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Stella & Dot Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
32 Reviews

2.7
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting company, changing an industry

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

    Pros

    Truly mission driven (creating flexible work opportunities for women), very nimble environment. Tons of growth opportunity. Very supportive co-workers. Recent additions/changes to management team are driving a positive change in culture and work environment. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Fast paced and not for the faint of heart. Lots of change- if you can't keep up you will not be happy. Focus on Stylists can trump focus on Home Office employees. A fair amount of turnover lately as people who couldn't keep up either chose to leave or were asked to leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Started out as a cute little direct sales company.

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

    Pros

    Social aspect is fun, some designs are cute. Others look like they were picked from a catalog,

    Cons

    Problems with keeping product in stock. They make it difficult for the hobbyist stylist to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not worth it

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Meeting new people, fine tuning your sales skills.

    Cons

    You are out your own money each time a new line releases. You uses to be able to earn free jewelry credits. That's no longer the case. Unless you are a higher up your just loosing money! The jewelry used to also be well made and well designed. Now it's all made in China and looks like everything else on the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your lowly stylists as we are the ones paying for your rent! Stop micro managing!

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cleopatra's Sinking Royal Barge

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA

    Pros

    - All the nuts you can eat.
    - There are some wonderful people that work here.
    - Pretty much can do what you want as long as you don't make waves

    Cons

    - Executive leadership is a cabal of ineptitude
    - Business is constantly scrambling to stay relevant in a market of cheeper and better competitors
    - CEO's cult of personality is poisonous
    - Fake feminism that feeds on the idea that women need to work from home.
    - Technical leadership is non existent
    - Poor quality products (jewelry and software) that play second fiddle to marketing a lifestyle
    - Outsourcing from scratch platform development to Spain
    - Lack of upward mobility for even the highest rated employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a real CTO, take the CEO out of day to day decision making, promote people from within, and solidify your product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Internal Chaos and Abuse of Power

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Independent Stylist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Independent Stylist in New York, NY

    Pros

    The Chief Creative Officer CCO Blythe Harris is talented and authentic. The products are excellent overall, but the business side of the company is in turmoil and chaotic at best.

    Cons

    The CEO micromanages and bullies through the use of intimidation at every level. Behind closed doors, there is contempt for all including other execs, delight center associates, stylists, and even customers. There is a concerted effort to create a sorority-like culture among the masses, yet the CEO exudes superiority to all. If you don't drink the corporate "koolaid", then you will be targeted and eventually removed, even if it's of your own volition. Deceit abounds almost to the point of creating a culture of lies. Buzz words are tossed around, but have no real meaning. Women are "empowered" only to become minions. The company's mission statement is not put into practice. Individuality is suppressed. "Boldness" and "confidence" are undervalued and even discouraged, unless one is blindly complimenting the CEO and stroking an already out-of-control ego.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company's billing practices, inventory management, and order fulfillment are out of control. Against both the FCBA and the FTC Merchandise Rule, credit cards are not just authorized, but actually CHARGED, well before orders are shipped or have any type of tracking information available to customers or even their own stylists. Unless the current CEO is reigned in or replaced by someone who is less of a tyrant, then this company has no chance to move forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Didn't pan out for me

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

    Pros

    You have the flexibility to work from home and make as much or little money as you like. Great team of support from corporate and your local up-line of women.

    Cons

    It was very difficult for me to book trunk shows even though I was trying to work the tools I was given, I still had a hard time booking shows and did not want to resort to asking my family and friends. I eventually decided this kind of work was not for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think corporate in San Fran does an excellent job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, huge growth potential.

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

    Pros

    Stella & Dot is changing the Direct Sales Industry in a positive way and it is exciting to be with such an innovative company that is mission driven.

    Cons

    If you have a hard time with change, you will have a problem here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decisions seem to be made unilaterally by the home office without input from the field and this has caused a few setbacks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Loved working at the DC

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I really liked my supervisor on second shift and really enjoyed working with my coworkers. The hours were 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday so I liked that also.

    Cons

    People were on their cell phones all the time and I didn't like that. No one would do anything about it so I just gave up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the floor and enforce the rules that you don't want people to break.

  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Working @ Stella & Dot ( not as a stylist)

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

    Pros

    Open space and people open to new ideas

    Cons

    Chaotic management.
    Unprofessional work environment.
    Staff is hired and fired on whim!
    No work-life flexibility
    Lots and LOTS of politics that makes people think of leaving the minute they start work. Every 2 months I saw 5-6 leaving and 2-3 hired. Including the VPs and Managers! Bad sign!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the Chaos, else you going down faster than lightening no matter how loudly the founder screams to show she is positive and nothing is wrong. We all know the company is sinking!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Toxic culture, NOT a tech company, executive team = sorority, sinking ship, a big lie

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

    Pros

    Looking for mediocrity and complacency? This is the right company for you. You might even get promoted!
    Free $100 jewelry credit quarterly
    Coworkers - good people
    Free parking

    Cons

    Don't be tempted by what you see from the outside. Internally it is one big mess.
    A culture of imitation NOT a culture of innovation.
    Culture is REALLY toxic. Lots of politics and passive aggressive backstabbing.
    Smart and talented people leave running. Very high turnover, including exec levels.
         - Most of the smart execs left because they saw the writing on the wall and jumped ship before it sinks.
    What's left is a terrible and disconnected leadership team.
         - They spin "stories" to the CEO to gain approval and cover their mistakes.
         - It is always someone else's fault and they can do no wrong.
    Lots of time spent on immaterial decisions and no time spent on solving real problems.
    Lots of lip service but they are empty promises.
    No transparency nor honesty with the real issues afflicting the company.
    Encourages no accountability whatsoever, especially at the exec level.

    Hires 3rd rate execs who never made it to exec level at bigger companies because they don't have the skills. HUGE reason why S&D is failing. Business is managed by a few bad execs. If bigger companies could not absorb the risk when they managed only a fraction of the business, then S&D should think twice to let them manage all of the business. Why do you think sales is declining and such high turn over? Keep telling yourself it is the industry.

    Schizophrenic direction. One minute this is the new shiny object that is the big idea. The next minute it is something else. Teams will work months on a project then at the last minute and right before the deadline, leadership changes their mind. The teams will have to do everything over again in a fraction of the time. The thoughtful good work is dropped and what is adopted is usually something thrown together at the last minute with lots of unforeseen problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and not the execs who feed you what you want to hear. They can tell you why things are or are not working with the business because they are closer to it.

    Know your company's DNA. A growing start-up needs athletes with good decision making skills not politicking ivory tower specialists.

    Let go of the the bad execs - the lapdogs. They are detrimental to growth of the business and bad for morale. They have cost the company millions $$ with their bad decisions. Don't be fooled by their politics.

    Build trust with your employees through leading by example and through action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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