One Kings Lane

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One Kings Lane Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
59 Reviews
3.5
59 Reviews
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One Kings Lane CEO Dinesh Lathi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • OKL appreciates dogs, so mine is able to come to work with me occasionally (in 5 reviews)

  • Lots of happy hours, lots of free food (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • poor management, poor pay for extremely long hours (in 5 reviews)

  • Terrible tech resources as compared to other ecommerce start ups and not agile at all (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shortest ride of my life; wouldn't take it back for anything!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - N/A  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - N/A in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Creative environment where the opportunities to learn are endless for those who seek them. - Management's recognition and appreciation for individual's innate skillets and talents. - Talented, sassy (and I mean that in the most complimentary way) coworkers, with incredible smarts, passions, and talents. Watch and learn from them! - Beautiful, well-designed office. - Company pays for parking, which is a novelty in Los Angeles.

    Cons

    - Cattiness from coworkers and management (in an office comprised of 85% women, what else can you expect?). - Measurement of work success not solely based on professional factors, such as quality of work, passion for the brand, and integrity, but rather based on politics, and ability to "play the game." - Unlimited Time Off really means the following: "We're watching and counting the amount of time you take off from work and will hold it against you."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Communication with subordinates is key; lack of this causes mistrust between management and amongst coworkers. Add 2 cups of transperency to this, and it will go a long way. - Organize time (outside of work) for team bonding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Bad Leadership wrecked company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time

    Pros

    good office culture
    flexible hours
    decent work-life balance but not great
    discretionary time off

    Cons

    lack of transparency with management. Actual direction and state of company financials is kept fairly secret. Employees are told things on a need to know basis. This creates an atmosphere of negativity. Motivation was at an all time low when I left.

    Company does not value employees. They freely allow massive amounts of talent to walk right out the door.

    Pay is fair to midland. ISO"s are extremely stingy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people first. Make better hiring decisions at the executive level.
    Working at OKL is a hard sell considering they other places engineers can work these days. You will only attract top talent if you have a worthy offering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Assistant Buyer

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    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in New York, NY

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Start-up mentality (even though its 4+ yrs old) - lots of young fun people (mostly girls in NYC office), beautiful office, unlimited vacation days and great benefits, free lunches/speakers on occasion
    - Dynamic entrepreneurial mindset, business is constantly changing to adjust for seasonality or other shifts in the market (this can be disruptive if you need more structure)
    - Its a very interesting product/business if you are interested in design and home decor and merchandising - different than traditional merchandising models (mostly consignment for much of the business)
    - Build strong relationships with your co-workers and your vendors
    - Management is very supportive and helps you grow - but this is usually only if they like you / your section of the business is also growing

    Cons

    - Long hours given the low pay - everyone is expected to stay very late, downside to the start-up mentality, not a great work-life balance and can be very disproportionate depending on your section/job title
    - Business shifts around a lot - constant reorganizations of the merchandising departments, need to be very flexible and malleable if you want to succeed here
    - Pay across all of merchandising industry is poor, but its disappointing its so poor at OKL in comparison to how the financial planners and engineers get paid because without the buying team there would be no product
    - Just laid off about 100 people last month (summer 2014) so the business may be suffering

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to motivate and keep the good members of the buying team with better pay and promotions where necessary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor leadership and lack of employee loyalty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch Wednesday. Company discount.

    Cons

    Poor and unethical management. Lack of employee loyalty. No incentive to do well or stick around. Boys club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Was there from the beginning and it took three unskilled high level worthless people to drive all the good talent away and bring the company down. Even the CEO has sold his shares. Since then there have been even more layoffs and those individuals have been fired but it took about 15 or more amazing and talented people to leave the company for something to change. The upper management was corrupt, hired only their friends, over looked internal team talents to outsource, and blew budgets on unnecessary travels and 5 star dinners. Overall the company is very disappointing and masks its corrupt culture with beautiful photography and cheerful all hands meetings. There isn't any transparency with the firm. If you want in you need to know someone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Juvenile workplace

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    Current Employee - Customer Care Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Care Representative

    I have been working at One Kings Lane full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They talked a good game for the first month. But then the honeymoon was over. Absolutely no room for personal growth. Unless you are one of the favored associates, moral is very, very poor.

