Shopzilla - Shopzilla provides a fun place to work but the ratio of QA to dev is unbalanced which makes the QA workload very high. | Glassdoor
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"Shopzilla provides a fun place to work but the ratio of QA to dev is unbalanced which makes the QA workload very high."

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Current Employee - QA Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
Current Employee - QA Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

*Learn the latest industry trends for QA
*Learn many new QA technologies and frameworks
*Fun place to work at times

Cons

*Industry trends implemented are not proven technologies
*Each team does non-standard QA practices (makes the ramp up time for transitioning from team to team very high)
*High turnover of employees
*If you do not have a dev background and don't want to program do not work here
*Expect QA to be heavy on automation
*Expect QA to be heavy on development skills (isn't that dev's job?)
*Very high workload - (8 hour days are unheard of)
*Food is catered in - (industry trick to get you to take shorter lunches and increase productivity)

Advice to Management

Please standardize the QA across teams so there is one unified way of performing QA. QA productivity would be higher if you separated QA Engineers from QA Automation Engineers. There is just not enough time for a good QA leader to learn years of dev knowledge if the workload and pressure is high.

Other Employee Reviews for Shopzilla

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away, not worth it."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch, free sodas. Good for contractors. Used to be very good place to learn new technology.

    Cons

    The workload has increased since the company was sold to a private investor a year ago. The new owner is outsourcing the IT organization to India, as much as possible, while business is not growing. The management team is a tight clique. They are caring more about their own rewards and promotions than anything else. For example bonuses are only for management, progressively higher with rank, on top of already higher base pay. But management is also territorial with each other. There is not much collaboration, but more and more politics and blaming. I think the company culture is backward. It favors a top-down hierarchy of the type of " the highest paid person in the room is always right". Not surprisingly the employee turnover is ridiculous, just about everybody is thinking about leaving. The many negative reviews here only show the tip of the iceberg, with the occasional rebuttals by HR or the folks who feel criticized just providing more evidence of the situation. This place is in real trouble!

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting yourself above the people who are earning your paycheck.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Executive team + Senior Management => big disappointment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for recent graduates who want to enter and learn in the IT field

    Cons

    Apart from not being able to survive in the comparison shopping space the company has some serious internal issues:

    Executive team and Senior Management are constantly trying to eliminate each other without realizing the effect on the engineers. This culture has always been there at the top level but now it is openly visible to everyone. This creates lot of negative energy within the team.

    Executive team is under a constant pressure from STG (parent company) to deliver unrealistic goals. Shopzilla just cares about the monetary goals, doesn't matter if they have to do demotions or layoffs. Executive team blindly follows what STG demands in the fear of getting fired themselves.

    As a engineer you will be always under tremendous pressure from the management to keep your job. Your skill set doesn't matter, you have to learn and apply a new technology within 2-3 weeks otherwise you'll be threatened to get fired. Senior Management is just looking for reasons (actually excuses) to fire engineers to hide their incompetence and lack of technical knowledge

    While interviewing the management will promise you big in terms of your future with the company but don't get fooled. Significant outsourcing is happening across all the engineering teams. One fine day you can be asked to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Let go. You should know when you cannot lead and exit

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