I worked at Blue Nile full-time (More than a year)
I've been a jeweler for almost 17 years and I've had the pleasure of working in all types of atmospheres, from mom and pops to big box jewelry stores. With that said, here is my glowing review of the 2 years I spent working with Blue Nile...
Blue Nile is truly a special organism, the heavy emphasis on being team oriented and always having each others backs really runs deep there. In such a short time, I was adopted in to the Blue Nile family, and when you work through a couple peak seasons with this team, you aren't just an employee, you literally are a family member. This is unlike any other environment I've ever worked in...and its something I will truly miss now that I've relocated.
As far as working conditions go, you have the opportunity to see some of the largest diamonds you've ever seen working for this company. You will primarily only work on brand new pieces, and you have access to all the materials you need to accomplish the job. This place is cutting edge when it comes to equipment, they have five lasers, FIVE! Think about that for a second. The management is also pretty amazing, these people are down to earth, approachable, and understanding. One thing to note here, the production facility operates independently from the corporate office, and these are two vastly different environments with vastly different mantras.
In conclusion, this is a wonderful place to work if you're a jeweler or have any interest in becoming one. You can grow your skillset here, and become an expert in each step of the building process from size/assembly, to diamond setting. You will become part of a tight knit team of people who literally move mountains everyday to get the jobs out the door. And when you leave Blue Nile, you are almost guaranteed to be one of the best, if not THE BEST jeweler in whatever shop you go to next. It really is a special place, and I will miss it dearly.
These aren't really cons, more of things to understand before joining the team:
Repetition: be prepared to do roughly the same thing every day, all day. This is how Blue Nile grooms expert jewelers. Be vocal about your career path and advancing because if you aren't, its easy to assume you love your day to day job and may get lost in the shuffle.
Peak: for one month out of the year, you will work the hardest you've ever worked possibly in your life. This is a very demanding time of year for Blue Nile, and this company spends the other 11 months preparing for it. I'm not kidding, its a big deal. But in true Blue Nile fashion, they supply you with everything you need to get through this month. They have endless snacks and food provided, if it snows and you live far away, they will get you a hotel. This is the kind of company that makes that one month of working super hard, and long hours, so worth it.
Lastly, Seattle: this city is only getting more expensive to live in. Its hard during the winters if you're a sun worshiper like myself. Plan your vacations wisely and timely. You will need them!
Advice to Management
You guys rock, keep doing what you're doing that makes Blue Nile so special! Oh, don't forget the cost of living in Seattle is skyrocketing, a little bit higher compensation may sweeten the deal to attract some top talent to keep the Blue Nile brand growing <3
I applied online. I interviewed at Blue Nile (Seattle, WA).
Applied online, got called in for an interview with three people which turned out to be four in three separate rounds. Three rounds of interview, the first with a team member who was told less than an hour prior to the interview, the second with the other two team members, the last with the hiring manager. Mostly behavioral questions, not technical at all. Was little wishy washy/uncertain/unsure when asked about the turn over rate, team dynamics and hours. Don't seem prepared or invested in finding the right person. Very easy interview, so long as you had some sort of accounting experience or social/interview skills.