Spiceworks Ziff Davis Reviews

Updated Aug 11, 2022

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3.8
68%
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Pros
  • "I've worked at Spiceworks for 5 years and have experienced a lot through its many chapters(in 38 reviews)

  • "Job stability, great HR, Work life balance(in 16 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Spiceworks - Ziff Davis is an organization beleaguered by politics(in 20 reviews)

  • "It has been no great secret that Spiceworks have wanted to IPO and be a(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good place to work

      Aug 9, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexibility Work life balance Salary People No office politics

      Cons

      None i could think of!

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great work from anywhere culture

      Jul 18, 2022 - Quality Assurance Editor in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Management is great about boundaries around your personal life. Several times, senior executives would call out other executives for logging in while on vacation/parental leave/etc for logging in to do work as a way to take the pressure off those downstream. SWZD was work from anywhere before the pandemic, so they have it figured out. Technology package provided by company (mac or pc, monitors, peripherals, etc) along with a stipend for setting up a home office - even if you already have everything. More companies need to copy SWZD's culture to successfully implement a work-from-anywhere or hybrid work environment. They have a "camera on/mic off" policy for large meeting, so I could see that many people were working from their back patio, poolside or other non-home office locations. Plenty of opportunities to get face-time with the CEO, Division VPs & Department heads through virtual "coffee breaks" where they would send Starbucks gift cards, etc to buy you lunch. Weekly 1 to 1 with direct managers along with weekly immediate team meetings meant that you got to know your co-workers and cared about them as people. We used Slack as an instant messenger during the day to ask questions and stay connected with specific streams for project stakeholders and separate streams for silly things like pet pictures and recipes. Their efforts combated the #1 complaint from people who are in love with the office. Other than the monthly town halls, I never had a meeting last longer than 30m (town halls were 45m) and SWZD was really great about not forcing people into useless meeting that made you push your work off into your personal after hours time.

      Cons

      The bulk of business is done during 9-5 Central US so the bulk of meetings might interfere with lunch, etc. SWZD has divisions in India & England, so the work never stops and it's easy to overwork yourself, thinking it's expected. This is probably why the company stresses the importance of disconnecting and not checking emails after hours.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good

      Jul 14, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very Good nice environment and great people

      Cons

      No cons to write here.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Marketing and lead nurturing

      Jul 8, 2022 - Senior Executive Assistant in Pune
      Recommend
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      Pros

      one of the highest paid company

      Cons

      Not yet to discuss about Company

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Avoid this Company

      Aug 11, 2022 - Business Development 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      + some nice members of the team

      Cons

      - terrible leaderships team - Out of date culture and processes - No product innovation

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Company is imploding

      Jul 25, 2022 - Sales 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Options but now the stock is cratering.

      Cons

      Leadership here is completely inept. Read the other negative reviews. They don’t understand the market nor how to lead, so of course the company is down 50% year over year and unable to deliver on product. You will get stabbed in the back for pointing out the obvious. Also the pay is horrible.

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Avoid at all costs

      Jul 7, 2022 - Sales Director in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The coffee machine in the UK office was off the charts good. + Every company you work for after will be better.

      Cons

      The company mismanagement, corporate strategy and work culture that is allowed to permeate in this organisation is shocking. avoid at all costs. -Unsuccessful US business units that treat their staff with distain rule the roost. -Their figurehead CEO will brag "anyone can buy a business for a dollar and make 75 cents" whilst overseeing tanking revenue streams and profits. -Their parent company (J2 Global) will write blank cheques for unlimited M&A to ensure they pay the bear minimum in corporate income tax. This core strategy allows the most toxic "its you or me" culture. -Those responsible for M&A, will ignore due diligence, will take backhanders (feel free to google this) from the worst run companies that join the Ziff portfolio padding out revenue streams for the following few months before the collapse under the strain of the most rudderless-ly arrogant cringe worthy leadership The 40% margin $16 million business I left due to lack of support; continual bureaucratic roadblocks; awful mismanagement at the highest level will effectively cease to trade in it's core service in 2023. Ziff will blundered a combined 16 million dollar revenue stream in 2 years. But don't worry, they will simply buy another business in the market to compensate, downsize - rinse and repeat. The business culture is not to build revenue streams; create a great working culture or increase profit/ebitda organically it is to "grow through acquisition" in order to over-inflate share value. This strategy then dictates the work culture. Toxic. Avoid

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Value your employees over your image.

      Jun 10, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Work from Anywhere - Willing to work with your schedule (if it works for them) - Your co-workers are truly collaborative and are always willing to help

      Cons

      Management appears to care about their image more than the actual work produced. Campaigns are constantly pushed back and management complains when they don't yield the results they want. There's also a culture of spending money on things that don't need to be spent on. I implore you to put that money into your loyal employees instead of incentives for clients. Cared for employees yield great results.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      LGS

      May 16, 2022 - Lead Generation Specialist in Pune
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Best place to learn and grow

      Cons

      Can not find any yet

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      More politics here than the mid term elections

      May 25, 2022 - Sales 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work from anywhere Good benefits Large organization backing

      Cons

      Can't get anything done without playing the politics game- everyone wants to be right rather than doing what's best for the company or client Low pay compared to the market and competitors Constantly trying to "fix" something that they've allowed to get broken Culture is not the best No growth opportunities

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    Spiceworks Ziff Davis has an overall rating of 3.8 out of 5, based on over 207 reviews left anonymously by employees. 68% of employees would recommend working at Spiceworks Ziff Davis to a friend and 65% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -11% over the last 12 months.

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