Williams-Sonoma

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Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated 17 October, 2014
Updated 17 October, 2014
632 Reviews
2.7
632 Reviews
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Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber
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267 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount for to enable everyone to spend their salary in store (in 84 reviews)

  • Best Reason to work here is the employee discount and the Sample Sales (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is often unbalanced especially during the holiday seasons (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management never visits the stores- causing a complete disconnect from stores to corporate (in 37 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Upsides and downsides depending on who you work with...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    All the managers at my store were truly amazing, managers at sister-store weren't as encouraging/flexible, some coworkers are disposed to team-work, amazing discounts to other stores within company, flexible hours, some customers were extremely friendly and enjoyable to work with. Managers try to make your job as easy and enjoyable as possible even with such a bureaucratic head office. Managers often recognize hard work.

    Cons

    Sales goals cause some coworkers to be overly competitive, hypocritical, condescending or simply plain rude towards coworkers. Some coworkers don't be believe in team-spirit and rather increase their personal sales at the expense of good customer service and good relations with coworkers. Corporate policies can be annoying and excessive. Corporate is very cheap (eg: no full-time sales associates, pay per minute if managers let you go home early, etc.) Very little opportunity for growth, hard work does not equal much greater salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in loyal employees (more hours, insurance, better pay, etc), avoid being so bureaucratic and inefficient, managers keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    It's only about the C-Suite and Shareholders

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, good product, was once a great company however has changed its philosophy over the past 3 to 5 years.
    Decent discount so that you're enticed to give back the money you've earned. Also for exempt employees the benefit package is comparable to other large organizations.

    Cons

    Extremely high staff turnover, very poor customer service/experience standards, constantly cutting payroll disregarding the customer experience entirely-company only cares about the shareholders and executive bonuses. The majority of staff are miserable unfortunately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-read the founder's rules.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great product and Operational structure
    Wonderful people
    Fun place
    Generous discounts
    Great place to learn retail business

    Cons

    Poor employee appreciation
    Not a giving/ sharing company
    No room to grow
    Not enough resources for the tasks expected
    Very poor corporate/field communication and accessibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management should look at going back to their original roots (with focus on employees), restructure operational demands to meet the low cost expected or plan to invest in labor to meet tasks and ensure consistent customer experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Stock Associate in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Seasonal Stock Associate in Calgary, AB

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

    Pros

    Pretty positive work experience! Coworkers were all great and friendly, no shortage of work - pretty busy during the Christmas Season, but that's to be expected.

    Cons

    Not many! I was rescheduled without being informed of the change on one occasion, that's about it. Some might find the Christmas rush stressful but the stock associates who stayed late to catch up on unpacking deliveries were well compensated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not work here seasonally- it is not worth it!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Discount if you can afford it. Nice staff.

    Cons

    Totally disorganized management, few shifts, low pay, very busy and stressful. They do not give benefits to most of their full time staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what is going on!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very engaging company, motivating and authentic. Listens to individuals and their goals and encourages teams.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very inspiring company, you can contribute and bring your ideas. Room to dream and grow. Honest candid feedback for your future development. You are encouraged to drive your business and are rewarded. Working here is inspiring and challenging and cutting edge for retail and ecom. You get to run your part of the business with support.

    Cons

    Moving faster than we can develop leaders. All teams must ramp up to bring along future leaders the company is young and thriving and needs innovative thinkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to seek out and ask for innovative ideas. Great company for women very supportive. Love the people first culture. Continue to push for diversity and inclusion it is a great match with company goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Not for the technologically inclined

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, good chances for movement within the company

    Cons

    They do not value technology at all. Computers that are barely held together with tape are given to new employees. Industrial printers for the design team break on an almost daily basis. They have just enough equipment to go around and no spares if things break which is all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your company. it's hard to attract good talent when they will not get the tools to do their jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    District Manager that has been with WSI for more than 5 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - District Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The company truly supports internal succession and career advancement. If you are ready to take that next step they will find the right spot for you, even with another brand within the organization, as I have experienced first hand. Stores are given the freedom to think on their feet and make the right decision for the guest. The overall atmosphere is very entrepreneurial and you feel very empowered by the leadership team. This has kept me engaged and excited in the fact that I can help steer the company in a new direction!

    Cons

    We run complex stores and sometimes the list of To-Do's and the companies expectation can overburdon our team. The trick is to work through your people, not doing it all yourself, and everything will fall into place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to listen to and invest in the field team and stores. Over the past few years the changes we have all implemented together, corporate and field, has built the confidence of our associates and given them the tools to hit their goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Williams-Sonoma was the perfect fit for me. Combined experience in culinary with sales and great people!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Manager
    Former Employee - Associate Manager

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have a culinary degree so teaching classes, new product demo, contests to win tons of top of the line product great people who are tenured, associates are appreciated

    Cons

    constantly changing the game on the team, too many elaborate visual changes too close together

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you have an employee that you value, do everything to keep them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Senior management seems committed to carrying the vision Chuck Williams had 50+ years ago. People are proud of the work they do and the products they offer to customers. A big per, of course, is the employee discount.

    Cons

    Some of the systems are a bit antiquated. But it could be a "if it isn't broken don't fix it" type thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps consider flex-time or go back to offering early Fridays.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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