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

I worked at zulily full-time

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

- You might make some friends, especially if there are other people there who can share the misery you will be going through. Hard times bring people closer together.

- A lot of talented people work here, and even though the company doesn't see it, the employees do

Cons

- I heard that HR is planting falsified reviews on here to raise the rating - so be very weary of any overly chummy reviews you see posted on this site.

- even though a lot of talented people work here, a lot of UNtalented people work here. A lot of people who are completely unqualified for their positions. This is not an exaggeration - they are incapable of performing the most basic responsibilities associated with the positions they hold.

- Organization is horrible. While this may in some parts be attributed to the business model (many people there will claim "how organized can a flash-sale really be?") but there are countless instances of poor communication as the root cause for many problems. If people had follow through and integrity, much of this could be avoided.

- there are virtually no raises. Don't even think about a cost-of-living increase yearly

- people will be promoted based on who they are buddy-buddy with far more than they will be promoted for their skills, talents, or anything else work-related they bring to the table. It's all a popularity contest.

- directors will flat out tell you that they are only interested in cheap, replaceable labor. They don't care if there's a 1 year (maximum) shelf life for employees before they get fed up and leave.

- The CEO was compensated 27 million dollars last year, yet refers to the company as a "startup"

-Management will be furious with you if you try to bring up compensation, treating you like you're an ungrateful child rather than a valuable employee with valid concerns and market data to back up your claims that you are under-compensated.

Advice to Management

See above.
Also, consider actually fighting for your employees well-being rather than seeing them as expendable.

Maybe consider closing the ridiculous pay gap

Maybe stop pretending you can't do anything about it. Being in management does not make you a leader, it makes you someone's boss. The leader is the person who employees will follow not because they have to, but because they want to. How many people in management at Zulily can say they are that kind of a leader?

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Merchandising

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Merch in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Merch in Seattle, WA

    I worked at zulily full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to meet smart, talented, driven individuals in the beginning (see notes below). It is also a place to gain valuable skills and build your resume.

    Cons

    With that said, the pay isn't great because zulily only hires down and not up. Managers are not there to focus on people development because they are buried with their own work. Process aren't in place to provide guidance or structure. It's chaotic to work with cross functional teams due to the lack of human resources and limited leadership. Given the rapid growth rate new hires are sub par. So if you're looking to learn from the best you're a little late. The talent pool was better two years ago. Now zulily is infested with mid level management from top companies that didn't make it.

    Advice to Management

    Even though zulily is a publicly traded company and you have to focus on quarterly earnings.the cost of high turn overs will impact your bottom line.


  2. very fortunate to be around and a part of the growth

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at zulily full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There are so many smart and experienced people to learn from across all divisions. While it can be a sink or swim environment, if you can swim, you'll go far.

    Cons

    Processes or asks from management can quickly change. I chalk this up to growing pains.


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