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Pros
  • Free lunch, opportunity to learn, great culture (in 36 reviews)

  • Overall great culture because of the people (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The company seemed to have a high turnover of employees (in 4 reviews)

  • Very limited career progression - and low salary (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great perks"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management works hard to promote a sense of community, free lunch every day and numerous other events and perks to keep people happy and engaged. Office atmosphere is polite and friendly, easy to get help and advice from others.

    Cons

    Industry as a whole is struggling, multiple rounds of layoffs in the last few years as the company struggles with slowing revenue and changes in overall strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate clearly the challenges the company is facing; don't sugar coat anything. People appreciate being told the truth.


  2. "Good place to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free food
    Holiday Party
    Location
    Management is top notch
    Good salary

    Cons

    Somewhat of a boys club in the senior team
    Hard to move up

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with employees


  3. "Enjoy your time there while it lasts."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Content Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, catered lunch every day, generally good coworkers. Good events. There is a break room with a ping pong table that can be good for relieving stress as well as several rooms with comfy chairs.

    Cons

    Promotions difficult to come by. Layoffs 3 times last year. Little interdepartmental communication and few training opportunities. Many digital tools used are proprietary and so after leaving the company this experience can prove to mean very little.

    Advice to Management

    Let the little guys have more than a glimpse of what's going on with the company overall.


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  5. "A Comfortable Place to Work if You Don't Mind Standing Still in Your Career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shopzilla full-time

    Pros

    There are free lunches and frequent team building events including an annual one-day outing for the company and a three-hour early release on Fridays in the summer. Most groups have flexible work hours that fit around the personal needs of the workers. Benefits are good including low cost health care.

    Cons

    The best positions are given to new employees who don't stay long. A job here is better for someone early in their career as a stepping stone to something more challenging. Groups with long term projects reward their members much more highly than groups with many short term tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Share more responsibility and allow workers to take on more responsibilities, learn new skills, and advance.


  6. "Pay attention"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shopzilla (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great core group, of the workers who actually care aka the workers and line managers not the executive team.
    Social Responsibility they give back to the community
    Great Parties
    They provide a lunch time variety of lunch specials both hot, cold, and grab it and go and yes it is free as long as you sit at your desk like a worker bee. (nothing is really free, right?)
    The other freebie's like fruit, water, soda's and coffee, and it is Starbucks is cool, and the best option really.

    Cons

    Passive Aggressive culture
    Leaders don't engage you they talk at you, they are a group of bulldozers and they all fight to be hero's.
    There is absolutely no collaboration, at all caution to anyone who thinks they could come in at a leadership role and actually win/win.
    Leaders plot and sabotage each other and talk badly behind one another everyone would have knifes sticking out their back like a funny Tim Burton animation movie or better yet beetle juice!
    I'm still not sure what the purpose or the direction of the company is since the take over in July 2011? Is it to annoy the B2C shoppers with more pop up windows; so you click them away thinking they will magically disappear? Nope they come back like a bad habit, the more you click the more they make for being an agitator of your time and the tracing of your cookies, to the put they know everything about your spending habits and then some.

    Advice to Management

    Think about your end goal and really be open and honest for a change, embrace your values on your web site. Remember leaders actions speaks volumes to your words which have time and time again given or equal to empty promises. Plus, if your goal is to sell say it and make sure people really know why they are coding for hours and hours on a project like a journeyman with a nail and hammer, what are "you" building the same architecture over and over the same legacy code. I wish you well.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Definitely gone through some changes..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consumer Acquisition Area in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consumer Acquisition Area in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall great culture because of the people.

    Cons

    Lost some great leadership over the years after Scripps acquisition, and not as much of a "fun" place. "Old boys school" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Take more pride in the valuable people assets you have or could have, rather than stick to the old schoolers just for the sake of keeping them around.


  8. "Great job after college however retention of talent is tough at Shopzilla"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shopzilla full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - When I was working there we had a great flat culture
    - Great work environment

    Cons

    - Notoriously low pay
    - Depending on the department, not a ton of room to move around


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "it's not too bad"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    free food and snacks, casual dress code, fun events

    Cons

    stuck- up management, no communication.

    Advice to Management

    keep your employees happy. you couldn't do this without us.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Fun people and environment in a very dynamic and challenging market"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Frontend Developer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Frontend Developer in Santa Monica, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A fun group - they had a great sense of humor and an outstanding internal culture. Good benefits, outstanding free lunches, and operated on flex time. The IT support is great and their development hardware was awesome. CEO was extremely accessible and friendly.

    Cons

    The are actively working to decouple their future success from existing external dependencies - until that happens, they will forced into a reactionary mode too often.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the outstanding opportunity and good luck with the new management structure and future opportunities!


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