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Gilt Groupe Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Extremely fast paced and a lot can be learned while in your role (in 17 reviews)

  • One of the good benefits is the employee discount although its restricted from the really really good stuff (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)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Use to be a creative, entrepreneurial minded, cut-through-the-red-tape and get the work done swiftly.

    Cons

    HBC buyout diminished ingenuity of culture! So sad, was an amazing concept and company.

    Advice to Management

    Operate more like LVMH, let each company flourish on it's own.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Greatest ship ever to sink..."

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

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people (mostly), great benefits, formerly innovative

    Cons

    Disappointing executive team overall, overemphasis on MBAs, occasionally toxic culturally

    Advice to Management

    Company has since been sold and all management is pretty much gone - but in your future jobs, remember and embrace that people are your greatest asset - listen to them, let them make decisions, find freshness and focus your priorities. And don't spend money unnecessarily.

  3. 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.


  4. "Used to be great."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Pros

    People used to be great, but not so much anymore in the merchandising roles.

    Cons

    Extremely political, everyone is terrible at making decisions.


  5. "Sinking Ship"

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

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual work environment, interesting people.

    Cons

    Culture of negativity. Whenever a problem arises, rather than attempt to constructively work together to find solutions, attempts are made to find a culprit and punish them. Most changes to policy tend to be the solution in search of a problem variety, and as such, the departments get less efficient as time goes on. Management does not trust its own staff to provide insight into challenges facing the department and company.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be the same to anyone working there: leave and find employement elsewhere at a company that values input from its staff.


  6. "No Room for New Blood"

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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
    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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Horrible Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Perks- Discounts on HBC banners, beautiful office views

    Cons

    Horrible management. Everything is so unprofessional. HR is dishonest as well. Little room for growth and no work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to train your employees and make sure they are happy.


  9. "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of career opportunities provided

    Cons

    Moved Customer Service to Ireland


  10. "Pretty good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn a lot, great coworkers, innovator in the ecommerce space, discount at Saks as well as Gilt, leaders are generally smart and respectful (most of the time)

    Cons

    Pay on the low side, Gilt is unsure what it wants to be, HR and company culture took a nosedive when acquired by HBC, some leaders a bit unstable at times

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want your business model to be in 2017, pay your valuable employees more, HBC HR needs to get its act together


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