Zetron Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Wonderful place to work

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

    I have been working at Zetron full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has weathered numerous downturns in the economy over 30+ years and emerged stable and positioned for growth every time. This is a testament to the great quality staff.....many with 15 - 25 years of tenure and more. Many employees who have left to pursue advancement with competitors have come back.

    Cons

    Due to constant adjustments to the changing economic conditions there seems to be a constant state of growing pains. There also seems to always be more work than available hands necessary to get everything done optimally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More and clearer communications from senior management on the direction of the company and more line level decision making authority would help many of the day to day challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    The company designs, develops and manufactures mission critical communication software for public safety, transportation and utility companies. You are part of an amazing team doing amazing work when you are an employee here. The dress code is business casual attire, the culture is respectful and friendly, there is an open door policy for all levels of mgmt., the CEO is accessible, a lot of positive efforts for employee engagement i.e. CEO Roundtable and employee socials, and there is opportunity for career advancement.

    Cons

    Some levels of mgmt. are resistant to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Family style atmosphere

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

    I have been working at Zetron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, slowly but surely moving ahead. Fairly stable and they make a great product.

    Cons

    A bit too much of micro-managment. Senior management needs to not think "this is always the way we've done it" and attempt to embrace new ways of doing things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company!

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

    I have been working at Zetron

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Reputed product. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Doesn't do much for individual career portfolio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to channel existing talent to do more innovations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The 1st impression cannot tell you all.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Zetron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good office location. Better 401K match. Nice HR people, and friendly colleagues at the first impression. Sharp project managers, great contract fulfillment and tech support team. Could be an easy/relax job for someone (who can manage to survive in first couple years).

    Cons

    No personal career/growth path.

    No performance review for individual annually or quarterly - not sure what all based on to give a raise/promotion. (it would have to really be fought for!)

    Chaos in management. In a small/mid-size organization, too many layers/levels (lead/supervisor for 1~2, manager for a half dozen less, director for a group of 20+) of management/leadership where all your lead/managers are checking status without understanding who is really working on something.

    Many legacy in an old fashion prevent from innovation.

    No teamwork, individual view/idea are not appreciated (unless for a dictator with strong opinions or a favorite of your manager).

    Low quality support from IT with inexperienced staff and slow responsiveness.

    Poor test engineering, in both concept and leadership.

    Out-dated infrastructure, server/database technologies; lack of engineering tools.

    Poorly implemented processes and procedures, in so-called "Agile" methodologies.

    Under-average pay, more overtime than needed.

    Politics in R&D .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce layers of management (size won't guarantee success); reward hard-working and real contributors; value individual growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Customer Service

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

    I worked at Zetron (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual, friendly atmosphere. Mostly not "level-conscious". Multiple opportunities to shadow other jobs and network at company gatherings like picnics, ice cream Friday's and barbeques. Charitable organization and caring individuals

    Cons

    Poor or conflicting direction from management. Characteristics one manager likes, another downgrades. Water cooler politics are alive and well here. No staff meetings in my work pod during my employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get along with one another and remember you have the same end game. Create job matrix plans for each job. Describe each job in detail so employees know what is expected of them and hold them accountable. Do an individual employee review regularly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decent company, pretty good values, but stodgy. Not much sizzle.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - N/A in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - N/A in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Zetron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A fairly flat org, so things can happen quickly. Relaxed atmosphere. A good place to hang out for a couple of years. Products have good reputation.

    Cons

    Mgrs and sr. staff tend to be engineers and not great with people. Not much room for career growth. Even though its a technologically oriented company, it's behind the curve in its use of technology in the job environment. This can limit employees who work here when it comes to keeping skills current.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to treat people at all levels as if they matter as much as you think you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overstaffed chain of command in a 50M company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer Lead in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Zetron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mission-critical product/industry, historical reputation, relaxed working environment (depends on team/group/department), fuzzy/loose deadline, flexible working hours, soft management, friendly colleagues/co-workers, a nice building with hiking trails around ...

    Cons

    Software product quality in bad shape (but still okay within its own industry standard), badly or less-organized team/project/process (even with many different leads/managers on top of everything), all sort of craziness/stretch on product release, lack of diversity, business or technical decision can be dictated (instead of thru an open channel), and overstaffed leads/supervisors/managers plus seniors checking status (instead of providing real support to individual who actually work on the assignment)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce management, simplify process, and encourage diversity (of opinions, ideas, and innovation)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    May not work for you

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

    I have been working at Zetron (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great products (at least within the industry), typical benefit (better 401K match 5%), nice people (most of them easy going), nice neighborhood environment (e.g. good for after-lunch hiking), relatively flexible time (but varied workload from team to team)

    Cons

    Many levels of leads and managers (in such a mid/small-size organization) ends up doing nothing but meeting and talking - normally no consequence from missing deadlines or shipping a bad product (as long as one can talk to it or play with the word).

    For engineers, not much career path to grow (unless one likes to move up into the bureaucracy and politics). Individual performance is not based on the contribution but more likely per feelings, rumors, favorites, or what cliques to fit in.

    Bottomline, there might be a comfortable spot if one trying to retire in such a legacy company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ever count how many leads and managers needed to roll a ball? Yes, it is the ball rolling, not a product! Procedures/process/management can never solve issues/problems. It is each individual that how a company can provide support, inspriation, encouragement, and care for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Was a very good company to work for, then leadership changed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Zetron full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, fantastic co-workers. Real good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Senior staff allows middle management to make all the decisions (and they're mostly bad). Old school engineers trying to develop cutting edge technology - and failing. Some managers have formed cliques and if you aren't in it then you're a nobody.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior staff - start doing your job, you are firing the wrong people and you know it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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