Zipcar Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
59 Reviews
3.3
59 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Discount on zipcars to use personally, laid back culture with very friendly employees and very visible management (in 6 reviews)

  • The company is growing and there are a lot of opportunities to be promoted within (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is very little room for growth (in 4 reviews)

  • Despite Zipcar outwardly retaining its own brand after the buyout by Avis Budget Group, internally there has been a huge shift in culture (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun job, poor pay!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zipcar part-time

    Pros

    Flexibility and Work/Life Balance plus lots of perks

    Cons

    Low pay for the type of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people more because they deserve it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    From Engineering - Good company, struggling to find good managers

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Zipcar full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The employees are very nice and a lot of fun. The environment isn't stressful, although this can be both a good and a bad thing.

    Cons

    There is little guidance from upper management. There seems to be a general dissatisfaction with engineering in certain parts of the company. The ABG acquisition hurt morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries should be reassessed throughout the engineering department and applied uniformly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Take this into consideration...

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    Former Employee - Member Services Associate
    Former Employee - Member Services Associate

    I worked at Zipcar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, great culture prior and post acquisition, the local management teams cares about staff.

    Cons

    Some goals were not always reflective of the market's growth or member base, home office doesn't care to see what the local offices struggle with and how those struggles effected the market's operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work as a lower level staff, such as a brand ambassador for a week with the goals in mind. While it does depend on the market and the type of event, sometimes, we really struggled.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    When you hit homeruns in the minor leagues, does anyone cheer?

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Zipcar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    No real management to speak of, so you often have a lot of room to make whatever decision you want. Definitely some smart, if relatively junior engineers on board. Real problems could be on the table, but (see cons).

    Cons

    No real management to speak of, so you often have to manage up, navigate politics (different teams trying to take leadership because management refuses), watch work go to waste as teams pull on both ends of the rope at once, individual egos vying for superiority in lieu of any collaborative goal, etc.

    More than anything the issue is that Zipcar doesn't treat itself like the major leagues.

    It cheaps out by paying good engineers less than market value and makes up for lack of appropriate staffing with a really strong internship program with Northeastern. No offense to our interns, they are all honestly great, but they also can't provide mentorship to engineers in mid-career. It doesn't help that the on-boarding process basically doesn't exist, because it means constantly hiring junior folks just wears down the more senior ones.

    Depending on your personality, this could be a pro or a con, but: Zipcar is not going to be Google or Amazon or really anything more expansive than its core service. We're not pushing the envelope on what can be done. We're just shepherding a service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the long run, cars won't really matter. Have we produced tech that can be applied to anything else?

    In terms of specific advice: improve on-boarding, mandate departmental standards, force communication between teams until the culture changes, and give us a higher goal than "let's try to rewrite all this legacy code in like the next decade".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to learn

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    Current Employee - MSA  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - MSA in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Zipcar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    coworkers, mission, culture. Seems like everyone knows everyone. Easy to stand out if you work hard and offer input. Lots of socializing outside of work

    Cons

    becoming much more corporate, people leaving, the pay is considered low but the benefits are pretty good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    maintain Zipcar culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    good company terrible job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zipcar

    Pros

    easy money, get out of the office

    Cons

    long hours standing, expected to get high numbers of apps although its unlikely.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Keep Looking Brand Ambassadors

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    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Zipcar part-time

    Pros

    It's a very laid back environment. Everyone wants to have a good time. Upper tier managers are great and really know how to use their resources. They care about the personality of the company. Extremely flexible with people's time. Many compliments to upper management. Good pay for having no experience.

    Cons

    Standards are unclear. Some people are a lot lazier than others. Some employees kick themselves to be shining. Even then it's okay at best. The pay is nice and easy work but there is absolutely no reward and the managers need to learn how to manage. Communication is not good at all because the structure is very messed up internally and the person leading the BAs do not plan ahead to make their time worthwhile. A lot of them have a foot up their butt however because they lack integrity and strong team building skills to actually function really efficiently. You meet a lot of good characters there but then there are more people that you just wonder what they do all day because even out at events, it's like they just sit around.

    Being a BA, there are not enough of us and they can call us on any shift whenever they want if your availability is well, available. This means that if you put available on your schedule, you are pretty much on call. This is a pain in the butt and no body communicates where to meet or what needs to be picked up or even how to get in the office before an event starts (definitely not the manager of the BAs) While they say they are flexible with scheduling as long as you can get your shift covered (which is really great and all) but there is never anyone to cover your shift because there are not enough of us out there. They also don't plan well with resource planning. The scheduling part really sucks unless if you want to forfeit any life you would like to have during the weekends (when I started I thought that was okay, now I think its cruel that you can devote 25 hours in one weekend to stand around and talk to drunk festival people)

    Work is not distributed evenly and it is hard to know when you are doing things right or wrong. Also training is pretty much non existent. You learn on the job and if you don't learn you might just guess all the time or ask another BA but that makes you feel like you can't do much and you have to just keep relying on each other. A lot of BAs really screw up accounts anyways. They give away a ton of free driving credit which is always fun but then when it comes to applications they forget what has to be completed or told to the new member because they were never really trained. It really messes with the backend of the work for the team leaders.

    Also pay is low compared to other BA jobs. Discount is amazing which kind of makes up for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage your time and your people if you want to be respected. Thank you for being so accommodating to everyone's personal life. Flexibility in the job was good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zipcar part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Discount on zipcars to use personally, laid back culture with very friendly employees and very visible management.

    Cons

    Difficult growth phase they had going on, lots of contracted help and turnover at the time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Operations Manager

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Zipcar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team of very talented people here. Most seem to enjoy what they do which makes the culture very enjoyable.

    Cons

    Pay seems lower than what some of my contemporaries make in similar industries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of truly listening to the customer, they'll tell you what you need to do to earn and keep their business. Listen to the staff as well, they'll tell you what to do to make this an even better place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, lots of work to do

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Zipcar full-time

    Pros

    Great location. Fort point is one of the best neighborhoods in Boston to work.
    Smart people. The brand and compensation allows them to attract smart people. The problem is keeping them there.
    Good compensation. The engineering department has been through a lot of change and I think the management team realizes they need to hire smart experienced people to rebuild.
    Great product. Zipcar is cool and you really do have a chance to make it even better.
    Good culture. There is still change coming - some people need to leave, others need to step up and take ownership, but at the core is a bunch of young people who want to do good work.

    Cons

    Old technology. We are working hard to address it but Zipcar is still running on severely outdated tech.
    Organizational disfunction. Product and engineering don't feel in sync, period. The engineering department is not well organized. Getting stuff done with ops can be very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of your problems are people problems that at preventing people from doing good work. Seek to further empower individuals and break down barriers to progress at all costs. Hire for a vp of technology and empower them to make aggressive change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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