AHAlife Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
7 Reviews
2.4
7 Reviews
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Shauna Mei
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  1.  

    Mixed Reviews at this Revolving Door

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at AHAlife full-time

    Pros

    Incredible recruitment means that your co-workers will be impressive and inspirational. Company has strong start-up values great entry point for a fresh grad. Extremely transparency makes employees feel like stakeholders.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover makes employees nervous about retention. Management plays favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It appears that management's catch-all solution is to hire new employees to gain insight about product. This strategy is a bit short-sighted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Enter at your own risk!

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

    I worked at AHAlife

    Pros

    Free Lunch on Wednesdays, Swedish Happy Hour on Thursdays. Filled with very diverse young, motivated, birght, hard working people. Great work location. Free food and drinks. A great place to gain various experience.

    Cons

    A popularity contest indeed like back in high school. The highest turnovers of any companies seen to date.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know and really listen to your employees, develop personal relationships, and treat them with great respect much better. Identify and emphasize what the values are that make the company a great place. It seemed no one in the company knew what the values were of the company at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Cliquey and immature; something out of a SNL skit

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    Former Employee - Product/Design  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product/Design in New York, NY

    I worked at AHAlife full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Love the Bond Street location
    Loft / kitchen homey type location
    HR rep (at the time) was extremely sweet and professional
    Great office equipment / Apple equipment

    Cons

    For someone that went to MIT, my interactions with the founder, Shauna left me largely unimpressed. She shares her enthusiasm, but does not really have much to say as far as strategy or execution. As such, people are kind of floating in the wind. The fact they redesign their website every other month is a key indicator that something is amiss.
    Here's a typical conversation with someone in Product:
    "I don't feel this is right"
    "Why?"
    "I don't know."
    "Oh."
    It's pretty sad.
    Selling luxury goods is pretty damn boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some great product people and get out of their way!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Approach with caution.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AHAlife full-time

    Pros

    Lots of smart and motivated people who want to make a difference. Cool products. Definite market opportunity. Great location on Bond street.

    Cons

    Toxic company culture, despite the great people. Senior management does not communicate well. Work often gets repeated and redone. Wasteful and unnecessary spending in the past. Lots of churn -- people get hired and fired reality-show style, literally days after being hired sometimes. Everything is high priority, so nothing is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being arrogant. Treat the people who work for you with respect. Recognize everybody here wants the company to succeed. Be mindful that your personal relationships with each other dramatically impact the effectiveness of the work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Worst place to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AHAlife

    Pros

    Free lunch Wednesday and good location

    Cons

    The finance boss is a terrible emotional older lady. The place is disorganized and recently laid of half the company. The vibe is young and immature.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit.

  7.  

    Good place to learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AHAlife

    Pros

    great place to learn, pick up new skill sets and improve your resume to jump ahead in a different role & company in the future

    Cons

    lacks organization, don't plan on staying here for long; most people either get cut before they reach 1 year or quit soon thereafter.

  8.  

    High potential, young company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ???  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - ??? in New York, NY

    I have been working at AHAlife full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is a lot to do, so you can really grow your skillset and advance here if you take on more responsibilities and execute well. The company is built on a cool idea - curated shopping for luxury goods - and it has a lot of potential to take off.

    Cons

    Startups don't always have the best work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you're always on the same page with each other.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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