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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Great work from anywhere culture

    Jul 18, 2022 - Quality Assurance Editor in Austin, TX
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Management is great about boundaries around your personal life. Several times, senior executives would call out other executives for logging in while on vacation/parental leave/etc for logging in to do work as a way to take the pressure off those downstream. SWZD was work from anywhere before the pandemic, so they have it figured out. Technology package provided by company (mac or pc, monitors, peripherals, etc) along with a stipend for setting up a home office - even if you already have everything. More companies need to copy SWZD's culture to successfully implement a work-from-anywhere or hybrid work environment. They have a "camera on/mic off" policy for large meeting, so I could see that many people were working from their back patio, poolside or other non-home office locations. Plenty of opportunities to get face-time with the CEO, Division VPs & Department heads through virtual "coffee breaks" where they would send Starbucks gift cards, etc to buy you lunch. Weekly 1 to 1 with direct managers along with weekly immediate team meetings meant that you got to know your co-workers and cared about them as people. We used Slack as an instant messenger during the day to ask questions and stay connected with specific streams for project stakeholders and separate streams for silly things like pet pictures and recipes. Their efforts combated the #1 complaint from people who are in love with the office. Other than the monthly town halls, I never had a meeting last longer than 30m (town halls were 45m) and SWZD was really great about not forcing people into useless meeting that made you push your work off into your personal after hours time.

    Cons

    The bulk of business is done during 9-5 Central US so the bulk of meetings might interfere with lunch, etc. SWZD has divisions in India & England, so the work never stops and it's easy to overwork yourself, thinking it's expected. This is probably why the company stresses the importance of disconnecting and not checking emails after hours.

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Solid Company

    Nov 7, 2022 - Marketing 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Treat you pretty well, nice co workers.

    Cons

    In the pivot stage. Things are changing.

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Going, gone

    Nov 15, 2022 - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Some good people and flexible working.

    Cons

    Not a real company and no direction.

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  5. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Good company

    Oct 19, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good benefits and culture; work from anywhere

    Cons

    Lots of change and ambiguity

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  6. 2.0
    Former Employee

    What once was magical is now a mess

    Oct 17, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I could fill up this section with wonderful experiences prior to J2 Global's purchase and the hiring of new leadership.

    Cons

    The new head honcho came in over the summer telling us he was a "poop umbrella" (he said the other word of course, but keeping it PG here). What he meant was that he was going to protect us from corporate and constantly said there'd be no layoffs, but in fact, more hiring. He was instead just a poop umbrella in terms of not being a very good shield, or maybe just a liar. They had a big layoff and are outsourcing everything to India and doing bit contracts. I really feel bad for the IT pros who rely on Spiceworks to advance their careers, they are no longer cared for and what is being given to them is no longer personal, researched, or well thought out.

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Company is plummeting

    Nov 2, 2022 - Lead Generation Specialist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    This was the best company I ever worked for! Amazing people, great benefits, enjoyable work, work from literally anywhere, great company culture, felt taken care of and appreciated. That was all before the switch to J2 Global

    Cons

    After new leadership and internal changes, everything went to hell. Amazing employees that had given so much to this company for years were thrown to the dogs. Laid off an entire department and multiple people from other departments and outsourced everything to India. Made us feel like they cared for their employees and then showed their true colors. This company will not value you in the long run and will replace you in the blink of an eye with someone from India. Avoid at all costs!

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  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Yikes

    Oct 7, 2022 - Marketing & Sales 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Remote work and unlimited PTO - Good coworkers - Good benefits: health insurance, 401K with matching - Randomly announced company-wide days off i.e. celebrating the anniversary of women's suffrage

    Cons

    Products are boring, no one really understands what they're selling, and clients are dropping off in search of greener pastures. The company has made multiple acquisitions but allocated marginal raises to employees - not to mention the teams in India are paid far below the market rate. The pace is fast, as it is with many organizations, but it has a frantic, disorganized energy that is unique to SWZD. As another reviewer stated, leadership is laughable, constantly panicking and changing strategies, which forces teams to work at unrealistic and unsustainable speeds. But the most disappointing thing is the nosedive taken by the company culture. Leadership often states that their direct reports' salaries aren't the most important thing but rather "the friends we make along the way." And if you're on the Sales side, be wary of interactions with the CRO: some days, your meetings will feel calm and constructive, but others will be peppered with insensitive jokes, yelling, and cursing. The Sales org has become a Boys Club and unfortunately, sexually harassing comments have become commonplace. You can find something better.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Total dumpster fire.

    Oct 22, 2022 - Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work remote I guess? Not that it matters. They won’t hire you unless you live in India

    Cons

    This company is an absolute dumpster fire. Avoid at all costs. They have no idea what they are doing and are in full panic mode. They laid off the entire team in charge of making sure they company makes money with absolutely no contingency plan. They are outsourcing all jobs to India and have absolutely nothing to separate or stand out from competitors. Sales has no idea what they are selling and leadership is a total joke. People just cashing checks. Sinking ship. Avoid avoid avoid.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  10. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    A Great Company Turned Sour

    Sep 16, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    A lot of the people are great and want things to work out. Originally saw myself being with the company for 10+ years.

    Cons

    Leadership - bloated, unwilling to change for the better and not open to new ideas. Outsourcing instead of trying to retain talent. Not even trying to hide that hiring in India is preferred to keeping current talent or hiring in regions with already established teams. Even though they are saving a lot of money hiring in India, they are still paying way less than they could in the India market, leading to turnover and a lot of people bailing before start date for better offers. A lot of knowledge and talent was lost and it was acknowledged that a lot of the same concerns about individuals and leaders were consistently being brought up in exit interviews, but nothing changed.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  11. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Company is imploding

    Jul 25, 2022 - Sales 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Options but now the stock is cratering.

    Cons

    Leadership here is completely inept. Read the other negative reviews. They don’t understand the market nor how to lead, so of course the company is down 50% year over year and unable to deliver on product. You will get stabbed in the back for pointing out the obvious. Also the pay is horrible.

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    4 people found this review helpful
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Spiceworks Ziff Davis has an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5, based on over 221 reviews left anonymously by employees. 58% of employees would recommend working at Spiceworks Ziff Davis to a friend and 51% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -13% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Spiceworks Ziff Davis employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.6 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Spiceworks Ziff Davis. This rating has decreased by -9% over the last 12 months.

58% of Spiceworks Ziff Davis employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Spiceworks Ziff Davis 3.7 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.5 for culture and values and 3.1 for career opportunities.

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