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UncommonGoods Overview

Brooklyn, NY (US)
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Gift, Novelty & Souvenir Shops
₹1 to ₹5 billion (INR) per year
UncommonGoods offers remarkable designs by independent makers, and we do it with a positive impact on people and our planet. Learn more about our products, B Corp certification, Better To Give program, and cool team members you might be working with. Check out more about all ... Read more

Mission: As a certified B Corporation, we hold ourselves to a high standard of social responsibility. That means paying a starting wage twice the federal minimum, offering paid family leave, selling products that are fur/feather/leather-free, printing our catalog on recycled ... Read more

UncommonGoods Reviews

  • "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UncommonGoods full-time (More than 3 years)


    Professional environment, lots of opportunities to learn and grow


    No work-life balance during holiday season

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UncommonGoods Photos

UncommonGoods photo of: Photo shoots=Dogs in the office! Uncommon fact: Many of our models are members of the team, their pets, or their children.
UncommonGoods photo of: Product testing the beer-making kit
UncommonGoods photo of: On site visits to vendors often allow for free tutorials.
UncommonGoods photo of: All year-round team members receive a volunteer day to work with a non-profit of their choice!
UncommonGoods photo of: Operations Manager, Kenesha, speaks during an event held by New York State Comptroller, Thomas. P. DiNapoli.
UncommonGoods photo of: Our CEO, Dave, gives former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, a tour of our office and operation.
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UncommonGoods Interviews



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Getting an Interview




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    Associate Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at UncommonGoods (Brooklyn, NY (US)) in May 2019.


    The process at Uncommongoods included 1 small sourcing project to apply followed by two 30+ minute phone interviews, a larger sourcing project which included a presentation highlighting holes in the UG assortment, and 4 on-site interviews which were each about 40-60 minutes long.
    Meeting the merchandising team and working with the initial recruiter was a positive experience, but their onboarding process is most difficult I’ve come across in my job search, and the way I was treated afterward was by far the worst experience I have had in my career so far.
    The process is very demanding though the company does not seems to respect the time it takes to execute. My contact didn’t care to meet me prior to going into my on-sites, and I received little to no feedback on the products I presented. After being in the pipeline for 5 weeks and completing the on-site interview, I was advised it would take 2-3 days to get feedback. That ended up becoming 2 full weeks, and in between having follow ups ignored altogether. My contact ghosted me, essentially, until I was finally rejected via an email sent at 10:15pm full of typos. I don’t know if this contact thought that would save her from confronting me, but to receive that information in such a careless way was completely insulting. She did later apologize.
    I was tasked with the final stages of the process, which involved 2 weeks of prep and detailed sourcing and 4 hours off of my full time job, but was ultimately rejected because of my experience. I’ve been trying to understand why a company would ask so much of candidates just to ultimately resort back to what’s on paper, and information that was given from day one, in making their final decisions. For context, my background at the time was 3 years as an assistant buyer at a large specialty retailer, well in line with what I was told they were looking for to fill the role.
    To summarize, the process at UncommonGoods is far more work than it’s worth, and in choosing to go through it you run the risk of wasting a lot of valuable time on a company who really isn’t much different from the rest of them after all, arguably worse. If you’re someone looking to up-level, the company doesn’t seem to want to take a risk on you. I will definitely think twice before going through a process like this again.

    Interview Questions

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UncommonGoods Awards & Accolades

  • 2018 Best for The World Honoree, B Lab, 2018
  • Forbes Small Giants, Forbes, 2018
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