Gilt Groupe Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Michelle Peluso
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Pros
  • Awesome products on website with employee discount (in 8 reviews)

  • Exciting, fast-paced environment that fits both tech and fashion cultures (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Culture did not promote any work-life balance (in name only) which is fine if you're under 30 (in 8 reviews)

  • Office politics have become very catty and difficult to navigate (in 4 reviews)

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  1. free food

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Pros

    The break room has cereal, milk, soda, coffee, and cold brew. Employees love free beverages.

    Cons

    Cereal is great, but it would be great to have additional snacks such fresh fruit and fresh vegetables.

    Advice to Management

    Keep serving cold brew all summer long.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Doesn't value employees

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

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -unlimited vacation time
    -flexibility to work from home
    -many snacks
    -overall smart people

    Cons

    -poor compensation
    -business model dying
    -low morale
    -senior leaders aren't transparent/don't value employees
    -no retention

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what your employees are saying! They're your best asset and you're ignoring it.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Raise quickly without the perks.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Pro's are..
    - Good benefits.
    - Will raise in promotions via attrition.
    - Wide range of experiences.
    - Gilt Gold (Cross Department Thank You Service)

    Cons

    The Con's are...
    - Weak pay.
    - Morale is low throughout the company.
    - High turn over rate.
    - Bottom line approach on goals.

    Advice to Management

    - Create a structure of accountability.
    - Pushing issues down the line doesn't fix anything.
    - Primary goals haven't been reached.
    - Address the low morale.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Tons of experience in a short time frame.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to work off site. The benefits were great. Loads of free snacks.

    Cons

    Absolutely no work life balance. Mangers do not trust you when working from home. Unlimited vacation is only for the senior managers. There really is no time for vacation when there are people leaving almost every month and your expected to pick up the slack.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Not a young start up anymore

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great discount on products and great vacation policy. Most everyone working here is very bright.

    Cons

    If you are one of the executives "chosen ones" you can get promoted quickly, if you're not good luck. The HR department is terrible, and people have been leaving the company in masses lately.


  7. It was alright, although they had good ideas about how to keep employees happy, they had trouble applying these ideas.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Gilt Groupe as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good staff, friendly environment, helpful to begin,

    Cons

    Stressful, not a great structure, they didn't keep you well informed, lack of training


  8. Helpful (2)

    Lots of hype, average company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Genuinely trying to empower the developer, good for learning new technologies for junior people. Good life balance and possibility of working at home.

    Cons

    Not the greatest architecture and poor decision making. Not that good for senior technical people where there is not a good tech vision of the direction


  9. Helpful (2)

    Polar Balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    • Exciting, fast-paced environment that fits both tech and fashion cultures
    • Intelligent general staff
    • Ability to create internal opportunities and collaborate with other departments, learning encouraged

    Cons

    • Flip-side of hip culture creates sophomoric team dynamics and senior management
    • Direction and vision changes almost quarterly leading to waste and instability
    • High pressure, low rewards


  10. Helpful (4)

    Fun, Fast Paced, Low Pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gilt is a young, energetic company (or at least was) the push toward an IPO has seen a dramatic reduction in the party atmosphere many had grown accustomed to. The company also has a great sabbatical benefit for employees that have been with the company for more than three years. However, with the high turnover, most of the employees that have taken advantage of that perk were around in the early years of the company's inception. The discount is great, but, sadly, not like it used to be.

    Cons

    Long hours. If you're one that seeks adoration and acknowledgment for your ideas and accomplishments don't look here. Managers typically take credit for your ideas. Without shame, to boot!

    Advice to Management

    This is a worthless box as there is no advice management is truly willing to listen to. Culture surveys are conducted to "take the pulse" of the company which is a waste of time, because when the results come out nearly half of the participants will have been let go or will have just decided to quit. Also, the cronyism is quite rampant which makes management reluctant to change.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Gilt is great because I love the people I work with and the office is casual.

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

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with some amazing people. Work/ Life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    Compensation is on the low end. They tend to underpay but still try to squeeze every hour from you. Promotions are at the whim of fickle managers, who promise things but do not follow through. HR is not very responsive or helpful.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to make people work more, at least offer them more pay, instead of trying to strong arm them



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