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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Zulily Speed is no joke

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Infrastructure Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Infrastructure Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    While Zulily is a very chill place (come and go as needed, just get your work done) there is a term here called Zulily Time. That means move fast and don't worry about breaking things. Obviously you can't break the site and services, but small interruptions while seeking out better methods for getting things done aren't met with a shaming or beating, instead you just learn from your mistake and try again. It is very intimidating at first, but once you learn to live this way, things get really exciting.

    Also you get all the free coffee you can handle.

    Very low on the politics crap that some companies have, if you have an idea, and it will better the company, it will be heard to the top.

    There is a gym on-site, not owned by Zulily, but available for free to all employees.

    Cons

    No soda machines. No ice machines. No cold water (there is room temp water or hot water). HR seems a little rough to interface with. HR seems a little afraid of humans. No paid transit. Parking in Seattle borders insane, and riding transit is the only real way to get to work. Parking as of now is $200/mo!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hook up the employees with coffee alternatives. Water is nice, but cold water and soda with caffeine are better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rapidly growing company with lots of opportunities but you have to be independent and move FAST

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Management is very accessible - especially Darrell - we have WEEKLY company-wide meetings and all of his direct reports are required to be there. If you have an issue, you have your time to speak up. 1x1 meetings with managers are also required and it is up to you to make the most of that time. Most divisions have monthly or quarterly team-wide meetings as well.

    Work/life balance is really good when you consider how fast the company is growing. Significantly better than Amazon.

    There are really smart people here and you can learn a ton but you have to be open to change. The company is still very much in growth/evolution mode and you have to be ready to speak up and ask a whole lot of questions. Not a good place for you if you like structure and definitive direction.

    Compensation and benefits are middle of the road relative to other companies in the industry. Equity upside is competitive for certain areas/roles. Quarterly comp discussions are encouraged. Opinions vary widely depending on your group, direct manager, etc. (as you can see from the other reviews). Have heard a lot of complaints for hourly positions. Seattle cost of living has been increasing rapidly which has been a big challenge for a lot of jobs in the area ($15 minimum wage requirement in 3 years should help!). We don't have shuttles that go right to your doorstep (we do have shuttles from public transportation...) but we are a fraction of the size of those companies and you're not stuck in a terrible, bureaucratic organization!

    Cons

    Middle management needs improvement. Executive leadership is really strong but doesn't seem to trickle down. There hasn't been as much focus on leadership/development. They are working to improve this - tons of new training programs, hiring in HR, but you still want to maintain that "start-up" feel - it's a delicate balance.

    Disjointed experiences across divisions. This is not surprising when you compare people that work in studio with engineers. From what I've heard areas like merchandising have done a lot better since implementing a more succinct career path and buyer training program. Not consistent across areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better transparency is needed around job expectations and career trajectory when hiring and from managers. Reward great talent and provide more mobility opportunities across areas. Hire stronger middle management and have them continue to push/communicate the "mission" throughout their organizations. Don't forget to take steps to continuously avoid bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growth Outpacing Infrastructure/Support

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of growth opportunities

    - Depending on where you work, you can occasionally get more ownership and control over what you're delivering and how you're delivering.

    Cons

    - Work/life balance is a challenge.

    - The total compensation package is lower than many of its competitors. That's somewhat appropriate for a growth company and the assumption is that you'll make up the difference as the company/stock grows but right now it's not clear that the reward really will be there, as a detailed review of the stock price indicates.

    - Lots of chaos and ambiguity, with lack of clear direction, tenets, and goals from the top. This is an opportunity as well as a challenge, of course, but then it depends on guessing right, not just on what to do but on guessing what upper management thinks is important and will reward. Get it right and the sky's the limit. Get it wrong...

    - Lack of well-defined roles, which gets in the way of achieving and being recognized for the growth opportunity you wanted/got/seized.

    - Lack of infrastructure/support (IT, recruiting, HR, etc.). The company has grown faster than the policies, processes, and staff necessary to support that growth.

    - Thrifty to the point of stinginess.

    - Little to no support for training and personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Build up your infrastructure.

    - Figure out how to grow and reward your people properly.

    - Do a little less of the "flavor of the month" features and policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Culture, Great People

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

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

    Pros

    I worked four different companies in the past. I spent more than five years at Microsoft, too. I can say that Zulily has the best culture and great people when I compared it to my previous companies. Zulily still keeps startup culture and invests fully in open source technologies. I am enjoying my time here in Zulily.

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits could be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been working at zulily

    Pros

    You work with super creative people, and you have the chance to progress quickly because things change a lot.

    Cons

    The pay philosophy needs adjusting, this continually comes up as an issue and is never resolved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise all workers pay to new minimum wage.

  7.  

    Fast moving company with good people and lots of opportunities for career growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Photographer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Photographer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, lots of fun people. Fast moving company so your not likely to be bored. Management is becoming more attentive to the employees needs.

    Cons

    Lower than average pay for most positions, however as the company grows this is slowly changing on a job by job basis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    executive

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, made retail interesting again, diverse

    Cons

    Communication from Sr Management is not good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    RUN FAR FAR AWAY

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editorial Photographer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Editorial Photographer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The employees are young and naive, willing to work themselves to the bone for zero recognition. Everyone starts out excited and motivated, soon to be sucked dry by long hours and little pay.

    Cons

    Terrible unqualified gossipy management, no career development, less than living wage pay, $20/day for employee parking, no transportation assistance, unaffordable cafeteria, absolute nightmare of a work place. Go somewhere else. Somewhere where they will appreciate your skills and treat you like a person not a robot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Hire some smart people for once and recognize those who are working themselves silly rather than turning the studio into a popularity contest based on sucking up rather than talent and hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good place to get experience

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

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

    Pros

    The team is some of the best people you'll ever work with. Creative, smart, hardworking and funny. Our leads have been working hard to make things better. Because it's such a fast-paced, fast-growing company, it's a great place to get experience. However...

    Cons

    You won't want to stay for too long. zulily is a revolving door, and they fail to keep employees because of overall low compensation. I've heard it said that you want to be a one-trick pony, because if you more tricks than that they will use you for all you're worth, without the compensation to validate your efforts. The high demand means ridiculously high workloads, and often quality, though stressed, becomes an unattainable goal unless you're willing to sacrifice work and life balance. Not a good place to stay long-term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want a company with longevity, you need to treat your employees well, and that means providing actual compensation and appreciation that will make them want to stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor management, little planning, no training/development

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    • 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

    Pros

    In general, the people here are nice to work with. Everyone is pretty smart and works hard, and the atmosphere is casual and maintains the start-up feel.

    Cons

    There's no investment in training or development, even if you're not in tech, you'll be expected to learn complex skills and programs on your own. There's also no defined career path or clarity on how to advance within your department (merch team is the exception) and I never once saw an internal promotion, it was all lateral moves and external hires. There are a lot of people in middle management that don't have e-commerce backgrounds and are in way over their heads. There's been a lot of chaos and turnover, and a lot of their issues are probably the result of growing too fast and not giving any thought to managing the growth in a smart and sustainable way. Communication is a major problem, both from top to bottom and across teams and departments. Pay and benefits are sub-par compared to other companies in the area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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