Zend Technologies Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
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  1. Generally working here was good, could do a better job of iterating and bringing community innovation to the enterprise.

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    Former Employee - Developer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Developer in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Zend Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good conference they put on. The products have the potential to be great, especially considering the historical significance of Zend and PHP. Given the client-base, employees/developers have an opportunity to see problems in a more "enterprise" light, which is generally not a place where you see PHP deployed in large-scale.

    Cons

    Product innovation stagnates with respect to trends in the PHP space. Execution on noteworthy ideas is poor/mediocre.

    Advice to Management

    Products must do a better job of bridging the gap between enterprise customers and PHP community.


  2. Great company, great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zend Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really smart and nice people. Super friendly environment with open communications and always an open door policy. Flexible work schedule - helps with work life balance. Very interesting space and projects. Fast paced start up environment. You can own many different projects, which makes the job interesting.

    Cons

    Cons for a start-up environment: the amount of work can sometimes be overwhelming, need better Prioritizing.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize projects better, and communicate the prioritization with the employees.


  3. Worked at Zend Technologies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zend Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Got to work with a lot of smart and good people. The opportunity to engage with customers both here in the usa and international was a welcomed challenge. Zend always put on an exciting yearly users' conference and php'ers from around the world view it as a must attend conference.

    Cons

    Product not keeping up with the times. Don't see much innovation.


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  5. Complete disconnect from reality.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zend Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to business around the world.

    Cons

    No internal communication. No culture and no goal.


  6. Helpful (1)

    No one cares about the people and there is a severe lack of communication

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Zend Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    amazing folks. very talented. The pay is good but expect to work for it two fold. the work life balance is definitely missing.

    Cons

    They work you like a dog, they do not communicate or Care. They think 65 hours a week is the standard.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to communicate with people, show you care not just about the customer but the employees. They need more people persons to gel the company together.


  7. No Clear Strategy with PHP Rapidly Losing Popularity, Inept Execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zend Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people and some good opportunities, although many of both have come and gone

    Cons

    Overconfident executives with little vision and management skills


  8. Your best chance to work with smart people on exciting and super wide spread technology

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Zend Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved working with the people at Zend Technologies -- they are smart, caring and helpful! For every situation you will get at least three solutions, all of them well thought of and articulate. The company culture is international - you get to work with people from all over globe: US, Italy, France, Germany, Israel, Ireland and more. Meeting everyone at the annual conference is a real pleasure! Weekly beer bash where we all gathered with the CEO for a quick update on the week's events in the company were a great opportunity to feel part of the company and socialize with your co-workers.

    Cons

    the workload can sometimes be too much -- like in any startup, it is up to you to work with your manager on prioritization!

    Advice to Management

    Help your employees with prioritizing the right tasks so they won't feel overwhelmed, and will have the best chances to succeed.


  9. Non motivational and non systematic thinking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Zend Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Open communication, relax environment, career:life balance

    Cons

    lack of strategic thinking, not a risk taker, always looking for short term results vs. long term


  10. Long hours and a management disconnect from the community

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Zend Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They pay a very good salary, and have a good benefits package. They also have a very flexible work schedule, which is required given half of the company is in California, and half in Israel.

    Cons

    Zend internally laid off a number of people and expected all the remaining to pick up the slack. In turn this meant that everyone was over tasked and any complaint about the number of hours would be met with a response about how many hours your manager was having to work themselves. Zend also, for being a company built on top of an open source project, has become very disconnected from the community that exists around PHP.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that your employees are being overworked (including yourself) and find a real solution other than longer days. Also embrace and reconnect with the PHP community, listen to what they have to say, and don't dismiss it.


  11. A great company gone bad.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA

    I worked at Zend Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked with some great people at Zend and worked on some very interesting projects. They really do have a core of good people distributed throughout the company.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, almost all of the interesting people I worked with were not in upper management. There was a ceiling, above which you had to be hired in and you have to be known by one of the VC companies that control the board. This means that there is rarely an infusion of new ideas into the C/VP level, it's just more of the same that you see at every start up.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate, decide what you want to do, spend more time developing products people want instead of letting marketing decide what products need to be released. Also, understand that no matter what your deadline is, the programmers there have a right to a life. You don't have the right to demand more than 40 hours from any employee, regardless of how important the project is to the company's well being.



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