Gilt Groupe Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
74 Reviews
3.4
74 Reviews
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Michelle Peluso
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • High energy, fast paced environment (in 7 reviews)

  • Great engineering culture, very interesting challenges and you get to work with really smart people (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Culture did not promote any work-life balance (in name only) which is fine if you're under 30 (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management plays favorites when it comes to promotions and praise (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High energy, fast paced environment

    Cons

    Significant churn, lack of top down communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great experience but not a long term fit

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer In Test  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer In Test in New York, NY

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Brought in with little experience to entry level. Got to work with an amazing tech team that changed drastically over time. Learned a lot about the development process, ux design, testing, front end and back end coding, and scalability. Still has a startup culture with lots of freedom to learn about new technology. The ask for forgiveness instead of permission mentality makes it easy to take on aggressive projects.

    Cons

    A lot of times I felt under appreciated and under paid for my contributions. The business is getting a little stale for the flash sale space and innovation is getting harder to act on. This makes Gilt seem like it's trending to be a thing of the past and the company will be downsizing instead of growing. Features get scrapped quickly when they dont work instead of trying to be fixed or understood. Some power from execs has been counter productive forcing bad decisions to be made while lots of others never agreed with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about direction and business initiatives. Workers tend to do better on features they are implementing when they have idea of what market they supposed to tap into and what the business is looking to get back from them. During town hall meetings try to answer questions truthfully instead of being vague without actually answering anything or replies with "we are still investigating that". Even if there is something negative to say, as long as its the truth workers respect it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Best Internship you'll Find in Fashion

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    Former Employee - Men's Buying Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Men's Buying Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Gilt Groupe as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Gilt provided me with the opportunity to be involved with many different aspects of the buying process and treated me as one of their own rather than an intern. The atmosphere is very 'tech,' no single employee has his or her own office, which makes exposure to senior management very transparent and comfortable (even as an intern). I actually looked forward to coming to the office every morning! The internship program itself exposed me to all different departments from every facet of the company and opened a lot of doors in terms of career development and mentorship.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship in New York City

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former Marketing Intern

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Gilt Groupe as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Paid internship, flexible hours around school schedule

    Cons

    Not sure what to do with interns, hired as Gilt intern to work with outside Consultants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Work Hard Play Hard

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    Cool work environment and staff.

    Cons

    Not much employee recognition or reward.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dynamic, vibrant, inspiring culture and brand

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    Current Employee - Senior Web Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Web Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Passionate and talented teams across the business. Culture encourages moving across different teams to find where talents could be used best.

    Cons

    Process still being smoothed out in certain departments. Gaps in communication can easily occur.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic

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    Current Employee - Kids Buying Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Kids Buying Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere, fun environment, great place to grow and learn

    Cons

    open office - not much personal space, unpaid internship

    Recommends
  9.  

    Interesting to see how company works

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    Former Employee - Sales and Events Intern
    Former Employee - Sales and Events Intern

    I worked at Gilt Groupe as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, you can leave when you are finished with your work, awesome discounts on the Gilt sites, you can attend the events after you set them up

    Cons

    Seems like they have interns doing a lot of busy work. Rarely did I ever see the research I did turn into anything else. Wasn't a huge help with getting a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more direction and use interns as valuable resources. We are there to work so take advantage of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Friendly, But Empty-Worded

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    Current Employee - Customer Support  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Customer Support in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people... good employee discount. Decent stipend for full-time employees.

    Cons

    Distinct changes occurred with frequency, but CS was the last to hear about it; even though CS is the first contact with the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand and absorb the concept of transparency. You are becoming increasingly corporate in the roboticism of your operations, your lowest employees (CS) arguably feel it hardest. In the Portland office, our direct managers didnt even know what was going on; beyond the obvious posturing that eventually led to your closing the Portland office on May 15th.

    Nobody will have a willingness to "live and breathe" Gilt, the more you reduce employees' experiences to a cog-like replaceability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Company has changed a lot recently

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Pros

    The people you meet here are great & you will learn a lot. It seems that experiences and opinions vary depending on the department you work for. Overall, a good experience. The company has nothing but good intentions - it just has become more corporate and less about the individuals.

    Cons

    The company has changed a lot recently. In general things move very fast at Gilt - which can be frustrating when things are just done to be done and without much thought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to HR & to your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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