Williams-Sonoma

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Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated 26 February, 2015
Updated 26 February, 2015
702 Reviews
2.8
702 Reviews
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Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber
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300 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount for to enable everyone to spend their salary in store (in 87 reviews)

  • Work life balance - is great as long as you get what you need done (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is often unbalanced especially during the holiday seasons (in 31 reviews)

  • Upper management never visits the stores- causing a complete disconnect from stores to corporate (in 39 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Learn

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    • 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
  2.  

    It's only about the C-Suite and Shareholders

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    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than a 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.  

    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 a 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
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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 a 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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    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 a 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.  

    It's a great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Merchandise Processor in Brisbane, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Merchandise Processor in Brisbane, CA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    Great people and nice perks.

    Cons

    The point system is a big mistake

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the point system

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Assistant Store Manager, Visual Merchandising

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    401k, sick time, benefits, discount, location

    Cons

    holidays, compensation, technology, dated,

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pros and Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time

    Pros

    Great discount. Co-workers that become your friends. Good quality of products.

    Cons

    Driven to make numbers all the time. Never really a day off if you are in management, be ready to work if there is an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the people that give you so much of their time and talents.

  10.  

    Great company and stores but corporate has too many unrealistic goals.

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

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    Manager is amazing, pay and insurance is really good. Management team works hard but few part timers work as hard as they should.

    Cons

    You are expected to meet goals that are not realistic due to payroll cuts and other tasks that take too long to accomplish with too few people to help customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We either need more payroll to have more associates on the floor or less required tasks and in depth floor set changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Overworked and underpaid, but good discounts.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Las Vegas, NV (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Las Vegas, NV (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    They are flexible with customers and strive to achieve ultimate satisfaction.

    Cons

    They customers can be rude and it is not worth the pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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