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Consultant at Commercial Metals Company
Consultant
Easy to implement and use, but there are active concerns with respect to security

Pros and Cons

  • "Zoom is easy to use and makes it easy to communicate with people remotely in meetings."
  • "The inclusion of some more advanced security features would be an improvement."

What is our primary use case?

I manage our team that provides solutions to our clients.

We use Zoom to conduct virtual meetings. We use it to communicate internally, as well as with our customers.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is teleconferencing. This tool is good enough for employees who want to be able to work at home.

Zoom is easy to use and makes it easy to communicate with people remotely in meetings.

What needs improvement?

The quality of this solution is depending on the internet connection, and as such, can sometimes be unstable.

There are some security issues with Zoom, which is something that needs to be resolved. The inclusion of some more advanced security features would be an improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Zoom for about one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Given that all of the employees are working from home, we use this solution every day for teleconferencing. The only issue we have had with instability is due to our internet connections.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is very scalable. The entire company is using Zoom, although our meetings generally have less than 30 people.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have been able to resolve our own problems without assistance from the vendor. It is very easy to use.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We use multiple solutions for virtual meetings and conferences including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Webex. For meeting with enterprise clients, we generally use Microsoft Teams. When it comes to meeting with the public, we more often use Zoom.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy.

What about the implementation team?

Our in-house team implemented Zoom for our use.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is that it can be used for non-critical information. However, due to active security concerns, at least in the short-term, meetings that contain critical or private information should be conducted on another platform.

In terms of how I would rate this product, I would score the quality of audio and video at about seven out of ten. Security-wise, however, I am worried about it.

Overall, I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
WW
Research Assistant at a performing arts with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Good video quality and screen recording, but the 40-minute time limit is too short

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the screen recording."
  • "I found it very confusing to set up a meeting."

What is our primary use case?

We use Zoom to have weekly team meetings. These are informal meetings for a software development group.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the screen recording.

What needs improvement?

Zoom should provide online storage where we can send and share documents with people in our meeting.

Zoom is not totally free, which is one of the reasons that I don't choose to use it.

I found it very confusing to set up a meeting.

I was only able to host meetings that were 40 minutes long, which was not enough time. That duration was not long enough for the topics that we needed to cover.

I would like to see a chat function for messaging outside of video conferencing.

Privacy needs to be improved because when you download a meeting transcript after it is complete, even the private chat of other users is visible.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Zoom for about four months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Zoom is stable for video but I have had trouble with hearing the voice. This could have been related to my network.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Our meetings normally have 12 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never contacted technical support. If I have a problem then I just switch software, rather than spend the time speaking with support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have now switched to using WeChat instead of Zoom for most things, other than my weekly team meetings. First, WeChat is totally free. Also, with the enterprise version, we are able to share documents while we're sharing screens. It has quite a bit of storage that we can use to upload material.

Most of the students in my school have WeChat and when we have a meeting, a notification is sent. It's quite convenient. WeChat is better designed for Chinese users and it takes their habits into account.

WeChat has a scheduling feature where people can see my calendar, which is very important for setting up meetings.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost of Zoom has led me to use WeChat, instead.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Senior Manager at RP Sanjiv Goenka Group
Real User
Top 5
Easy to set up, hosts remote meetings well, and is very stable

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is quick and easy."
  • "Zoom could be more secure."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for holding virtual meetings. 

What is most valuable?

The solution is good for remote, virtual meetings.

The solution is quite stable. 

The scalability is good.

The initial setup is quick and easy.

What needs improvement?

Zoom could be more secure. In one of the meetings, we found out the meeting was automatically getting recorded. That's not good. 

There are certain things that could definitely be avoided.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for a few years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability overall is pretty good. There aren't really bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. The performance is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I've found the solution to be very scalable. If a company needs to expand it, it can do so.

Typically, we use Zoom if a vendor wants to. For example, if somebody sends across their meeting request via Zoom, we will use that. As far as our organization's users are concerned, it's used much less. We have 200 to 500 people that use it internally. Not more than that.

We don't plan to increase usage, as we already use WebEx, and we prefer not to double up on virtual meeting platforms. 

How are customer service and support?

I've never contacted Zoom's technical support. I cannot speak to how helpful or responsive they are in general. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I'm also using WebEx. We use Zoom and WebEx in parallel. We also have used Google Meet.

