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zulily Reviews

Updated August 17, 2018
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  • "The pay is lower than other places but there's a lot of work/life balance and you get to work with amazing people" (in 50 reviews)

  • "Low pay and poor benefits are a huge reason people leave" (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Incredibly smart, talented, and hard working people abound!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at zulily full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - The people! They are amazing! Seriously... there is something about zulily that attracts some of the smartest and most talented people. They aren't afraid of a challenge and most tackle them with a smile. I am so impressed by my colleagues everyday.
    - Opportunity! There is so much opportunity here to grow and learn. It's what brought me here and yet I had no idea when I walked in just how much I would get to touch, improve, and give my thoughts on. I have appreciated how quickly management has asked me for my opinion and said "Go run with it!"
    - Location - I love the Seattle office. Near the water makes for a great spot to walk out for meetings, grab happy hour with colleagues, etc.
    - Always improving - I'm always hearing "How could we do this better?" or "How could we learn from this?" I really love that we don't dwell on mistakes but instead just try to do better next time. People here are hungry to achieve so it doesn't take us long to be on to the next thing.
    - Variety - you'll never be bored. If you are, something is going wrong cause there is never a dull day around here.
    - Random perks like paid volunteer days, sample sales, gratitude getaways, and other fun events throughout the year.

    Overall, I just really enjoy zulily! It's not for everyone but I think if you like a challenge and don't mind speaking up when you need help or have a question, you'll do just great!

    Cons

    - Compensation and benefits - not nearly as competitive as other companies nearby but also, they offer something (opportunity) you won't get at other places so it's a trade off. I wish there were more perks like work from home, more PTO, more holidays, or just more flex time to be out of the office when you need it.
    - The company moves so fast that there aren't solid processes or stable systems to rely on. It can be frustrating to have to deal with the same breaking systems or bad processes.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, I would invest in your tools and processes. I think great people would stay longer if they didn't have to deal with clunky tools and inefficient processes. You bring in high performers which is great, but to keep them you've got to keep them engaged by removing obstacles in their way (ie. stop building everything in house, take the time to slow down and rework a process, etc).


  2. "Mediocre benefits and high expectations"

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    Current Employee - Data Entry Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Data Entry Specialist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The facilities are top notch with in-building lunch, a Starbucks, and it's own gym.

    Cons

    Employees are run ragged without much support or understanding of what is needed to complete job.

  3. "Studio Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at zulily full-time

    Pros

    action oriented environment; innovation & entrepreneurial spirit; skill building & personal growth; amazing people

    Cons

    fast growth without proper framework to support

    Advice to Management

    keep leveraging values & investment in leaders to drive performance


  4. "Life of a buyer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment but ever changing.

    Cons

    Work life balance is missing.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Work Life"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at zulily full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Orca Card is reasonably priced for your commute.
    -You get PTO & Holidays Off.

    Cons

    -Can't really work remotely until 6 months into the role and once you hit six months you get to take one or two remote days a month.
    -People gossip about their co-workers, managers, and managers display this behavior as well.
    -People don't take their lunches here, and you work literally every single minute once you walk in. There is no time for breaks and your manager will constantly tell you that your work is going to ramp up even more BUT you already do the work of two people.
    -Not allowed to network within the company until you get permission from your manager.
    - You feel like there is always someone watching over your shoulder.
    -Not a great place if you want to grow/develop your skills, you feel stuck in your role because other people have been with the company for years and haven't moved up so you feel like you can't advocate for yourself since there is too much judgment from your co-workers/management.
    -Your co-workers feel like your enemy at times because they basically talk about you behind your back. This is not a professional workplace.
    - This job is just busy work.


  6. "Great place for innovation"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    innovation (business ownership), training, networking, strategizing ability, cross-functionality

    Cons

    manager alignment, constant change within organization, Talent Ego


  7. "New-Grad Employment Factory: Get in, get your experience, and get out."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Laid back, ok work culture. Worked here as a copywriter for a little under a year. The work was monotonous and at peak times could require more than 8hrs to complete, but the people who work in studio are a delight. However, this isn’t a place I’d ever want to stake my career. It’s perfect for recent grads looking to get some corporate experience.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, no way to express ideas for improvement, and it was hard to see a promising path, which ultimately led to my resignation.

    Advice to Management

    I often felt I valued as an employee here, no matter the effort I put in, however, it was also a pretty easy job, so I mean.

  8. "Warehouse associate"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in McCarran, NV
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in McCarran, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy work, I met lots of amazing people.

    Cons

    Benefits are bad, HR is useless, not a safe work environment. No guarantee of a full 40 hour week, especially in the first part of the year. No annual raises after 6 years. Traffic jams!

    Advice to Management

    Improve medical insurance, improve the ergonomics of the work stations. Communicate better with other managers and create set standard for everyone.


  9. "Accounts Payable Specialist 1"

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    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Gahanna, OH
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Gahanna, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros - dress attire flexible, flexible schedule

    Cons

    disorganized, customer service environment vs finance environment

    Advice to Management

    professionalism needed


  10. "Business Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not Micro managed on duties. A lot of trust and room to "do the job". No issues with coming in early, no comments about it either pos or neg.

    Cons

    There are some games played with favorites, but I think that is almost everywhere today.

    Advice to Management

    Be open minded to hire passed employees. There could be many major advantages.


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