Rue La La Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Flawed Fashion

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

    I worked at Rue La La full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, and the culture very energizing. As a business, there is probably great potential but lots to fix in order to achieve it. Location and office, very fun.

    Cons

    Inability to recognize and support changes that are needed across the board. Completely reactionary culture vs. thinking strategically and proactively. As is often the case, senior management seems to be out of touch with the daily grind and needs of associates. There is a lack of process and real need for more innovative ideas and implementation.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Office is the only good thing about this place

    • 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 full-time

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

    Pros

    Cool office and decent salaries

    Cons

    Disorganized at every level, very poor culture and wrong attitude, way too much turnover both voluntary and forced (even on the high management level), it went downhill after couple of acquisitions, don't believe the business model can survive, no 401K match, very low bonuses

  3. Fun but Cliquey

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

    I worked at Rue La La

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food and good events, nice office space, cool to work in fashion industry.

    Cons

    Very cliquey- one minute you're in and the next minute you're out. The managers at all upper levels especially people at the top promoted this atmosphere. Contractors, interns, even full time employees can seemingly be dropped at any given moment depending on whether or not you fit in with the person above you.

    Advice to Management

    Look into the way that hiring is done and don't be afraid to re-evaluate people who are not working. Support and encourage your workers, and communicate more frequently and effectively on a one-to-one or team scale. Start implementing manager reviews.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Rue La La as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great building, cool office space, coworkers are pleasant, nice people.

    Cons

    The company seemed SEVERELY overpopulated by marketing people. I'm pretty sure that it's not necessary to have a marketing person assigned to each granular page on the site, for example. Also, don't bother applying for a job here unless you currently work at Digitas, because that's where 80% of the hires seem to come from/are referred from. Also, if you contract there, expect communication about your end date to be fuzzy to nonexistent--I walked in one day after several unanswered inquiries to my hiring manager to ask what was going on, and found my desk completely cleared out. Is it that hard or weird to respond clearly to a contractor's perfectly reasonably phrased email?

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting your company be run by marketing people. You are a product/e-commerce company, not a pure marketing consultancy. Fire half your employees, if you haven't already. Keep only the smartest people. Fix your communication. Stop hiring only from Digitas (a company with its own problems)!

  6. Helpful (2)

    This job could be great, but management makes it impossible to succeed.

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    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great coworkers on your level, decent benefits.

    Cons

    My manager was completely unable to do his job and relied too heavily on his employees to make up for his gross shortcomings. Communication within the company is absolutely terrible. The human resources department is also hardly a resource. Compensation is below industry average and there is little to no opportunity for growth. If you're looking for a rewarding experience where you feel valued, working at this company is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees, hire people who are qualified to do their jobs, tell the truth instead of circumventing or embellishing it, respect your peers and those who report to you, and compensate the people who work for you fairly.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Great peers, so-so management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Team mates on your own level are friendly and great to work with
    Decent health and dental benefits
    "Hip" young environment

    Cons

    Management keeps all changes to themselves until the day they are implemented
    Difficult to get suggestions and changes made from the bottom up

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees ideas and give them a chance to implement them.
    Focus less on production and numbers, and focus more on creating something great.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Overworked, underpaid

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

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A great place to get a job after college or if you're senior management. The company does promote and gives you opportunity to move to different departments. The people that work there are great.

    Cons

    They are extremely low in terms of salary - across the board. And they demand you work more and get paid less and are very unwilling to reevaluate pay structures.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to keep the people there that want to be there by valuing them, or the turn over rate will continue to be a problem.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Studio Assistants/Stylists/Photo Assistants are bottom of the barrel

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

    I worked at Rue La La as a contractor (Less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hands-on experience in the studio lets you work with designer set samples/clothing (useful for someone who wants to learn or knows how to hem, steam cloths, style props, paint, etc). Get to know production/studio environment. Access to Rue sample sales...welcoming HQ and public company spaces.

    Cons

    The studio assisting contract gigs are in a nutshell, for someone used to this kind of freelance on-call work; dependent on the volume of work and can be as time-consuming as carrying heavy loads and painting or as quick as steaming a rack. On a normal day, slow. Don't expect a manager there to get new tasks lined up for you.

    Advice to Management

    It would boost morale and make contract studio assistants feel more useful and excited about work if they were given better direct management. Productivity and enthusiasm is reciprocated. Just from the perspective of a contractor.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great people-- good place to for a first job / short term role

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Rue La La

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

    Pros

    Great people, "cool " office culture and some fun perks. Company name Looks good on a resume and will help you land that "next" ( better!!!) job!

    Cons

    No growth opportunity ! Back office management is "stuck". A group of "friends" that like to hear each other talk and are not open to new managers , promoting real talent or any new ideas. It's too bad because the company could be great if they could clear out the "cobwebs". DONT GET ME STARTED on what a JOKE the HR TEAM is!!! From their so called " Chief People Person!!!) Lol !!! To the most useless , unorganized team I have worked with in my 25 year career!!!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old school click in back office !!! Stop hiring friend and when good talent comes thru the door -- try listening to them and maybe they will stick around --- get out of your own way and enough with the endless
    "Meetings" about "meetings" where you pat each other on back but nothing leaves the glass walk conference rooms and / or ever gets done!!!!

  11. Helpful (2)

    great stepping stone due to the name of company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rue La La

    Pros

    great office space and snack closet (not healthy snacks)

    Cons

    not inclusive for temps/contractors
    not willing to pass on knowledge. I had to pry it out of my team

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