Williams-Sonoma

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Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
640 Reviews
2.8
640 Reviews
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Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount for to enable everyone to spend their salary in store (in 85 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 38 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    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.  

    sales associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oak Brook, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oak Brook, IL (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great staff, fun environment, good customers

    Cons

    no promotion within, favortism, bad bay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote within based on performance, hr do your job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place for dedicated teams.

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    Current Employee - Store Leader in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Store Leader in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong heritage culture, and customers are very appreciated and valued. The culinary culture is rich, and management wants people to succeed.

    Cons

    We work hard, and always ask people to improve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We could use more diversity and inclusion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Human Resources

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great brands and products so the discount is worthwhile. Good associates. Women in upper management and not just young talent.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect between associates and upper management. High turnover.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to hang out.

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    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Architect in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Architect in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Company discount, low pressure, friendly people, honest and straightforward management, tangible consistent goals and results, family- and community friendly culture

    Cons

    Like most retailers, little budget for great technology investment, except for store operations. Lots of old-times with little innovation, much to risk-averse. Average pay and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continued the consistent growth and results with time-honored brands and marketing. Exploit technology and be innovative to cut costs/extend margins/become more efficient

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    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

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