Saks Fifth Avenue Reviews

Updated Aug 13, 2020

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2.8
31%
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89 Ratings
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  • "They have been instructed by upper management to hire only younger employees(in 57 reviews)

  • "Really long hours during holiday season(in 46 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for lots of flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of stock and inventory

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  2. "Must be self starter"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    You learn alot because to succeed you need to own your business.

    Cons

    Communication, work life balance. Growth.


  3. "Dysfunctional Company"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Asset Protection in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time

    Pros

    Employee Discount is 40% and stacks on top of other special deals.

    Cons

    Management cares less about the company than the people that steal from it.

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  4. "Saks fifth ave"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Part-time Sales Advisor in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    associate discount on HBC company: Saks, Hudson Bay etc. If you are a good sales, you can make a lot from Saks.

    Cons

    poor management. Difficult to track inventory and relocate products.

  5. "Ok... not best"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate 

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue part-time

    Pros

    Able to manage own business well

    Cons

    Executive and marketing team had too much attitude - looked down on all employees

  6. "Negative Environment"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Employee Discount - Good commission structure

    Cons

    - Poor Senior Leadership - Poor company organization - Unrealistic expectations - No respect amongst employees

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  7. "Overall good experience with hardly any appreciation/opportunities for growth"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandise Operations Associate in Etobicoke, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - First look at all new designer merchandise that comes in during shipment days before any sales associates and management see it - Discount is generous (30-40% off regular price items & 25% markdown items) - Not having to deal with the pressure of selling/building a clientele - If you have an interest in merchandising, this is a great entry level job which allows you to merchandise walls, fixtures and tables freely with new merchandise/markdown product. - Early hour shifts (7-8 am) = day goes by MUCH faster - Cell phone usage on the job is allowed and lenient, as long as you're not completely distracted from tasks

    Cons

    - Little to no supervision at all times (management have hourly meetings on a daily and expect team to complete all tasks properly and promptly) - Entire team receives little to no recognition/appreciation from associates and management from different departments (on a daily, ESPECIALLY during inventory week: the team does so much for everyone to be prepared/have a successful count and there's no recognition given back at all) - Shipping dock has infestation issues with rodents (normal for most loading docks, but it has been an issue for months and there is no improvement) - Team members are constantly over worked with no chance of receiving a raise - Certain team members tend to slack off and hardly get called out by management, causing lack of reliability within the team - Certain team members who are more reliable tend to receive more work to do on a daily, since other team members are incompetent - Hours have been reduced on a daily for all workers = less time to get work done and less net pay - Expectations for completing large tasks for team members are high - 1 person has an entire floor to scan, merchandise, sort and replenish by themselves on a daily. - Added responsibilities onto everyday work with no increase of hours and pay - Early shifts tend to get exhausting especially working 5 days a week - Shipping dock is shared with Pusateri's = less room to process shipments/transfers and rude truck drivers coming in and out the work space - Head Management within the store have no clue what the team does (this results in them being unable to help the team when manager is on a personal leave - which has happened before). - No real opportunity to grow within the company (except for management positions, however they are rare)

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  8. "Best Retail Environment"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Calgary, AB
    Recommends

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Freedom to sell and trust that you are doing so

    Cons

    Upper management put all the responsibility on sales staff

  9. "Mediocre at Best"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Style Advisor in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Discount - Access to latest fashion and trends - Depending on management, flexible schedule - work/ life balance - Helping clients with high discretionary income

    Cons

    - Upper management - Unorganized - High Turnover rate

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  10. "Management went downhill fast and turn over was high"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Specialist in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location was very convenient being in the core of downtown.

    Cons

    Management was bad. High turn over of managers especially in certain departments. Really long hours during holiday season. They lessened the staffs discount after a while to save money.

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