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Zenefits Overview

San Francisco, CA
501 to 1000 employees
2013
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
The Zenefits People Platform brings everything HR into one radically simple, single app. Our platform is designed to be comprehensive without being overly complex. It puts benefits, payroll and HR access in the pockets and at the fingertips of employees.

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Mission: To be the radically simple technology backbone which removes the administrative barriers to business growth. Our purpose is to help America's small and medium-sized businesses —the backbone of the US economy—start, run and grow.

Company Updates

  • Start off your Tuesday on a high note! An inspirational note from our CEO Jay on the importance of embracing the grind to grow in your career: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQmGx

    Zennation - Want to Grow? Embrace the Grind - A Note from Zenefits CEO Jay Fulcher |

    Want to Grow? Embrace the Grind - A Note from Zenefits CEO Jay Fulcher |

  • We're inspired each and every day by the colleagues that we sit next to, whiteboard with, and volunteer alongside. ZenNation is full of builders, movers & shakers - get to know our employees on our employee blog! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQGvC

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    Learn about life at Zenefits through the eyes of our employees on our employee blog, ZenNation.

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Zenefits – Why Work For Us?


What if you went to work each day knowing your efforts are making life better for employees?


This is ZenNation. Where we celebrate the world of work, and each other. Building a platform that’s fit for everyone means building a company that mirrors that approach. We’re building a culture that fosters a collaborative environment, supports our differences, quirks, individuality, and celebrates all the things that align us.  


At ZenNation we’re drawn to colleagues with a deep sense of curiosity, empathy, and adventure. We admire risk takers willing to stand up for what they believe in and challenge the status quo for the greater good. Where some see challenges, we see opportunities - because we’re in it together.


Interested in learning more about what life is like at Zenefits? Check out our employee blog here!

Jay Fulcher, Zenefits CEO

So you can get to know our new CEO, Jay Fulcher, we wanted to share an excerpt from an email he sent to emloyees from his first day on the job. We are beyond excited to have him onboard and couldn't be more proud to welcome him to the Zenefits family. To view more info on our CEO, check out this article from VentureBeat. ---- Today marks my first day as Zenefits’ CEO. 

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Change can be difficult, and the past year has been rough. But, despite that, I am really excited about this opportunity. I joined Zenefits because I believe this company can be an innovative and disruptive force in the industry - and is poised to make a huge impact.

What a rare opportunity.

The best days for Zenefits are ahead of us. Our mission is powerful and inspirational.  Enabling small and medium sized businesses - the economic engine of the entire US economy – to grow and succeed is a noble purpose. It should propel us every day and drive us to do our best work. What we do matters. We’re fortunate to work for a company that is capable of making a real difference. Trust me, opportunities like this do not come around very often. That’s why I was excited to jump in with both feet and I am thrilled to be here.

So, a bit about me and what fuels my enthusiasm for the journey ahead…

Having been a CEO twice before, I know this job is intense and requires my full attention...and I’m all in. I love leading a team and building something that is worthy of our time and reputation. I love to win and it drives my passion for building great companies. I’m lucky to have a great family that helps support my passion. When I am not working, I am an avid outdoorsman (horses, fly fishing, skiing, hiking, outdoor adventures, travel, etc.). I play golf but can’t seem to get my handicap any lower, so having a new job will be a huge relief.

Next, building and sustaining a great company culture is important to me. In my experience, culture trumps strategy every time. I define culture simply as “how we do things here”. As I get to know Zenefits better we’ll quickly build a culture of trust, transparency, and execution. We will work together to add these core values to how things already work at Zenefits, and make these values come to life every day as they guide our decisions and how we operate.

I am committed to making Zenefits a great place to work. I am committed to operating with integrity – every day and in every situation. I am committed to putting our customers first. Every company I have been a part of has been known for outrageous (in a good way) customer service. We will be, too, and it will be fundamental to why we win. We have a phenomenal opportunity to be the industry leader in a category we created: All in One HR.

Let’s do this.
JBF 

Zenefits is home to doers. People from all walks of life with a bias for action and an aversion to the status quo. Together, we’re building things that make running a business a whole lot easier—from automated payroll to online health insurance—and we’d really like your help. Continue reading to meet a few members of our team! 

Search positions and see where you fit in. www.zenefits.com/careers



Ben Lazarov, Senior Account Executive 

"Working at Zenefits has been extremely rewarding. Being a part of a world class sales organization is a unique opportunity that has allowed me to grow professionally while driving value to our customers every day. When I moved to San Francisco from Chicago two years ago, I knew that I was in for a wild ride. Looking back on my time since my first day, Zenefits and my colleagues have far exceeded my expectations!
I meet and work with some of the smartest people every single day. Both Zenefits employees and Zenefits customers are so excited for how we are shaping and improving the digital workplace. Our product and engineering talent is some of the best in the world, and they have built a market leading product that any sales professional would have fun selling. Now that I have moved back to Chicago to lead our sales efforts in the midwest, I am more excited than ever for what our team will achieve in the months and years to come."


Kathleen Meil, Engineering Program Manager

"Zenefits has been really important to my career! I've had a bunch of firsts here - first time hiring & building my own team and team culture, first time sitting at the table with our finance team influencing the direction of our business, and in my current role, my first time working truly on the engineering side of a tech business, learning from just astonishingly bright, hilarious and driven people. In my 3 wildly different roles here I've done my best to consistently deliver as much value as possible to our customers and my reports - I think the company and my managers have done an amazing job supporting me on that mission!"



