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ZestFinance Reviews

Updated October 12, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    "The place to go if your smart, hungry and driven"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZestFinance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Super smart colleagues
    Massive technology edge
    High quality work gets rewarded with promotions and bonuses

    Cons

    Intense pace
    If you do low quality work, you won't last long


  2. "Amazing startup"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Super smart people and deep R&D.

    Cons

    Some bugs in the organization

  3. "Life Changing"

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

    I worked at ZestFinance full-time

    Pros

    I worked at Zest for 3.5 years, it's been the best & my favorite employer by far. Zest has provided a safe, innovative, comfortable, diverse environment for me to grow personally & professionally. I've grown so much that I would hardly recognize my professional self when I first joined.

    Cons

    Be open & ready to embrace change.


  4. "Ideal environment for growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Insanely smart, helpful, and welcoming colleagues who will teach you something new every time you interact with them. Respectful and collaborative work environment driven on company values. Great benefits for employees and overall feel very well taken care of.

    Cons

    Can't get comfortable in your position, you will be pushed and challenged to do more and go beyond your job requirements


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Easy to love!, even easier to hate."

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    Former Employee - Do-er in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Do-er in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and culture. But with such high churn, not for long.

    Cons

    Talkers succeed and progress better than doers. If you like to play politics, this is your place.

    Advice to Management

    Numbers > Words.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ZestFinance full-time

    Pros

    coworkers are smart and helpful

    Cons

    feels too political for a startup environment


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing work environment, tough challenges"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, interesting challenges, and smart, fun, kind coworkers.

    Cons

    Projects can sometimes be a bit chaotic, changing day-to-day and seeming to lack clear goals and direction.

    Advice to Management

    Be patient, create an environment where creativity and passion can shine, allow more collaboration between engineering and data science teams.

  8. "A Fintech company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZestFinance full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment and unlimited vacation

    Cons

    Don't have a systematic promotion rating system.

    Advice to Management

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  9. Helpful (44)

    "#MeToo"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ZestFinance full-time

    Pros

    Lots of really smart people.

    Cons

    #MeToo

    They knew, and they promoted him to an extremely high position. Don't believe a word they tell you about offering a good environment for women.

    Don't believe anything about "socially conscious" either.


  10. Helpful (25)

    "Will not succeed under current leadership"

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

    I worked at ZestFinance full-time

    Pros

    Hired some really great people, with great culture during its peaks. Interesting technology that initially was tackling a big problem.

    Cons

    No longer using technology to do right by the customer - management keeps choosing to increase interest rates for subprime borrowers as way of handling financial troubles. Zest now feels like another payday lender, not a disruptor.

    Management is corrupt, and will push out anyone who disagrees. There is an unhealthy degree of nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Investors should take a hard look at the company to see why it isn't anywhere near an exit, and why there has been so much turnover at the company, especially for top talent who refuse to blindly follow C-Suite to be in their "inner circle". I suspect the answer will be relatively clear.