Blue Nile

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1 person found this helpful  

Might want to consider Amazon instead given hours worked, commute, and time spent around work.

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Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

Pros

Health benefits are fairly good. Stock options can be useless depending on when you're hired due to peak seasons. Pretty laid back place as a software engineer.

Cons

Management tends to be deceitful. Expected of engineers to work more than 40 hours a week. Project definitions are generally very vague. No documentation for existing systems. Turn over is very high in most departments.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Employee retention.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
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