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Gilt Groupe Reviews

Updated February 16, 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 16 reviews)

  • Extremely fast paced and a lot can be learned while in your role (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • I think the one thing that stands out is the lack of work life balance in all areas of the organization (in 17 reviews)

  • Being a start-up, it was long hours at times (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "gilt review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    -fast growth
    -dynamic, interesting and innovative
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    Cons

    -lack of communication
    -little opportunity to grow
    -pigeon holed in career

    Advice to Management

    give your employees better career growth/advice


  2. "Solid place to work and grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Amazing growth within company, Opportunity for advancement, shopping allowance

    Cons

    challenged work life balance, some office politics

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on bringing in young smart professionals, but don't forget about the ones you already have!


  3. "Inspiring atmosphere, pervasive politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Explosive growth leads to opportunities for rapid advancement
    - Employees are encouraged to push boundaries, themselves and company
    - Attracts many, many smart people across departments and business units

    Cons

    - Office politics are pervasive
    - ADD Culture, needs to focus
    - Rapid hiring leads to duplication of effort, potential for employees to get marginalized

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing employees to do more, address the politics between departments and encourage them to work together


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  5. "it's an ok place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends

    Pros

    you paid the rent and it was dependable

    Cons

    small increase of pay the price of tea has went up..what happen to our pay as well

    Advice to Management

    look out side the box


  6. "Excellent, love the people, the management, the oppurtunity to grow within the company, love going to work everyday."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - KIVA Replenishment
    Current Employee - KIVA Replenishment
    Recommends

    Pros

    The management really cares about you as a person and understands that you have a life outside of work.

    Cons

    Waiting so long for benefits and the health insurance is a little expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, I love going to work everyday.


  7. "a risk worth taking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    very cool product, culture of innovation, self directed, creative and inspiring leaders, your work matters...

    Cons

    the hours are very long


  8. "Agile, collaborative environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fast paced work keeps everyone busy and never a dull moment. Tons to learn from very talented management. Hyper growth leads to endless opportunities

    Cons

    Lots of work to be done and need to learn to prioritize them. If not you'll get buried and burned by setting false expectations

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good word with growing the company.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Profits over people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary (especially when compared to other retailers)
    Discounts on merchandise
    Convenient location off the 6 train

    Cons

    Similarity to "Devil Wears Prada" attitude of management is shocking - disrespect was shown to assistants on a daily basis; it is often the support staff that are blamed for management's errors

    Talk about long hours! - 8-6:30 is expected, and many people do not take breaks or lunch. Work/life balance? There's something else besides "work" called "life"?

    Time off was frowned upon - often when someone called in sick, others in the office would gossip about where they were, insinuating that they were on an interview for another job (wonder why?)

    Cutthroat atmosphere and "blame game" means that others sometimes try to sabotage their colleagues... no teamwork makes for dismal morale. It wasn't uncommon to see people crying after being publicly disrespected.

    No feedback for positive contributions to the company, but bullied, shouted at, and often blamed.

    Poor work environment: Manic atmosphere of running around, and due to rapid hiring and little space, people are crammed into an overcrowded work area with little ventilation, often no windows, and an open office area, almost like a factory. To top it off, there aren't enough bathrooms for the number of employees, so the bathroom is often filthy, with trash left on the floor by the end of the day, and in dire need of an upgrade - spaces in between the doors mean you can see people inside of the stalls!

    Overall, this was the most abrasive work environment I've seen to date - yes, pay is important, but office culture is what decides how happy you'll be at a company.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and treat them with respect - by making it clear to the staff that they are an essential part of the success of your business, you improve your work environment, increase productivity, and ultimately ensure the positive growth of your company and retainment of good talent.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Gilt = beautiful hi-fashion model who loves everyone on the outside, an anorexic model that sticks to her cliques inside"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gilt Groupe Anonymous in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Gilt Groupe Anonymous in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people--they are smart, connected, creative, alternative, ambitious and fun to work with for the most part.

    Benefits are decent.

    Flexible work schedule (but this is highly dependent upon which dept. your work for/who you report to).

    Great opportunities for advancement QUICKLY -- if you are a favorite or "loved" by senior management. Otherwise, no amount of hard work and results will get you there no matter how hard you try.

    Cons

    Challenging work/life balance. You are expected to work around 10 hours everyday, even put some time in when you are home after that or on the weekend.

    No cash bonuses unless you are in upper management.

    Not enough opportunity for advancement unless, as I said above, you are a "darling" of upper management. Lots of hard work does not necessarily get you recognition or reward here.

    There is no clear path to follow for career advancement and I have seen people who have worked diligently, creatively and effectively on huge projects only to be passed over for well-deserved promotions and pay increases. Office politics have become very catty and difficult to navigate.

    It is a more culturally diverse workforce than you generally find in fashion/retail companies however, there are barely any diversity candidates in upper and middle management. Not sure what that's about...

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites with staff. Start getting more in touch with all levels of employees again.

    The cool start-up vibe that made Gilt a great place to work at during the first two years is gone and it is now a corporate culture trying to act like a cool start-up.


  11. "Exciting & challenging (in a good way)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - the company is breaking ground in the e-commerce field
    - lots of very smart people to work with and learn from
    - many opportunities to advance and learn - career progression is very fast here
    - training and development is getting better as the company grows
    - lots of communication - both formal and informal

    Cons

    - not a lot of structure, so if you like traditional organizations, this probably won't work well for you
    - it does not have as much of the start-up feel as it used to, but it is less chaotic as a result



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