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"A lot of good and potential struggling under lack of vision"

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Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

The company has a great start-up, entrepreneurial energy which is inspiring and invariably forces you to learn and adapt quickly. The name alone is great for the resume and provides a crash course on all things e-commerce. Good employee discounts and good pay which inevitably went back to company when shopping.

Cons

Very little to no structure or vision. There is a stated matrix-like structure but in reality it almost feels like a fend for yourself structure. Senior management was often absent but there when things went really wrong, often much after the fact. Hard to develop long-range plans, goals when there was very little agreement or direction. At the end of the day it made the work difficult as you were always managing fire-drills as opposed to building something. Culture did not promote any work-life balance (in name only) which is fine if you're under 30. The organization as a whole has a lot of smart people but more people who think they are very smart and ultimately it created a delusional sense of greatness with little innovation.

Advice to Management

Spend more time in the office, craft a clear vision/direction and reward innovation (even failed) and hire non traditionally to inspire creativity and mentor junior staff.

Other Employee Reviews for Gilt Groupe

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Growing startup"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are amazing and there are a lot of interesting projects to work on. From an engineering point of view, it is open to new ideas and you get to learn very quickly about fashionable new technologies.

    Cons

    Career development has not quite been thought through in a meaningful way. While there would be Director and VP openings once in a while, upper management usually hires from outside.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing talent and leadership from the people you already have. A lot want a bigger role in the company and are forced to find this elsewhere.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The perfect place if you're motivated and under 25. Otherwise, you must have that energy."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent peers, and demanding of excellence. Great experience.

    Cons

    The job takes over your life, in reality and on social media. Otherwise it very much depends what division you work for. Not diverse.

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