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I have been working at zulily full-time (More than a year)
Fun, dynamic environment. Emphasis on teamwork, collaboration and leadership development.
Have to be really comfortable with ambiguity
I applied online. I interviewed at zulily (Seattle, WA) in September 2017.
This was an entirely negative interview experience, even though it ended with a job offer (which I declined.)
I applied for a Graphic Designer II position at Zulily in mid-August. A few days following my application, one of the creative recruiters reached out to me and informed me that no Graphic Designer II positions were available (their website said differently), but that they could interview me for a Graphic Designer I position.
I inquired about the salary for this GD1 position and accepted the approximate figure, and moved to the next step in the process, which was a design test.
The design test consisted of creating two assets - an HP graphic and a storyboard. I had 48 hours to complete the test and send the completed PNGs to the recruiter - which I did.
About two business days later, the recruiter called me and excitedly told me that the team loved what I created and that they wanted to interview me ASAP. It was at this point that he told me an exact salary figure + sent me a benefits packet. Following this phone call, another recruiter reached out to me to set up a time for interview.
My interview happened about a week after this phone call. It consisted of a 10 minute walk-through of the studio with the creative recruiter + a 50 minute panel interview with the creative lead + another individual.
My initial thoughts following the interview was that it went really well and that I was excited about the opportunity to work at Zulily! This excitement was short-lived.
A few hours following the interview the creative recruiter called me and asked me what my salary expectations were. I thought this was a bit odd, as I had informed him throughout the process of my requirements (at least two other phone calls where this was mentioned.)
I again informed him of my salary requirements.
Following this, the creative recruiter went on a long spiel about how great Zulily’s benefits were, the work/life balance, etc, etc, etc. Then, I was informed that I was being assessed as a Productoin Artist. My immediate reaction to this was “Okay, titles aren’t important to me, but is the salary different?”
To my dismay, the salary was 35% lower than the required salary I had given the recruiter in each of our phone calls. I was shocked, and very confused how I had gotten from applying for a Graphic Designer II position to being offered a Production Artist position that I had absolutely no interest in.
The recruiter informed me that they had assessed my skillset to be below a Graphic Designer I position, which is fair, I entirely understand that. That being said, they had my portfolio + the design test in front of them throughout the entire process – yet didn’t inform me prior to coming in for a panel interview that I’d be interviewing for a position that I didn’t want.
The recruiter failed to communicate in the phone call prior to my interview that there was any chance I’d be considered for a position well below my pay grade (and on top of that gave me the exact salary figure for the job I was interviewing for.)
Upon questioning the recruiter in this phone call following my interview about how I got from Point A to Point B, he became quite defensive. At one point, I even had to say “I’m not accusing you of lying, I’m just trying to understand how we got to this point?”
Anyway, that phone call ended with the recruiter telling me that I’d hear from them within the next week regarding the Production Artist position (during the phone call I didn’t decline the position, as I was so caught off guard.)
A week and half later I received a job offer for the Production Artist position, which I politely turned down. In that same email, I voiced my displeasure about the lack of transparency and professionalism on Zulily’s end.
About 30 minutes after I sent that email, I received a quite agitated voicemail from the recruiter telling me that I was “off mark” and that “he’s been doing this for a long time.”
Thanks for wasting my time Zulily.
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