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Zalando Reviews

Updated 11 April 2019
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  • "Low salary, almost no trainings" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Just a number in the big company" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Research Enginner"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good work-life balance.
    Great development opportunities
    Great working environment
    Great state-of-the-art tech stack
    Great and ambitious goals
    Great inclusive culture

    Cons

    Team focus shifted pretty often, need to be flexible for adjustment.
    Sometimes could be very difficult to see the impact of your daily work due to the size of the company.

    Zalando Response

    2 Apr 2019

    Thanks for this review! We hope you continue to enjoy working here.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zalando full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was very happy with the working atmosphere and benefits.

    Cons

    Overtime work and no flexible working time. That is pretty much it.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Great spirit and colleagues, questionable top management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Young atmosphere, international people and great projects

    Cons

    Lack of transparency on salary and long-term vision.


  4. "Fair enough"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good spirit of most people

    Cons

    Overworking depending on the department


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Fluctuating Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zalando full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance and facilities are good, more so in some offices than others

    Senior management seem genuinely open

    Cons

    Atmosphere really changes between offices or even teams and areas within offices.

    Performance Reviews are too heavily based on peer reviews so you can easily be torpedoed by a peer or someone unqualified can easily be pushed into a better position

    Radical Chaos means people can do things without explaining themselves (and then torpedo people who ask questions in peer reviews, as mentioned already)

    There didn't seem to be room for promotion

    Advice to Management

    More peer oversight, when you get peer feedback, challenge them as to why that feedback


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Great company for entry level candiates"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zalando full-time

    Pros

    young, fun, international. lots of events.

    Cons

    lack of opportunities to progress


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Social Media Internship"

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    Current Employee - Student in London, England
    Current Employee - Student in London, England

    I have been working at Zalando (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team and lots of responsibility.

    Cons

    I wouldn't find anything negative to say.

  8. Helpful (17)

    "Not bad"

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

    I worked at Zalando full-time

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility early on, management by objectives, casual and relaxed atmosphere. 40 % discounts on shoes and fashion sold through the website. Free unlimited drinks including coffee, coke, juices. Frequent team events and big company parties. Expect a fast-paced working environment with lots of things going on every week.

    Cons

    Cramped offices without air conditioning, rigid hierarchal matrix organisation. Lack of break and cafeteria areas. Loud work environment due to open plan office. Strict NDAs creates lots of rumours and speculation about salary and bonuses. Only offered 1 year contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Make salaries transparent, make it hassle free to apply to other jobs internally. Make the lack of dress code (very casual wear) more clear. Enhance job security by offering longer than 1 year contracts.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Strongest product teams I've ever seen"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zalando full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely strong and experienced product managers and engineers from all around the world. When people relocate from the USA to Europe for the opportunity, it means something.
    Cutting-edge data science projects.
    Startup culture - less bureaucracy, more freedom to build and experiment. A lot of changes - ineffective parts of the business are getting killed fast and it powers innovation.
    Working at Europe's largest fashion e-commerce means there's a lot of challenges and problems to solve for product people.
    People work hard.

    Cons

    Startup mindset at such large company means that it's getting chaotic sometimes.
    People services are not always helpful, the relocation process can be quite painful.
    Changing the team can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to do a good job, but pay more attention to employee's needs and support.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zalando full-time

    Pros

    Nice environment and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    It needs better structure, I think

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any comment on this.