ZE PowerGroup

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ZE PowerGroup Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
41 Reviews
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  1. 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    What a disaster.

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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
  3.  

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

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

    I worked at ZE PowerGroup as an intern (less than an 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
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Only acceptable as a last resort.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Intern in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Development Intern in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at ZE PowerGroup as an intern (less than an 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
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Head up CEO Hole

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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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has been good experience overall

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    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
  8. 24 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 an 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
  9. 11 people found this helpful  

    Glad its over

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Richmond, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Easy entry, when no one hires

    Cons

    Management team is like security guards, Don't know what really goes around under surface but pretend to know everything. They frustrate juniors, unload their crap. Some of the morons I heard are still there, even promoted and smart ones already left, why not when market pay half more. company surviving with luck, easy to get wiped by new competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Due to the size of company, your ability could be recognized by upper management if you have a strong work ethics. Good place to start your career and build your experience.

    Cons

    Management seemed to be disorganized and had high turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Make your own judgement whether you'd like to be here...

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

    I worked at ZE PowerGroup full-time

    Pros

    Look - 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.

    Cons

    Certain 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 ManagementAdvice

    Compensation 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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