Rue La La

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Rue La La Reviews

Updated June 24, 2014
Updated June 24, 2014
90 Reviews

3.5
90 Reviews
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Steve Davis
44 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Creative perks (Sample sales, summer Friday hours, Bagel Fridays) (in 12 reviews)

  • The company offers a variety of great perks like Sample Sales, employee discounts, Thirsty Thursday events and Bagel Fridays (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely fast paced environment (I happen to like that type of environment, but not for everyone) (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior management does not voice MAJOR changes to it's employees (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time for some "fresh" new leaders reporting to the CEO

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

    Pros

    Great perks (but seemed like the people felt entitled to them vs. thankful for them.)
    People are passionate about their roles and what they do
    The Rue brand is well-known; made it fun to tell people where I worked;
    Have a more organized (and better communicated) promotion policy vs. the one-offs that occurred;

    Cons

    Many complained about the hours they worked; but not sure if there's anything the company can do about it; it's the nature of the business.
    Worried about the sustainability of the business due to the high turnover and bodies needed to get the work done.
    Company meetings were awkward and crammed into a small space and 2 floors. Recommend better venue to hold those. Maybe have them quarterly, make them mandatory? Rent a venue?
    Culture seemed very cliquey and people weren't very friendly. People would pass by in the halls and not even say hello or make eye contact to say hi, which was weird.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management and to the employees: revisit your company's values and start from there.
    Some of the exec leadership seemed up in the clouds; would advise that they spend more time with the people; walk around, actually LISTEN, be more sincere, and approachable.
    Get creative on what to do for work/life balance; could help w/retention and minimize the hiring treadmill efforts
    Make everyone bonus eligible

    Despite the cons and advice, I would still recommend Rue as a good place to work. They had many great pluses about working there; just wished the people realized how good they have it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company if you want to be in Fashion in Boston

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Great company to begin your e-commerce adventure with. I learned so much while there as far as administrative skills and how e-commerce works. Everyone is very nice, pretty hard to move up because it is competitive and there are only so many spaces open to advance. Free snacks and bagel friday were always amazing as well! Very laid back for the fashion world, if you want something not cut throat but fashion oriented - this is the company for you.

    Cons

    Not fantastically competitive salary, IF you do get a raise it wont be a very good one. Not easy to move up quickly, you have to put in lots of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    okay

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and creative environment

    Cons

    No training, management is always changing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Two Step shuffle

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Department  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - IT Department in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Vibrant and energetic work environment. More fun challenges than can be handled which is great for the startup employee mindset.

    Cons

    Lack of consistent vision. Many projects started and abandoned simply because it the impossible deadline couldn't be met. Job roles and responsibilities were all over the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Curious to see if Steve (the new CEO) is going to make a difference. I doubt it, having met and talked with him after the GSI purchase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable, but not industry leading

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

    Pros

    good people, casual office environment

    Cons

    chaos, inefficient, lack of clear direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Opportunity and stagnation

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

    Pros

    Passionate and creative people, Rue La La has some truly great people and I miss many of my former coworkers, great office and good location, you can learn a lot here, Rue La La has a great reputation and working here will help your career

    Cons

    entrenched politics, glacially slow when it comes to adopting new technology and improving their technical platform, revolving door for CIO/CTO,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Oh La La, not!

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

    Pros

    Great people, young energetic smart people galore, and managers with a lot of personality.
    Big initiative to retool the core technology
    Process is mostly Agile (whatever that means).
    Management is big on the vision.
    Work hard & play hard

    Cons

    Turn over is a problem in some department..
    Management is often chasing the next shinny thing.
    Parts of management turn over so continuity and knowledge can be difficult..
    Promotion and training is not what it should be.
    Back-end tools are clunky and old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your folks, improve the day-to-day tools, and promote from within more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rue La La - Creative/Fashion Industry

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

    Pros

    Young, vibrant, fun. Great people

    Cons

    Disorganized. Senior Management does not have fashion experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in creative people.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Imaging Specialist  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Digital Imaging Specialist in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Good first job environment, learn about large company structure and the fashion retail industry. Good health benefits and recently participated in 401k contributions.

    Cons

    Production department does not allow for growth within industry, management was not well chosen

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work but senior management needs to notify employees of major changes.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Creative atmosphere
    Overall, nice, hardworking people
    Fun and exciting
    Good benefits and salary
    Had a fantastic manager
    Seems like it would have been realistic to move up in the company

    Cons

    Senior management does not voice MAJOR changes to it's employees
    Lay off process was not handled well
    Complete restructuring coming as a huge shock to all employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Laying off hardworking employees (60 employees total) and blaming it on budget cuts is ridiculous after reading an article about receiving 22 million in new funding. This is someone's livelihood.

    Doesn't Recommend

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