ZE PowerGroup Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    They lost their way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ZE PowerGroup

    Pros

    Made friends with some of the co-workers.
    Free weekends. Free parking.
    I don't know what else to say to make the 20 words, it is really bad place to work.

    Cons

    Constant bullying, dirty place with dirty bathrooms and poor air quality, nepotism, mind games, power games, lack of leadership, lack of competence, lack of humane treatment of employees. No pay for stat holidays - is that even legal?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You forgot how to be human beings and how to treat your employees as human beings. They are just numbers to you, and it all about money to you. Or maybe you did not forget, maybe you were always like that?

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

    I am trying hard to get another work you should too

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at ZE PowerGroup full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    what pro? there may be some pro for top level who do not deserve to be on top but none for average joe here. ok, you get paid on time but that is for many people way less than what they make for that time and put in their pockets and seems to be in heaven for hell they put us in.

    Cons

    frustration is at its extreme, poor management, lack of fairness, lack of leadership, no one knows about important stuff, wage difference among departments is like third world, other employers consider this work useless, so leaving is also not easy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    those who were asset when company was small not anymore, they yawn at work. they need to go. hire fresh prospective. keep pockets loose, you will get rewarded for that. people not selfish as you. hrd is like human resource destroyer, they keep talk about lipsticks when you go for important stuff. other than top family members, managers need to take how to behave professionally, you can get sued if they keep harassing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    You get what you deserve

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at ZE PowerGroup full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to grow, if you willing to invest.
    Large corporation with small company feel
    Great place to learn, grow and produce

    Cons

    Must have own drive to succeed
    Takes a year or so before you can master your job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on middle managers
    Continue and enhance training program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Listen upper management instead of just passing it on

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    Current Employee - Applications Support in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Applications Support in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at ZE PowerGroup full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Paid on time, certain people are great and snacks are decent.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't know how to manage.

    Middle management mostly get promoted just because of friendship with upper management or else they look like they work like a slave.

    Workers just look like they are the dead walking.

    The most chauvinistic work place you will ever find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote because they are friends with you and go out with you for coffee or lunch or dinner. Shouldn't use promotion to buy friendship. Staff can see who you go with.

    Not listening to your worker equals to bad productivity.

    Don't insult your employees just because you feel incompetent. Pay them fairly.

    Build teamwork by not putting your employees against each other, this is not the hunger games.

    It all starts with a tone from the top but who am I kidding, these advices will just come to one ear and out the other. Management will just put or ask someone else to put more fake reviews to offset the bad ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Better off unemployed. Seriously, be careful in this snake pit!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Intern in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I worked at ZE PowerGroup as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Lots of young professionals starting out and international employees.
    -Compelling founder and CEO
    -Interesting industry
    -attempts to make social events, which is commendable (unfortunately they are abysmal)

    Cons

    -Rampant nepotism, mainly relatives in upper mgmt., who are (mostly) petty and vindictive. Mostly snakes in worm's clothing, but there are a couple exceptions. It is quite obvious, which ones deserve to be there and which ones would be pumping gas if it weren't for the nepotism.
    -terrible office location, no food in area or parking, but they offer cheap junk-food and instant ramen within the company if that floats your boat
    -expected to work unpaid overtime (pretty sure it's illegal, but they managed to find a way)
    -bathrooms are filthy and smell foul, which explains why upper mgmt. have private bathrooms
    -you will be exploited as an intern and if you have anything to say about it, they will do anything in their power to harm you, your education and your career
    -expect you to do work that is not within your job description
    -don't contribute to professional development
    -don't be surprised if you witness people engaged in full-on screaming verbal altercations
    -expected to sit behind a multi-screen work station with little to no direction
    -the worst of the company, put fake postings up on glassdoor or pressure employees to post favourably, despite the realities
    -do not respect your humanity, education, experience or anything apart from their own immediate interests. Every man for himself, forget the word team before you walk into their office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Hire people based on merit, not familial relation, especially upper mgmt
    -Send the inept mgmt to sensitivity training seminars.
    -Do something about the rampant dissatisfaction of your employees
    -reply to your employee's emails with more than a single phrase

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    What a disaster.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ZE PowerGroup

    Pros

    -Good experience for fresh out of business school
    -Travel opportunities
    -Some opportunity to code new programs

