Zywave

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Zywave Reviews

Updated January 15, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
92 Reviews
3.8
92 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very flexible work life balance - certain positions allow you to work from home (in 19 reviews)

  • Goals are attainable, work hard/play hard environment, outside of work life is supported, health and wellness is recognized (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Change is constant at Zywave; those who prefer consistency and habit may not thrive (in 6 reviews)

  • Middle and Upper Management see themselves as on a mountain top (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company. Independent and money motivated mind state.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Zywave full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent. They offer lots of paid time off, 401K, health, etc. The people are the best part though. All of the management is supportive and want you to succeed. The entire company feels like a team. As a member of the sales team, we work together to find the best practices and approaches to negotiating and making our prospects more responsive. It is a great environment for someone that is willing to learn.

    Cons

    The training could be more in depth regarding their additional products. More specific guidance is necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more sales training after bootcamp.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of benefits, but below average salary

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    - Innovative atmosphere
    - Fantastic coworkers
    - Learning opportunities are everywhere
    - Lots of PTO
    - Flexible working hours

    Cons

    - Executive team recognizes management but not the employees completing the work
    - Salary is incredibly below average, even for Milwaukee
    - No room for growth as teams are downsized and moved to different departments
    - Promises of promotions that never come through due to "budget"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing the departments that need it. Expand Product Development and give them the resources needed to produce world-class software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Zywave full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    An abundance of Pto and paid happy hours for sales, flexable hours, Relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    You have to be part of the club to succeed, a bunch of fresh out of college kids that just want to party. Poor management structure as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting just because you like people, actually look at the skill of the person. Also, start hiring people with experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities but easy to get burned out

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for advancement
    Flexible working hours
    Lots of PTO
    Fun, dynamic, challenging atmosphere with great coworkers

    Cons

    Employees, especially anyone who is a team lead or manager or above, are expected to handle massive workloads at times
    Many people tend to get overwhelmed and overworked, very high stress and fast paced culture
    Salary is way below market, making it tough to justify the stress. The flex time and PTO are nice but it becomes tough to take time off when you're so busy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to take burden off the plates of middle management or people will continue to burn out and leave.
    Offer more competitive salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I was an intern very briefly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - Intern in Wauwatosa, WI

    I have been working at Zywave part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    very fun atmosphere filled with lots of friendly coworkers

    Cons

    i wasnt there long enough to have any complaints.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Zywave full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, uncapped commissions, forward thinking leadership

    Cons

    although necessary, the training process is tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    2 years employed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Wauwatosa, WI
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Wauwatosa, WI

    I worked at Zywave full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere
    Good location
    Nice people
    Work-life balance
    In-depth new-hire training program

    Cons

    Little room for growth
    Employees are too young/right out of college/no experience
    Salary is not competitive, in fact, below average
    Little room for growth unless you're a "teacher's pet"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more competitive salaries, don't focus on hiring right out of college, focus more on advancement opportunites and employee appreciation rather than trying to be "the cool kid"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Weird, intimidating culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Sales in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Young staff, trendy building, ummm. Free soda.

    Cons

    Training seems to be geared towards encouraging failure and surviving the worst possible scenarios. Literally 10% of it is relevant. Middle management is weak, there is constant turnover, and all of the veteran employees complain about the near-constant changes that take place. Commission structure and territory alignment are also ever-changing. People are fired during the training program ALL THE TIME.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the development of employees. Train them to succeed rather than subject them to high school-type homework (the content of which is primarily outdated) during training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Can't ask for a better place to start a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    - The opportunities afforded to employees fresh out of college are far superior to those given to entry level positions at larger organizations. If you can prove yourself to be valuable, you will find yourself working on high-level projects that other larger companies would only trust to their most senior employees. Opportunity is everywhere, the company is growth minded and never sitting still.
    - Incredibly flexible hours, work / life balance is outstanding
    - PTO is very generous and easy to use- management embraces the flexible hours
    - There are a ton of incredibly knowledgeable people in various positions throughout the company that are always willing to share information and teach those who want to learn
    - Open door policy on all levels- management encourages people to seek out other departments and learn about how their role interacts with other departments and effects the company as a whole.
    - Young company- culture is very fun and laid back, company outings are always a blast.
    -CEO is very active and engaged with his employees, always says hi, starts a discussion, and often acknowledges individual accomplishments on a company-wide stage.

    Cons

    - You pay for the perks in the form of compensation that is lower than the marketplace in Milwaukee
    - Constantly changing cubicles / work spaces- seven changes over three years
    - The coffee is the worst.... The worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the culture at Zywave is some of the best the Milwaukee area has to offer, stay the course!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Zywave keeps getting better!

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

    I have been working at Zywave full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employee opinions matter, management is very approachable. Excellent work/life balance! Lots of company events and ways to meet new people. We celebrated the World Cup with an office party of wings and beer!

    Cons

    This is a high performing culture with lots of change that not everyone can work well in. The building is started to get too full due to the rapid company growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always complete due diligence before making decisions. Keep us in the loop about plans for future growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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