zulily Reviews

Updated April 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Underpaid and Poorly Managed

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There is a great amount of potential for quick advancement. Sadly, this is because so many employees leave and you have the opportunity to replace them. Zulily is a great place for someone just starting there career and who is interested in exploring a variety of jobs within a company.

    Cons

    Zulily is very disorganized and counts on it's employees to pick up the slack where the organization has left off. There is not much, if any training and employees are expected to teach themselves the ropes. Sadly, it could be a really wonderful place to work if the company wanted to invest more time and money into the talent they do have.

    Advice to Management

    Pay skilled employees a real living salary and invest in their career development within the company.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Fun atmosphere, great culture, good starting foundation for the industry with entry level compensation.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The environment is young and fresh, fast paced and constantly innovating. If you have a strong team you will learn a lot and grow your skill set quickly.

    Cons

    As a "start up" they do not pay competitively with other companies in the industry in the area. It is a good line on your resume but you will have to suffer low pay for a year or more to move on. Also you are expected to be on call 24/7 and you are not compensated fairly for this level of commitment.

    Advice to Management

    More performance based pay! Be more competitive with related companies in the area to reduce the turnover.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Not what expected

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buying in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Buying in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at zulily

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, passionate CEO, good people

    Cons

    Not what expected, little ownership with a lot of accountability, inconsistent

    Advice to Management

    Need bench strength and change in Roles and responsibilities

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  5. Helpful (8)

    Great Idea, Poor Execution

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Finance in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at zulily full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    If you feed off the excitement of a little bit of chaos and uncertainty, zulily is for you.

    You typically get to decide how much of your job you want to own.

    Cons

    "Rollout sand revisions are better than perfectly laid plans." This statement is my favorite of all the tenets, mantras, etc at zulily. And it's true. What they don't tell you is the revisions are hard to come by. Finding "work arounds" should be a requirement in all job postings.

    Employee development, appreciation or engagement are low priority. Leadership seems to think pay raises and titles are the only things that employees care about.

    Advice to Management

    None to give, free advice is generally worth every penny you pay for it. Plus, areas needing improvement are no secret, everyone's been complaining about them for years now. Management should already know.

  6. Ever changing and growing, not a good fit for everyone but I've enjoyed it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sample Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sample Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at zulily

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always changing and growing, always something new to learn. With the right managers it's an awesome experiance

    Cons

    Sometimes it doesn't seem like everyone is on board with the changes that are being made, and often can feel like highschool with the 'cliques'.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with new hires to ensure they are confident with where to take different things/who to ask when in trouble.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Horrible Place To Work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Its a job and most of the time as many hours as you want

    Cons

    no life, no communication, no advancement

    Advice to Management

    Maybe learn to COMMUNICATE with your employees better ...not getting payed for hours worked is very hurtful for some FAMILIES !!!!!!!

  8. Helpful (6)

    If contracted, do not accept.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Accounts Payable Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Accounts Payable Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at zulily as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    As a contracted employee, the benefits did not apply to me, but I was told it was the standard 401(k), PTO, etc. Great young environment with most employees less than 30. Free coffee and tea. They house a good cafeteria, a Starbucks and new snack bar.

    Cons

    Accounts payable has a very high turnover rate. However, zulily intentionally over hires contracted employees and lets people go within a week of hiring them. Therefore, it is very hectic, morale is always low and solely based on metrics.

    Advice to Management

    A contracted employee should not be treated as dispensable.

  9. Helpful (7)

    Fast paced, high turnover and very unstructured.

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

    I worked at zulily (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people are nice and you get free beverages such as coffee and tea! As an employee, you have access to their events and they have a gym. zulily is big on parties. The cafeteria is pretty nice too. The view is great along the waterfront. Easy way to quickly move up in the company because there is such high turnover (if they want to keep you that is).

    Cons

    High turnover and lots of movement physically with departments moving location within the building to changing positions. Many people are let go at a moments notice. Not transparent and will not disclose information to both employees and customers. Some people learn more about the company when an article is published, or a rumor is started than from company executives. A large majority of their staff is employed through outside contractors. Coffee is not that great quality. Gym is very small. Parking is very expensive. Many departments are overworked and taken advantage of considering how much they earn. Strong feeling of job insecurity throughout many departments. Many of the same positions at the Seattle office are becoming more available in the newer Ohio office for a cheaper hire.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and let your employees know what is happening.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Worst job of my life

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at zulily

    Pros

    Young coworkers, generous PTO, cafeteria has pretty good food, most people have heard of zulily

    Cons

    Promotions/bonuses are non-existent, general work environment is extremely dysfunctional, everyone is scared about losing their jobs, zulily is hiring constantly for a reason, and it isn't because they're a growing company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better, zulily isn't a startup anymore, you can afford to pay people decent wages.

  11. Helpful (9)

    It's a sinking ship, stay away!

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

    I worked at zulily full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Decent health benefits. They actually offer a PPO plan (though they'll try really hard to talk you out of signing up for it)
    - Free nasty coffee and tea
    - Good location, especially if you manage to get a good view
    - The cafeteria food is decent, but pricey
    - Free tampons in the womens restroom
    - Good co-workers

    Cons

    - The worst, most incompetent, and clueless managers! None of them know what they're doing or have any relevant experience. The people running the photo studio are either former Starbucks managers or something else equally useless. They have no idea what the jobs are of the people they manage.
    - Some of the managers, while terrible, do actually have the best intentions. Then there are others who are outright bullies. They'll claim to be compassionate, honest, and want to help everyone succeed. Then they deliberately set people up to fail. I watched so many good, talented people get emotionally abused by these managers.
    - The lower level managers desperately need training!
    - The pay is not enough for the cost of living in Seattle.
    - Constant disorganization. The company basically prides itself on this.
    - The people in the product studio are treated like sweatshop workers.
    - Like other reviews have said, everything is moving to Ohio. We all know it's true, but they outright lied to us saying it wasn't happening.
    - The work environment has been hazardous. We dealt with an infestation of sewer flies for months last year. Management lied to us, again, saying our health wasn't at risk. Nevermind the fact people were getting sick all the time.
    - Like another review mentioned, the company claims to be "all about Mom", yet they offer very average paternity leave. Most moms end up quitting soon after they return to work. Again, this wouldn't be so insulting if the companies focus wasn't moms.
    - No real rewards for hard work. Just high fives.
    - No rewards for those who have stayed with the company for years.
    - work/life balance is a joke. The company's needs will always come first

    Advice to Management

    - Please, please, please get management training!
    - Please start hiring managers with photo studio experience.
    - Stop lying to your employees and work on your transparency.
    - Stop trying to make the "value cards" happen. Just give it up already!
    - Make an effort to hold on to employees who are doing amazing things for the company. Stop pushing away all the talented and dedicated people

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