Zeno Group Reviews

Updated 31 Aug 2020

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3.5
75%
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Zeno Group Chief Executive Officer Barby K. Siegel
Barby K. Siegel
63 Ratings
Pros
  • "A fun and friendly agency with a great culture(in 7 reviews)

  • "great place to work, great culture, supportive teams members(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "The place to be right now"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zeno Group full-time

    Pros

    Growth in a challenging market means something is going well. Great new client wins, awards and a cool culture. This is the place to be right now. Leadership has settled of late and the new look office, flexible working and creative first approach is fresh and inspiring.

    Cons

    Always a fast pace which doesn’t suit everyone.

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  2. "Fast paced, friends for life, management mediocre"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zeno Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    wonderful people, i made friends for life. great clients on offer. good to be part of a large but not massive organisation.

    Cons

    support system and senior leadership has become weaker, but i think is on the up (hopefully). little WFH options, but same for most agencies.

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  3. Helpful (5)

    "Complete misery"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zeno Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the people I worked with were great colleagues and I made some really good friends.

    Cons

    3MZ is the worst place I’ve ever had the misfortune to work in. The agency suffers huge problems from the top down. The senior team are completely detached from the day-to-day work of the agency - dysfunctional, unprofessional, uncommunicative, unsupportive, uncaring and downright callous. They strive to foster a cliquey and backstabbing culture in which people who play politics are rewarded. This leaves no room for those working hard to develop or grow. While senior team members head off at 5.30, they’ll expect you to put in ridiculously long hours. It was normal for me to work 10 hour days, five days a week – with no thanks or attempt to address the issue. Try and raise this problem and you’ll be told that you ‘need to address how you work’. Legitimate concerns and problems are always swept aside, leaving a toxic and inconsiderate working atmosphere. Tasks are often not briefed in correctly by senior management to team members who are completely out of their depth, tired and stressed. This occasionally resulted in people being shouted at the on shop floor – making 3MZ more reminiscent of a class room than a place of work. It was abject misery to work here. I would advise people to steer well clear of 3MZ.

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    Zeno Group Response

    Chief Talent Officer

    Thank you for the advice. We recognize that there are times when work is extra busy but we monitor that closely and engage additional support from freelancers and new hires to keep things in balance. Flexible working is offered to everyone so people are free to get their work done in a way that suits the task. We’re always open to constructive suggestions for improvement so please feel free to contact ian.green@3monkeyszeno.com for a chat in confidence.

  4. "good clients"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zeno Group full-time

    Pros

    great clients and fun office

    Cons

    needs a little more culture

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  5. "Excellent people, but not much work-life balance"

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

    I worked at Zeno Group full-time

    Pros

    A fun and friendly agency with a great culture. There’s something special about this agency and it’s peoole.

    Cons

    Work life balance could be much better. There’s a lot of talk of hot desking, and flexible working but nobody really does it.

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Work / life balance? No."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good location and a good group of clients.

    Cons

    Senior managers dump new projects on juniors without explaining things properly, and then get aggy when something is overlooked. Seems to be whoever shouts the loudest wins favour with management, whilst others may have skills which could be, are generally are, overlooked. If you're not in with the 'cool kids', you're out pretty much. Think you can leave on time at 5:30? If you want to feel like you've murdered someone then yeah go ahead.

    Zeno Group Response

    Chief Talent Officer

    It’s disappointing to hear that this is your experience and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you. Please feel free to reach out to @Green, Ian at London HR. The introduction of flexible working for all and summer hours have been welcomed and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. If you have questions about how teams are resourced or if you feel you have skills that aren’t being utilised, please speak up – either to HR, your line manager, MD or Practice director. We love people who are proactive about getting involved.

  7. Helpful (8)

    "Know what you are getting into"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Zeno Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some of the people were lovely. A lot of people were really motivated and knew their stuff. The list of clients is fantastic and the freebies in the office were great.

    Cons

    There were individuals whose behaviour was aggressive and inappropriate. Concerns had been raised before, yet had been hushed up and weren't communicated to the senior management team. When I flagged their behaviour, I was blamed for causing it and trying to stir up trouble. The hours were very long. Every day was a 10 hour day and there were consecutive days where I worked until 12am. When I raised this to a senior member of the team, they responded by saying "Well if that's the way you prefer to work." Sadly it seemed like junior members of the team were always the ones with the heaviest workload, while more senior managers left on time. This could have just been my experience of the particular team I was working with and the individuals within it, but I have worked in other agencies and this was REALLY BAD.

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  8. Helpful (7)

    "Sad but true"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zeno Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In theory, there’s a thing called freedom Friday, where people can leave at 3pm on the first Friday of the month. Emphasis on “in theory”

    Cons

    The team culture is virtually non-existent, except for the one day in a fortnight that you try to leave on time, when it exists to make you feel guilty for doing so. I never left before 6.30/7.00 on ‘Freedom Friday’. What does exist, is a culture of who can work the hardest, and who can generate the most unnecessary nonsense to add to our already stretched workloads. 10/11 hour days are the norm and 12/13 hour days are a semi regular occurrence too, so I was in a peculiar position of working harder than many of my friends in the city, but getting paid half as much. The email culture was totally out of control; close to 400 a day was normal, and I was told by my manager that I should be reading every last one of them - coming back from a 5 day holiday made this impossible, but the attitude stood firm. There is absolutely no culture. No banter. No music. Everyone is too heavily worked to do anything than stay fixated on their computer screens. The office looks like something akin to Wolf of Wall Street, it’s that sterile. Finally, with hindsight, my time was so consumed by unnecessary nonsense work that I rarely did any actual PR work (press releases, comment etc.), instead it was full of writing reports and putting together presentations of how good we were and what a fantastic job we’d done for the client.

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  9. "3 Monkeys | Zeno"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zeno Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Client benefits were a pro with the people that worked there being fun too.

    Cons

    Work life balance wasnt great

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  10. "A good start!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've recently started in the London office and...so far so good! Love the atmosphere and culture. You're encouraged to be your authentic self (which is very rare in most agencies). The senior team are inspiring - infact there are plenty of people to be inspired by at most levels across the departments. Whilst you won't leave at 5:30 everyday (note to previous reviews, this doesn't happen at any agency in the world!) they do make every effort to get you out the door when it can be helped...which it can't always be, we are in a client service industry after all. Lots of opportunities to get involved and grow. Overall, great first few months here...I've made a good choice.

    Cons

    Nothing major so far, just normal teething problems when two companies merge and an agency grows so quickly.

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