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Zalando Reviews

Updated 16 December 2018
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  • "Low salary, unstructured work streams, unfair promotion model, highly political environment" (in 10 reviews)

  • "workload sometimes a bit crazy but still manageable if you work hard, but some people struggle and I would balance it all a bit more" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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.

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (5)

    "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


  5. Helpful (5)

    "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


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (16)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced company with the opportunities to grow for the right person"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great place for self-starters

    Cons

    Somehow the company cannot seem to stick to one thing for more than a few months (for example changing the "culture" mottos every few months)
    Leadership is often inexperienced and learned most of the skills at the company


  9. "Good Company with great growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Junior Buyer in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Junior Buyer in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Growth Opportunities
    - Atmosphere
    - International Teams
    - Flexible Working Hours
    - 360 degree feedback culture
    - Salary was adjusted to the industry average
    - free drinks and fruits
    - team spirit

    Cons

    - No Bonus Payments (christmas bonus etc.)
    - radical decisions
    - fluctuation rate


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zalando full-time

    Pros

    The company is very dynamic, innovative and young. Scope of progression is huge

    Cons

    Company is restructuring all the time and it is complicated work in this environment.