Zendesk Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jul 20, 2020

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Zendesk Founder and  CEO Mikkel Svane
Mikkel Svane
440 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work-life balance, take the time you need to take care of your life outside of work(in 100 reviews)

  • "Strict hiring has made for great culture fits(in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • "The company is growing rapidly, which leads to natural growing pains from the employee perspective(in 37 reviews)

  • "They’ve been saying the neighborhood will get better but I have yet to see that(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "In it for the long haul"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is generous with its employees (time off, pay, benefits, team building events) Great work-life balance, take the time you need to take care of your life outside of work The employees are big on collaboration Management is supportive of their team The organization is very transparent with it's employees

    Cons

    Not enough people speak up when they disagree

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "They care more about being a female than actually being competent"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, a lot of activities, good work life balance and events, and a helpful environment

    Cons

    Working with some technically incompetent people. Who were hired for other reasons like gender ratio between engineers


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Like every place, some pros and cons, but overall great place to work & execs care about employees -"

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

    I worked at Zendesk full-time

    Pros

    - Great teams and very smart people - Great work/life balance - In general, the execs are great, not perfect, but noone is - Good product vision and philosophy

    Cons

    - Can have some favoritism if you're in with the right people - Getting big with big company slow decision making - Sometimes you have too many VPs to discuss an issue but solutions take too long to build due to consensus centered decision making

  4. "NA"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 

    I worked at Zendesk full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good culture.

    Cons

    Too many changes in the organisation

  5. Helpful (13)

    "There's a lot of work to do to change to an Enterprise focused organization"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zendesk full-time

    Pros

    The people are the reason I loved Zendesk so much. Everyone was willing to help one another and looking to grow and be better. They had an incredibly flexible PTO policy which made work-life balance better than any other company I've worked for. I find my friends saying "you'll never find another place like Zendesk" and I believe that to be true. I felt it was a relatively easy life there. I felt challenged but at the same time it was an easy product to understand and to sell.

    Cons

    Their goal as an organization is to move into the Enterprise. Unfortunately their focus is still incredibly transactional which is how Zendesk grew so quickly. This transactional foundation is a huge detriment to the goal of moving into the Enterprise because much of the leadership team is influenced by the people who've grown up within the organization and therefore drive the process from the ground up. Almost all reps still speak regularly at the practitioner level and the conversations are not value driven. I believe Zendesk has been so successful thus far because the product is great and easy to use. My goal in being there was to progress my sales career to work more complex and Enterprise/Strategic deals. While they certainly have some great Enterprise Logos, the footprint of those organizations is still relatively small. Zendesk does not focus on the outcomes that companies are trying to achieve in choosing their solution and because of this, sales reps are consistently delegated down to low level contacts. I left Zendesk because the culture had changed significantly. The leadership team has gotten incredibly political and there is clear favoritism throughout the organization. In addition, there are a few people who because of their political ties, basically run the organization and if you have a misstep with them, it can cost you your job and reputation which is unfortunate. This means you have to be very careful about who you trust there and the information you share.

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  6. "Great company"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good enumeration and flexi benefits Work life balance

    Cons

    Product and biz strategy is not enterprise ready.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture, Great Products"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Executive 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Zendesk is chock-full of brilliant minds, but most actually live the company value of being humblident. People know their stuff, but egos don't get in the way of progress. Teammates and managers are supportive and collaborative. From the executive level down, they drive the culture and put simple measures in place to maintain it. It certainly helps that the product is great, so it makes life a bit easier. Compensation packages and benefits are competitive, and unlike other companies with unlimited vacation, you're encouraged to take your time off. Great work/life balance. Many, many 4+ yr employees here!

    Cons

    Remote employee engagement outside of your immediate day-to-day team is challenging at times, though they have programs in place to help expand your internal network.

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  8. "Best Company to work with"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work, Culture, People, Work-Life balance, Perks and Facilities

    Cons

    Couldn't think of anything now

  9. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Manager 

    I have been working at Zendesk full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues. Really smart people. Culture--innovative, hard-working & fun. Product. Intuitive; something to be proud of. Work/life balance. Leadership.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  10. "All round great experience"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Executive in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay & benefits Strict hiring has made for great culture fits Awesome support for the remote workforce All macs as standard throughout the company Leadership focused on work-life balance

    Cons

    Still maturing enterprise GTM strategy

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