Gilt Groupe Reviews

Updated 15 September, 2014
Updated 15 September, 2014
74 Reviews
3.5
74 Reviews
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Michelle Peluso
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • High energy, fast paced environment (in 7 reviews)

  • Great engineering culture, very interesting challenges and you get to work with really smart people (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Culture did not promote any work-life balance (in name only) which is fine if you're under 30 (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management plays favorites when it comes to promotions and praise (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Internship

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Gilt Groupe as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - company is very transparent about their strategy, goals, and progress.
    - everyone is eager to teach each other and share expertise
    - casual office environment
    - open floor plan that is conducive to a team environment

    Cons

    - interns aren't paid
    - they only hire for full-time positions in real time when positions become available

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    very political environment

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Gilt Groupe as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    great learning opportunity especially at a rapidly growing business with interesting business model

    Cons

    supervisors or management do not tell you upfront if they are unhappy with something (very difficult to put up with when you are entry level), every one else at the office knows and it becomes very high school. a lot of office politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be open to those you are managing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company for your resume, lacking motivational management & unfair compensation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company to have on your resume. Still striving to keep it's start up flair (while it's becoming more of a corporate environment every day). Great people on the executive team who are passionate and provide transparency on status of the business and goals for the upcoming year. Great location, near many restaurants and creative atmosphere within the office. Always looking to improve the customer experience which will continue to cement Gilt as the leader within the flash space.

    Cons

    Lacks some diversity (especially within senior management roles), and constant shift in priorities and recent turnover makes for an unstable environment. While there are promotions within some departments, not all departments have that good fortune. Work-life balance is purely based on your manager - while it's "encouraged", no one is motivating you to take vacation or have the ability to work from home (other than because you are sick). There is an issue with placing people in management roles who aren't people leaders and lack the experience in driving motivation and fostering a positive work environment. Some members may have the same role yet there is a big disparity with pay. In some departments there is a glass ceiling and the unfortunate part is having to take your talent elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better process for evaluating those in senior management positions - and not simply placing people in a role because you need to fill a spot. Compensation should be fair for those doing the same amount of work (and achieving the same results) regardless of having an Ivy league university on your resume. Encourage more work-life balance - either this is a tech start up or not. All managers should have the same vision and not their own agenda for how they police their employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Polar Balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Pros

    • Exciting, fast-paced environment that fits both tech and fashion cultures
    • Intelligent general staff
    • Ability to create internal opportunities and collaborate with other departments, learning encouraged

    Cons

    • Flip-side of hip culture creates sophomoric team dynamics and senior management
    • Direction and vision changes almost quarterly leading to waste and instability
    • High pressure, low rewards

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Amazing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Gilt Groupe as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Working at Gilt Groupe is incredible - the people are smart, you learn a ton, and it's just an all around great environment!

    Cons

    There really are none! It is a great place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilt Groupe as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Confident, young, fun, work environment

    Cons

    i was unpaid, but i have heard the pay for the employees is not great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Tech focused fashion retail

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    strong tech environment. flexible schedule and ownership to tech teams

    Cons

    limited career growth and path

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Pros

    Young, relaxed and fun
    Great vacation policy

    Cons

    Low salaries
    Frequent management change

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    All good things must come to an end!

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    Former Employee - Creative Operations  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Creative Operations in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work culture, there's always an opportunity to learn more and explore, tons of flexibility (depending on your dept).

    Cons

    Your work/life balance will suffer, company still thinks it's in start up mode so your day to day can change at the drop of a dime, you will not be paid by industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better compensation, know or have a general idea of what your employees ACTUALLY do, make sure people have the proper tools and process to succeed in their roles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun, Fast Paced, Low Pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Gilt is a young, energetic company (or at least was) the push toward an IPO has seen a dramatic reduction in the party atmosphere many had grown accustomed to. The company also has a great sabbatical benefit for employees that have been with the company for more than three years. However, with the high turnover, most of the employees that have taken advantage of that perk were around in the early years of the company's inception. The discount is great, but, sadly, not like it used to be.

    Cons

    Long hours. If you're one that seeks adoration and acknowledgment for your ideas and accomplishments don't look here. Managers typically take credit for your ideas. Without shame, to boot!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a worthless box as there is no advice management is truly willing to listen to. Culture surveys are conducted to "take the pulse" of the company which is a waste of time, because when the results come out nearly half of the participants will have been let go or will have just decided to quit. Also, the cronyism is quite rampant which makes management reluctant to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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