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Zinio Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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Pros
  • re in a good location, there are good places to eat, there (in 5 reviews)

  • The team is very talented and you can learn a lot here (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • New platform developed in Vietnam is not well designed and it is already becoming a new legacy stack (in 2 reviews)

  • Not only do they not deliver on what they promised, they don't conform to Silicon Valley industry standards for the equity portion of the compensation (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Rewarding Experience with Global Team"

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

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

    Pros

    The best part of working at Zinio is the opportunity to collaborate with talented people worldwide who are focused on revolutionizing the publishing industry.

    On any given day you'll interact with people in San Francisco, NYC, London, Barcelona or Ho Chi Min -- the experience gained from working with local market experts is incredibly valuable for personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    I haven't experienced any downsides to working at Zinio, but like with any company, migrating to a new tech stack can be challenging for all departments. Luckily the migration is nearly complete, and the new technology will unlock a new wave of opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great work in developing technology first digital solutions for the publishing industry. Digital adoption and distribution will continue it's growth in publisher's portfolios.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Changing the industry one step at a time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to experiment - in an industry that is evolving, experimentation with new ideas is key and encouraged
    Dedicated team that is pushing to make a difference
    Very knowledgeable and experienced executive team

    Cons

    Industry moves quite slowly, so one needs to keep on preaching the message

    Advice to Management

    There have been great improvements over the last 2 years in structure, team work and culture. Keep on the same trajectory and remind everyone there is light at the end of the tunnel

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Play hard or just throw in the towel!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zinio full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    ZINIO have been a ground breaking learning curve in these past few years. From building professional skills to improving personal skills and meeting the most amazing and talented people on earth, I couldn't appreciate the experience this company have given me since day 1.

    Cons

    Although a great place to learn and grow, this is also a challenging place for those who aren't prepared to work hard and push forward as a whole. Sometime, you have to step out of your corner and extend a hand or matter fact, 5 hands!

    Advice to Management

    Recognize positive efforts, deal with negative efforts quickly and efficiently. Recruit more needle movers onto the management team.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "So far, so good!"

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

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

    Pros

    Immediate leaders are genuinely hardworking people and provide the best motivation for you to come to work and contribute to the success of the organization. This has been and still a very important aspect for me to stay in a company. The current platform migration will bring ZINIO to the next level and the fruit of all the intensive labor will definitely be rewarding.

    The culture of the headquarters office has recently improved and keeps growing. There are several talented and dedicated employees in the company. Mostly young but driven and very fitting individuals who add great dynamic to ZINIO.

    The location of the office is in the heart of Manhattan which means great access to awesome lunchbreak spots. The company offers monthly team lunches and summer Fridays as well. The HR and Management initiatives definitely create great work/life balance.

    Cons

    I witnessed a couple of employee turnovers but so far, the results have been for the better.

    Advice to Management

    Organize more frequent town hall meetings and share more transparency on how the company is going/growing. Share news about the challenges so the key people on the ground can have the chance to be part of the resolution and overall company improvement.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "A good idea gone really, really bad."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company was flexible with hours, and provided a warm working environment. As long as your work was done well and on time, you were given the benefit of the doubt, and weren't micro-managed.

    Cons

    Company had a tendency to not finish what they started. Many good ideas were introduced, but not implemented. Significant progress was rare, employee turnover was high, and morale was low. Poor training, poor pay, and no incentives.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management, would be to closely examine the talent you have in every office, and to re-evaluate the product. You're tarnishing your name with low standards, and a lackluster product.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Keep Looking, You Can Do Better."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Most of the time you're left alone, which is nice. It's a good place to work if you want to spend your days looking for another job.

    Cons

    Compensation for non-executives is a disgrace. Employees are drastically underpaid by industry standards and they know it and it looms over the office like a black cloud which higher ups refuse to acknowledge. Zinio is literally at the bottom of the barrel in terms of salary comp. Beware, management feels sporadic pizza parties (usually every other month) fall into the "terrific bonus" category. There are no bonuses, there is no 401k Match, there are no perks of any kind. Zero.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and respect your key employees. Pay them what they're worth. They are hard working people earning much less than you and they're making your life easier and the company better despite all the resistance they're getting from you directly.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has many products, from mobile, web to backend services. This setting is an opportunity for developers to try out new technology or pickup new skills.

    Cons

    Digital magazine industry is very competitive, you're going against Amazon for example.
    Company was still dependent on contractors for various projects because of the job market. This needs to come back in-house

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Top heavy, stagnant, drowned in technical debt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This could be a rewarding company to work at if you enjoy brown nosing rude, clueless executives and would rather further their agendas than help the failing, broken business. The only reason to stay is for some remaining talented employees with big hearts and small egos who are very fun to work with and learn from. They won't last long.

    Cons

    Zinio executives have long since given up on fixing any part of the company, and continue to look for ways to exploit what's left of the business. The back end, apps, and reputation are beyond repair. The periodical industry is globally shrinking, and fast. There's no money to spend on anything important to the business, unless you're an executive who "needs" yet another flight to Barcelona. Expect decision makers to backstab you, unprovoked, if you don't align precisely with their goals. Expect your co-workers to be either two-faced or burnt out unless they are brand new. Partnerships are dissolving faster than they can be created. Yet another round of layoffs completed at the end of 2015.

    Advice to Management

    Give people incentive beyond a paycheck to help the business instead of themselves. Measure deliverables so that you stop paying people who produce nothing while unappreciated employees work 12+ hour days. Spend money on even one thing that the business actually needs.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Decent"

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

    Pros

    great idea for a product

    Cons

    Mediocore and changing management. needs to change

    Advice to Management

    get better


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible terrible terrible This place has no clue what they're doing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager of Customer Support in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager of Customer Support in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros whatsoever. None to speak of.

    Cons

    Company screws over employees, the benefits package stinks, they only care about the big time publishers who are already on every single system worldwide and screw over the smaller publishers.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone who actually knows that they're doing


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