Rue La La Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Pros
  • perks include sample sales but those really don't make up for the back breaking hours expected and demanded of staff (in 14 reviews)

  • great office space and snack closet (not healthy snacks) (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • You have to be ready for a fast-paced environment (in 12 reviews)

  • the feeling is that no one cares and it really doesn't matter what occurs in you life Rue La La expects that it is your life (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Aspiring tech company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Flexible with time off. They have been modernizing a legacy stack, so there are a lot of interesting projects. Pretty aggressive with compensation adjustments.

    Cons

    They take a lot of short cuts to save time. There is a set amount of time before you can be promoted, regardless of performance. There is a formal career management program where employees are given goals that they will be evaluated against, but fulfilling your goals does not seem to have any bearing on promotions. They have a bonus program, but no one ever gets a bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Either pay out bonuses or stop pretending that you pay out bonuses. Also, make your career management program more transparent.


  2. Helpful (1)

    For the ambitious

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, lots of fun. Laid back and open to all opinions. There is a decent amount of independence when working on features.

    Cons

    Big heads dominate conversations. Often they will get into a death march and only stop when something has gone wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure ideas aren't being driven by a select few within the engineering team.


  3. Fast-paced, dynamic environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities at Rue, to grow, to identify an area that needs attention, and to put your mark on the business. There's a very positive attitude about getting things done, people collaborate well and roll up their sleeves to do what it takes, it's a very relaxed environment. Rue is moving from the start-up phase to the established enterprise phase, and there's still a lot of flexibility for how things need to happen, but some solid processes beginning to take hold to help with providing structure. People are focused on this change, and willing to talk about where things are hard and make changes to current practices or structures to make way for the new.

    Cons

    Personally this environment works well for me. The cons are always the flip side of the pros, so if the environment I described isn't one in which you flourish, those would be the cons.

    Advice to Management

    As the company grows, find ways to keep the structure flexible so people can continue to contribute in ways that are innovative and making the best use of their talents, skills, and experience. Keep looking to the future while the staff continues the work of today.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Working at Rue

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Boutique Producer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Boutique Producer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, great benefits and perks, amazing work/life balance

    Cons

    Difficult to move up within the company at a reasonable pace

    Advice to Management

    Start internal development program over from scratch


  6. Intense and fun

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Hard working people, great culture, exciting, fast moving, challenging

    Cons

    Not always focused I the right things, priority shifts too often, teams are not always aligned

    Advice to Management

    Inspire, motivate, focus on the right things, keep bringing in the right talents.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Contract Event Coordinator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome Company. Bagel Fridays. Sample Sales.

    Cons

    Contract work is the exact same as full-time work. No benefits and not considered apart of the Company.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Contract Copywriter

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Copy Editor in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Copy Editor in Boston, MA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rue La La as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rue has a fun, casual environment Good employee discount

    Cons

    Good luck if you're not friends with supervisors Not great communication from colleagues or supervisors


  9. Helpful (3)

    Always interesting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced always changing environment which keeps the job interesting. By far the best group of people I've worked with in any company. Quick to get rid of underperforming staff (for the most part).

    Cons

    Fast paced always changing environment could be frustrating if you aren't the right fit. Lots of people with strong personalities/opinions (mostly good, some bad) so if you can't hold your own you might be overwhelmed working here. Training in certain parts of the organization is lacking.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Director

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rue La La full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people were awesome and worth every second working there.

    Cons

    It was impossible to get anything done.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Rue is thinking to the future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, smart people. Smart conversation happening throughout the office, each & every day.

    Cons

    The pro of constant change yields to the con of lack of focus -this can be draining & discourage collaboration & planning for the future

    Advice to Management

    Understand when there is a gap between Sr. Management & day-to-day work, and work towards it.



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