Rue La La Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
94 Reviews
3.5
94 Reviews
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Steve Davis
46 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Creative perks (Sample sales, summer Friday hours, Bagel Fridays) (in 12 reviews)

  • The company offers a variety of great perks like Sample Sales, employee discounts, Thirsty Thursday events and Bagel Fridays (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely fast paced environment (I happen to like that type of environment, but not for everyone) (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior management does not voice MAJOR changes to it's employees (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Slow at first but a really great place to work everyday

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

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Big hairy problems to solve
    Supportive managers
    Smart people
    Supportive colleagues
    Great benefits
    Awesome location

    Cons

    Some lingering attachment to the old old ways
    Stagnant brand vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to each other
    Communicate with other members of the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time for some "fresh" new leaders reporting to the CEO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rue La La full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great perks (but seemed like the people felt entitled to them vs. thankful for them.)
    People are passionate about their roles and what they do
    The Rue brand is well-known; made it fun to tell people where I worked;
    Have a more organized (and better communicated) promotion policy vs. the one-offs that occurred;

    Cons

    Many complained about the hours they worked; but not sure if there's anything the company can do about it; it's the nature of the business.
    Worried about the sustainability of the business due to the high turnover and bodies needed to get the work done.
    Company meetings were awkward and crammed into a small space and 2 floors. Recommend better venue to hold those. Maybe have them quarterly, make them mandatory? Rent a venue?
    Culture seemed very cliquey and people weren't very friendly. People would pass by in the halls and not even say hello or make eye contact to say hi, which was weird.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management and to the employees: revisit your company's values and start from there.
    Some of the exec leadership seemed up in the clouds; would advise that they spend more time with the people; walk around, actually LISTEN, be more sincere, and approachable.
    Get creative on what to do for work/life balance; could help w/retention and minimize the hiring treadmill efforts
    Make everyone bonus eligible

    Despite the cons and advice, I would still recommend Rue as a good place to work. They had many great pluses about working there; just wished the people realized how good they have it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Cool, upbeat job environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rue La La

    Pros

    Great perks, great environment, great people, very exciting!

    Cons

    Definitive lack of internal communication & lots of unnecessary systems

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bagel fridays and sample sales are the best part about working here. everything else is disastrous.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the people are really great.

    Cons

    The company works at a sprint pace and with no time to breath. Everything is a disaster and everything is a urgent problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My manager doesn't allow our department to adhere to the summer fridays (get to leave at 3 on fridays from memorial day to labor day)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Needs work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Rue La La for more than a year

    Pros

    Fashion forward environment
    Younger employees
    Bagel Fridays and snack closet

    Cons

    - almost everyone starts as contract
    - stressful work, little pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would not recommend to anyone.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rue La La

    Pros

    Majority of the employees are great! Very cool office space, young and good location.

    Cons

    Over worked and under paid. Poor upper management. A lot of unhappy people, most disorganized company I have ever worked for.
     They spend a lot of time focusing on their image as a company when in reality their people are stressed and miserable. Lots of turnover. Pride themselves on snack closet (which is disappointing) and bagel Friday which is great if you actually have time to step away from your desk!

  8.  

    Creative and innovative.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Rue La La as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Treat their interns like their employees and want to help them grow.
    Sample sales.

    Cons

    No cons as an intern for me personally. However, I know some of the interns didn't feel like they had enough work to do throughout the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rue La La full-time

    Pros

    Lots of free food - bagel fridays, snack closet, sweets etc.

    Cons

    Very little pay, people are really cliquy, judgmental and negative. Really toxic environment. Long hours.

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

    Great Company if you want to be in Fashion in Boston

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I worked at Rue La La part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company to begin your e-commerce adventure with. I learned so much while there as far as administrative skills and how e-commerce works. Everyone is very nice, pretty hard to move up because it is competitive and there are only so many spaces open to advance. Free snacks and bagel friday were always amazing as well! Very laid back for the fashion world, if you want something not cut throat but fashion oriented - this is the company for you.

    Cons

    Not fantastically competitive salary, IF you do get a raise it wont be a very good one. Not easy to move up quickly, you have to put in lots of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rue is a great place with lots of interesting problems to solve

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is a lot that is great here:
    --a fun environment (people eat together in the cafeteria, happy hours on Thursday)
    --good work-life balance (people work reasonable hours)
    --great leadership at the C-level
    --interesting problems to solve technically and within the business
    --strong revenue growth

    Cons

    A lot has changed at Rue in the last couple of years. There was a lot of turnover but it has mostly brought new energy to the company. But it is still a complicated org structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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