Rue La La

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Rue La La Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
108 Reviews
3.6
108 Reviews
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Steve Davis
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Best part about working at Rue was the people, the cool office space and of course the sample sales (in 14 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Extremely fast paced environment (I happen to like that type of environment, but not for everyone) (in 12 reviews)

  • No one willing to step up and lead but many willing to sling blame at one another (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contract Copywriter

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Boston, MA

    I worked at Rue La La as a contractor (less than an 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

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Always interesting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rue is thinking to the future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing, successful company that is dedicated to improvement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People are kind, creative, smart, and have character. Summer Fridays are great. There is a energetic buzz in the office. The employees are dedicated to achieving the goals of the organization and company. They invest in continued learning and education for employees.

    Cons

    Be more modern and competitive with perks, benefits, and office/tech equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower people. Provide more access to opportunity. Increase accountability and infuse passion back into the company. This will help employees satisfied and working hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Slow at first but a really great place to work everyday

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Big hairy problems to solve
    Supportive managers
    Smart people
    Supportive colleagues
    Great benefits
    Awesome location

    Cons

    Some lingering attachment to the old old ways
    Stagnant brand vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to each other
    Communicate with other members of the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Cool, upbeat job environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rue La La

    Pros

    Great perks, great environment, great people, very exciting!

    Cons

    Definitive lack of internal communication & lots of unnecessary systems

  9.  

    Fresh, Fast-Paced, Fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Editor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone I've met at Rue in the 8 months I've been here is energetic, passionate, creative, and talented. It's a highly collaborative environment with lots of spirit, and associates and executives take great pride in the product. I came to Rue from a very (very) small, privately owned company that didn't put an ounce of effort into its employees' wellbeing, so coming to Rue has been a great change. There are frequently "surprise & delights", a.k.a. treats for associates (every little thing counts!); a structured review/career management program that enables associates to move up and be recognized for their good work; and ample tools in place that allow associates to gain an in-depth knowledge of what other departments here do, allowing everyone to have a clear understanding of the company as a whole. Benefits are pretty good, and lots of nice perks are offered. Rue feels like a big family, as executives seem to make a point of keeping associates in the loop about changes, new initiatives, how the company is doing, etc.

    Cons

    Things tend to change frequently (realignments; staffing changes at higher levels; creative direction), which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just a matter of preference in terms of the environment you like. Hours and workload during the holidays can be brutal (though temp help is brought in to help offset it), and vacation during that time of year is heavily restricted. The pace can be very, very fast, so it can be tough to juggle projects and deadlines while taking on new ones at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a creative director and fill in some other key roles that are currently vacant. Some teams feel like they've been left hanging in the balance and like they don't have solid direction/management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Very fast paced environment, not for wimps!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Based in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Technology Based in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I have been at Rue for two years. As the title says, this is a very fast paced environment and you will not succeed if you are not a self starter. It can sometimes be difficult to get help for a problem, their has been a corporate culture of not answering email although I think this is turning around. There have been some reorganizations and in some aspects that has also helped. There has been a terrible attrition problem, quite a few folks were burned out. Upper management has stated publicly that they have seen the problem and want to help solve it. The office environment is very vibrant and the location in Downtown (Fort Point) was a plus for me. For some it makes for a terrible commute. The management really does try to do things to make the employee's feel that they are recognized. I would say that Rue does this better than any company i have worked for.

    Cons

    As stated above it can be tough to get traction in the beginning. The corporate culture of not answering email does not help. If you really need an answer sometimes you are forced to have to go and interrupt someone which leads to a very interrupt prone environment. The environment can be very loud. Actually, it can be very, very loud. They need more smaller meeting rooms so that impromptu meetings don't have to take place talking over three cubicles. There is also a 'meeting culture' at the company. Things which could be hashed out in a few email exchanges are usually hashed out in meetings instead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the quarterly surveys. Also, there should be a formal 'skip level' one on one meeting process in place.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Challenging and fast paced work enviornment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Rue La La full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers,benefits, work differs day to day.

    Cons

    Cheap, sneaky, and not forthcoming with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be upfront and honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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