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Zemax Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "Best company I've worked for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zemax full-time

    Pros

    - Small
    - Growing
    - Profitable
    - Fun
    - Adaptable
    - Smart coworkers
    - Compassionate people
    - Great perks (maternity/paternity leave, snacks, company uber, etc)

    Cons

    - Lack of communication at times, promotions/changes sometimes happen with little warning
    - Few documented policies/procedures. It would be nice to be able to look up what the policy is on bereavement or medical leave, but I'm not sure where to do that.

    Zemax Response

    Jul 26, 2017 – Director, Engineering Services

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. We love the same things you do about Zemax, and have worked hard along with all Zemaxers to create the kind of culture where people feel valued and empowered... More


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best in class products, strong vision for growth and team to execute.
    Great work environment and work-life balance

    Cons

    As with any small company, some may find resources not readily available and need to participate in building the resources.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to understand competition and threats to the business as well as new business growth opportunities. Stay best of breed!

    Zemax Response

    Jun 26, 2017 – Operations Manager

    We appreciate your feedback and thank you for the suggestions!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A fun company with plenty of opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zemax full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Zemax core values (to be honest, fun, driven, always improving, solving problems, and super smart) really align with how I approach everything, and I appreciate having co-workers who are also putting in their best work to make new things or improve the status quo. Work-life balance is tops, and everybody comes to work with a smile on their face.

    Cons

    I haven't had many negative experiences personally, but I do think that the way the company approaches corrections to individual performance could be improved. It seems that if an employee isn't performing up to standard, in many cases that employee ends up being terminated or quitting, rather than actually modifying behavior to go on to be more successful in his/her role. There are also times where it outwardly appears that poor behavior goes unmanaged entirely.

    Advice to Management

    We don't yet have great synchronization across the company, so the way that 1:1 manager meetings, constructive feedback, team building activities, interviewing, etc. are conducted varies from one department to the next. It would be great to streamline and unify these processes to ensure that everyone at the company receives the same type of management and environment.


  4. "Great Company With Growing Pains"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Zemax (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the people
    laid back
    work hard,play hard environment
    Every employee has a voice
    Great ownership group
    Great office location

    Cons

    It is a small, quickly growing company and has experienced some growing pains
    Some decisions are made on impulse, without all outcomes being considered
    High Turnover
    Questionable hires made, or people being hired because they need to fill a position, not because it is the right person

    Advice to Management

    Get more people involved with the hiring process. Sometimes people are hired that just aren't a good fit. Take your time and hire the right person. Try to value the people you have more. A high turnover rate puts a lot of stress on employees that stay

    Zemax Response

    Sep 16, 2016 – CEO

    Thanks for the honest feedback! I'm pleased that you enjoy the people and the environment at Zemax.

    It’s true – Zemax has roughly doubled in size over the last 2 years and that kind of growth... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Super Fun, cool and very casual"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zemax full-time

    Pros

    The work environment is incredibly casual and fun. There is no dress code, so you can show up to work wearing t-shirts or sandals without a problem. All workers also receive access to all the snacks and drinks in the pantry. The management team is great to work with and are very easy to talk to. The CEO is a hoot and makes work life very entertaining!
    As long as you put forth your best effort and contribute to the companies values, you will be a master Zemax employee in no time. By far the best company I have ever worked for and I plan on continuing to work here for life!

    Cons

    There really aren't any. Zemax is a constantly growing company and there will always be minor growing pains but the entire company puts their best foot forward to make continuous strides in improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, continue empowering all the employees and lets continue to grow as a team!

    Zemax Response

    Dec 20, 2016 – Director, Engineering Services

    Thanks for the excellent feedback! We're glad to hear you enjoy the work environment and culture, and look forward to your continued tenure with company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Zemax is growing!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zemax full-time

    Pros

    I've been working at Zemax for a few years. We're a growing company in terms of products, sales, and headcount, which is awesome! That means there are always opportunities to take on new challenges and there are new people joining the team. I love that the company is open to internal candidates for open positions, and that Zemax seeks to retain the exceptional members of the team.

    Cons

    There aren't many! As happens with many growing companies, there's always more work than you can ever get done in a day, but that's better than the alternative. Additionally, we sometimes struggle to communicate across different teams. But overall, we're headed in the right direction!

    As also happens with growing companies, sometimes we run out of margaritas at the Cinco de Mayo celebration.


  7. "Marketing coordination for company resources"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Zemax full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for!

    Cons

    Does not have great snack bar.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Been here for a month and am loving it so far."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zemax full-time

    Pros

    Small company with a great 'open door policy' with CEO, management. The base in not bad at all and the commission structure is uncapped with achievable metrics. International company that hires from within and rewards those that perform and excel. Market leading optical design software sells itself. Benefits kicked in right away, no waiting period, and they match up to 5% on 401k.

    Cons

    Outsourced IT department is the biggest complaint I have. They are small and still growing so I don't let it bother me too much; but not having uniform best practices for IT in place leads to some head scratching.

    Advice to Management

    None so far.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Engineering Internship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The atmosphere in the Engineering Services team is friendly and light-hearted. As an intern, I met almost daily with a mentor to discuss my projects and ask for advice. I never once felt lost when it came to expectations and support. We were given the opportunity to pick which projects we wanted to work on out of a list of 15 as well as pitch our own project idea. The scope of the projects were appropriately challenging and I find myself still using what I learned during my time there in my subsequent jobs.

    During the summer I was there, Ken Moore did a series of "Ken Talks" on Wednesdays where he would choose an aspect of the Zemax code itself and explain how the algorithms worked on a little deeper level. I found these talks to be enlightening and memorable.

    Cons

    I was one of the first two engineering interns ever hired by Zemax during the Radiant Zemax merger, so there were a lot of hiccups with the hiring paperwork that made the process unclear. It seems their hiring manager who was working with me left during the merger, so I was resent forms that I had already completed.

    Having to find my own accommodations in Seattle with a slightly too-small housing and relocation budget was very difficult since my internship only lasted 8 weeks. Leases for that short of a time period are hard to come by and expensive to keep per month. I had to dip into savings to be able to pay a deposit. However, I have since heard that they increased the relocation and housing allowance in response to this feedback I gave at the end of my internship.

    Advice to Management

    From the sound of what the next year's interns told me, it seems management is listening to the feedback it gets from its interns. I don't have relevant advice to give.

    Zemax Response

    Nov 19, 2015 – Director, Engineering Services

    Thanks so much for your review and feedback both during and after the internship! As our first student intern, we learned a lot with you, and we're so glad you found the work challenging and the team... More


  10. "Good vibe"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Administrator in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Administrator in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zemax (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment for employees

    Cons

    Limited scope for business growth

    Advice to Management

    Make sure all of management is on the same page


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