One Kings Lane

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One Kings Lane Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.6 53 reviews

60% Approve of the CEO

One Kings Lane CEO Dinesh Lathi

Dinesh Lathi

(5 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 4 reviews)

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

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    Early employee, have really enjoyed being part of the ride

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementcontinue to stay visible and approachable as we grow

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used to be a great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood benefits, casual work environment

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis 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)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sinking Ship

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWeekly free lunch
    Incredibly talented people
    Great discount on good product

    ConsWhen 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 Senior ManagementProvide 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great!

    Human Resources Manager (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    Prosgrowth to name a few..

    Consi dont have any cons on this company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The ship is going down with management at the helm

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsUnlimited time off
    40% discount on products
    Free lunch once a week
    *Some* smart, hard-working, team-players
    Beautiful site

    ConsMost of the executives are clueless to what's going on with the people who work for them. They promote people who are difficult to work with, but good at kissing up to management. They keep people on for longer than they should who have bad attitudes, poor work ethic and wouldn't know professionalism if it walked in and sat down in their seat. These people are damaging to their teams and the progress of the business.

    Management changes frequently, not just in personnel, but also strategic direction. People get whiplash from all the changes and eventually tire of trying to buy-in to the latest, greatest idea. Pick a strategy and try to stick with it for longer than two seconds.

    The location isn't the best. It can get tiresome being harassed by street people in the Civic Center.

    There is no sense of culture there other than the competitive, precarious, insecure environment created by the employees who are never sure where they stand or who will be next to get cut. There are very few feedback mechanisms, so you can work as hard as you like or as little as you like and there's no difference, you get no feedback either way. It's pretty demotivating.

    I would absolutely not recommend this company to a friend, especially not now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes. Be honest with your employees. If the CEO leaves, don't pretend everything is hunky dory. People aren't stupid.

    Look for the hard-working gems who don't kiss up or else you'll lose them. Pay attention to the culture there; it's quite unhealthy and you will not retain or attract top talent in that environment. You did well removing some of the problem people from the company finally (unfortunately, long after they inflicted much damage), but you also let go of some really good people and now you're damaging teams. Get rid of the lazy, young-acting, unprofessional people who want to walk all over their co-workers to get ahead and hire people who actually know what they are doing and know how to work well with others. You have hard-working employees who feel undervalued and unappreciated and no one seems to care.

    Stop charging so much for products and pay attention to your customers. They aren't interested in paying $500 to ship items. You'll continue to lose customers to your competitors if you don't listen to your customers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    learned a lot

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat company, beautiful product, strong outlook for the company

    Conspoor management, poor pay for extremely long hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed better work/life balance--need to work on your managers, some are inexperienced and prevent growth.

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    A good company with many opportunities for improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAn 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.

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementSkew 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Skeptical

    Assistant Sales Manager (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsOnce exciting company, opportunities if you start early

    ConsLack of communication, no management training, conflicting direction and priorities from management

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your employees

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    A temp employment army.

    EPA (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLearned a lot, fairly comprehensive training session.

    ConsUpper management constantly changing as well as management style.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat office culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsCo-workers are amazing and I always enjoy coming into work. Everyone is passionate about what they do and deliver great results.

    ConsSome people feel more entitled even if you're on the same level.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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