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Gilt Groupe Reviews

Updated July 1, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the good benefits is the employee discount although its restricted from the really really good stuff (in 17 reviews)

  • Extremely fast paced and a lot can be learned while in your role (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • I think the one thing that stands out is the lack of work life balance in all areas of the organization (in 19 reviews)

  • Little room for growth and no work life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Pros

    Flexible and open for change
    Good Culture

    Cons

    Lack of transparency at times which further decreased after buyout.
    Minimal to no growth opportunity
    Recent health care benefit change is poor
    Raises under HBC may be minimal if not a thing of the past moving forward

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation for your management team before they leave.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Lost sight of the forest through the trees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a great work environment,
    Used to have great benefits and opportunities for growth. Hopefully they still have a chance to bring back these qualities in the coming year.

    Cons

    Since being acquired all focus has been out towards cost savings measures, they have put no effort toward retaining the talent that has made the company a success in the first place.

    Advice to Management

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing every day and expecting different results.

    Value the humans who are coming in to work for you everyday, start to foster growth and advancement on your teams and allocating them the resources necessary to do their jobs before it is too late.

  3. "No Room for New Blood"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Passionate, incredibly intelligent colleagues.
    - Eagerness to innovate and get ideas off the ground.
    - Fast-paced environment.

    Cons

    - Rampant favoritism/nepotism: legacy employees and managers will sooner listen to colleagues with whom they already have established relationships than newer members of the team.
    - Management stubborn/resistant to feedback.
    - Very blame-oriented, rather than solution-oriented culture. When something goes wrong, people will spend so much time trying to find the culprit, rather than working to address the issue at hand.
    - No work-life balance - no matter how hard you work do get your work done on your own terms and make room for your personal life (busy season or not), it never seems to be enough.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing new talent away. Your nepotism and defensive attitudes are pushing talented new hires away to companies that will value their input and ideas.


  4. "What Used To Be.."

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    Current Employee - Copy Writer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Copy Writer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible time off, creative people, nice office locations

    Cons

    The corporate culture that made Gilt what it was was lost when the company was acquired by HBC, a lot of empty promises have been made, not very competitive pay, very clique-y

    Advice to Management

    Take a second to reflect on what used to make employees so excited to come to this office in the morning and get us back to that.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Was great . . . Now it's not."

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    Current Employee - Merchandising Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Merchandising Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing time off policy, great cross banner discount, some nice people

    Cons

    Awful management, low pay, rigorous work schedule, terrible upper management, grunt work. Gilt used to have an amazing corporate culture, but it lost it once it was acquired by HBC. It's a very clique-y environment.

    Advice to Management

    This could take a while.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Gilt Workforce"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Operations in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gilt has a great core of managers and good hourly employees. You always feel welcomed among your peers and there are great culture events.

    Cons

    Due to the business model, you must be aware that there are a lot of last-minute changes to your workload and you mist adapt on the fly.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the engagement push that's been in effect the last few months. Employees want to know as much information about the operation as possible.


  7. "Freelance"

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    Current Freelancer - Freelance Stylist in New York, NY
    Current Freelancer - Freelance Stylist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Resume builder
    Connections
    Company culture (before being acquired by HBC)

    Cons

    I worked with Gilt for over 2 years as a freelance stylist. After it was acquired by HBC (the devil) I started to have issues with compensation. I was either compensated months later or not at all.

    When I asked them to compensate me correctly, they stopped responding to my emails.

    Don't work here!! Ever since the transition it has been a hell hole. From incompetent managers to horrible and unprofessional staff.

    Most of there full time staff quit.

    Advice to Management

    Respect freelancers more and maintains Gilts image. HBC ruined Gilt.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Operations & Merchandising"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, flexible work hours, unlimited vacation.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, low pay, ineffective executive leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention on what is slowing the business down internally instead of being focused on customer acquisition.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Merchandising Assistant Role"

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    Current Employee - Merchandising Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Merchandising Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Young, hip, fun culture. Open enviroment

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, understaffed across departments.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not the start-up it once was"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Young environment, rapid change & passion and dedication behind work produced by all levels of employees.

    Cons

    Work-life balance
    Salary
    Harsh competition
    Lack of opportunity for rapid growth within

    Advice to Management

    With the dynamic nature of the business, not many people in management roles take the time to invest and grow their people. The turn over would be much less if people took the time to mold and grow current talent


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