Stella & Dot - Toxic culture, NOT a tech company, executive team = sorority, sinking ship, a big lie | Glassdoor
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"Toxic culture, NOT a tech company, executive team = sorority, sinking ship, a big lie"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Stella & Dot full-time

Pros

Looking for mediocrity and complacency? This is the right company for you. You might even get promoted!
Free $100 jewelry credit quarterly
Coworkers - good people
Free parking

Cons

Don't be tempted by what you see from the outside. Internally it is one big mess.
A culture of imitation NOT a culture of innovation.
Culture is REALLY toxic. Lots of politics and passive aggressive backstabbing.
Smart and talented people leave running. Very high turnover, including exec levels.
     - Most of the smart execs left because they saw the writing on the wall and jumped ship before it sinks.
What's left is a terrible and disconnected leadership team.
     - They spin "stories" to the CEO to gain approval and cover their mistakes.
     - It is always someone else's fault and they can do no wrong.
Lots of time spent on immaterial decisions and no time spent on solving real problems.
Lots of lip service but they are empty promises.
No transparency nor honesty with the real issues afflicting the company.
Encourages no accountability whatsoever, especially at the exec level.

Hires 3rd rate execs who never made it to exec level at bigger companies because they don't have the skills. HUGE reason why S&D is failing. Business is managed by a few bad execs. If bigger companies could not absorb the risk when they managed only a fraction of the business, then S&D should think twice to let them manage all of the business. Why do you think sales is declining and such high turn over? Keep telling yourself it is the industry.

Schizophrenic direction. One minute this is the new shiny object that is the big idea. The next minute it is something else. Teams will work months on a project then at the last minute and right before the deadline, leadership changes their mind. The teams will have to do everything over again in a fraction of the time. The thoughtful good work is dropped and what is adopted is usually something thrown together at the last minute with lots of unforeseen problems.

Advice to Management

Listen to your employees and not the execs who feed you what you want to hear. They can tell you why things are or are not working with the business because they are closer to it.

Know your company's DNA. A growing start-up needs athletes with good decision making skills not politicking ivory tower specialists.

Let go of the the bad execs - the lapdogs. They are detrimental to growth of the business and bad for morale. They have cost the company millions $$ with their bad decisions. Don't be fooled by their politics.

Build trust with your employees through leading by example and through action.

Other Employee Reviews for Stella & Dot

  1. Helpful (14)

    "Burn Out with some bling to go along with it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great concept
    Love the outward message of creating business opportunity for women (mostly) and how the business can and has changed lives
    Occasional jewelry credits
    Some career growth - primarily due to turnover
    There are some really great people that work here.

    Cons

    Most departments are understaffed thus there really is no work/life balance. The great people that work here will eventually get burned out and move on.
    Culture is non existent. Attempts by employees to create some sort of bonding experience/events/fun has been publicly mocked by the CEO.
    Finally an HR department has been put in place, but not fully convinced they are the right group to make changes to the culture.
    Lots of micro management across the board.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Bring that outward message to the inside.
    Great motivational speaker at the top, but the way she treats people is pretty bad. Stylists, her bread and butter, would be outraged!


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Awful place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stella & Dot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Jewelry is on-trend and stylish. People who work there are generally very nice.

    Cons

    Upper management treats employees poorly. They expect you to work 24-7 with no compensation or rewards for a job well done. Lots of promises of good things to come, but they somehow never become a reality, even when the opportunity presents itself. Could be an awesome place to work, but it's so disorganized and chaotic that you never feel like you can do your job properly.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like equals and not peons. Don't promise things you can't or won't ever deliver.

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