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zulily Reviews

Updated December 8, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great team, great work/life balance" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Fast-paced - you will never be bored" (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • "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 51 reviews)

  • "Low pay and poor benefits are a huge reason people leave" (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Business Development"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "You get what you put in"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Studio Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Studio Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to go after creative process improvements and big ideas with leadership support. If you’re an activator who can work in ambiguity, this may be the place for you.

    Cons

    In such a fast-paced and high-production environment, it’s challenging to be innovative or fully test out efficiency-gaining projects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep that open door policy, well, open.

  3. "Creative Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, energetic, tons of creative freedom, great people to work with, casual, great first job!

    Cons

    Low pay, staff/management tend to lack experienced and are very young, weak benefits, frugal company -- no budget, a lot of employees hired fresh out of school.


  4. "Assistant buyer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at zulily full-time

    Pros

    Great environment , nice team

    Cons

    Very poor work life balance, pay is not great for the amount of work you put in and similar jobs in the area

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more if you don’t want them to go to a competitor


  5. "Production Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package, perks are awesome! Lots of room for growth in the company.

    Cons

    Pay could be a little more starting out.


  6. "Great culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at zulily full-time

    Pros

    Your ability to make a positive impact on the business.

    Cons

    The rate of change can be challenging for some.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your employees and your customers.


  7. "Work life balance, but ridiculous expectations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Worked with a good team (mostly)
    Work life balance (as a corporate hourly associate)
    A lot of room for advancement (if you’re willing to move)

    Cons

    Cliques at the higher level
    Compensation to work expectation was unrealistic as what was expected in a 40 hour work week
    Benefits and vacation are not competitive

    Advice to Management

    Treat your team like humans, not robots.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "(Software) Blind leading the incompetent - Toxic male tech culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good.
    Honestly the projects I got to work on were fun and interesting when I had the time to actually work on them.

    Cons

    I worked at Zulily for about a year and a half. After the first year, everybody on my team left and I a dozen broken systems each paging me in the middle of the night. It was a 2 person on call rotation. When we tried to merge with another team, the engineers on that team would yell at me complaining about "my" systems being too broken, blaming me for interrupting their lives. I had an senior engineer tell me that he did not have time to address issues that came up (during his oncall week), because he had more important things to do. For clarity, on this team, when you are on-call there is no sprint work allocated for you, you are expected to only focus on on-call duties.

    There are pockets of boys-clubby people. I've had "Principal" level engineers talk over me in meetings, "he-peat" what I said verbatim and try to take credit for my work.

    The kind of people that stick around are those that can't leave, or people who don't care. I have some friends still at Zulily who show up at 11am, take an hour lunch break, then leave at 2pm.

    Most of their "core" systems were hackathon projects that were not given enough time to mature. Hence there is a ton of technical debt that nobody has time to address. Upper management seemed to only care about reaching business goals, not understanding the dumpster fire of technical debt their underlying systems are running on.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improving your engineers. The level of toxic employees is too high. Get more women leadership in tech. The tech leadership is a boys club.


  9. "Don't be a contractor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at zulily (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Discount for orders on their website

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, poor training, lack of basic office supplies


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Buyer - Seattle Office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at zulily full-time

    Pros

    Young company with a start up mentality
    Fast-paced work culture
    Company is growing everyday (new President started this year)
    You also get work from home days after a few months

    Cons

    Limited career progression for Assistant Buyers
    Compared to Nordstrom and Amazon - Pay is really low
    High turnover of Assistant Buyers over the last few months
    Systems that are provided to us are a bit outdated (tech could be improved)