Zywave

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Zywave Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
89 Reviews
4.0
89 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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    • 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 an 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.  

    Great opportunities but easy to get burned out

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    I was an intern very briefly

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

    I have been working at Zywave part-time (less than an 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
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  5.  

    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 an 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
  6.  

    Account Executive

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    • 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 an 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

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

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    • 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
  9.  

    Zywave keeps getting better!

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

    I have been working at Zywave full-time (more than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start, growth potential is limited in certain areas of the company

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

    I worked at Zywave full-time

    Pros

    Nice facilities, generous paid time off, up-to-date technology. Training was very good and they helped get your up to speed on the insurance industry as a whole and individual products. Seem genuinely interested in providing valuable feedback to their employees.

    Cons

    Lack of communication often makes completing tasks difficult, no accountability for some managers, often found responsiveness from direct manager lacking. Comparatively low pay for similar positions at companies in the area (for corporate employees like recruiting, training, marketing, partner support and partner relations - this generally excludes development, sales). Growth potential is limited, particularly for corporate employees (this does NOT apply to sales). Turnover is high, "churn and burn" mentality leads to seemingly low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perks are great, values are also great in theory but often lacking in practice. Hold managers accountable, develop a system where an employee can feel comfortable to go to someone other than their manager, particularly if they are experiencing difficulties with their manager. Even entry level employees have something to provide to the company, find a way to show that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Glitz without substance.

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

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

    Pros

    young and energetic workforce
    nice HQ building
    free soda
    good PTO
    very fun company parties and events

    Cons

    it is the ultimate old boys club, especially since selling to the new PE firm in Nov 2013 and naming a new CEO. new CEO is nothing more than a sales manager, and it shows in his areas of focus.

    they only sell to insurance brokers, many of whom are going out of business due to Obamacare.

    product lines are "ok" but need something new. have not been adjusted properly for Obamacare.

    too many sales territories = lower compensation for each of us. we have already called everyone in each territory A LOT (like 15-20 times per prospect per year)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - become a real meritocracy again.
    - get some new blood in the executive team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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