Blue Nile

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Blue Nile Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    Unfortunately a company in decline

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Blue Nile full-time

    Pros

    Good people who have worked at the company over the years but have since left. Good networks of past employees.
    Fun product.
    Good business model.

    Cons

    Turnover is high enough that it consistently impacts productivity, with no end in sight.
    Some homegrown managers and directors who have little to no management experience outside of Blue Nile
    No career development, no career ladder for those in customer service. The only exception I can think of was one group who developed their own program but the company doesn't have anything across all departments.
    Overall sense that the company is in decline and no longer is innovative, no clear vision or bold plans other than tactical plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the right balance between micromanagement and too much talking, not enough action.
    Be bold and try more things. Don't kid yourselves on the real impact that some of your actions have on the company and its results, especially if it's only one small action.
    Work on culling out bad managers who hold the company back from its full potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    High stress job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Nile full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are lacking compared to other similar web-based companies. There is no drive to retain or promote employees from within, always sad to see good folks go on to other companies for career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Lack of work/life balance. The company runs so lean that you feel guilty taking your paid time off. HR is hard to get a hold of for your questions... too busy planning culture events.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    No work and life balance, or direct communication.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Nile

    Pros

    Great culture of people. Most employees are really nice, but there are a handful of bad seeds. Overall, it was a blast coming to work and chatting it up with all the friendly people.

    Cons

    I was never given specific projects to work on, instead I found work on my own to do. No clear direction. The office is located in a bad part of Seattle so you need to be cautious when coming and going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be upfront with your employees. Don't let them know minutes before on their last day that you actually have another job for them to stay on to do. And when transitioning into a higher qualified position give them a raise!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Blue Nile full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual Work Environment
    Nice People (for the most part)

    Cons

    Well below average compensation
    Poor overall leadership
    Short sighted strategy
    High Turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose a strategy and stick with it. Invest in employee development and infrastructure, and yes that means you will have to spend money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Real change doesn't stick on the surface...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Nile

    Pros

    Dedicated, intelligent employees. Employees genuinely want to see the company succeed and put in many hours to do just that. You are surrounded by many smart people and will very likely walk away learning a lot.

    Cons

    The company is run so lean, that those same employees are stretched thin and burn out quickly. There is little to no reward for that effort. The issues have been identified by executives, but very little was done to truly fix it at the root of the problem. The increased turnover and falling trust in company leadership could have been avoided. There are many people in leadership positions who are good at what they do, but need to be given the tools to truly lead and manage people. Good leaders are not only smart, but know how to support and motivate people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees. Reward their hard work and create a fun atmosphere. It’s okay to step away from spreadsheets for a break and even a smile. They deserve it. Focus on gaining their trust. Don’t make changes at the surface that won’t last. Build up the foundation and give people a reason to stick around.

  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Love the team but unhappy with the company culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Blue Nile full-time

    Pros

    People are really smart and VERY hard working. Love that you could wear many hats since the teams are pretty small. Room to learn a lot.

    Cons

    No room for growth and management was too busy to really manage the team. People put in a lot of work hours during the holiday times and most were underpaid. If you are looking for a work/life balance or a fun and outgoing company culture..Blue Nile is not the right place for that. Not many good social events and everyone is too busy to care about anything else but work. They tried to change things recently due to high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on communication, goals and take some management training sessions. Take time to actually manage your team when you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unbalanced Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Blue Nile full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the people there were great. Lots of lunch options in the area. Fun to work in fulfillment for a day or two around christmas.

    Cons

    More managers than peers. Lots of first-timers - kids out of college willing to work for peanuts because they don't know better. Lots of old-timers - people who were with the company from the beginning and care only about their stock options. As I was neither, they set me up on a project they use to eliminate people so they could bump their short-term financials and prevent me from vesting. I did a lot of interesting and useful work for them, but they treated me as disposable. If I wasn't a good fit for them, they could have simply told me instead of creating a ridiculous scenario over which to fire me.

    Their site looks unchanged from a decade ago. Their front-end code is ancient VB written by non-coders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many managers and junior engineers. Why not hire some pros and treat them well instead of creating a lords and serfs environment? If your engineer tells you a project is untenable, listen to them and move on. Treat people like people, not stepping stones.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a job at least...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Shipping Aid in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Shipping Aid in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Blue Nile as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Your expectations as an employee are cut and dry. If you can meet those, you will have no problems.

    Cons

    Chaotic internal structure. Management proved manic and at times unprofessional. Hours are completely up and down, and lunch hours aren't set in stone. *sometimes its 30 min sometimes they make you take an hour, so you can stay longer in the day). Pay is also fairly low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce stress on seasonal laborers, and you will have a better worker who is willing to go father.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Diamond are not always a girls best friend

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Blue Nile

    Pros

    Employee Discount
    Basic benefits (health, 401k, stock options)
    Easy commute in Seattle area
    Nice co-workers
    Bus pass
    Gym discount
    Medium sized company
    Some of the upper management were nice

    Cons

    Only worried about the bottom dollar
    Employees or customers are not their top concern
    Focus of the company is profit
    Did I mention that the company's focus is only about money
    Culture of negativity and immature gossip

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is definitely lacking in many areas: The founder has to be supported by a more mature leadership because he does lack immaturity. He's a shark in the business arena and the profit the company makes is more relevant to his bank account than to anyone else. A more mature management style would make it a healthier environment. Not a lot of growth because company is so small. The current CEO (Diane) is a much better public representation of what a CEO should be. She is the company's "Gem".

    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Might want to consider Amazon instead given hours worked, commute, and time spent around work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Blue Nile

    Pros

    Health benefits are fairly good. Stock options can be useless depending on when you're hired due to peak seasons. Pretty laid back place as a software engineer.

    Cons

    Management tends to be deceitful. Expected of engineers to work more than 40 hours a week. Project definitions are generally very vague. No documentation for existing systems. Turn over is very high in most departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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