One Kings Lane Reviews

Updated Apr 29, 2020

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3.1
42%
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16%
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One Kings Lane President and Chief Merchandising Officer Debbie Propst (no image)
Debbie Propst
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "OKL offers flexibility and a great work life integration(in 14 reviews)

  • "Fun work environment with good coworkers(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Ultimately OKL will end up shuttered(in 18 reviews)

  • "Mass exodus of talent after the Bed Bath and Beyond acquisition(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Fun place to work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture, people and opportunity

    Cons

    Too much in fighting over technology and too many leadership changes

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    One Kings Lane2020-03-29
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Ok company with no clear direction for its internal tech team"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people were great and the first office was nice

    Cons

    Dated tech stack, switched dev team from in NY to remote only

    One Kings Lane2020-04-29
  3. Helpful (1)

    "An inevitable sinking ship - likely to be sold or absorbed into parent company"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at One Kings Lane full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work-life balance if you have an understanding manager, good office location

    Cons

    No room for advancement, poor and expensive benefits, outdated technology and resources, understaffed and overworked teams, best employees have left the company, constant turnover, too many temp workers, HR team is the worst I have worked with

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    One Kings Lane2020-03-07
  4. "Amazing place to work!"

    5.0
     

    I worked at One Kings Lane

    Pros

    Transparency across all levels of the company. Smart and strategic leadership team. There are always opportunities for learning. Employees have the chance to participate in multiple projects that are outside of their day to day scope. OKL offers flexibility and a great work life integration.

    Cons

    The Bed Bath and Beyond culture can present challenges at times but the OKL President and Leaders have navigated the cultural differences effectively to ensure the OKL culture stays in tact.

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    One Kings Lane2019-11-22
  5. "Great Team"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vendor Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are outstanding to work with

    Cons

    Some difficulty working cross functionally.

    One Kings Lane2019-11-19
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Do NOT Work Here"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people, the office location, and the work life balance. For the buying side, people worked all of the time, but for the rest of us it wasn't so bad. While leadership was atrocious, the people below the Director level were fantastic. We often used to say that if Director and above left with few exceptions, we could actually get good work done. We also all used to say that we wanted to work together again at a different company, and for many people this has happened.

    Cons

    The intense scrutiny on hierarchy is strange. The company is so small and shrinking daily to have so many levels of hierarchy. Management is self-obsessed and self-righteous, which leads to strange decisions that are often completely contradictory. The "perks" create distrust and lower morale. The benefits are great if you have been at the company for a long time. Otherwise, the discount code is the same as the promotion every other week, and maternity leave is about half of what other employees get. People were even fired for using the wrong discount code, which was downright awful for all involved. Transparency is also non-existent. Work is simply dictated regardless of whether it will make sense or is useful.

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    One Kings Lane2019-11-21
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking ship"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful office, coffee and free food, cool coworkers.

    Cons

    Bed bath and beyond has ruined all the great aspects about the culture. Not sure if/how OKL is still profitable.

    One Kings Lane2019-11-21
  8. "Growing"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in New York, NY

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A young team full of energy. Lots to learn. Great team environment

    Cons

    Young untrained leaders at times. Need more mentoring

    One Kings Lane2019-10-04
  9. Helpful (1)

    "A shadow of its former self"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Great team of smart, driven, design-obsessed professionals -It's fun to be part of such a beloved, beautiful brand!

    Cons

    -Poor culture always trickles down from the very top, and here is no exception. As a result, it's rife with micromanagement and leaders who make you feel worse about yourself and your role. It wasn't always like this.

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    One Kings Lane2019-09-17
  10. Helpful (2)

    "This Ship is Sinking - Do Not Work Here"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at One Kings Lane full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There were two things that made working at OKL tolerable: the people and the discount. That being said, as the quality of life working there deteriorated, dozens of wonderful and hardworking employees left. Between 2018 and 2019, I can think of 30+ people who left, and it seemed nearly everyone who stayed was also pretty desperate to leave. About the discount-- there was a huge discrepancy in discount between employees, depending on when you started. Older employees got a 40% discount on the entire site, and new employees got 20% off. This is not only unfair and bad for morale, but it also lead to several discount abuse-related firings for employees who used the wrong code.

    Cons

    Where to begin? The Bed Bath and Beyond acquisition will bring this brand to the ground. Their management structure and systems are so archaic, and it's a wonder they're able to operate at all. OKL management, including the president and nearly all VPs, are at the beck and call of BBB, and many of them work in BBB's offices on BBB projects half of the week. They frame it under the premise that OKL is doing such great work that BBB wants to use that for their own brands, but it's clear there's a lack of resources and they're trying to stretch everyone as far as possible. If that's not the sign of a brand going down—and giving higher-ups a safety net for when it does—then I don't know what is. If you decide to work here, be prepared to feel extremely uneasy about job security for your entire tenure. The amount of miscommunication within the company is astounding. Leadership is seemingly purposefully clueless to how the rest of the organization works, and to the opinions and morales of those under them. And with so many people leaving the company over the past 2+ years, very few have been replaced or backfilled-- likely less than half. It was to the extent that it felt like they almost wanted people to leave so they wouldn't have to deal with layoffs. You can imagine what having colleagues leave, not having them replaced, and then taking on their roles and more does to employee morale. The company is also extremely resistant to making changes that will have a meaningful impact on the business down the road. For example, they are stuck on the constant promotions and value cycle that has driven brands like J.Crew to a downward spiral. Their once-healthy email program has become a means to wring as much money out of the customer as possible because they spam inboxes with a ridiculous two emails a day. I could go on, but I think this paints a pretty good picture.

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    One Kings Lane2019-09-23
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