We tend to use Zoom when our vendors set up the meeting and it is something they prefer. When we set up meetings ourselves, we tend to use either WebEx or Google Meet.

How was the initial setup?

As a cloud-based solution, the installation is very simple and straightforward. it's easy. It's not difficult. 

The deployment just takes a few minutes. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We do not have any subscriptions with Zoom. 

What other advice do I have?

As a cloud-based solution, we are always on the latest version. 

I'd rate the product at a seven out of ten. 

I would recommend the solution to other users and organizations. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Graeme Trevayne
Managing Consultant at Coeus Consulting
Consultant
Top 20
Easy to set up, the breakout rooms are useful, and setting up a meeting is easy with the Mozilla plug-in

Pros and Cons

  • "The Mozilla extension is useful to schedule meetings."
  • "It is difficult to see and control whether you're muted or not, so the interface should be improved."

What is our primary use case?

I use Zoom for keeping in touch with friends in the UK. We've done a virtual open-mic concert and also done virtual pop-quizzes on it.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the breakout room, which we found useful for the pop quiz.

The Mozilla extension is useful to schedule meetings.

What needs improvement?

It is difficult to see and control whether you're muted or not, so the interface should be improved.

When people are messaging, often they accidentally message the entire group rather than a single person. This is something else that can be made more clear.

Security is a concern with this product, so I would not do anything commercial using it. The need to work on their reputation as far as security goes.

For how long have I used the solution?

I started using Zoom about two weeks ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is fine and we haven't had any issues. However, many people aren't convinced that it's robust enough to be a corporate tool at the moment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It can handle lots of users.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not needed to contact technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We tried to use Skype, but the problem with Skype is that it doesn't work on Apple Macs. It says that it does, but it never logs in. Because of this, we had to find an alternative.

We use Microsoft Teams for work-related communication, whereas I use Zoom for personal conferencing. I would say that Microsoft Teams is a little more corporate, as you need to have a Microsoft account. 

How was the initial setup?

It was easy enough to set up.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I have been using the free version of Zoom.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering Zoom is that it is ok for social use. It's easy to use and it supports a lot of users. It is easy to set up as a free service.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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WK
Lan Specialist at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Easy to use, minimal configuration, and reliable

Pros and Cons

  • "Zoom is easy to use and does not require much network bandwidth. Additionally, it does not require a lot of configuration which is very good."
  • "The security of the solution could improve."

What is our primary use case?

We use Zoom for meetings and patients get to see people, such as relatives who are in foreign countries.

How has it helped my organization?

We have some long-term care patients and they were able to use Zoom to talk to their relatives without having them come in to visit. This was beneficial during the Covid pandemic.

What is most valuable?

Zoom is easy to use and does not require much network bandwidth. Additionally, it does not require a lot of configuration which is very good.

It is a very simple product, the client launches well from the web browser, and it doesn't have a large number of features, but it doesn't really require it.

What needs improvement?

The security of the solution could improve.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Zoom for approximately three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability and reliability of the Zoom have been good. However, our systems have good bandwidth and I am not sure how it would operate with low bandwidth.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution is good.

We have approximately 125 users using the solution in my organization.

How are customer service and support?

I have never needed to contact support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have previously used WebEx. We pay for WebEx, but the product seems to be really configuration-heavy. It has better security, but it requires a lot of administrative work on our side. You have to configure a huge amount of ports and sites for the firewall, whereas, in Zoom, you don't have to do that much configuration.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is simple and there is no maintenance required.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are using the free version of Zoom.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others wanting to implement this solution is to make sure the ports are open for access.

I rate Zoom a nine out of ten.

I rate Zoom a nine because it's easy to use and setup doesn't require someone with technical knowledge to run it. I guess the interface is pretty intuitive because we haven't had any calls from the users once we opened it up.

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OEM Medical & Defense Business Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Easy to set up, simple to use, and very stable

Pros and Cons

  • "It's got a simple, easy-to-understand user interface."
  • "There were some security issues early on, however, they have fixed the problem, and now it is fine."

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use the solution for virtual meetings.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use.

It's got a simple, easy-to-understand user interface.

The solution is stable. 

The product scales well.

The installation is very easy.

What needs improvement?

I cannot recall coming across any missing features. It works well enough.

