Zoot Enterprises Reviews

Updated Feb 22, 2020

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21 Ratings
  1. Helpful (3)

    "Solutions developer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solutions Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zoot Enterprises full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good people, secure company, bring your dog to work, lunch room, frequent employee appreciation events, Nice office building, offer training for those that want it, moving around the company isn't overly difficult. Management cares about employees on a personal level it's easy to feel like family.

    Cons

    Pay is okay for Bozeman but not on par with local competition for talent (oracle, web filings, apt us). In a college town where new young talent is easy to find which depresses the pay people can demand. Losses of long tenure employees over the last year.

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  2. "Enjoyed my time there"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Bozeman, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zoot Enterprises full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with. They train you even if you do not have a lot of experience. The environment is comfortable and inviting. You can bring your dog to work. Flexibility in schedule in the position I was in. As long as I got my hours in, work done, and didn’t miss deadlines there was not a lot of pressure to be there exactly at a specific time, as long as you communicated this with your boss and co-workers so they knew what to expect.

    Cons

    When I was there, the insurance plan was a high deductible plan which is not for everyone. My position was often stressful due to on call work. They did try to find ways to alleviate this or make up for it though, but it could be hard on work life balance at times. Keep in mind that this was not the case for every position though. I was just in a position that needed this level of support and time.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good coworkers, failing VP level management"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Bozeman, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zoot Enterprises full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Coworkers at Zoot are great, and kept me there for far longer than I should have been. The benefits package is good, and help makes up for the lower than average pay.

    Cons

    The VP level of the company seems determined to drive the Zoot into the ground. They refuse to backfill vacant positions for years, and the quality of the company's product suffers greatly due to it.

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Zoot is an OK place to work if you don't mind fighting fires and doing crisis management."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Team Member in Bozeman, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zoot Enterprises full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Fun Committee does its best to provide the bread and circuses to keep the employees engaged in a friendly environment. While the human element is very friendly and often fun, it cannot compensate for the abysmal decision making in other departments. Relaxed and casual dress code. Zoot understands that no one should need to wear a suit and tie to work at a tech company; People work better when they are comfortable. Occasionally there are kilts or Hawaiian shirts seen in the hallways. Other times something a little too edgy may be observed. Day Care and summer camp for the kids is a great perk. The summer camp is pretty fantastic. There are adventure courses, field trips to the Grizzly Encounter, a vast field for the kids to play in, and the staff are pleasant. The people are exceptionally kind. It was easy to build a rapport with my team and other coworkers, and everyone is very welcoming to new faces. Unfortunately, people will not tell you what it's really like working for this company - You end up marooned in a never-ending downward cycle with them. They hope you will help them out of the situation they are in, but in the end, you are in the mire along with everyone else. Dog-friendly environment. I bring my dog in a few times a week, and everyone comes by to visit him. Some dogs shouldn't come to work, but they do anyway.

    Cons

    Showing initiative will go a long way but is not always enough for someone with zero decision making power. Management is unable to come up with solutions because they are not familiar enough with the source material, or they are too often out of the office during critical times. This absence drags out problem resolution. Getting the support you need takes more effort than it should; The default attitude is that change is the enemy. Placing more trust in your employees would cause a marked improvement in their performance. Vacation time is insufficient. One of the maxims at Zoot is "Work hard, play hard." I worked nearly every weekend during one short Montana summer and missed many opportunities to enjoy the glorious weather outside. There is the myth of comp time. I have worked well over 45 hours every week since I started, but I have only received two additional days off for my efforts. Many of the antiquated processes are long and drawn out. Inferior support is explained away by "The Process" or "That's just how we do things around here." A company that concedes to doing things just because that's the way they always do things has no future for improvement. It has decided to fail ahead of time. Recklessness requires the heroism of supporting team members who are needlessly forced to endure long hours, poor communication, and lack of judgment imposed upon them by other departments. Decision-makers ignore the intuition of their workers and forget history quickly. These situations could be avoided by spending more time doing a risk assessment and coming up with contingency plans for the inevitable disasters that plague the software development teams. Many people stay in this environment because their teammates would suffer if they left. This foxhole mentality further reinforces the negligent behavior because someone will always step up to become the next martyr. The people who can work past this idea have all moved on to better positions and rarely have anything good to say about Zoot's decision making and development practices. Pay is substandard in regards to similar positions within Bozeman. Some of the people doing the most critical work in the company are worried about money. There are plenty of other tech companies that are stealing talent from Zoot with only fair compensation as their lure. The better development practices and mature business models are just a bonus. Company Values conflict with reality. Some Examples: •Work/Life Balance and Flexible Schedule It doesn't matter how many perks a company has if the business decisions work counter to the "work/life balance" and "flexible schedule" statements. With that said, I did notice that much of management enjoyed several vacations a year and would take days off during critical phases in our development process. The people doing the actual work, however, ended up fighting with ailing software and brittle systems to get things to work. So, if you are going into a management position, you'll probably get all of the perks claimed. If you are less than management, be prepared to be walked on and "volunteered" to work nights and weekends due to poor decision making from management. •Everyone owns quality. While this is excellent lip service, it's just that. Often, many of the changes performed by the team building internal tools are far too complicated to test efficiently and effectively. Lots of significant issues occur, and they affect EVERYONE downstream. Some team managers ignore these issues. Inevitably, faulty software is deployed to the rest of the company because "we have a deadline" or "it's been in development for months, and we can't afford a delay" or "that's just an edge case" or "we are following best practices." •Zoot has best practices. Some managers inject "best practices" into every disagreement to disarm a complaining party. When encountering a significant issue that breaks a web standard or how the rest of the world does software development, it is summed up to "best practices." No evidence, research, or even reference to this "best practice" is provided. It is a weapon used to combat opposing opinions, critical thinking, and context.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Working Environment, could be improved"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Zoot Enterprises full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great People to work with Beautiful location and campus Benefits package and onsite benefits were nice

    Cons

    Pay was below par for the valley Training and support for new roles is lacking Still push a minimum 40 hr work week even after interview will say it's a good balance between working hard (60+) for a few sprints at a time and then taking it easy (30-35), time and hours are strictly tracked and enforced as opposed to tracking productivity

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  6. "Good starting point in Bozeman"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bozeman, MT

    I have been working at Zoot Enterprises full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of different opportunities and horizontal moves are encouraged, so there is a lot to learn.

    Cons

    The line "we pay you less because you get to live in Bozeman" gets annoying when the bills are piling up.

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  7. "Not a bad starting out"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zoot Enterprises

    Pros

    Good corporate culture. Dogs allowed.

    Cons

    Pay raises not sufficient. Middle management issues

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Frying pan to the fire"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Desk Technician in Bozeman, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zoot Enterprises full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Bring your dog. Live in Montana

    Cons

    Poor leadership, leaders are more focused on gaining clients than expanding the company. Most teams are over-tasked. Developed applications are buggy and unsupportable. Works on antiquated equipment/software (recently decommed their last Pentium 3 server) Most systems monitoring is done by email alerts which often break the email server (10,000+ emails a day to sift through). Problems and issues constantly go un-noticed due to the sheer volume of alerts and holes in monitoring. New hires are often thrown into the fire with poor training and nothing more than hands-on experience.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Network Administrator"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zoot Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Exciting company that is attempting to be at the forefront of the industry, very Agile

    Cons

    Bad management poor decision making and not enough investment in retaining people or talent or infrastructure

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  10. "Good company to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bozeman, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zoot Enterprises full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good management, pet friendly, small teams.

    Cons

    Getting to be fewer and fewer positions for software developers and software and systems engineers.

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