Spiceworks Ziff Davis Reviews

Updated Jan 10, 2021

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4.0
79%
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6 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good company culture, encourages success and rewards you well when you hit targets(in 15 reviews)

  • "Casual dress code, approachable team members, free food(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "It’s a mid-size company that has experienced some growing pains over the past few years(in 12 reviews)

  • "Company either can't or doesn't want to invest in developers in Austin(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 

    I worked at Spiceworks Ziff Davis full-time

    Pros

    I loved my time at Spiceworks

    Cons

    I felt it was a difficult and complicated business

  2. "Changed for the better post ZiffDavis acquisition"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spiceworks Ziff Davis full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The company expresses progressive ideals....

    Cons

    ...but the company still has a lack of diversity.

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  3. "Great place"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales 

    I worked at Spiceworks Ziff Davis full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work at!

    Cons

    I have none to speak of.

  4. "Solid Work Atmosphere"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Account Executive 

    I worked at Spiceworks Ziff Davis full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work. Good people. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Culture just changed over time to where it wasn't as good a fit for me.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Profits over people - but GREAT people"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Success Manager in Austin, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spiceworks Ziff Davis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I've worked at Spiceworks for 5 years and have experienced a lot through its many chapters. When I joined it was a late stage start-up and very much had a people first culture under the founders' leadership. Luckily, this has resulted in a positive hiring strategy that has stuck around throughout the years and does a great job at filtering out the bad apples. You will work with some of the smartest and best people in the world - which is very tough to find! Alongside that, SWZD is now a work from anywhere company which gives you lots of flexibility when it comes to where and when you work. They also provide a robust benefits package with a stock purchase plan and matching 401k. Finally, I will say that lower and mid level managers are generally folks that truly care and want you to succeed. They don't always have a ton of control, but are willing to work hard to help ensure your experience is positive.

    Cons

    Since Spiceworks was acquired by J2/Ziff Davis, there has been a cultural shift away from people and huge shift towards profits. As a publicly traded company, I completely understand the need to focus on profits for our shareholders; however, it has come at the sacrifice of the culture SW was built upon . This manifests itself in many ways, but often they like to save on costs by not backfilling departing team members and expecting the same or better results from the impacted team. This ends up burning out some really good people. Additionally, if you join the Revenue team, you will most certainly become frustrated with the business' lack of ability to hold sales accountable for doing their job correctly. Unfortunately this isn't a new problem as it has been prevalent for over 5 years. If you are in sales, enjoy the freedom you receive. Those working with sales will most certainly find frustration working with an employer who bends to the wishes or persistent complaints of sales team members and their leadership.

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  6. "Great Tech"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spiceworks Ziff Davis full-time

    Pros

    Great people and tech and Infra

    Cons

    Move to India was a death sentence

  7. "Good Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spiceworks Ziff Davis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company, great pay, and fun place to work.

    Cons

    Slow to develop product and scale

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Great people, bad management"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spiceworks Ziff Davis full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance - Smart, talented workers - Opportunities to make projects fun and creative - Support and trust from middle management

    Cons

    - Confused overall business strategy to the point where even executives can't tell you what exactly the company really does or how it makes money - Frequent mass layoffs - Highly political - Roles actively being exported to India - Dishonest positioning about state of company upon hire

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  9. "Great place!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in Austin, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spiceworks Ziff Davis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are amazing to work with.

    Cons

    Lots of change happening, that is taking away from the work.

  10. Helpful (8)

    "Sinking ship"

    2.0
     

    I worked at Spiceworks Ziff Davis

    Pros

    The people. That's about it.

    Cons

    Everything else. Well I guess you can consider snacks a pro but they are seriously lacking there too.

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