Working at ZAG Group | Glassdoor.ca

ZAG Group Overview

Vancouver, BC
1 to 50 employees
2001
Company - Private
Manufacturing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Unknown
ZAG is a group of companies in the dietary supplements industry in the US formerly recognized as one of Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers in 2016. Under the guidance of CEO Steve Curtis (Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist 2014), revenue peaked at ... Read more

ZAG Group Reviews

1.8
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Tara Burke
4 Ratings
  • Helpful (8)

    "CEO has lost touch with reality"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ZAG Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    none. none. none. none. none - does this meet the 5 word minimum?

    Cons

    I worked here as an Executive Assistant to the CEO - Steve Curtis. That's right, I worked closely alongside him as his lap dog, working in his apartment, managing his schedule, handling his housekeeper, setting up travel/vacation plans, etc. I sat silently beside him during private meetings and phone calls, and watched closely as he interacted with his employees and myself. There were so many CONS - I don't know where to start.

    1. Steve claims to have cured himself of a terminal cancer. The first person in the world to cure cancer naturally through plants and traditional herbs. He literally has the biggest goldmine of the 21st century and the modern world in the palm of his hands. BUT he doesn't sell the herbs, or the formula or license any of this..... strange, right? when something smells fishy, looks fishy, sounds fishy.. its probably fishy.

    2. Other employees have claimed the company doesn't pay contractors - actually, what they do is they offer you basic hourly wage to work with Steve in a "paid working interview" where the work mostly consists of listening to Steve's tangents and getting barked at by Tara. At the end of this "working interview" they offer you a contract. But you don't want to take the job, so you don't sign the contract. But then they won't pay you for working until you sign the contract.... uhmm what?

    3. No training, no support, no good working environment. As his Executive Assistant, you work in his tiny 500 sq ft apartment with three other people. You are expected to use your own laptop and make international calls with your own cell phone and purchase lunch for Steve and his minions with your own money - and you are compensated for $0. (back to the "no training or help" - try to ask Tara a question, and Steve cuts in with "figure it out on your own, Tara doesn't get to help you"... first hour into the job, great impression. You're given work without any background, any information, any contacts and told to "figure it out".

    4. While 90% of the day is listening to Steve talk, the other 10% is doing nonsensical stuff ie. contact this wizard online to ask about this magic wand, design a family crest ring, order headphones, buy me a tv stand.... again, all without any compensation for the phone calls or products.

    5. I have watched Steve cut off people speaking in a meeting and kicked us ALL out of his apartment - because he wasn't pleased with the presentation. a little over dramatic, rude, and immature, don't you think?

    6. Days are not structured, no agenda or organization. You jump from one thing to another to another within minutes.

    Don't be fooled by his story of making millions. Please do your research - Steve is constantly inflating how much money his company is bringing in cause he actually has no idea. Take into account the lies, the lawsuits, the dirty article written (which he PAID to have removed - Steve Curtis is one Shady Businessman), the drug (liquid kratom) he's trying to distribute - and all together this is a SHADY company. Stay away, I was lucky to get out early - immediately after I left, I saw them looking for another EA (actually I think they're still looking). I guess no one sticks around for long.

    Advice to Management

    Steve speaks down to EVERYONE. I've heard him say things like "I have a $30 million net worth and this is how you treat me?" ... heres a life lesson for you, Steve. It doesn't matter how much money you have. Even if you were the richest man on earth, no one will never respect you for the way you treat and speak to the people around you. Seriously.

See All 72 Reviews

ZAG Group Photos

ZAG Group photo of: Our Team ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
ZAG Group photo of: Surprise massages at the office!
ZAG Group photo of: All Paws Meeting
ZAG Group photo of: 2014 Ernst + Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Our CEO Steve was nominated
ZAG Group photo of: Evening with David Suzuki
ZAG Group photo of: Team Lunch
See All PhotosSee All

ZAG Group Interviews

Experience

Experience
17%
17%
64%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview
81%
6%
6%
6

Difficulty

2.5
Average

Difficulty

Hard
Average
Easy
  1. Helpful (2)  

    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at ZAG Group (Vancouver, BC) in December-2016.

    Interview

    Called in last minute to meet with CEO at his apartment. Walked in with one girl on her laptop (Tara B), one girl being interviewed and Steve Curtis reading about how great Kratom is. Was hounded by questions from Steve, Tara AND the other girl being interviewed!!

    Interview Questions

    • asked about a time I used dominance (and pushy-ness) to get what I wanted. I guess that's how they do things there at ZAG. instead of asking nicely and continuing to work away at what you want, they just step on those around them to demand what they want.   1 Answer
See All 17 Interviews

ZAG Group Awards & Accolades

  • Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists - Pacific., Ernst & Young, 2014
  • Private Business Growth Award Finialist, Canada Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLC, 2014
See More

Work at ZAG Group? Share Your Experiences

ZAG Group
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
 
Click to Rate
or