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"Great Expectations - it's not all fun and games at Zillow. The company is headed for great things."

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
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Pros

Fun. Beyond the team "morale" activities, sponsored ski days, ping pong, Guitar Hero, and other activities, the people at Zillow are friendly and warm. Laughter is a sound heard almost daily. People enjoy working at Zillow.

Honest, approahcable leadership. The executive team is absolutely forthright about their decisions (and mistakes), the status of the company, and the direction moving forward. Furthermore, these honchos are down to Earth and easy to talk with. For example, the CEO sits on the floor during all-hand meetings and has even been known to kowtow in thanks for hard work. The company feels like one big team.

Cons

Hard economic times have especially affected start-ups like Zillow. Layoffs, the struggles to make profit in a down market, and the relentless pace of under-staffed development slowly sap the energy of a small company.

Because the company is still young, there are limited resources for salary increases or other incentives. Stock options can only entice so much effort.

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work, but try not to do too much with too few resources. If you're not willing to employ more people don't stretch the current employees too thin. That will exhaust creativity and ultimately suffocate the amazing culture at the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Zillow

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment is fantastic and everyone has the same goals in common in making zillow the best online real estate website. It is a very fun and energetic environment to be around which makes it easier to come to work each day. This is also the first place that I worked where there was free coffee, soda, juices and snacks! We also have an amazing view of the Pugent Sound and the mountains from the 46th floor of the Wells Fargo building. The laid back dress code is also a plus, since we don't have to spend a lot of time getting too dressed up in the morning.

    Cons

    I don't see any downsides to working at zillow.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


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    "FTG"

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    Current Employee - Quantitative Modeler in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Quantitative Modeler in Seattle, WA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best reasons to work for Zillow include working with very bright and talent people, under exceptional great leaders such as the founders and managers. Zillow potential long-term upside is very clear to me. It has a very strong solid foundation allowing it to grows much bigger than it is today. This foundation includes successful experienced top rate management team, amazingly smart and hard working employees. Together, the people at Zillow has a working process to build, upgrade and improve products that can attract customers without spending advertising money. The products such as Zestimate and Mortgage Market place are fundamental bases for many product expansions to attract many visitors to the Zillow website.

    Cons

    Small start up company with high risk of not turning profitability within expected time line.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing! Just continue creating plans and execution toward optimal long term growth.

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