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Helpful (1)

Great business model and successful company, but has some growing up to do before it can be called a great place to work

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I worked at Blue Nile

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Relatively small size provides great learning opportunities and access to senior management; great business model and place in the industry that's relatively insulated should provide good (but not great) financial performance over the next few years; solid benefits such as 100% employer-provided health insurance and generous stock options

Cons

Inflexible and somewhat arrogant senior management has led to high levels of employee attrition; more political than a company that size should be; compensation not as high as competitors which hurts when stock options are underwater

Advice to Management

Provide better system for recognizing and retaining star performers; be more open-minded when employees express different viewpoints from your own

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  1. Helpful (1)

    A great ride but so much potential yet to be realized

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Blue Nile

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One of the first pureplay's prior to the .com bubble burst that not only made it but was very successful. A strong business model in a very lucrative retail market. A company who knows how to recruit both business and technical talent. Fast paced work environment with cutting edge technology and an innovative market approach

    Cons

    Somewhat of an immature arrogant company that neither appreciates it's younger to mid level talent nor how to groom or retain. A very bright young dynamic but power drunk CEO who managed to take over the healm from it's bricks and mortars founder, creating a somewhat toxic environment. I understand that has changed with it's newly appointed CEO and who's environment has hopefully improved.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let going public distract you from the roots of your success, your core business model and the backs of the talented brains that helped to deliver the innovation. HR should begin to recognize it's talent rather than it's on-going use and lose policy for the whims and indiscretions of the SMT. Growing pains that will inevitably cost this company a lot.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Stop talking about the change and start making It

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Nile full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good business model, able to make an impact

    Cons

    Not enough staff, poor/no training for managers, low pay, lack of innovation

    Advice to Management

    The things that need to change have already been identified. Rather than talk about it, it's about time the staff is beefed up and money is invested in growth. When you say people should take risks and make mistakes, the only thing holding them back is upper management no allowing it.

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