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Zinio Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay, good location, some good people (in 5 reviews)

  • Convenient downtown location / good people in the lower ranks (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • re often slow in terms of go to market with a product or business model (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 (1)

    "Great place to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A good idea gone really, really bad."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Top heavy, stagnant, drowned in technical debt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The Ship Is Sinking!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart employees who unfortunately care too much about the company.

    Cons

    Management is an absolute disaster. Employees are treated as property, there is absolutely no work life balance. The new CEO is only in it to cash out and could not care less about the people. The actual managers are a bunch of snakes with no back bone

    Advice to Management

    close the doors! what is the point of putting your employees through hell if you dont actually care about the business or the clients you work with. you can keep bringing in new people but the core remains the same and without real change it will be terrible business as usual


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Looking good and getting much better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive culture promoted by no nonsense leaders who have seen the bad times and are continually working to make it a great place
    Feels like a team
    Bonus structure put in place
    Hiring at nearly all locations
    Still a great concept

    Cons

    International markets not well targeted- though this is an opportunity which we are working on developing, especially mobile
    Some bad glass door reviews by disgruntled employees who have left Zinio but can't let go.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going, don't lose the positive momentum


  8. "Making progress"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you read the reviews here you can see that Zinio has been through a series of transitions but it's a very different company to work at than the one it was a year ago. There is strong leadership, the management is finally functional, politics is more or less gone and the company is focused on engineering with a positive and collaborative culture.

    I've been here for a few years and seen the ups and downs but it's now a good place to work. We're investing and hiring.

    Cons

    It's a very international company and communicating with colleagues can mean early morning or late night calls.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Turn around is looking good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Downsizing has removed a lot of inter-departmental rivalries and personal bitterness that had created a negative atmosphere. A much smaller team allows new people to have a big impact very quickly.

    Work has begun to replace what is broken and modernize all aspects of the company. New hires are bringing in lots of talent and fresh energy.

    The company is now profitable, with a well thought out business plan and new management with experience turning around companies.

    Cons

    Lots of work to correct years of mismanagement. Company is becoming spread out geographically, which may lead to difficulties in communication.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Profound Lack of Leadership, Direction, and Awareness"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Convenient location, average benefits, mostly good to great co-workers.
    App could be the next great thing.

    Cons

    - Lack of a comprehensive staff management plan: No regular reviews, salary increases, or training. "Upgraded" titles are often given rather than pay raises. No tuition reimbursement. Very little staff development. Staff retention is an afterthought. Recruitment appears to be crisis based.

    - A complete and total focus on marketing and partnerships rather than a balanced set of initiatives focusing on users and groups, incremental (and consistent) app development, and innovation -- along with marketing.

    - A culture of silos and territories. Within each silo, work life can be somewhat satisfactory but when trying to create a "multi-silo" movement or effort, politics seems to rule the day.

    - Executives do not understand roles and responsibilities of product and project managers, stakeholders, and owners. Often, product and project managers are the developers, testers, HR department, accounting - it's a mess.

    - Management, past and present, seems to mostly come from the marketing side, rather than the tech or development side. The focus on promotion rather than refinement and innovation is the one of the key problems.

    - Because management is marketing and sales, appearances and politics matter more than actual results. This is a huge concern.

    - Executive team appears to be focused on crisis management rather than on growing the internal teams and facilitating excellence.

    - More SVP, VP, AD, etc. than needed. Flatten the org chart.

    Advice to Management

    - Show up in the office on a regular basis.
    - Get involved with your key managers, all through the company.
    - Become a welcome team member rather than a harbinger of doom.
    - Spend more time on developing your staff, app, and culture. Another inane marketing scheme will not save the company.
    - It's not about bagels and coffee. It's about listening.
    - Create a less sexist centered workplace.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Bad decision, after bad decision followed by even worse solutions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free bagels every Mon, Wed and Fri.
    Great location, close to BART and Muni. Great for going on interviews during your lunch hour.
    The people are truly amazing, fun, cultured and interesting to be around.
    Extremely talented core group.
    If you ask nicely, the office manager will get you almost anything you want within reason.

    Cons

    The bad managers are being replaced with worse managers.
    The good managers are being told they don't matter and are prevented from doing good work.
    The new CEO shows up even less than the previous CEO who was only here 3-4 days out of the month.
    More than likely you will be underpaid and overworked. And don't expect a raise when they tell you raises are coming soon.
    Product Managers end up project managing their own products which causes conflicts of interest.
    You will break your back or ruin your personal life for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop sitting at your desk openly perusing LinkedIn and disappearing for 3 hour lunch breaks *cough* interviews *cough*. No one wants to work hard for an executive team getting ready to jump ship after just a few months on board.
    Pay attention to what is happening, your letting your only engineers with institutional knowledge walk out the door. Has any of you ever learned why "retention" matters so much in software engineering?
    Take care of your prized employees, reward them.



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