Gilt Groupe Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Michelle Peluso
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Pros
  • Awesome products on website with employee discount (in 8 reviews)

  • Exciting, fast-paced environment that fits both tech and fashion cultures (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Culture did not promote any work-life balance (in name only) which is fine if you're under 30 (in 8 reviews)

  • Office politics have become very catty and difficult to navigate (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Assistant Buyer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing people, fantastic culture.
    Innovative, never a dull moment.
    Healthy work-life balance for some.

    Cons

    There are great leaders but upper management is a bit unorganized and uninspiring.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Doesn't value employees

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

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -unlimited vacation time
    -flexibility to work from home
    -many snacks
    -overall smart people

    Cons

    -poor compensation
    -business model dying
    -low morale
    -senior leaders aren't transparent/don't value employees
    -no retention

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what your employees are saying! They're your best asset and you're ignoring it.


  3. Competitive, Unstructured

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

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast-paced, intense learning environment in e-commerce

    Cons

    Unstructured environment, cut-throat leadership, oppressive culture

    Advice to Management

    Appreciating employees will enable them to succeed - their success is your success


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Goodbye Gilt

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can learn a lot if you are willing to work very hard and long hours. Enployee discount is generous as well as unlimited vacation. Trys to be transparent with employees at bi weekly company wide meetings.

    Cons

    The business model doesn't make sense anymore. Senior management plays favorites and it is impossible to move up unless you are "chosen". can be challenging to do your job efficiently with all the layers of approval needed to get things done.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Uncertain Future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Gilt you will meet great coworkers, experience a casual dress policy and have access to a liberal employee discount (not applicable to designer items). Also, promotions, enhanced job security and an ever-increasing network are all attainable through attrition.

    Cons

    Gilt is in desperate need of core-shaking intervention, but no one seems posed to make the necessary changes. Nepotism runs rampant. There are many over-promoted, under-qualified and apathetic members of management who have positions of authority (including high salaries with bi-annual bonuses) because of their relationships with members of the Executive Team. Morale is low, and attempts to appease the workforce often fall short. Further, while the Executive Team expresses a somewhat clear plan for development, execution is lacking. Direction changes regularly and all too often key employees resign before plans come to fruition. Moreover, no one will admit and openly discuss failures. Consequently, instead of learning from our challenges, we spend more time explaining away issues and justifying an unplanned result than moving forward.

    Advice to Management

    Take a close and unbiased look at members of the management team. Do they inspire their team? Do they contribute significantly to the overall success of the business? No one benefits from inept managers who remain in place.

    Identify key employees that are not in management positions and provide them with a clear path for career development.

    Review more closely the determination of promotions, pay and bonus compensation.

    Increase transparency and set more realistic plans for future growth. Most employees would appreciate frank conversations over sterilized presentations.

    LISTEN TO FEEDBACK!!!! Many issues are continually reported to management but change does not occur.


  7. Helpful (3)

    was a crazy place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    decent salary

    employee discounts on expensive clothes

    minimal supervision

    certain C level execs try to do the right thing

    excellent creative production team (photos, retouching, etc)

    fun to be in a tech business with non-tech components (warehouse, photo studio, etc)

    good parties

    cooler employees than most tech companies

    more diverse than most tech companies

    Cons

    massive employee churn - engineering team totally replaced 3 times in 18 months

    chaotic changes in direction. tech stack also completely changed 3 times in 18 months

    horrible work life balance

    nepotism - many VPs and managers seemed to be buddies from former jobs

    many incompetent managers, some with seriously erratic behavior

    certain execs seemingly "for show" , they showed up for big all hands meetings but were rarely seen at the office

    started with a good office, moved to a horrible temp office, then finally to a pretty bad perm office

    inappropriate romantic relationships between certain managers and employees

    flash sale business model is doomed

    competitors already had successful exits

    Advice to Management

    nothing really, it is too late now


  8. Helpful (8)

    in peril

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    employee discount
    unlimited vacation policy
    good equipment and work environment
    people are genuinely nice comparing to other fashion companies
    used to have lots of meetup events

    Cons

    incompetent leaders blind by vanity metrics
    lost focus on where this company is going
    takes forever to fix something so obvious and critical
    innovation is hindered by lots of politics and bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    stop talking, start doing. shouldn't take you a year to realize this company is in danger


  9. Helpful (3)

    Raise quickly without the perks.

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

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Pro's are..
    - Good benefits.
    - Will raise in promotions via attrition.
    - Wide range of experiences.
    - Gilt Gold (Cross Department Thank You Service)

    Cons

    The Con's are...
    - Weak pay.
    - Morale is low throughout the company.
    - High turn over rate.
    - Bottom line approach on goals.

    Advice to Management

    - Create a structure of accountability.
    - Pushing issues down the line doesn't fix anything.
    - Primary goals haven't been reached.
    - Address the low morale.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great learning, horrible work-life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Superstar people
    You'll learn a ton–often on the job with limited micro-management
    You'll become an expert in online marketing and technology no matter what you job
    Great, positive culture
    Great shopping discount

    Cons

    Absolutely ZERO work-life balance. Everyone is on email (and expects you to respond) until 11pm every night–this includes Sundays.

    Advice to Management

    More work life-balance


  11. Helpful (4)

    Tons of experience in a short time frame.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to work off site. The benefits were great. Loads of free snacks.

    Cons

    Absolutely no work life balance. Mangers do not trust you when working from home. Unlimited vacation is only for the senior managers. There really is no time for vacation when there are people leaving almost every month and your expected to pick up the slack.



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