I've never had any issues with the product itself. 

There were some security issues early on, however, they have fixed the problem, and now it is fine.

The solution could always use better performance. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for two years now. It's been a while. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good. It's reliable and works when you need it to. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

You can scale this solution. If you need to expand it, you can do so in order to incorporate more people.

We have a few thousand users that use the product in our company currently. It's pretty widely used. 

How are customer service and support?

I haven't had any issues with the product. Therefore, I've never spoken with technical support. I cannot comment on how helpful they would be, or how responsive due to never having dealt with them directly. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also use Microsoft Teams, and I prefer using that over Zoom.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not overly complex or difficult. It's quite straightforward and very simple. A user shouldn't have any problem with the process. 

What about the implementation team?

I can handle the implementation myself. I do not need the assistance of an integrator or consultant. The entire deployment is very quick.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't have any details in regards to the licensing or the general cost. It's not an aspect of the solution I deal with. 

What other advice do I have?

I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten overall. I've mostly been happy with its capabilities. 

I would recommend the solution to other users or organizations. 

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System support engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Works well, has a friendly user interface, and is stable

Pros and Cons

  • "Zoom is pretty safe and secure."
  • "While the communication and video-audio conferencing features on Zoom are excellent, unlike Microsoft Teams, there is no direct integration with SharePoint. For us, that is the disadvantage of Zoom."

What is our primary use case?

We only use the solution for virtual meetings. 

What is most valuable?

The solution is very stable.

Every time, it works. It works quite well when we need it to.

The solution has a very friendly user interface. 

The communication and audio conferencing features are great.

Zoom is pretty safe and secure. 

What needs improvement?

While the communication and video-audio conferencing features on Zoom are excellent, unlike Microsoft Teams, there is no direct integration with SharePoint. For us, that is the disadvantage of Zoom. 

Zoom lacks integrations and many extra features. Microsoft Teams, on the other hand, has many features and integrates well with many Microsoft apps. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for three years at this point. It's been a while. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the product is quite good. There are no bugs. It isn't glitchy. It doesn't crash or freeze. it's a reliable platform.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Many people in our organization use the product. 

How are customer service and support?

We haven't had any issues with the product. We've never really reached out to technical support directly. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also use Microsoft Teams. However, Zoom is more user-friendly and has a better interface. The advantage of Teams is the integration with Sharepoint, which Zoom doesn't have. 

Previous to these, we used Skype a lot.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty easy. It takes a little time. We did a deployment in our organization is six hours. 

What about the implementation team?

We were able to handle the implementation ourselves. We didn't need any integrators or consultants. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay Zoom a yearly licensing fee.

What other advice do I have?

As a cloud-based solution, I'm always on the latest version. I cannot speak to the exact version number I'm using right now. 

I'd recommend the solution to other users and organizations. We are happy with its capabilities. I'd rate it at a perfect ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Ayman Hagag
System Analyst at OIC
Real User
Top 20
We previously used Skype and Webex. We switched because Zoom is more stable and Webex requires a good internet connection.

Pros and Cons

  • "One of the biggest features of Zoom is its stability."
  • "In the future, I would like to see remote access control for other computers."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for web conferencing and virtual meetings.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is ease of use. Both the mobile and desktop versions are user-friend.

This solution has all of the features you want, such as sharing screens or taking action on behalf of the other person.

One of the biggest features of Zoom is its stability.

What needs improvement?

In the future, I would like to see remote access control for other computers.

Administrators need a lot of training.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Zoom for almost seven months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Zoom is very stable and in fact, this is one of its biggest features. At this time, we are using it on a daily basis.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability depends on the user. If you want to use it on a wide range then you have to get training as an administrator so that you can handle it. I would say that it is scalable but you have to know how to do so.

We have approximately 100 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not been in contact with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to using Zoom, we used Skype and Webex. I also have experience with TeamViewer.

We switched because Zoom is more stable and Webex requires a good internet connection.

One advantage of TeamViewer is that you have remote access control of other computers.

How was the initial setup?

The setup for an end-user is very easy but an administrator will need a lot of training. The deployment took us one day.

What about the implementation team?

We set this solution up ourselves.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before choosing Zoom.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to learn how to use it first, before hosting meetings. Otherwise, you will get hassled a lot from the users.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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