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We come to work inspired by a simple belief: when people make connections through instant live voice, they become more cooperative, more compassionate, and less isolated.

Zello Freqently Asked Questions

What is Zello in a nutshell?
Zello is the highest rated push-to-talk app, connecting 150 Million users globally, empowering frontline workers, teams, and communities through instant and crystal-clear voice messaging.
Who are your customers and why do they pay you money?
Organizations with frontline worker employees who deal with lots of exceptions and need live communication, they pay us money to meet the organization needs for security and administration.
When should I hear from someone regarding my application?
You should receive an email confirmation when your application has been submitted, and we’ll review your candidacy as quickly as possible. You should expect to hear back from us within a week of applying.
Where is Zello located?
Zello is located in Downtown Austin TX at 1717 W 6th St. near El Arroyo and the Mean Eyed Cat.
How is Zello responding to the Covid-19 pandemic?
Our team has been working remotely since March 2020 and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We look forward to returning to the office when it is safe, and we will evaluate a return date based around Austin’s city guidelines. Until then, we’re enjoying getting to know our coworkers’ pets and kids over Zoom, and bonding through virtual social events like our company book club, Among Us games, trivia nights, and more.
When you interview candidates, are there red flags you keep an eye out for?
Don’t come unprepared! We love seeing candidates who research for their interviews. While you don’t have to be an expert on Push-To-Talk technology, we want to learn about the opportunity you see for yourself here and what you can add to our projects.
How should candidates prepare for interviews?
Learn about Zello! Our product page, our blog, and our solutions page offer information about our products.
How should somebody dress for an interview?
A good rule is to dress slightly better than what typical work attire is, which for us is usually t-shirts and jeans. We’d recommend a professional button down shirt or dress, but a suit is not necessary.
What’s the best platform to reach out on?
If you have questions about jobs or interviews at Zello, email [email protected] and somebody will get an answer to your question as quickly as possible.
How can I stand out?
At Zello, we recruit for problem-solvers who have a broad understanding of the work they do. We like self-starting, intrinsically motivated people who can wear multiple hats to help us get a project done. If you’re always thinking about how to improve things, even if they’re not technically yours to improve, we want to meet you.
What makes Zello so useful in safety situations?
Zello uses low bandwidth communication that works even when cell networks are limited to deliver vital information to our users. https://zello.com/product/safety/
What software do we use in the company? What is our tech stack?
• Backend - c++ (95%), golang (5%) • Web - php (90%), nodejs (10%), reactjs • Android - java, kotlin • iOS - objective-c, swift • Colocated servers, a little bit of AWS, mySQL, mongo, elasticsearch, redis • Project Management - Asana, Trello, Github • Communication - Gmail (G-Suite), Slack
What does the interview process look like?
While we admit that the interview process will differ from job to job, but generally speaking, we start with a 30 minute phone interview with our recruiter, followed by a video interview with the hiring manager, and finish with a longer panel interview by video. We also will run a reference and background check as we finalize the interview process. Our interview processes are organized around evaluating a candidate’s ability to create the defined outcome of the position, as written in the job description.
How would you describe the company culture?
Zello has a fast-paced culture driven by the search for excellence with our product. We are a group of independent thinkers who value creative collaboration between teams to accomplish our ambitious goals. Zello teams are better because we empower alternate perspectives and a healthy debate of ideas.
What will new hires experience in their first 30 days?
New hires will be welcomed to the team and provided with all the tools they need before their first day. You can expect to spend the first week getting to know your teammates, learning our product and systems, and completing hands-on training with a buddy in your department. You’ll be introduced to coworkers across the company, attend a product meeting, join our social events, and dive into your work. By the end of your first month, you’ll feel totally at home, and prepared to be productive!
How do you measure the success of individual team members?
Success is outlined quantitatively by the employee’s individual manager, and is structured within the needs of the team. All team members have regular 1-on-1 meetings with their managers to understand progress toward these goals. Individuals have quarterly objectives that are tied to their team’s overarching goals. Success in these objectives is measured by progress toward key results that are defined at the start of each quarter.
Why do team members stay at the company?
Many at Zello stay at the company long enough to receive their 6-week sabbatical vacation that happens at 5 years of employment. We find that our talented professionals appreciate the opportunity to grow their careers through continued education and challenging development of their on-job skillset.
Do you have a motto or values at the heart of your work?
Zello’s purpose is simple: to enable the power of the human voice. The human voice has the power to bring people together for the greatest good. Through our voices, we build stronger relationships, communication, and cohesion around the globe. Zello’s service protects the value carried in tone, inflection, articulation, tempo - the power that conveys a sense of urgency and builds trust. We believe there is no more efficient or empathetic form of communication in today’s digital age. Voices matter. Keep talking.
How does the team recognize good work?
We believe in recognizing the great work our team members do in the ways that mean the most to them. From shout-outs in weekly team updates and our #spasibo channel (that’s “thank you” in Russian!) to feedback in manager 1:1s and performance reviews, we make sure our employees know when they’re doing a great job, and we reward them with greater opportunities.
What are the hours like and is remote work permitted?
Most teams have flexible hours, although the nature of some roles requires more structured days. This is a full-time job and we expect full-time work results, but we encourage employees to work at their best rhythm. Right now, we are all working remotely due to the pandemic. When it’s safe to return to the office, we expect you’ll work there with the team most of the time. We value the collaboration and team atmosphere that in-person work fosters.
What excites us most about the company’s future?
The Push-To-Talk space is set to expand its use and impact and Zello’s market leading technology is poised to be an influential product within the industry. We’re excited to serve frontline workers and their communities of billions of people around the globe that have been previously ignored.
How big is the team?
We have approximately 40 employees and counting.