    Cons

    -Clear lack of organizational structure (except members of ER family can do pretty much whatever they want--no legal team to protect employees)
    -Inexperienced managers (who knows why hired?)
    -Lots of waste
    -No reliable tracking of internal resources
    -Ad-hoc client-facing processes
    -Poor training program
    -Trained colleagues leave all the time for other jobs
    -No alcohol with clients, which is a big problem if trying to make a contact
    -Bugged computers
    -Horrible barn room to sit in all day. you will have a constant headache
    -People walk by to "check" on you every hour-->stressful
    -No direction equals wasted resources, not better products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For ER family: You are not Google. You need to treat your employees better before they will make you better products. You give the bare minimum in terms of salary and benefits. You are one of the worst employers on this site, and probably in Richmond.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 6 people found this helpful

    Only acceptable as a last resort.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Business Development Intern in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Intern - Business Development Intern in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at ZE PowerGroup as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Nice people for the most part
    -Diverse employee base
    -Many young people at the beggining of their career

    Cons

    -Mgmt leaves a lot to be desired
    -No parking
    -Office location is terrible and there is very little access to wholesome food in the area
    -Unpaid overtime is expected
    -Office is not properly heated
    -lack of training/professional development
    -lack of clear job description

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees. Don't take interns, if you are unwilling to train them and contribute to their professional development. Pay all of your interns. I was an unpaid intern, although others with less experience and education were paid. Give appropriate jobs to interns, some of the tasks amount to exploitation when assigned to an unpaid intern. Create an enviroment that fosters colloboration and team work. Segragating people behing multi-monitor work stations is not effective, especially for an intern.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful

    Head up CEO Hole

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ZE PowerGroup

    Pros

    ZE does only one thing and one thing only: give new graduates and immigrants a chance.

    Cons

    If you are reading this and hired, probably very happy. Difficult to get a job in labor market. What you do not understanding is that last year, ZE hired 50 people just like you. Why? Because wage is cheap.

    Offices ZE is filled with hundreds of qualified, trained, very intelligent people, who has come here because they need work. After one year, 35% of these employees go. Why?

    ZE grow too fast, with no proper structure in place. Ignorant clowns who have shown loyalty to El-Ramly oligarchs promoted to manager positions, more academical experts and professionals than the El-Ramly family was hired as worker bees.

    If you are a worker bee, prepare for the worst experience of life. Your manager is incompetent and with absolute authority. Your colleague be severely depressed. CEO come in the office kitchen on mealtime to deliver the gold nugget crap like, "If you think you do your best, do 10% more". Worker bee salary is very low. Customers who you deal to on a daily basis be furious. The tasks you to do at the edge of legal sometime.

    On fun coin side, your work environment begin to feel like poor joke: CEO take your bathroom because he want own private crap bath. He say product you sell is his own original, but who originally developed it was not paid enough college students and CEO not really know how to use ZEMA.

    ZE is standing for Zak El Ramly. The company name his initials. If you work here, have your head so far up his hole that you forgets sun. But: it would be the worst job I ever had. Only gets better once you get going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire El-Ramlyies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Has been good experience overall

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ZE PowerGroup

    Pros

    Very chilled out
    Work at your own pace

    Cons

    Not enough room for growth for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A better management would be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 25 people found this helpful

    ZE PowerGroup, AKA A Collective Death of Soullllll

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ZE PowerGroup full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You will get a pay check
    Great co-workers, though many of them will be as depressed as you will be.
    Cheap snacks

    Cons

    The evil of ZE can't be simply encapsulated; it falls on a continuum, ranging from evil of great scope to evil of minor scope. There are minor annoyances, lets say things that are "yellow" on the evil scale-like there's scarce parking. As we move darker along the continuum, they post fake positive reviews on GlassDoor and berate and/or humiliate any current employees who they catch posting negative things. In fact, if they could, I truly believe they would go out of their way to ruin my life for what I am saying- and I am not exaggerating. They don't pay you for overtime but say it is "expected as part of your salary" - which is presumptuous AND illegal. Then there darker things, like how they employ 90% new immigrants because they are desperate for work experience or visas and will be held captive by necessity.
    Strictly from a career point of view- your skills will not be valued here. Check your ideas and experience at the door. Every El-Ramly is a captain on this ship of fools; it doesn't matter how good you are at your job. You are not a contributor or a mind or part of a dream here- you are just a peon putting bricks in the El-Ramly's wall.
    Sadly, all of us who have worked at ZE come to the same place- we either miserably continue in our lives there, trudging toward suicide or premature death from meaninglessness, or we somehow escape, only to retrospectively realize that everything wrong in our lives during that dark, dark time in our lives could be traced back to the fact that our souls were slowly being sucked out by the ruthless mosquito that is ZE.
    Run.
    Run for your life.
    Everything they say is true. Everything and worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read what's on here and instead of getting mad or defensive or posting fake responses, be a better employer. You know. The exact thing everyone is always saying- you never listen to your employees. You're smug and arrogant. Treat your employees like human beings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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