Yuri Daniels, Growth Marketing Manager

"I’ve learned more in 9 months on the marketing team at Zenefits than I ever imagined. My role focuses on running paid digital, SEO and email campaigns, and I love the energy and culture on our team. I get to work with a talented cross-functional group of designers, analysts, sales reps and product managers. We test everything here to gain granular-level insights. Last year, I collaborated on a project with our data science team to build cross-channel attribution models that enabled us to measure marketing performance down funnel, from first-touch to closed-won. It’s been a great journey at Zenefits, highlighted by challenges I have hustled to overcome, and I can’t recommend it enough."


Sarah Blanchard, VP Customer Success

"I've been working at Zenefits for almost 3 years and have never had the same day twice! I spend my day advocating for customers and working cross-functionally to improve our products and services. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with so many customer-centric employees here at Zenefits so we can continue to build and improve our offering to our customers."


Jordan Harris, Content Marketing Manager 

"The team dynamic at Zenefits is second to none. I could be collaborating on a content marketing campaign or hiking with coworkers to the Golden Gate Bridge - either way, I know that my teammates have my back. They value what we have in common, and celebrate what we don’t, which makes me very proud to have a seat at their table.”


Team offsite at K1 indoor racetrack!

Engineers at Zenefits are constantly shipping creative solutions to some of the most challenging problems in the tech industry. We have deeply ingrained cultural values that make this possible:  

Autonomy. Our engineers enjoy an unprecedented amount of ownership of the products they work on -- making decisions about when and where to optimize, collaborating closely with product managers to spec out features, and working at the boundaries of products to ensure they work well together. The hardest problem of a startup is deciding what to work on, and in what order, and we trust our engineers to do the right thing for our customers when we’re making these decisions.  

Continuous improvement. We work constantly to improve the product for our customers, and the codebase for our fellow engineers. We believe in shipping features quickly and iteratively, but HR systems require integrity, and we expect engineers at Zenefits to build that into every feature, and every line of code they ship. "Leave things better than you found them" is one of our foundational principles.  

Collaboration. Humans are complicated, and so is HR software. Complicated software problems are solved by awesome teams of people, not by an individual hero coder. Engineers at Zenefits work in small, cross-functional teams who collaborate across disciplines and organizational boundaries using tools like Slack, e-mail, GitHub, Confluence, and Jira. We keep communication flowing constantly, so we can craft unified, intuitive solutions to the complex interlocking problems of HR.

Learn more about our current projects on the Zenefits Engineering Blog!

ZeneWomen is our most active interest group at Zenefits! We are a group that is interested in female empowerment in the workplace . Our events are centered around three pillars of education, mentorship and community, with the goal of enriching the lives of our members. As a group, we rally to give back to the community, attend seminars and meet weekly for lunch to discuss current events and other ways to enhance our community - all are welcome to join us! 

A snapshot of some of our recent activity: 

  • Volunteering with Project Glimmer 
  • Girl Geek Dinners in the SF Bay Area 
  • Volunteering with the Princess Project 
  • Hosting an onsite speaker series with female leaders including Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and founder of Ellevest
  • Lunch & Learn with The One Love Foundation 
  • Group lunch celebrating International Women's Day
  • Movie meet up to view Hidden Figures
  • Holiday book exchange
  • ZeneWomen of the month nominations! 

An onsite talk with Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest in San Francisco. 


Volunteering with Project Glimmer 

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    Pros

    - Jay is an incredibly transparent CEO, which is important to me in a leader. His standing desk is central and makes him very accessible; anyone can talk to him about the company or ask questions.
    - The vibe is incredibly progressive, inclusive, and makes coming to work really fun. We have meaningful discussions about hot topics to ensure we're ourselves actively improving our internal people management.
    - Learning and growth fostered and encouraged. I've moved into many different roles at Zenefits based on my interests, and have had unlimited personal and professional growth opportunities.

    I've been here for a long time and have seen management and the business change. I can say 100% these changes have been for the better and I LOVE working here now.

    Cons

    I would have said a month ago that it's difficult to keep up with the new faces as we hire new employees, but recently Zenefits started doing happy hours to welcome each new class and that's no longer an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the transparency into company goals and obstacles!

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Zenefits Photos

Zenefits photo of: ZenEquity spending a day of Volunteer Time off with the students at KIPP Academy
Zenefits photo of: The Zenefits team hosting our night of networking and learning about #ReactJS
Zenefits photo of: So great connecting over ReactJS in Vancouver!
Zenefits photo of: So great connecting over ReactJS in Vancouver!
Zenefits photo of: Great evening spent with the brilliant minds of many learning about ReactJS!
Zenefits photo of: Hosting ReactJS meetup in our Vancouver office!
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Zenefits Interviews

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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Zenefits in January 2018.

    Interview

    First interview was behavioral and very laid-back; We video-chatted on google hangouts for about 30 minutes. The interviewer asked me about my courses and what projects I've done and allowed me to ask questions back.
    Second interview was technical, I was expecting a much tougher question than I received so it threw me off at first. This interview was an hourlong. Overall it went well

    Interview Questions

    • Read a file, each line reading a list in the format: Employee, Boss, Team, Location.
      A boss can have multiple employees working under him who are also bosses of other employees. How would you read this data and output in a heiarchical format using indents to represent the boss-employee relationship?   Answer Question
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Zenefits Awards & Accolades

  • Best Use of Technology in Customer Service - Computer Services & Software, Stevie, 2017
  • Editor's Choice May 2018, PC Mag Editors' Choice, 2018
  • The Hottest Startups Of 2014, Forbes, 2014
  • 11 of the Bay Area's Highest Valued Unicorns, Biz Journals, 2015
  • 26 enterprise startups to bet your career on, Business Insider, 2015
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