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Zonar Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2019

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Zonar Systems CEO Ian McKerlich
Ian McKerlich
30 Ratings
Pros
  • "The company is for work life balance(in 15 reviews)

  • "Exciting time to be in this industry, for sure, and a great company well-equipped to define the future of this industry(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "However, being relatively new to the company, I see a lot of great things about working at Zonar(in 5 reviews)

  • "They do care about being the best and making the work environment the best that it can be(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work and Grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zonar Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    plenty of room to grow and steer towards projects of interest Internal advancement fun atmosphere get the week between Christmas the new year off teams work well together the company is profitable and growing

    Cons

    need to increase/improve efforts to find quality candidates to fill job openings, perhaps increase employee incentives for candidate recommendations

    Advice to Management

    keep holding town halls and listening to the employees

    Zonar Systems2019-03-01
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Things are on a downturn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zonar Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are some absolutely amazing people that I have had the pleasure to work with at Zonar. When I joined the company before they were purchased by continental, many individuals who had been there for 10 years moved up from entry level positions as the company grew. They had a competitive benefits package. Culture was fun and refreshing.

    Cons

    Since the continental purchase, turnover has increased tremendously at all levels of the company. Promises made and not kept repeatedly to customers and employees. Infighting between departments, marketing specifically has bullied other departments. These reputations have been acknowledged in meetings and nothing changes. High tech debt New benefits package is worse than than before, I and several coworkers all...

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    Advice to Management

    The town hall meetings the CEO hosted in response to the rush of bad reviews on glassdoor were shallow. Most of the employees felt this way and echoed this sentiment to one another while the upper management continue to act like there isn't a huge elephant in the room. No matter how many slide decks you force the staff to watch, no matter how many times you say "one zonar," no matter how many times you say "99% customer...

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    Zonar Systems2019-07-11
  3. Helpful (8)

    "High Leadership Turnover -Never Delivers on R & D promises, 2 years behind competitors"

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    Former Employee - RAM in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zonar Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, good customer service, some innovative technology, although now getting old. Good OEM hardware

    Cons

    Competition has now left them in the dust, as their R & D has fallen severely behind. Makes promises to customers on new products/service, but is always at minimum a year late on delivering. Leadership is constantly changing, resulting in you never know what is going to happen next mentality. Micro-Mgmt is now the model they use, and it is annoying in their approach, making it uncomfortable to work here. No doubt...

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    Advice to Management

    Show real empathy to your employees, especially when it is you that has created your own negative work environment. Employees talk negatively about you, behind the scenes as a result. And stop repeating the same promises that you never deliver on, over and over through the years!

    Zonar Systems2019-07-01
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Buyer Beware"

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    Current Employee - Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zonar Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Hard to find some at this point. The situation is riddled with smoke and mirrors

    Cons

    This is much easier to expound upon. Disjointed and hostile environment. There is a major disconnect between Seattle and the outside employee and the customer. Compensation now favors the executive team and punishes the force that provides the revenue stream to the company. Seattle will get to it when they get to it attitude. It’s only a fire drill when it’s their fire drill. Company is way too focused...

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    Advice to Management

    Find your identity. Current sentiments are that you care more about EBITDA and your bonuses than on addressing the staff and customer. In a saturated market you need to hold product and operations to the same standard as those in the trenches. When it’s harder to get things out the door for an interested customer than getting them to say yes (which is exceedingly becoming more difficult) you have missed the point.

    Zonar Systems2019-07-23
  5. Helpful (7)

    "Avoid this place- Worst toxic place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in South Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Zonar Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, reasonable work-life balance,

    Cons

    No 401K match, relatively lower base salary, toxic and uninformed executive management

    Advice to Management

    Trust the input from your staff. Rein-in some of the co-founders who lack technical chops, are nepotistic, toxic and make ill-informed decisions - just because they could.

    Zonar Systems2019-06-17
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Pay is subpar for Seattle COL"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zonar Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance, plenty of opportunities.

    Cons

    The pay is well below market rate and not competitive for a high cost of living city. There is a lot of turnover and lack of people who will propel the company forward (our computer system was very outdated).

    Advice to Management

    Improve your pay, benefits amd retirement packages. Those things matter a lot.

    Zonar Systems2019-03-13
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Really great sales environment"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zonar Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It really is a great and fun environment and everyone here wants to make money. The management is really easy to work with and work for, no micro-managing. I really do have fun here.

    Cons

    The quotas can be a tad ridiculous, but you gotta aim high to make money so it's not the worst.

    Advice to Management

    We could use a little more structure - which management is currently working on, but there are still many things to be done.

    Zonar Systems2019-01-29
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fun place to work, company is struggling to maintain growth and manage high turnover."

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zonar Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Emphasis on FUN and a supportive team environment. Lots of opportunities for advancement as turnover remains high.

    Cons

    Back office systems are painfully out of date and impede progress. A serious disconnect between product needs and deliverables.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the software and tools that we need to be successful!

    Zonar Systems2019-01-23
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work and Enjoy Work Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zonar Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Company Holidays during the week of Christmas Management walks the talk. They want honest and open feedback and they act on it. The company is for work life balance. Work more than 40 hours when you want too or absolutely needed which is a very rare occurrence. Great social events during the work days. Waffle Wednesdays, Lunch and Learn, Happy Hour, Cinco De Mayo, Turkey Party Day before Thanksgiving and more....

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    Cons

    Company wants to grow and hire more developers but not hire the people to support them like Scrum Masters, Technical Program Manager, etc Planning for the quarter and the year needs to improve but making strides to get better

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to and support your employees. Make the Company Vision and Mission better know to all employees and let them know how the work they are doing is aligns with the Vision and Mission,.

    Zonar Systems2019-01-10
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Big company stability, startup-like opportunity, pain from both"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zonar Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall / Culture: - Solid, stable company with a strong foothold in the industry - they aren't going anywhere - Good benefits - Awesome parties, very social office atmosphere - Generally some sort of catered event once every week or two - Great work/life balance Technology Org Specific: - Using great tech: GCP, Kubernetes, Kafka, Gitlab CI/CD, and more - Very willing to adopt new technology - Merit-based promotion...

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    Cons

    Senior Leadership has too many priorities and TODOs without a clear focus or cohesive vision. This can make it difficult to focus on building quality software.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on sharing vision (even incomplete) with entire organization. Do less. Focus on quality.

    Zonar Systems2018-12-20
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