Blue Nile

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A Camel is a Horse Designed by Committee

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Former Contractor - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA
Former Contractor - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA

I worked at Blue Nile as a contractor (less than a year)

Pros

Location, good entry level pay, friendly co-workers, medium sized company, looks good on résumé.

Cons

Groupthink/design by committee mentality, micromanaging of staff, unrealistic standards and overly optimistic outlook, poor leadership skills exhibited by company leaders and general incompetence among a select handful of those in upper management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Success is measured in dollars at Blue Nile. The health of employee's seems to be a secondary concern. There is a general lack of compassion held by those in management, changing this could only be an improvement. It would also be nice if leadership would politely remove their rose-colored glasses — If your employees are telling you there are problems then there probably are and you should take them into consideration.

Also, want to reduce your one designer per month turnover? Try letting people do their jobs and being there to support them. Instead of micromanaging and then blaming employees for delays, missed deadlines, and other shortcomings just let them do what you hired them to do. You have talented, competent designers, if you drop the design by committee mentally, and let them do their jobs your entire business would benefit and you wouldn't lose designers nearly as often.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Smaller company, more opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Blue Nile

    Pros

    Smaller company, more opportunities.
    New industry, new market and new business model.
    It is expanding international business, nice work experience.
    Good company culture.

    Cons

    People from different departments are only focus on their own short-term goal. Employees don't clearly know the common long-term goal or company's competitive strategies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More team activities. Let employees know company's short-term and long-term goals. Work at the same page. More cross-department communication. More feedback about work performance.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Diamond are not always a girls best friend

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

    I worked at Blue Nile

    Pros

    Employee Discount
    Basic benefits (health, 401k, stock options)
    Easy commute in Seattle area
    Nice co-workers
    Bus pass
    Gym discount
    Medium sized company
    Some of the upper management were nice

    Cons

    Only worried about the bottom dollar
    Employees or customers are not their top concern
    Focus of the company is profit
    Did I mention that the company's focus is only about money
    Culture of negativity and immature gossip

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is definitely lacking in many areas: The founder has to be supported by a more mature leadership because he does lack immaturity. He's a shark in the business arena and the profit the company makes is more relevant to his bank account than to anyone else. A more mature management style would make it a healthier environment. Not a lot of growth because company is so small. The current CEO (Diane) is a much better public representation of what a CEO should be. She is the company's "Gem".

    Approves of CEO
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