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Stella & Dot Reviews

Updated December 29, 2016
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Pros
  • great items, own hours, work from home (in 9 reviews)

  • Discounts on jewelry and accessories for personal use; The Creative Director is genuine and very talented (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance and flexibility were pretty much nonexistent (in 8 reviews)

  • Knowing this, use the resources they offer to make money for yourself & it works well for both parties (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Stella and Dot Sales Rep Review"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stella & Dot (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very well run company with great opportunities for advancement. Make your own hours and tons of great bonuses!

    Cons

    You have to be a self-starter and be good with time management of this is not for you.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "S&D is the little engine that could/could not"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stella & Dot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company provides a great office environment to work in aesthetically... very well decorated. Office looks more like someone's home instead of a work office purposely. Nice views and located by the water/hills. No tracking of PTA except Sick time. The people are very nice. Company provides healthy snacks(no junk food allowed). The company has so much potential if the people in charge of making decisions would just stay focused and not mull over the trivial things.

    Cons

    Extremely HIGH turnover. The average length of time is a year. So it's hard to establish a work relationship when people are constantly leaving. HR will not really find the root to the issue to why no one stays. Because the company still sees itself as a small company overall, they require you to do the work of 3 people vs just hiring adequate help. There is usually long hrs and high expectations to meet unreasonable deadlines. Management is constantly spinning on sometimes what looks like "Non important" issues. Location is not admirably located in the city so you are not near any options for food and transportation is a struggle especially for those that have no car.


  3. "Stylist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, fun, great company, great resources, love the jewelry and accessories

    Cons

    hard to kickstart a business on your own.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Posh office. Good colleagues. Mediocre work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bruno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stella & Dot full-time

    Pros

    CEO is smart and very good at conveying the corporate vision and goals.
    Business expansion across multiple brands is a smart strategy to help achieve continuous growth.
    The colleagues are great. Although, there is high turnover.
    Benefits have improved quite a bit from what it was a few years ago.
    Posh office location. Nice working space.
    Decent / practical policies around working remotely.
    Free, healthy snacks.

    Cons

    Business -
    - Lack of authority at lower levels. Decisions are deferred to their managers and therefore meetings are counter productive / frustrating.
    - "Social selling"? Not really. It really is no different from a multi-level marketing scheme.
    - Overly complicated compensation plan for Independent Business owners, which almost no one in the company understands (seriously, do a pop-quiz).

    Engineering -
    - Site quality and experience is really bad. Constant site stability issues.
    - Work satisfaction in engineering is mediocre at best. Many other companies do much more interesting stuff in the engineering space. Not Stella & Dot. Most systems are old and unnecessarily over-engineered.
    - Lack of teamwork. No push from leadership to improve team dynamics..

    Product Management -
    - Has no idea what they are doing. I don't even know how they justify running such a large team. Someone ought to do some cost-benefit analysis.
    - Way too many Asians. No, seriously - there is no diversity in this team.
    - "Women-in-tech"? How about hiring the right person for the role, regardless of their gender?

    Advice to Management

    Stella & Dot is not a tech. company, so stop selling it that way. Ensure that you're listening to all team members and trying your best to retain talent across all departments.

    Stella & Dot Response

    Dec 16, 2016 – VP of People

    I'm glad you agree that our focus on creating a great work environment for all employees is paying off. We have invested a lot in crafting a vision and strategy to win. To that end, while snacks ... More


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Favoritism"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stylist in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Stylist in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cute jewelry to wear all the time and share with your family and friends. Flexibility to spend time with your family

    Cons

    Focus is on upper level stylists who already had a strong financial background & the ability to buy the entire product line upfront. Samples are too expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Favoritism is not good business practices. Encouraging the new stylists to build their business without blocking from home office needs to happen.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Need to empower home office employees"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Home Office in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Home Office in Brisbane, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    "Flexible time away" vacation, WFH days, cross-functional partnership, annual Holiday party, off-site team building events, and free snacks

    Cons

    Favoring senior management/above, churn and spin with ever changing strategies, obligation to quickly respond to fire drills on week nights and weekends, a lot of employee turnover, poor pay compensation for anyone below a Director level, daily "Friction" conference call with too many stakeholders, "Friction" call required on weekends during holiday season, obligation to take less time off during the holiday season, and no strong sense of HR to feel secure to file complaints.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the little people. Instill empowerment to actual home office employees and encourage entrepreneurial spirit

    Stella & Dot Response

    Dec 16, 2016 – VP of People

    Thank you for recognizing the some of the great programs and events that make stella & dot a fun place to work. We welcome all feedback so that we can continue to attract talent that will allow ... More


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Let corporate employees style their own lives too, at least a little"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stella & Dot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The CEO is an incredibly smart woman, I learned an enormous amount from her about business. The company as a whole is made up of incredible smart, driven individuals. The work itself was always interesting and fun.

    Cons

    Work/life balance and flexibility were pretty much nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    The companies mission is to empower woman and to give them the flexibility that they want. It would be great to see more of that trickle into the corporate environment.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great discounts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Sales in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Discounted jewelry and accessories
    Helpful website

    Cons

    A lot of representatives in same areas
    Can be expensive, time consuming

    Advice to Management

    Give newbies the sales tools and training to succeed.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stylist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, work from home, earning potential based on how much time you spend.

    Cons

    Overhead cost, samples are expensive

    Advice to Management

    Cost to become a stylist should be less, samples should be less.


  11. "sales consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stella & Dot part-time

    Pros

    very flexible opportunity. make it what you depending on your personal life situation. don't have to have previous entrepreneurial experience. a ton of training is available to help you succeed. great company.

    Cons

    if you have trouble staying on task while working at home find another place to work and focus. must be able to self motivate or access company's motivation tools.



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