One Kings Lane

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One Kings Lane Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
64 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 6 reviews)


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

  • Work/life balance highly dependent on department and role, but most employees do enjoy a high degree of flexibility due to DTO (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun times. thanks for the ride, ladies

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

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Very lax wfh policy; which is what discretionary time off actually is
    -Awesome team members; great family feel
    -beautiful office and great commuter location off of civic center bart
    -recent improvements in tech infrastructure have made it feel much more seasoned
    -decent brand recognition for a mature start up; those who know OKL really love it (but since it only caters to high society women over 35, not many do)
    -great place for analytics technology and development
    -talent farm. Definitely a place with growing room for your skill set(s).
    -very relaxed 'sassy' atmosphere might offend some, but I found it consistently hilarious (it always felt like 'all in good fun')

    Cons

    -sharing the building with Twitter. If you consider that the protesters and terrorist threats are solely for them, their huge sign on the building casts an ugly shadow over the 7+ other companies in it...
    -tenderlion location. Outside is grimy
    -dynasty-esque atmosphere, now that the excess talent has been cut off (20%summer lay offs) and or left (20% yearly attrition that I saw)
    -very little transparency into the politics of management--my manager was very open about it which is the only reason why I can mention it at all
    -there's so much fun going on during the day that it's hard to work (normal hours) which while being a great problem cuts into work/life balance
    -the loss of CEO Doug Mack, CTO Arun Rajan, and the hundreds of other quality talent over the years reflects poorly on C level staff and screams loudly "we don't have a unified goal" which, regardless of political transparency at the C/management level, trickles down to IC employees making scope creep, forgotten solutions and problems, and project 'do-overs' a consisent status quo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly most of my cons except the last bullet were easily ignored on a day to day basis and somewhat a pleasure to deal with, but it did make working there feel like having an affair on real life with a concubine. More importantly, the shift in vision from Doug really hurt and really changed the cultural atmosphere. It was a bad idea to focus on profitability alone; it's better to achieve it than to drive to it.
    Additionally, middle management needs to work on people development rather than progress towards a consistently changing goal. I think that's a primary reason why many, including myself, have decided to leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Exciting

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    Former Employee - Vendor Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vendor Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    genuine sense of community, fun atmosphere, unified vision

    Cons

    political atmosphere prevents some talented people from speaking up, promotion can be based on preference or 'social skills' which is frustrating for those doing the real work, they demand a lot but effort is not always recognized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    current top management is out of touch with day to day operations, streamline processes and encourage co-operative strategies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Loss of Amazing Leadership

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    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    free food
    fun parties
    good discounts
    good time off policies

    Cons

    I joined One Kings Lane to work with the two co-directors of the product/UX design team. They were amazing people, mentors, and incredible designers. When money got tight they were let go leaving us with no one at the helm. Although the NY creative leaders are very creative they have little to no digital experience. It was a huge loss. I also came to work with innovative dev talent...not only was it impossible to keep a CTO in place the devs are uninspired, rightfully so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Driven into the ground

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

    I have been working at One Kings Lane full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people, some snacks, great office space. A lot of great creative minds collaborate here, though they are mostly ignored.

    Cons

    Dinesh Lathi has run this company into the ground. Gone are the transparent days of Doug Mack - today's office culture is that of fear and silence. For all the company talks about transparency, employees are told nothing concerning the state of the company and basically are each doing the jobs of three people to try and stay afloat. Everyone is exhausted and overworked but no one seems to care. Costs are being cut while the C suite wines and dines. Layoffs feel imminent, and it is now a toxic environment. I used to love my job. Now I dread going in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the company's future with your employees. Listen when we say we need help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a tech company

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    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Downtown location is great
    Easy commute
    Great people outside of Leadership
    Good place to rest and vest
    Good place to try many different jobs

    Cons

    Some members of senior leadership didn't make the cut for real house wives of OKL

    CEO is focused on reducing cost, but making very short sighted decisions with respect to people.

    CEO wants a culture of trust and collaboration, but is creating a very top down authoritarian culture.

    Tech team exists solely to build the website, there is no desire to develop or invest in technology beyond the bare minimum.

    With the exception of the CTO, the business has no concept of how to leverage technology.

    Engineers have been walking out the door and nothing is being done to address attrition, leadership has sat back and said nothing. Nor has it been acknowledged as a problem.

    Engineers are looked at as completely replaceable, interchangeable, and expendable.

    Leadership demands that people should be engaged, "if you don't believe in the mission, there is the door." but feels comfortable hiring tons of contractors and consultants.

    There is no focus on mentorship or coaching.

    Leadership cannot coordinate organization-wide efforts to accomplish goals.

    Too many people are involved in too many decisions, when none of them are on the ground to understand the size or scale of their work.

    Employees find out about internal company news through recode.

    The cultural differences between NY and CA are not well reconciled.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    I wouldn't work there!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Young employee population. Discounts on online purchases. Happy Hours.

    Cons

    Can't talk for other locations, because culture in NY and LA offices is very different from SF headquarters. As for SF office, it is a bunch of young entitled people who barely know what they are doing. There is a very poor communication between the departments and management. The management is cleaning up the house now to sell the company for a better price. So basically people don't really care about your career growth or success with the company. Majority of people are interviewing with other companies. Very low employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication and employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad Leadership wrecked company

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    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
  9. 2 people 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 (more than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - N/A in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - N/A in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time (less than an 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

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