    Cons

    This workplace is full of shallow souls who only look out for themselves. Too many catty women making decisions way above their heads. Ego is what runs this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would help if management considered lower level staff employees who actually interact with the customer base. Upper level employees are very out of touch with the real customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Feels tentative at best.

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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 One Kings Lane full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A collection of super-talented people work here. Benefits are great and salary is pretty good. Youthful, start-up-esque culture (though diminished by a round of layoffs).

    Cons

    Office morale has taken a dive since a round of layoffs this year. New CEO Dinesh Lathi has blamed overspending in previous years on the restructuring, but since he was CFO prior to this, how did he not know that there was overspending? Management makes plans and expects employees to go along without questions - nothing is ever explained and everything is said with a smile, even though it's not always good news. Any room for growth seems to be at a standstill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees - they know more about the day-to-day operations of the company than you could ever hope to. Be honest - don't blow smoke when people's careers are at stake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at One Kings Lane

    Pros

    good benefits, casual work environment

    Cons

    little communication from leadership, poor treatment of employees, no consistent strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This used to be a great place to work---there used to be lots of perks and people used to genuinely happy to be there. At first I thought that the cuts in perks were a move to control the budget but after 79 employees were suddenly laid off, it's apparent that the company does not value their employees. Everyone is acting like nothing has happened and have done little to reassure those who kept their jobs.
    If nothing is done to improve employee morale I think everyone will start to look for work elsewhere (if they haven't already)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    A good company with many opportunities for improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    An amazing brand with a massive company opportunity. You'll encounter some of the best & brightest here. There are a lot of personalities, so expect to find good people to make work enjoyable.

    If you're more senior & smart -- this is a great place to work. If you're more junior & eager to learn -- there are tons of opportunities to do so. The fast pace and high energy is part of the company's culture. If you like this, you'll love One Kings Lane.

    Massive strides have been made in recent years -- the company has improved a lot. Sometimes it takes a while to solve things, but eventually, it gets solved.

    Cons

    Management is a mixed bag. The company's stage has exposed flaws in key leadership. If you're considering working here, do your homework.

    The pace of employee support and infrastructure currently hasn't matched the rate of hiring (but seems to be improving).

    People within some functional groups can be pitted against one another. No amount of company happy hours will solve for people being jerks to each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Skew your hiring decisions more towards attitude vs. skill & experience.

    Focus on both team results and individual results. Coach people to play nicer together. Your growth will eventually thank you.

    You've made some great hires recently. Congratulate yourself and repeat.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Early employee, have really enjoyed being part of the ride

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at One Kings Lane full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    incredible co-workers
    proud of our beautiful site
    big commitment to customer satisfaction
    remarkable growth over last four years - very rare experience

    Cons

    multiple office structure can make communication harder at times
    would love more team lunches as the wednesday ones are great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to stay visible and approachable as we grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at One Kings Lane full-time

    Pros

    Weekly free lunch
    Incredibly talented people
    Great discount on good product

    Cons

    When the previous CEO left, everyone was promised everything would be the same and everyone's jobs were safe, 2 months later after many closed door meetings, 15% laid off, including some of the top talent and most loyal employees. Many of the remaining employees are updating their resumes knowing that the end is imminent. Poor moral overall.

    New CEO would be better off being a game show host as he has a great facade and can make negative news seem like a hunk of gold. Interesting that they promoted the CFO to CEO after years of frivolous spending, where was he then?

    The only way you will succeed at this company is if you are a puppet that believes the crap being fed to you. Keep your opinions to yourself!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide effective feedback regularly. Have work-life-balance and encourage your employees to do so. Be honest about where the company is, and displaying professionalism and setting a strong example goes a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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