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ZE PowerGroup Reviews

Updated October 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great products; great people; excellent market place without lots competitions (in 5 reviews)

  • depending on the position, it could be a good place to start your career (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • high turnover wich made employees so unmotivated (in 6 reviews)

  • Management seemed to be disorganized and had high turnover rate (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Java Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at ZE PowerGroup full-time

    Pros

    Nice team spirit. Team leads are nice.

    Cons

    I think everything is pretty good


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ZE PowerGroup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products; great people; excellent market place without lots competitions

    Cons

    Business decisions were made by members of a family

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Don't work here"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ZE PowerGroup full-time

    Pros

    Some people are great to work with, Unfortunately, good ones don't stay here long. Cheap events they hold seem to work to keep employees with low expectation happy.

    Cons

    Toxic, unhealthy environment. Executive team removed from reality, without any real world experience outside ZE. Incompetence is their motto. Business serves only Family's needs and egos.

    Advice to Management

    No need for advice, it's hopeless.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Only as last resort"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small company that allows one to get a sense of what all the departments are doing

    Cons

    Typical family business with lots of nepotism. Very low glass ceiling. Terrible pay. Workers not respected. Office is in a warehouse, not an office building. No parking. No training

    Advice to Management

    Hire upper management based on merit, not familial relation


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Gives opportunities to new immigrants
    - Allows employee to easily float within the organization and gain experience and have a diverse skillset
    -Employees get along really well and are caring

    Cons

    - Management is not able to recognize talent
    - Complete mismanagement
    -No employee recognition
    -Extremely low pay grades which comes across as an insult and leads to demoralized employees

    Advice to Management

    -Management is not worth advice as they are always going to run it like a Gong show and a family run business


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Administration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZE PowerGroup full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People care about other people here. They go out of their way to celebrate special moments in an employees life and or experience with the company. Performance is recognized and rewarded. There is a huge focus on learning and providing career advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Some department needs to work together on projects on a more consistent basis. Sometimes there is a bit of overlap in work efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Meet with staff on a regular basis, to hear what improvements can be made


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Potentially a Great Place to Be"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZE PowerGroup full-time

    Pros

    Laid back environment
    Not exactly a heavy workload
    Pretty decent people, friendly and helpful
    Excellent hardware/software support
    Subsidised snacks
    Good pay
    Transit friendly

    Cons

    Washroom situation could be better. Meaning they could have enough to properly serve the 200 people that work there. Sorry but I'm used to office building washrooms not log cabin crappers

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the awesome work

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ZE PowerGroup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked with are the best part of ZE. They are friendly, approachable, and reliable. The office has free parking and the computer hardware is modern.

    Cons

    ZE is a family-run company, which means that unless you are very close to the executives, your loyalty means little. I have seen senior employees with many years' experience let go in order to cut costs. Meetings were an exercise in frustration, where managers would air their disagreements about the decisions going on above them. Morale was not high; entire teams could be let go at a moment's notice, turnover was high (as employees left for better positions), and managers would be easily overruled.

    The corporate culture is one of penny-pinching. Any extra-curricular activities and events would take place during lunch hour to minimize the amount of lost working hours. Extra education is encouraged, as long as the government approves funding for it. Salaries are not high unless you have many years of experience, but that just makes you a candidate to be let go. Until a couple years ago, the office holiday party was held in a nearby community dining hall.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and managers. They have good ideas.


  9. Helpful (13)

    "Don't apply job here"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ZE PowerGroup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None None None None None

    Cons

    I have read the recent negative reviews about ZE PowerGroup, all of them are so true and accurate. Yes, we write our own 5 stars reviews on Glassdoor that is part of my job, trying to convince other people that we are not the worst company in Vancouver although we are.......Company is going down hill crazy in the last couple of years, having a deep financial issue, firing a lot of people including people that have worked here more than 10 years. Company has basically has no management, huge turnover rate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Disgusting working environment! The rats are running around inside the warehouse ( I mean office) while you are working. dirty and smelly washroom.

    Advice to Management

    I am expecting this company will shutdown anytime soon, so no advice to management at this point.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Closely Held Family Owned Company"

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    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ZE PowerGroup (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Closely knit employees. Hang out after work regularly.

    Cons

    Closely held family owned company. All executive positions reserved for family members. No opportunity for advancement. Upper management would create fake, paying positions for non-working family members to reduce the company's income tax, and then refuse to give raises/bonuses because "the company is not making money."

    The president is very arrogant and believes that the intelligence of every employee (possibly excluding his family members) is far beneath his own. Do not ask him for a recommendation letter when applying for schools because he will write down what he believes.


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