadows everything else. Feel like most employees here are just doing it for a job versus any sort of passion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Release a few people and retool efforts in certain departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Let's be clear, this is what private equity companies do

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shopzilla

    Pros

    Great employees whom work hard to achieve their goals

    Cons

    Poor exec decisions
    Behind the eight ball on innovation
    Favoritism from Execs for chosen employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent with employees about plans for the company. With Symphony in place as a new parent company the goal is to drive down cost and ramp profits quickly so this company can be flipped. It's not about the employees or being a great place to work, it's about Symphony and the executive team cashing out.

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    Pay attention

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Shopzilla (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great core group, of the workers who actually care aka the workers and line managers not the executive team.
    Social Responsibility they give back to the community
    Great Parties
    They provide a lunch time variety of lunch specials both hot, cold, and grab it and go and yes it is free as long as you sit at your desk like a worker bee. (nothing is really free, right?)
    The other freebie's like fruit, water, soda's and coffee, and it is Starbucks is cool, and the best option really.

    Cons

    Passive Aggressive culture
    Leaders don't engage you they talk at you, they are a group of bulldozers and they all fight to be hero's.
    There is absolutely no collaboration, at all caution to anyone who thinks they could come in at a leadership role and actually win/win.
    Leaders plot and sabotage each other and talk badly behind one another everyone would have knifes sticking out their back like a funny Tim Burton animation movie or better yet beetle juice!
    I'm still not sure what the purpose or the direction of the company is since the take over in July 2011? Is it to annoy the B2C shoppers with more pop up windows; so you click them away thinking they will magically disappear? Nope they come back like a bad habit, the more you click the more they make for being an agitator of your time and the tracing of your cookies, to the put they know everything about your spending habits and then some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about your end goal and really be open and honest for a change, embrace your values on your web site. Remember leaders actions speaks volumes to your words which have time and time again given or equal to empty promises. Plus, if your goal is to sell say it and make sure people really know why they are coding for hours and hours on a project like a journeyman with a nail and hammer, what are "you" building the same architecture over and over the same legacy code. I wish you well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Shopzilla full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Extremely well-organized HR department
    -Young, fun work environment
    -At risk of sounding cliche, the executive team has a solid vision for the company's future
    -Catered lunches
    -VERY fun events

    Cons

    -Departments rarely interact even when it would be mutually beneficial to do so
    -Terrible traffic on Wed & Thurs.
    -Cubicles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The overall office environment needs to be updated. White, dirty walls with tons of cubicles is not exactly ideal. Even painting the walls (any color but white) would be an improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great intern program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Shopzilla as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -friendly work environment
    -delicious free catered food everyday and stocked coolers full of premium drinks
    -learn an incredible amount about making web applications and the software development process
    -get placed on engineering teams working directly on projects to be pushed to production and made live to potentially millions of daily users
    -given your own office with personal computer and telephone
    -very approachable colleagues and managers
    -get to attend extremely fun company social events and outings

    Cons

    -lack of adequate company documentation, as the intern program is relatively new

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome technical company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company is full of very talented engineers. They take software engineering very seriously and apply it with rigor, people in general are very nice. I think is one of the most professional java shops you can find in LA.

    Cons

    On their business model side, things are not as good. They could definitely leverage much of the data they have been acquiring through the years and the takeover of symphony hasnt helped much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the original spirit, try to leverage the data you have and innovate business model wise

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Definitely gone through some changes...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Acquisition Area in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consumer Acquisition Area in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Overall great culture because of the people.

    Cons

    Lost some great leadership over the years after Scripps acquisition, and not as much of a "fun" place. "Old boys school" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more pride in the valuable people assets you have or could have, rather than stick to the old schoolers just for the sake of keeping them around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A very special company where everyone makes a difference

    Former Employee - Configuration Management in West Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Configuration Management in West Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    *If you are junior, you get a chance to learn as much as your brain can consume. If you are a guru, your ideas will be welcomed and you'll get credit.
    *I've worked at a number of companies and shopzilla has by far the most transparent leadership. One must understand that 100% transparency is not sensible to the well-being of a company
    *daily free lunch, I'm talking about a full buffet spread with hot and cold dishes, salad bar, two soups of the day, and grab & go options

    Cons

    *As a past employee , it's hard to think of anything negative except that it's important not to be mediocre at shopzilla. If you dont care or don't perform, they will be fast to react.
    *traffic is really bad in and around the office. My main reason for leaving was the distance was too far from my home. However , they are quite reasonable with work schedule and telecommuting

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Shopzilla full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free lunch
    Casual dress code
    Company is extremely transparent with its workers
    Weekly meetings exhibit exciting new projects

    Cons

    There are not too many cons right now. Pay can be better of course but they do offer a ton of benefits to offset some of the pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the new products coming. Keep the transparency. We will work hard with a little information from time to time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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