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Zebra Technologies Reviews in Vernon Hills, IL

Updated July 3, 2014
Updated July 3, 2014
71 Reviews

3.7
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Zebra Technologies CEO and Director Anders Gustafsson
Anders Gustafsson
41 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Great experience. Even though I am working in the R&D dept., there is a tangible pressure and excellent support from the

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Vernon Hills, IL

    Pros

    Good learning curve. You can see the best technology in label printing market here and get used to working towards developing new models all the time. There is a clear team structure and almost everybody is encouraging when you start.

    Cons

    Location. Located in a secluded suburb of Vernon Hills where there is nothing much to do. So if you want to have a city atmosphere, you better be ready to commute for more than an hour.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great co-workers, terrible upper management. The CEO is often ignored by upper management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    Pros

    Zebra wants to be a good company. Some departments have amazing opportunities. The engineering-related areas are definitely worth consideration for their innovations and creativity. They have an enthusiastic and friendly work force that really wants to do their best every day.

    Cons

    At the same time, changes in the company leave the sense that they are spinning the Wheel of Fortune to select the day's management philosophy. This is especially evident in sales and customer support, where the revolving door continues to spin. Staffing is pared down to the point that employees are under high pressure with no release in sight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clear and consistent. During the CEO's campaign for employee input on products, I made a suggestion (later implemented) the morning of the first day. By noon, the director was calling my manager out because I dared to make a suggestion.
    Respect your employees. It just might be good business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great first internship experience

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    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
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  5.  

    I enjoy the challenges working at Zebra

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    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
  6.  

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

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    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well established company with talented, but overworked people.

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    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Really

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    Current Employee - Xxx XxXX  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Xxx XxXX in Vernon Hills, IL

    Pros

    NO Pros xxx xxx xxx xxx

    Cons

    Management works hard at finding your faults to keep performance appraisal low... IE: your 1 min late… I need you logged in at your start time…why were you away from your desk so long … I told you too do it this way, what happen. Why you were in the bath room so long… xxx said you said this, is that true. I could go on and on... Don’t keep a lot of personal items on your desk … If you don’t want suck up to your supervisor / manager, don’t apply

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customer service / Tech Support is the life blood of Corp development...Have respect for those people!!! … They are your front line and your image.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Historically Solid Wall Street Performer; Market Leader; Technically Challenging Products; Abundant Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - New Product Development Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - New Product Development Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

    Pros

    My tenure at Zebra has been exclusively in New Product Engineering and Development at our Vernon Hills, IL facility.

    What I admire most about Zebra is that it remains a company where, despite its medium-large company size, an enterprising associate can make his or her mark and receive the individual recognition they deserve. Even our co-op students and interns have visibility up through the VP level! (Prior to joining Zebra, I worked at two very large defense companies and never even saw our divisional heads.) Innovation at every level is strongly encouraged, and given the acceleration in “The Internet of Things”, Zebra is uniquely well-positioned for continued future growth.

    Cons

    In past years I might have commented that Zebra’s senior executive team tended to be too conservative. (To use a basketball analogy, they didn’t take many three point shots.) The past couple of years, however, there has been a noticeable change in attitude, led by our CEO Anders Gustafsson. The technology areas in which Zebra now plays are growing exponentially, and our senior staff recognizes that we need to take more calculated risks in response to our customer’s rapidly changing needs.

    The Zebra culture is not for everyone. As is mentioned elsewhere by other Glassdoor reviewers, Zebra maintains a “small company feel” – and I wholeheartedly agree with that. However, my take on “small company feel” is that self-starters who take personal pride and responsibility for their individual contributions and are comfortable (and even enjoy) the ambiguity of challenging work – they will thrive in this culture. People who are easily discouraged in the face of obstacles and require specific, literal, directives of their managers - these associates will not be as successful...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going strong on the innovation push! Continue to encourage and reward risk-taking. Engage more cross-organizational teams in understanding our customer’s many challenges in the face of a rapidly changing technological landscape.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    First Job out of College, Positive Experience

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

    Pros

    Zebra is a great place to work with many great teachers and mentors. Zebra has a great brand reputation and that permeates into the culture. This is a very product centric company, which is great if you are in product development, management or marketing.

    There are many employees that have been with Zebra upwards of 15 years, and are willing to share their experiences and knowledge with you. There has also been a lot of fresh new blood in middle and upwards management that has greatly improved the way we launch and position our products.

    Zebra has an excellent work life balance. There is ample opportunity for cross functional team experiences through our special internal programs. I have had significant face time with executive management as someone fairly early in my career.

    Cons

    Zebra's great brand reputation has led to some overly conservative views that can hold us back as a company from innovating and changing. While we're working on changing this,shifting culture can take time.

    Significant changes to our organization and long term strategy have not been met with staffing changes to address both skill set needs and manpower.

    While Zebra requires an MBA for many roles, their financial support for further education is minimal. Overall compensation and benefits are on par with expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management is not unified in how to treat their employees. Departments need more sense of belonging to encourage teams to go above and beyond.

    The operational management team has significant experience in this arena and knows the product well. Communicating downward to their larger teams more frequently would keep morale high even in the heat of development programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good, conservative company with great people.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Vernon Hills, IL

    Pros

    Zebra products are the gold standard in the industry and have a great reputation, and Zebra engineering is second to none. This is a large, publicly traded company that still feels like a small business - coworkers are friendly and welcoming, and management is accessible.

    Cons

    Zebra can occasionally be behind the curve on new trends, but this has been changing recently with a push for more focus and emphasis on innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing for more innovation, and continue to maintain the great work environment. One of this company's best assets is its people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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