Zones Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
163 Reviews
2.7
163 Reviews
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Murray Wright
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • potential to earn good money, good hours, lots of perks and free food (in 15 reviews)

  • I have a support role and Zones has been great-great work life balance, flexible schedule (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • They are always advertising for new account executives for a reason (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper management was inconsistent and they didn't seem to care truly about their employees (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Reinvigorated leadership has Zones on the right track

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    This company was struggling up until leadership went through an overhaul. The effects of those changes have been tangible and immediate. The company feels fresh and there is a sense of optimism from the bottom to the top. Zones has been making a sincere effort to treat employees well while growing profits. This company is moving in the right direction.

    Cons

    In the past, compensation has been less than competitive. As the company evolves however this is changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on the path you have laid out for yourselves. The efforts you are making are having a noticeable impact on the company. Zones is now a much better place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Exciting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Zones full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work Culture, great co-workers and flexibility. Great company to work for or at least start your career.

    Cons

    Management Internal decisions and Compensation (Depends if you are an inside guy or outside).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really don't think that there is any need for an advice to Zones Management. They all work great but sometimes it seems like that we need some type of glue between internal system and external system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    You get out what you put in it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zones full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you have 10 years of time to invest and can "survive" on what you will be paid, you have a chance to do some big salary numbers.

    Cons

    Zero direction. No feeling that you belong to a team out in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lost it's luster

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    Current Employee - PPM in Auburn, WA
    Current Employee - PPM in Auburn, WA

    I have been working at Zones full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    South sound commute location is great for people in Tacoma or Auburn

    Cons

    Too many changes to senior management. Employees are leaving in large numbers. Employees are not valued. Salaries are very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a living wage, value your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Product Marketing Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zones full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great.

    Cons

    So many process changes, high gaps in salary between similar positions. No training at all in some departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Unfullfilling

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Luke Zeman , company culture , pretty laid back

    Cons

    Other management is a little shady. Also, the compensation is garbage, and the commission is always wrong! As far as resellers go, i do not think manufacturers really consider Zones a killer in the midwest. Also, the CRM program is literally the worst thing ever. If you are desperate for a job, this is a good option. But its falling apart in Chicago right now; i would like elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better support in the midwest.

    Clearer outline of our commission and spiff reports

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nice people work there, but not in management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zones

    Pros

    some good managers that want you to succeed, others are just killing time

    Cons

    new leadership can't seem to make up it's mind on how to fix the business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    zones needs actual sales managers to help mentor and grow AE's, the sales managers have far too much responsibility to be effective leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A place to get your start

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zones

    Pros

    Will hire people with no experience if they are cheap enough. Good location for employees who live in the south puget sound.

    Cons

    compensation is very low. benefits are expensive. And management has a philosophy that cheaper is better. They find ways to hold back earned commissions from sales staff. It isn't a place to call home for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Handing poor equipment to low cost employees is only a band-aid. Be honest and up front about policies. Sneaky is a good word to describe their transparency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Working here is not a decision I'd repeat.

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    Former Employee - Sales Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Account Executive in Portland, OR

    I worked at Zones full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You can be hired as a Sale Account Executive with zero experience straight out of college. They also do not drug test as a condition of employment which I imagine is a big selling point to some recent college graduates.

    Cons

    Over half of my colleagues from my training class made it past the first month on the sales floor. Many of them were fired before ever completing training for not meeting expectations. The company culture is weak yet destructive to the individual employee. There are attempts to make the company seem "fun" for young account executives, but these efforts seem very surface-level and do not work to the advantage of employees in reality. The attendance policy is strict, so much so that there is extreme pressure to work even if extremely ill. The management would rather allow colds and flus to run rampant around the office (Portland) than allow an ill person to stay home through recovery. I would not recommend working at Zones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review policies so that they protect employees from unnecessary exposure to unavoidable "plagues" of illness. Provide fairer compensation to employees. The commission is a joke and does not serve as an effective motivator.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Non-Professional Organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing Operations in Auburn, WA
    Current Employee - Purchasing Operations in Auburn, WA

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

    Pros

    New CEO shaking up organization and stressing accountability, trying to move the company into the 21st Century. Removed some underperforming senior management that are not strongly tied to the owner.

    CEO recently established a community involvement program where not existed previously.

    Cons

    If you are in sales, you rule the roost and many treat the support personnel poorly. Much of the support organization is underpaid and required to work long hours in support of sales. Several executive management individuals are legacy and cannot be removed by new CEO.

    The company sells technology yet does not utilize it very well, as they put in new administrative system on the cheap which has caused more work for support and warehouse groups. Process changes are fought tooth and nail by sales, even though in the long run most will benefit them. Work from home policy virtually non-existent, which is a directive from the CIO/Exec. VP or Operations. Very strange in this day and age of mobile capabilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to hire more high caliber talent in executive positions. The IT area is poorly staffed and not a cohesive roadmap of where they are going. Many good people hired in the last 2 years, yet many have left after a short period to due issues described.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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