Rue La La

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Rue La La Reviews

Updated 11 January 2015
Updated 11 January 2015
111 Reviews
3.6
111 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Best part about working at Rue was the people, the cool office space and of course the sample sales (in 14 reviews)

  • great office space and snack closet (not healthy snacks) (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely fast paced environment (I happen to like that type of environment, but not for everyone) (in 12 reviews)

  • No one willing to step up and lead but many willing to sling blame at one another (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fast pace Retail Environment

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

    I worked at Rue La La full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Decent to good benefits
    Nice perks
    Great employee culture

    Cons

    Poor productivity and general tools to do your job.
    Tech Infrastructure needs major overhaul, more time needs to be spent on improving the backend instead of the front-end.
    Retail environment (Holidays are just like working in a department store, hectic and stressful all around)
    Upper management can be shaky, but as I was leaving it seemed to be improving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs to be a little more formal. The company has gotten bigger than the laid back feel of it.
    Police some of your managers better. You definitely get negative vibes from some. Have heard stories before AND after leaving.
    Improve your hardware core. It's giving your IT staff nightmares.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    excellent

    Former Employee - IT Software Developer in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Software Developer in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Rue La La

    Pros

    good work life balance and transparent leadership

    Cons

    there is not really anything negative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up good work team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contract Copywriter

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Rue La La as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Rue has a fun, casual environment
    Good employee discount

    Cons

    Good luck if you're not friends with supervisors
    Not great communication from colleagues or supervisors

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    not happy with this company

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    Former Employee - Picker/Packer in Shepherdsville, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Picker/Packer in Shepherdsville, KY (US)

    I worked at Rue La La

    Pros

    You get to see all the nice items they have online. Some supervisors were nice.

    Cons

    breaks suck, its like being in the military.. need new carts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more easy going

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many people involved with every decision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandising in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Merchandising in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Rue La La full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced , smart people , fun business model

    Cons

    Becoming more political and corporate as company grows

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at processes and see how many associates are involved in certain things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Always interesting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced always changing environment which keeps the job interesting.
    By far the best group of people I've worked with in any company.
    Quick to get rid of underperforming staff (for the most part).

    Cons

    Fast paced always changing environment could be frustrating if you aren't the right fit.
    Lots of people with strong personalities/opinions (mostly good, some bad) so if you can't hold your own you might be overwhelmed working here.
    Training in certain parts of the organization is lacking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rue La La full-time

    Pros

    Interesting company in the digital space

    Cons

    Still needs to figure out a lot to ensure long term sustainability and growth as a company

  9.  

    Studio Assistants/Stylists/Photo Assistants are bottom of the barrel

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rue La La as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hands-on experience in the studio lets you work with designer set samples/clothing (useful for someone who wants to learn or knows how to hem, steam cloths, style props, paint, etc). Get to know production/studio environment. Access to Rue sample sales...welcoming HQ and public company spaces.

    Cons

    The studio assisting contract gigs are in a nutshell, for someone used to this kind of freelance on-call work; dependent on the volume of work and can be as time-consuming as carrying heavy loads and painting or as quick as steaming a rack. On a normal day, slow. Don't expect a manager there to get new tasks lined up for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would boost morale and make contract studio assistants feel more useful and excited about work if they were given better direct management. Productivity and enthusiasm is reciprocated. Just from the perspective of a contractor.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fast-paced company with ample opportunity for learning & growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Rue La La full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Having worked at companies in a variety of industries, I can confidently say that Rue La La values and cares about its employees at a far higher level than anywhere else I have worked. It is challenging to maintain such a engaging, high-touch culture during periods of growth, but Rue is rising to that challenge. Working here, I feel you get get benefits of working at an established company, while still being lean & small enough to make changes that matter, even if you are in a junior-level role.

    Cons

    Rue is positioned in a uniquely fast-paced, ever-changing industry, which requires a high level of openness to change. If you are able to adapt to shifts in the way things operate along with some growing pans, you'll be able to succeed while learning more in the process. If you raise your hand when you see something you'd like to change, you can make an impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to put your people first, and to remember that communication can make a world of difference in times of change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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