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Updated Jun 17, 2014

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2.7 34 reviews

46% Approve of the CEO

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Dr. El-Ramly

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41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Make your own judgement whether you'd like to be here...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLook - the reviews on here are opposite sides of the spectrum. In reality, just like any other company, there are positives and negatives. You get to work with some of the biggest corporations in the world, which gives unlimited networking opportunities. Most, do not take advantage of that. Also, typically there is full autonomy over your own work, which gives opportunity to show yourself to management & client base. Bonuses are good if you deserve them. Loyalty is highly praised - I am speaking of multi-year tenure of good service.

    ConsCertain flaws here too. Pay - well not great to say the least, comparable companies would likely offer more, but do you have an offer from there? In current market, ZE is simply responding to the demand/supply mechanics, so really can't blame them too much for it. "Being managed" also hardly exists here - you've got to determine your own work and become good at it. This is not a workplace where your manager will invest a lot of time in you. The general environment often appears to discourage questions and personal development, however ones that are good at initiating and persuading can get to where they would like, while quieter individuals often get overlooked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation must increase if you are to keep high-skilled employees. Invest more time into thorough discussions with your employees and their needs. It's a great product, but can not be sustained without great employees. Senior management does a good job - make sure some of the other managers are doing the same.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company, if you understand the system

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosnice people, laid back environment and not too much work load. Good as a first job. You learn lots of technical skills and they offer the chance to finance the course which is great,,,but you have to find it yourself. In ZE you have to find your way through

    ConsNo Transparency, you have to fight for your rights. Low salary and raise. High turnover creates uncertainty.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImplement strategies to keep employees motivated. Don't just appreciate middle management and ignore your staff. Increase loyalty so that employees stay and stop bad mouthing you

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The best place I worked for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsList is huge, pay and benefits is the best in Industry ( I tried and best I got was 30K less than here) and those leaving negative feedback are morons.

    ConsNot much to list if you are smart.

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep doing same

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hurry up and wait...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSalary is paid on time. Compensation is fair at first... see below. It's good to be able to learn many different sides to the job. The culture is great, people get along well. It a good first job.

    ConsIt seems to be nearly impossible to get a raise and a fairly weak benefits package/time off for the salary. There is very little professional support and many projects are left for employees to figure out on their own. Often emloyees don't hear about the project advancement until the deadline is unrealistically close.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a structure in place.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Avoid it

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Richmond, BC (Canada)

    ProsNone I can think of except easy to get in.

    ConsStart investing in employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart investing in employees, create employee development plans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    too much drama and politics

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCompensation can be good if it's negotiated. Just don't accept the first offer you are given because they will try to low-ball you. Racially, there is a lot of diversity with the bulk of employees being either Asian or brown.

    ConsThere are too many toxic middle managers who can't manage and are too involved in corporate politics and drama. HR and marketing departments are the worst! The company attempts to boost its culture through company social committee, but the activities are fake and most people are forced to participate. You have to pull crazy overtime in order to finish projects and if you don't slave away you are useless to your managers and the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop listening to middle managers who are constantly gossiping and slandering people. Get to the root of an issue by investigating it and listening to your employees and not treating them like cash cows.

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    Good for those without much experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProducts are great.
    Most of people are very nice.
    Offering opportunities to new grads and immigrants

    ConsManagement and communication between teams are weak.

    Advice to Senior ManagementExperienced and hard-working employees are valuable assets.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good company to work for

    Software Department (Current Employee) Richmond, BC (Canada)

    ProsI have been with ZE for many years and have seen people come and go. I've read some of the reviews here and do not agree with them all. The people who do well for themselves have always been those keen on working hard and willing to extend themselves. There is no lack of variety at ZE and if you want to do more, the company will give you more. However, you won't get spoon fed. Even though not always apparent, I know that the company cares for the employees and management is passionate about their business and its success. I have enjoyed my long tenure with the organization.

    ConsIf you are looking for the standard large corporate structure and hierarchy, this company won't meet your needs. ZE is more dynamic than that. With being nimble, you won't always find formal structure. That's a good thing for some and not so much for others. However, you won't ever get the same opportunities to do different things than you would at ZE and you'll learn many things quickly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInject more senior management to help with ongoing mentoring of staff. Keep pushing people to challenge themselves not everyone knows how to do that.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Competent management, though sometimes not in touch with reality

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits are market competitive.
    Corporate tries hard to build culture through extra curricular events, while not always succeeding, one cannot fault them for trying.
    Salaries are around average for entry level (opposed to some companies that really try to gouge junior level employees).
    Some really bright people can really help your work.
    Not much overtime going on and no take home work.

    ConsLack of parking and not convenient with transit.
    Flat hierarchy makes moving up near impossible.
    Salary increases are delayed or dragged on.
    Vacation cannot be carried over.
    English not a competent language for some people makes communication a chore.
    Favoritism abound.
    Not many opportunities.
    Merit based on seniority rather than competence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people who have mastered the the use of the English language

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to visit but you wouldn't want to stay here.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Richmond, BC (Canada)

    Pros- ZE gets some things right, namely the work environment. This is to the credit of those managers that maintain a largely informal atmosphere.

    - Many of the other employees were great to work with and easy to get along with, contributing to the friendly atmosphere.

    - They're willing to hire those with less experience and let them take on more responsibility, so they make an alright entry vector into your career.

    - End-of-year bonuses were typically good.

    Cons- Pay and benefits are much lower than other companies in the industry are offering. They are unwilling to truly negotiate wages and benefits, and will make you a quick low-ball offer should the chance arise, and act offended when you make a counter-offer. Wages and benefits seem to be arbitrary and are not at all commensurate with experience or performance.

    - Management is close-minded and doesn't take employee suggestions and complaints seriously. Infighting and disagreements between managers lead to issues being forgotten about or dropped, or suggestions being declined as a matter of course. Oftentimes vague promises will be made and forgotten about when it comes time to act on them, even in important categories such as employee safety and regulatory compliance.

    - Most employees don't truly care about the company because management seems to not care about them. As a result, employee turnover is high and there are very few long-term employees remaining outside of management. Senior management holds the belief that even the high turnover rates at ZE are structural and to be expected, and they absolve themselves of any culpability when employees resign due to dissatisfaction with the company. Very little is given to employees in the way of a vision or insight into corporate strategies and health; often there is a four- to six-month gap in between corporate meetings, if they happen at all.

    - There's little room for career growth due to all the executive positions being occupied by the El-Ramly family. When a "promotion" is offered, it typically consists of increased responsibility with the promise of increased pay after the mid-year performance review, though this rarely materializes.

    - HR doesn't take their positions seriously and doesn't have the experience to run an effective department. Questions about benefits are dodged or referred to somebody else. Questions of policy are ignored. The accounting department shares the same issues.

    - Written policies are vague or simply non-existent, such as in the case of employee overtime, reimbursement for use of personal property, or occupational health and safety. When policy changes are promised, they take years to materialize due to bumbling or inaction on the part of senior management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees' concerns and suggestions! Your employees are being adversely affected by your inattentiveness and lack of communication. Letting experienced employees leave the company due to dissatisfaction costs you an inordinate amount of time and money when it comes time to replace them, due to training and sourcing a candidate. Improve your bottom line by improving your employees' experiences - give them a fair salary and treat them like people, not cattle. Most of the reviews posted here share the same concerns, obviously the issues aren't being addressed and the high turnover rate and lack of enthusiastic participation will continue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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