Zinio Reviews

Updated April 4, 2015
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  1. The company to work for if you want to leave a dent in tech industry.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zinio full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is a major stakeholder and can influence the product immensely. People respect each other and value opinions. There are occasional lunch outings, happy hours. It's a very laid back work environment.

    Cons

    You will have way more responsibilities than your average startup.

    Advice to Management

    Promote meritocracy.


  2. Terrible terrible terrible This place has no clue what they're doing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager of Customer Support in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager of Customer Support in New York, NY

    I have been working at Zinio full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There are no pros whatsoever. None to speak of.

    Cons

    Company screws over employees, the benefits package stinks, they only care about the big time publishers who are already on every single system worldwide and screw over the smaller publishers.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone who actually knows that they're doing


  3. The Ship Is Sinking!

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

    I worked at Zinio

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

    Pros

    Smart employees who unfortunately care too much about the company.

    Cons

    Management is an absolute disaster. Employees are treated as property, there is absolutely no work life balance. The new CEO is only in it to cash out and could not care less about the people. The actual managers are a bunch of snakes with no back bone

    Advice to Management

    close the doors! what is the point of putting your employees through hell if you dont actually care about the business or the clients you work with. you can keep bringing in new people but the core remains the same and without real change it will be terrible business as usual


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Work here if you want your career to fail!!

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

    I have been working at Zinio full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros.. No really. ( they do provide health benefits and the occasionally breakfast if there happens to be anything left). No 401K, no Team outings, or company outings, no bonus.

    Cons

    Pretty much the direction and future of this company is in the dumps.

    Advice to Management

    New CEO, as the current one absent, is past his retirement age, has no digital/technology experience. He is driving this company to its knees


  6. Helpful (1)

    Looking good and getting much better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zinio full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Positive culture promoted by no nonsense leaders who have seen the bad times and are continually working to make it a great place Feels like a team Bonus structure put in place Hiring at nearly all locations Still a great concept

    Cons

    International markets not well targeted- though this is an opportunity which we are working on developing, especially mobile Some bad glass door reviews by disgruntled employees who have left Zinio but can't let go.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going, don't lose the positive momentum


  7. Making progress

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zinio full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    If you read the reviews here you can see that Zinio has been through a series of transitions but it's a very different company to work at than the one it was a year ago. There is strong leadership, the management is finally functional, politics is more or less gone and the company is focused on engineering with a positive and collaborative culture. I've been here for a few years and seen the ups and downs but it's now a good place to work. We're investing and hiring.

    Cons

    It's a very international company and communicating with colleagues can mean early morning or late night calls.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Turn around is looking good

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

    I have been working at Zinio full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Downsizing has removed a lot of inter-departmental rivalries and personal bitterness that had created a negative atmosphere. A much smaller team allows new people to have a big impact very quickly. Work has begun to replace what is broken and modernize all aspects of the company. New hires are bringing in lots of talent and fresh energy. The company is now profitable, with a well thought out business plan and new management with experience turning around companies.

    Cons

    Lots of work to correct years of mismanagement. Company is becoming spread out geographically, which may lead to difficulties in communication.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Poorly managed company that treats technical staff like drudges

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

    I worked at Zinio full-time

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

    Pros

    The idea itself is a great one. I'm typing additional words to reach the 20 word minimum because I can't think of anything else to say here.

    Cons

    The executive staff are incompetent and disrespectful to employees. In particular, the technical staff is treated like a slave force that is expected to work long hours for little return and generally treated like crap. The folks who maintained the relationships with publishers seemed to fair a little better.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Bleeding at the seams

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

    I worked at Zinio part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some helpful employees, decent pay.

    Cons

    Not a lot of respect for employees, regular lay offs.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Profound Lack of Leadership, Direction, and Awareness

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Convenient location, average benefits, mostly good to great co-workers. App could be the next great thing.

    Cons

    - Lack of a comprehensive staff management plan: No regular reviews, salary increases, or training. "Upgraded" titles are often given rather than pay raises. No tuition reimbursement. Very little staff development. Staff retention is an afterthought. Recruitment appears to be crisis based. - A complete and total focus on marketing and partnerships rather than a balanced set of initiatives focusing on users and groups, incremental (and consistent) app development, and innovation -- along with marketing. - A culture of silos and territories. Within each silo, work life can be somewhat satisfactory but when trying to create a "multi-silo" movement or effort, politics seems to rule the day. - Executives do not understand roles and responsibilities of product and project managers, stakeholders, and owners. Often, product and project managers are the developers, testers, HR department, accounting - it's a mess. - Management, past and present, seems to mostly come from the marketing side, rather than the tech or development side. The focus on promotion rather than refinement and innovation is the one of the key problems. - Because management is marketing and sales, appearances and politics matter more than actual results. This is a huge concern. - Executive team appears to be focused on crisis management rather than on growing the internal teams and facilitating excellence. - More SVP, VP, AD, etc. than needed. Flatten the org chart.

    Advice to Management

    - Show up in the office on a regular basis. - Get involved with your key managers, all through the company. - Become a welcome team member rather than a harbinger of doom. - Spend more time on developing your staff, app, and culture. Another inane marketing scheme will not save the company. - It's not about bagels and coffee. It's about listening. - Create a less sexist centered workplace.



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