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Connexity Product Manager Reviews

Updated May 22, 2012

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Connexity CEO   William G. (Bill) Glass
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3 Ratings
  1. "Positive, progressive and possibly the most fun I've ever had at at job!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Connexity

    Pros

    The leadership is innovative and compassionate but also challenging and wants to make sure we enjoy our work environment. My project manager was a hard ass but also worked harder than anyone I'd ever seen and was a total company woman without being a kiss ass. The comments that I see about this company baffle me and can only be from lazy ass people who truly couldn't hack it at this company where they are workaholics and actually expect you to deliver.

    Cons

    The new owners at times seemed to be only concerned with the bottom line, which if you are an equity investor, which all employees are, is a good thing but then again they need to recognize that the bottom line is because of their dedicated employees who are the talent that make this company what it is. They need to not be too nearsighted less they lose sight of their goals in the end. I think that cutting back, as they did with my job, will eventually hurt them in the end.

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  2. "A Company With a Great Heart and TONS of Opporunity"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Senior Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Connexity

    Pros

    Shopzilla is a company with a lot of problems to solve and that's a good thing. It has great market share in an area of intense competition (shopping comparison) but it is at the point where the company as a whole needs to come up with innovative solutions and possibly make some large structural changes to the business model. The reason I've placed this in the Pro section is because change like that means there's a huge amount of opportunity for smart hard working people to solve those problems and have a large measurable impact on the bottom line. I believe that most of the recent negative reviews posted here are from a couple of individuals posting multiple times and should be taken with a grain of salt for multiple reasons: 1. To compete with companies doing the same work at lower costs Shopzilla took several steps including downsizing to smaller development and operations teams, outsourcing low level development and operations tasks to India, and taking on some large infrastructure projects to move on to lower cost technologies. The first two steps have obviously angered some people, but they were necessary steps required of any modern mid-sized software company with strong competition. 2. With the recent change in ownership came a re-evaluation of priorities, teams were switched around there was restructuring etc. Many people are no longer working on projects and ideas that they had become emotionally invested in. Obviously that makes people grumbly, but the structural changes were necessary and have opened up tons of opportunity for those who are willing to take it. 3. Most of the project managers at Shopzilla are female, the majority of the engineers and developers are male. There are some engineers and developers who have a very hard time showing respect for the intelligence and contributions of their female project managers and that is a terrible shame (for the sake of transparency, I am male). The gist of what I'm trying to say is that Shopzilla is a company that has a huge opportunity to grow, and the smart hard working people that show up with enthusiasm and take the company to where it needs to be are going to see great returns on their contributions. What Shopzilla is not, is a place where you show up from 11 to 5 (if you show up at all) eat your free lunch, check in a bit of code, and then collect raises and promotions every year. All of my Shopzilla coworkers are fun, vibrant, welcoming people. I have never experienced this clique-ness that I see mentioned multiple times, I have never felt socially excluded in any way from any level of the organization nor have I seen coworkers acting clique towards others or excluding anybody. Again I believe that many of the reviews here are from just a couple different former employees who had especially negative experiences (you can kind of tell from the similar usages of terrible grammar and punctuation, and the frequent repetition of the same complaints). Shopzilla is by no means perfect, but it is a great place to work with solid benefits and compensation and I personally am excited about where the company is headed.

    Cons

    It seems like the senior management team works hard to elicit and respond to feedback from employees, however many of the company wide initiatives seem to emerge from oblique secretive meetings proceeding from conceptualization into implementation in a top-down unilateral manner. While within my own team I feel like I have many opportunities to provide input, ideas, and direction it seems like some employees don't get the same opportunity to influence the larger products that they work on. Like I have said I think there is a huge opportunity for those looking to roll up their sleeves and contribute, but its not entirely obvious where those enthusiastic workers should turn when they have great ideas/solutions.

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  3. "Good benefits; Management is territorial and competitive with each other."

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Product Manager in West Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Connexity

    Pros

    Great benefits. Free lunch. Great location. Lots of fun company events. Opportunities to take classes and for professional development.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. The company culture is cliquey and management is more concerned about their own advancement than the growth of the company and employees. The company tries to communicate a fun exciting culture, but at the end of the day, the way employees are treated isn't great. The company tends to hire quickly and fire quickly. Aside from a handful of people that have been there for years, most people are in and out quickly.

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  4. "Shopzilla experiences growing pains, but still a great place to work."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Connexity

    Pros

    Free Lunch; Flexible Schedule; Location; Employee Morale, Rewarded for hard work; Continued start-up atmosphere.

    Cons

    Traffic getting to work; A lot of growing pains since the IPO in 2005.

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  5. "If you work as hard as you play, you won't have any problems"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Senior Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Connexity

    Pros

    Shopzilla has great people who are incredibly smart and driven. The downside to working with people like this is that they will hold you to the same standards. This is not a place where you can phone it in and expect not to be called out on it. My boss was always straight-forward about her expectations and kept a constant feedback loop open on my performance. I always knew where I stood, how to improve and could always go to her for guidance. There have been changes over the last year as the company has matured that have upped the intensity. There's still free lunch, great company events, casual dress code and interesting projects. This is not a place that is stagnant - there is always something new coming down the pipe.

    Cons

    There is some outsourcing going on which can be frustrating. Although it's a necessary evil to stay competitive, it can be disheartening to the onsite engineers and hard on those who need to provide support to those offsite teams.

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