Gilt Groupe Reviews

Updated July 26, 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. Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you have the drive and will- pushing for change from within is both fun and rewarding. This is a great place to build your career.

    Cons

    Alignment can sometimes take longer than it should.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on executing the strategy laid out.


  2. free food

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Pros

    The break room has cereal, milk, soda, coffee, and cold brew. Employees love free beverages.

    Cons

    Cereal is great, but it would be great to have additional snacks such fresh fruit and fresh vegetables.

    Advice to Management

    Keep serving cold brew all summer long.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Assistant Buyer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Goodbye Gilt

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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 (2)

    Competitive, Unstructured

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  8. Helpful (6)

    Doesn't value employees

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time

    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.


  9. Helpful (9)

    in peril

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


  10. Helpful (5)

    Raise quickly without the perks.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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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