I have been working at Restoration Hardware full-time (More than 5 years)
Company is lead by creative people. Very little tolerance for bureaucracy. Low resistance to change. Mid-level leaders have a real desire to do their best.
The most political place I have ever worked. There is a laudable push for collaboration and partnership, but you have to be really careful. There are several senior leaders who will throw you under the bus in a second if it would advance their career a millimeter. In certain departments, leadership expect their people to sacrifice their entire lives for the company. There is no concern for or consideration of family, faith, avocation or any of the other things that make employees whole people instead of work obsessed weirdos.
Advice to Management
Stop worrying about or trying to figure out what the CEO thinks about every little thing or would do in every situation, and stop obsessing over what it will take to make him happy. Just Do The Right Thing and convince him that it's right.
I applied online. I interviewed at Restoration Hardware.
I was contacted by HR/Talent Acquisition for the initial phone screen. The call went VERY well and the contact said she would be back in touch in a few days after discussing my background with the team. She never got back in touch with me even after I contacted her with a nice follow-up message reinstating my interest.
Unfortunately this is what a lot of interviewers know - they act interested and then disappear. It's completely unprofessional to do this to a candidate. If someone takes time out of their day to discuss a position - at least tell them they won't be moving forward in the process.
This leaves a negative impression of a Company I really liked and was excited about.
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