Gilt Groupe Reviews

Updated 17 October 2014
Updated 17 October 2014
79 Reviews
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Michelle Peluso
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Awesome products on website with employee discount (in 8 reviews)

  • Exciting, fast-paced environment that fits both tech and fashion cultures (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Culture did not promote any work-life balance (in name only) which is fine if you're under 30 (in 8 reviews)

  • Office politics have become very catty and difficult to navigate (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Lots of hype, average company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Pros

    Genuinely trying to empower the developer, good for learning new technologies for junior people. Good life balance and possibility of working at home.

    Cons

    Not the greatest architecture and poor decision making. Not that good for senior technical people where there is not a good tech vision of the direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 (more than an 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Polar Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun, Fast Paced, Low Pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Gilt is great because I love the people I work with and the office is casual.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    Work with some amazing people. Work/ Life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    Compensation is on the low end. They tend to underpay but still try to squeeze every hour from you. Promotions are at the whim of fickle managers, who promise things but do not follow through. HR is not very responsive or helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to make people work more, at least offer them more pay, instead of trying to strong arm them

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty Good Place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gilt has a great work life balance. There are unlimited vacation days. You can usually work an 8 hour day. The office space is modern and open. Lots of really smart people work there.

    Cons

    It's not a super inspiring place to work. Priorities tend to shift often. There has been a good deal of turnover. It's not your dream job, but it's a decent place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align on vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former Marketing Intern

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

    I worked at Gilt Groupe as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Paid internship, flexible hours around school schedule

    Cons

    Not sure what to do with interns, hired as Gilt intern to work with outside Consultants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Work Hard Play Hard

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilt Groupe

    Pros

    Cool work environment and staff.

    Cons

    Not much employee recognition or reward.

  10.  

    Interesting to see how company works

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Events Intern
    Former Employee - Sales and Events Intern

    I worked at Gilt Groupe as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, you can leave when you are finished with your work, awesome discounts on the Gilt sites, you can attend the events after you set them up

    Cons

    Seems like they have interns doing a lot of busy work. Rarely did I ever see the research I did turn into anything else. Wasn't a huge help with getting a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more direction and use interns as valuable resources. We are there to work so take advantage of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Company has changed a lot recently

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilt Groupe full-time

    Pros

    The people you meet here are great & you will learn a lot. It seems that experiences and opinions vary depending on the department you work for. Overall, a good experience. The company has nothing but good intentions - it just has become more corporate and less about the individuals.

    Cons

    The company has changed a lot recently. In general things move very fast at Gilt - which can be frustrating when things are just done to be done and without much thought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to HR & to your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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