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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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4.2 6 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

ZestFinance Founder & CEO Douglas Merrill

Douglas Merrill

(6 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great benefits, good people, cutting edge technology

    Relationship Manager (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsAbility to work from home or office, choose your own hours, be a part of a new technology that provides loans to the "under-banked". Executives have mastered the art of raising capital, so there's no shortage of funds, no expense spared, for the most part. It's a fun atmosphere, almost like the excitement of certain Silicon Valley start-ups. The technology is brilliant, providing a new financial scoring system that far surpasses FICO.

    ConsIf your position deals directly with clients / borrowers, you may have to deal with some pretty low level people that are trying to scam the system. The interest rates may be lower than payday loans, but not by much, so borrowers are paying a lot of interest which may raise some ethical questions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA little too late, but I would say crawl before you walk. Growth is a good thing, but only if the foundation is set. Make sure you stick to your morals of why you started the company, to help those in need. It's not just about making money and beating the competition.

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

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    Fun work environment, super smart people and great learning opportunities from co-workers

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    Pros1. Lots of benefits.
    2. They value learning in all aspects.
    3. Fun and engaging work environment.
    4. Good technology stack.

    ConsMiscommunication between the team members and management.

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

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    Smart people trying to change the world

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- insanely smart coworkers
    - great mission
    - good benefits (and they continually make them better)
    - lots of responsibility / tons of learning opportunity

    Cons- some cross-team communication issues as the company scales

    Advice to Senior Management- continue to keep people focused on the mission

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

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    High pay, high stress, high churn

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGood pay, flexible work schedule, lots of new technology. Also a great IT setup with your own new computer of choice and the freedom to configure as you like.

    ConsToo much politics for a small company. Management surrounds themselves with old friends and does not listen to anyone else. Benefits unbalanced with nice perks like free lunch & gym membership but stingy retirement and health plans. Projects, employees and development environment are changing all the time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees and try to build a more stable work environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I have learned so many new and exciting things at ZestFinance and met so many fascinating people.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    Pros- very smart and sociable fellow employees
    - fast-paced environment with lots of room for personal and professional development

    Cons- an increasing level of bureaucracy where it becomes difficult to introduce new things
    - very strong personalities that sometimes leads to conflict without clear resolution

    Advice to Senior Management- find a compromise with the collective group rather than force your structure upon them

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

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    It's been a challenging, rewarding experience with a group of creative and insanely intelligent people.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIn itself, the company is forward thinking. The management is first class. They listen and provide productive, useful feedback that helps encourage growth and development. The employees on the whole, are wicked smart and open for conversation. Also, working remotely is an option that is available.

    ConsDepartment communication tends to be the biggest set back. Teams will make decisions that effect others, but not communicate the idea, and cause unnecessary issues. Some teams have a limited understanding of what others do, thus making decisions questionable based on lack of knowledge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on inter-departmental communication between teams and lower management to reduce the number of avoidable errors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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