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Sets a higher standard for retail employment experience

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Current Employee - Stock Associate in Miami, FL (US)
Current Employee - Stock Associate in Miami, FL (US)

I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

There are plenty of growth opportunities available, and the company has a great focus on both the customer experience and employee needs.

Cons

There are huge opportunities around internals systems, particularly inventory management. On the note of inventory, more attention needs to be directed towards stockroom operations. Without accurate inventory levels, the company will lose out on sales and profits.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Treat everyone equally. The stock guy you staffed by himself to load furniture in vehicles deserves just as much recognition as the sales associate that generated the sale.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Fear and Loathing at Williams Sonoma

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time

    Pros

    Great views from the Cafe

    Cons

    Company is run by fear of dictatorial President, who is actively closed to conversation
    Arthritic processes
    Conspiratorial environment
    Detest change and risk averse
    Competing visions of future between CEO and Pres
    People last
    Dollar is first, last and everything
    Slashed budgets and headcount from 2008 never reinstated with huge increase in workloads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BoD needs to kick out Pres before any change for the better can be realized

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    If you like big companies that are over processed this is your place

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart, talented people within the organization.

    Cons

    Lots of swirl - takes weeks to get something finalized and approved but it will most likely be changed the day after it gets published. People bounce from brand to brand within corporate thinking that what worked in one brand will work in another even though they are the same demo. LOTS of politics. People also aren't friendly. The first two weeks of work no one introduced themselves to me in meetings or elsewhere even though they new I was brand new.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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