Spiceworks Ziff Davis FAQ

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17 February 2021

Does Spiceworks Ziff Davis offer unlimited holiday?

Pros

decent working pace mistakes are learned from and accepted fun culture progressive company values (Juneteenth & Election day holidays) unlimited PTO employee stock program 401K always considered employee health & safety first during coronavirus fully remote is okay

Cons

loose on structure, planning, acceptance criteria pay is at or just below (recruiters offering a bit more almost every time) no clear path to internal growth or promotion (like criteria for engineering tiers or career paths)

Advice to Management

You already lost solid people, almost all of them because they could make more elsewhere. Really really learn what the going industry rate is and make sure your people are earning at least that. Someone can only turn down higher recruitment offers for so long.

unlimited PTO

17 February 2021

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8 October 2018

How are the career development opportunities at Spiceworks Ziff Davis?

Pros

- Solid coworkers - Solid benefits

Cons

- It is hard to get things done when the CEO wants to micro manage every aspect of the business. - Lack of employee investment by the company, and career development here is non-existent - Without clear direction or focus on updating product technology, the company continues to fail users and customers while ultimately missing target sales numbers.

Advice to Management

The company has fallen off the 'best places to work' lists and employees are leaving in droves yet it seems leadership is not interested in improving sentiment....or maybe just not equipped to drive meaningful change?

Lack of employee investment by the company, and career development here is non

8 October 2018

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4 October 2019

What is the feeling of job security at Spiceworks Ziff Davis?

Pros

- Good work/life balance - Smart, talented workers - Opportunities to make projects fun and creative - Support and trust from middle management

Cons

- Confused overall business strategy to the point where even executives can't tell you what exactly the company really does or how it makes money - Frequent mass layoffs - Highly political - Roles actively being exported to India - Dishonest positioning about state of company upon hire

Advice to Management

Be upfront about what's happening before laying off half the company without warning.

Frequent mass layoffs

4 October 2019

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2 October 2020

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Spiceworks Ziff Davis?

Pros

I've worked at Spiceworks for 5 years and have experienced a lot through its many chapters. When I joined it was a late stage start-up and very much had a people first culture under the founders' leadership. Luckily, this has resulted in a positive hiring strategy that has stuck around throughout the years and does a great job at filtering out the bad apples. You will work with some of the smartest and best people in the world - which is very tough to find! Alongside that, SWZD is now a work from anywhere company which gives you lots of flexibility when it comes to where and when you work. They also provide a robust benefits package with a stock purchase plan and matching 401k. Finally, I will say that lower and mid level managers are generally folks that truly care and want you to succeed. They don't always have a ton of control, but are willing to work hard to help ensure your experience is positive.

Cons

Since Spiceworks was acquired by J2/Ziff Davis, there has been a cultural shift away from people and huge shift towards profits. As a publicly traded company, I completely understand the need to focus on profits for our shareholders; however, it has come at the sacrifice of the culture SW was built upon . This manifests itself in many ways, but often they like to save on costs by not backfilling departing team members and expecting the same or better results from the impacted team. This ends up burning out some really good people. Additionally, if you join the Revenue team, you will most certainly become frustrated with the business' lack of ability to hold sales accountable for doing their job correctly. Unfortunately this isn't a new problem as it has been prevalent for over 5 years. If you are in sales, enjoy the freedom you receive. Those working with sales will most certainly find frustration working with an employer who bends to the wishes or persistent complaints of sales team members and their leadership.

Advice to Management

1. Get the sales team under control 2. Understand that in order for profits to exist, your people need to feel supported. 3. Resource your revenue generating teams properly

Luckily, this has resulted in a positive hiring strategy that has stuck around throughout the years and does a great job at filtering out the bad apples.

2 October 2020

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21 August 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Spiceworks Ziff Davis?

Pros

Overall great company to work for in Hyderabad. It has recently started its operation in Hyderabad in 2019. Modern tech stack Great resources and tools Global mindset Generous perks and outings Open work culture, less hierarchy Great Benefits and salary Flexible work hours Free food Cool office Care for growth and learning Working from home Understanding leadership, smart team and caring people MacBook for engineering team Start-up like nature yet part of the big multinational group

Cons

Little uncertainty in the direction

Advice to Management

You are doing well. Keep doing the same..

Understanding leadership, smart team and caring people

21 August 2020

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