Zoosk Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Turn-around

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zoosk full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Good benefits. Interesting problem set. Helping people find love.

    Cons

    Sr. Leadership is for the most part very junior for their positions, and it shows at times. The company needs to change directions if they are going to survive

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to consider drastic changes to the subscription model; I think Zoosk will only decline if they continue as they are going.

  2. Don

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Zoosk

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

    Pros

    They do not appreciate the value of good employees. All the good engineers have left.

    Cons

    Biased promotions. If you are good with management, you grow. else they treat you like you are nobody.

  3. Positive new leadership, transparent approach and strategy, recognizes you for your achievements

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zoosk

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

    Pros

    Zoosk is headed in the right direction and is finally doing the right things for its customers. If you work hard, you will be recognized for your accomplishments.

    Cons

    Zoosk has come a long way but it has some work to do to turn around what the previous leadership left behind. Hopefully they can get the job done and hold true to their promises to their employees.

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  5. Satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zoosk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Dynamic culture. Lot to learn

    Cons

    No tele commute option to work from home

  6. Kill Your Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the people that work here are great. Some are awful.

    Cons

    The cons I have are everything Zoosk says they do at our all hands (which is just for internal PR): career growth (good luck with that), competitive salary (maybe if you are an engineer), retain talent (then why is everyone leaving?).

    Advice to Management

    It's a shame when you say you can do so much more within a company, express that to higher ups, and then NOTHING happens. Managers are payed a ridiculous salary here - they won't be leaving anytime soon - thus the opportunity for career growth is pretty limited. Especially considering that many of the managers that were promoted internally have little to no managing qualifications. Get it together, Zoosk.

  7. Helpful (1)

    A dysfunctional little company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    flexible time off, typical startup perks. There truly is an effort from the company to give back to the local community.

    Cons

    a number of managers are in their position for loyalty, not because of any kind of leadership abilities. If Zoosk is to grow beyond its current state, or have a prayer of retaining talented engineers, then this practice must be stopped. I strongly recommend against joining this company.

    Advice to Management

    re-evaluate lower management positions. Reduce micromanagement. Make company more transparent.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Happy at Zoosk

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

    I have been working at Zoosk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nightly Dinner, Office Pets, Career Growth, Competitive Pay, Philanthropic & Company Events.

    Cons

    The neighborhood needs a bit of work but that's city living!

  9. Fired suddenly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Zoosk

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

    Pros

    salary was decent
    a few smart and nice coworkers (not the norm)

    Cons

    Depending on what team you are on, management offers little to no guidance

    Despite specifying no standards, engineering managers will nitpick your code and style (if you are new)

    There used to be a newer team, which they made seem like an innovative group that will work on new projects. In reality, it's just a probationary period for new developers during which you work on projects no one else cares about.

    I was fired from this team because they thought I wasn't getting enough work done. Actually the project was stagnating, there were no new requirements coming in. Our "team" at this point was making trivial UI changes to make it seem like we were working, or just generally screwing around. We received zero feedback from management up to this point, and couple of us were fired as soon as project ended.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. Confront and try to fix problems with your employees instead of quietly passing judgment.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Awful place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The company is diverse, dogs in the office and a nice office space.

    Cons

    Horrible upper management including the CEO Kelly Steckelberg, micromanaging, inexperienced Sr. management, no career growth and too much gossip around the office.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries are not as competitive as other tech companies in the area. Think about who you promote to Sr. Management as they might not have the skills nor the experience that is needed. Please send your Sr. Management to training on "How to be a Mgr."

  11. Helpful (4)

    Stay away

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

    I have been working at Zoosk

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

    Pros

    Good engineering team . . . .

    Cons

    too much office politics. Nobody know what is happening. Too unstable. Management is very clueless.

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