Gilt Groupe

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Gilt Groupe Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
81 Reviews
3.5
81 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    gilt review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    -fast growth
    -dynamic, interesting and innovative
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    Cons

    -lack of communication
    -little opportunity to grow
    -pigeon holed in career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give your employees better career growth/advice

  2.  

    Solid place to work and grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    Amazing growth within company, Opportunity for advancement, shopping allowance

    Cons

    challenged work life balance, some office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on bringing in young smart professionals, but don't forget about the ones you already have!

    Recommends
  3.  

    Inspiring atmosphere, pervasive politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    - Explosive growth leads to opportunities for rapid advancement
    - Employees are encouraged to push boundaries, themselves and company
    - Attracts many, many smart people across departments and business units

    Cons

    - Office politics are pervasive
    - ADD Culture, needs to focus
    - Rapid hiring leads to duplication of effort, potential for employees to get marginalized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing employees to do more, address the politics between departments and encourage them to work together

    Recommends
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  5.  

    it's an ok place to work

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    you paid the rent and it was dependable

    Cons

    small increase of pay the price of tea has went up..what happen to our pay as well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look out side the box

    Recommends
  6.  

    Excellent, love the people, the management, the oppurtunity to grow within the company, love going to work everyday.

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    Current Employee - KIVA Replenishment
    Current Employee - KIVA Replenishment

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    The management really cares about you as a person and understands that you have a life outside of work.

    Cons

    Waiting so long for benefits and the health insurance is a little expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, I love going to work everyday.

    Recommends
  7.  

    a risk worth taking

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    very cool product, culture of innovation, self directed, creative and inspiring leaders, your work matters...

    Cons

    the hours are very long

    Recommends
  8.  

    Agile, collaborative environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    Fast paced work keeps everyone busy and never a dull moment. Tons to learn from very talented management. Hyper growth leads to endless opportunities

    Cons

    Lots of work to be done and need to learn to prioritize them. If not you'll get buried and burned by setting false expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good word with growing the company.

    Recommends
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Profits over people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    Competitive salary (especially when compared to other retailers)
    Discounts on merchandise
    Convenient location off the 6 train

    Cons

    Similarity to "Devil Wears Prada" attitude of management is shocking - disrespect was shown to assistants on a daily basis; it is often the support staff that are blamed for management's errors

    Talk about long hours! - 8-6:30 is expected, and many people do not take breaks or lunch. Work/life balance? There's something else besides "work" called "life"?

    Time off was frowned upon - often when someone called in sick, others in the office would gossip about where they were, insinuating that they were on an interview for another job (wonder why?)

    Cutthroat atmosphere and "blame game" means that others sometimes try to sabotage their colleagues... no teamwork makes for dismal morale. It wasn't uncommon to see people crying after being publicly disrespected.

    No feedback for positive contributions to the company, but bullied, shouted at, and often blamed.

    Poor work environment: Manic atmosphere of running around, and due to rapid hiring and little space, people are crammed into an overcrowded work area with little ventilation, often no windows, and an open office area, almost like a factory. To top it off, there aren't enough bathrooms for the number of employees, so the bathroom is often filthy, with trash left on the floor by the end of the day, and in dire need of an upgrade - spaces in between the doors mean you can see people inside of the stalls!

    Overall, this was the most abrasive work environment I've seen to date - yes, pay is important, but office culture is what decides how happy you'll be at a company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and treat them with respect - by making it clear to the staff that they are an essential part of the success of your business, you improve your work environment, increase productivity, and ultimately ensure the positive growth of your company and retainment of good talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Gilt = beautiful hi-fashion model who loves everyone on the outside, an anorexic model that sticks to her cliques inside

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Gilt Groupe Anonymous in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Gilt Groupe Anonymous in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    Great people--they are smart, connected, creative, alternative, ambitious and fun to work with for the most part.

    Benefits are decent.

    Flexible work schedule (but this is highly dependent upon which dept. your work for/who you report to).

    Great opportunities for advancement QUICKLY -- if you are a favorite or "loved" by senior management. Otherwise, no amount of hard work and results will get you there no matter how hard you try.

    Cons

    Challenging work/life balance. You are expected to work around 10 hours everyday, even put some time in when you are home after that or on the weekend.

    No cash bonuses unless you are in upper management.

    Not enough opportunity for advancement unless, as I said above, you are a "darling" of upper management. Lots of hard work does not necessarily get you recognition or reward here.

    There is no clear path to follow for career advancement and I have seen people who have worked diligently, creatively and effectively on huge projects only to be passed over for well-deserved promotions and pay increases. Office politics have become very catty and difficult to navigate.

    It is a more culturally diverse workforce than you generally find in fashion/retail companies however, there are barely any diversity candidates in upper and middle management. Not sure what that's about...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites with staff. Start getting more in touch with all levels of employees again.

    The cool start-up vibe that made Gilt a great place to work at during the first two years is gone and it is now a corporate culture trying to act like a cool start-up.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great ride.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, a fun environment to work in w/ many young people, you see the work you do being used by millions of people, great discounts on fashionable clothes.

    Cons

    Promotions are haphazard, performance management is absent, amount of red tape is slowly increasing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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