Zebra Technologies

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Zebra Technologies Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
71 Reviews

3.7
71 Reviews
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Zebra Technologies CEO and Director Anders Gustafsson
Anders Gustafsson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work Life balance was good while I was there, some WFH days were allowed (in 6 reviews)

  • Friendly environment, great benefits, raise every year (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management plays favorites and if you are not in the inner circle you will never go anywhere (in 4 reviews)

  • Executive management doesn't have a clue what goes on internally or in the marketplace (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great first internship experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Vernon Hills, IL

    Pros

    Everyone at the company was super friendly. They had the interns working on practical things and if help was needed everyone was very willing to assist. Intern events periodically and they provided a place to stay over the summer.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart and friendly people. Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes feels like they are cutting too much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I enjoy the challenges working at Zebra

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Specialist  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in Vernon Hills, IL

    Pros

    Working at Zebra is challenging, this is a good thing. You are always being challenged to use your skills and creativity to service customers. This really helps you move your career and keeps the job fun. The people at Zebra are great! Really everyone is easy to work with.

    Cons

    Consistency and communication. We went threw some growing pains, now we need to get the information to the right people at the right time. Hmmm that sounds familiar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more frequently and with better information sooner.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people but the company is old school

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some of the loveliest people I have worked with were at Zebra and there was a great depth of engineering talent

    Cons

    I found it to be very rigid and left-brained. Not much room for creativity. Very process oriented. This may be the way it has to be in this industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't be so heirarchical!

  6.  

    It has been great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work and nice compensation too.

    Cons

    Very little growth opportunities available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company with solid strategy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Solid returns to investors, good strategy. Top engineering group with a clear vision of the future. Seen a marked improvement in aligning the executive team and leadership team.

    Cons

    Getting political.If you are "in" with the right people, you'll go far. Culture could use a reboot -- they are working on it but not all the leadership is on the same page.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at some of your leadership team and how they treat employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Strong Company with great integrity, management and co-workers. Experience has been great over the 9 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Channel Account Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Channel Account Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

    Pros

    Co-workers are great to work with. Management is very positive and has integrity. Good pay and room for growth.

    Cons

    Industry seems to be going through a possible shift given the technology so extended future is a little uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the employees are happy and ensure they are trained and aware of the company's future goals.

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

    Well established company with talented, but overworked people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    Pros

    The organization is full of talented people who want to do good work. Zebra is financially stable, offers competitive pay and benefits and routinely pays out against the management bonus.

    Cons

    While a mature organization, Zebra still behaves very much like a start up company with an almost exclusive emphasis on "making the quarter". The organization continues to cut jobs under the veil of "right sizing" to preserve historically very healthy margins. Performance objectives are nearly always individual in nature resulting in pockets of improvement, but not systemic improvement. Goal setting and accountability needs to be adjusted to emphasize complete solutions and working together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start working with investor relations and PR to realistically adjust expectations of shareholders and analysts to more appropriately align with Zebra's level of maturity in North America. You cannot continue to cut jobs to preserve margins which are no longer realistic. People are overworked. While they have previously risen to the challenge, signs of disengagement are beginning to creep in. There is a sense that job cuts are never ending and that senior management expectations of what a very lean staff can achieve are unrealistic. The organization will not survive without the energy and talents of the people that make it up. A longer term view needs to be adopted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Zebra is a good company to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    Pros

    Pretty well run, professional, leader in its markets

    Cons

    Still struggling to figure out how to grow more, too engineering driven, a bit top heavy maybe.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Management Directors at Zebra are highly valued

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management

    Pros

    Zebra PM positions are global and valued employees travel the globe to identify customer requirements.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy has crept into Zebra as it approached the 1B$ plateau. You must be willing to engage in politics to play.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful to value your longtime employees. Don't always trust opinions from those that came from companies that enjoyed much lower margins.....they don't know our business better than we do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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