Zenjob Reviews

Updated 5 Aug 2020

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Zenjob Founder and CEO Fritz Trott
Fritz Trott
17 Ratings
  1. "Analyst Intern"

    4.0
     

    I worked at Zenjob

    Pros

    A fun community and exposure to many sides of the business.

    Cons

    Felt like I wasn't challenged as much as I could have been.

  2. "nice startup"

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

    I worked at Zenjob full-time

    Pros

    salary okay for berlin, great team

    Cons

    too much hiring, getting chaotic


  3. "Diverse tasks, amazing colleagues"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zenjob part-time

    Pros

    felt listened too, patient manager, amazing colleagues!

    Cons

    communication in teams but also company wide needs to be improved.

  4. "Great Company, Great Spirit"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern Business Development in Berlin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zenjob full-time

    Pros

    - Project Ownership - High Responsibility - Great Culture - Inclusiveness

    Cons

    I can't think of anything

  5. Helpful (6)

    "No Zen at Zenjob"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Zenjob full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some very smart people Office dogs Nice office location

    Cons

    Micro management Poor Communication Lack of experience Certain team members are favoured heavily by the Founders Below market salaries

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    "Broken ship"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Backend Engineer in Berlin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The new office is really nice even though located in Moabit (initially sold to us as being in Mitte!). There are some really smart and talented individuals who are really passionate about their work. It is very dog friendly although lot of dogs have left unfortunately. Usually great work life balance but depends in which department you are. Free lunch on Fridays and drinks but you would expect this at any start up now.

    Cons

    It would be great if the Founders actually lived the values they promote so passionately. Yes the values sound great on paper and on all the many posters but if you don't live by them then perhaps consider adding un/dis in front of your values of honest, helpful, humble and hungry. The environment at Zenjob has become more and more toxic since I first joined. I have lost track of how many times employees were just let go without any reason other than the generic answer of “they were not a good fit”. After a while this does not hold true anymore and the underlying issues are within the organization and not with the hiring/recruiting. Lack of accountable management: The past few months have been insane with some big departures including the COO and six VP's, all of whom were pushed out the door. Considering all of them had more experience than the Founders combined, it is a surprise that they were not allowed to really make a positive difference. Besides the mid-management, there is also a very high turnover in the senior staff – somehow their experience is not valued or taken onboard and unfortunately they leave. There are many issues at Zenjob but the root cause is easy to identify. The management team have no regard for the “People” who work super hard every day to not only drive Zenjob forward but to also cover over the many cracks in the foundations. Micro management is seen as the way forward to great success.

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  7. "Backend Developer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Backend Developer in Berlin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Startup company searching for innovation.

    Cons

    Teams are not so so organized.

  8. "A good and friendly place to work"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Berlin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, Nice people to work with, Great office

    Cons

    Most Managers are learning on the job. Very few senior engineers

  9. "I like it! :)"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Wellness Coach in Berlin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, good culture, interesting work

    Cons

    Salary is the only thing I can think of atm

  10. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away. There's no Zen at Zenjob"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Back End Developer in Berlin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zenjob full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - People are open and friendly - Totally flexible about working hours - Good working from home policies - Brand new office in a good area around Moabit.

    Cons

    1. The company management is totally lost and micromanages everyone, a clear sign of no trust (also, people don’t trust them). I know that being a young startup, the strategy changes a lot, but in this case, there’s no strategy at all. Everything in the company is defined and micromanaged by a couple of lost dudes. Also, no one in the company trusts the product leadership. 2. Speaking of PMs. Expect to work with junior and unexperienced PMs coming directly from college. They don’t know how to define market-user-problems and how to specify a clear product release map. Also, because they worry too much about the solution (most of the time given by the product leadership), they end up doing their PM job very poorly. Basically, there isn’t a collaborative team approach about defining solutions together, instead, the team is just a software factory for the product leadership bad decisions. 3. There’s no clear owner/decision-maker. The product leadership tries to push their view (not data, or user research-based) and most of the time his vision conflicts with the other areas. As a result, there’s a back/forward situation between PMs, Teams, and Deliverables, and nothing is done product-wise. 4. Being a young startup, the company is too focused on marketing and (out to date) technology. So, don’t expect to come with new technology frameworks and product ideas. Usually, if they go against what the product leadership thinks it’s right, you get burned. Also, there’s no voice for design in the company. The designers are just pixel pushers and are expected to refine the mockups/solutions made by the PMs. 5. There is no grow/career path or clear expectations about your role. 1:1s are useless since they seem like a tool for the manager to know if you are happy or not with the company. Managers don’t give you challenges and it’s not clear how they measure your performance and what is expected about you. Having said that, there are (a lot) more interesting and mature startups around Berlin. Don’t waste your time and energy at Zenjob, you will only get frustrated and more important, won’t grow as a professional.

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