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Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated 14 April 2015
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  1. Great place to work, very open framework but a bit disorganised and lacking administrative support.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisor in York, England
    Former Employee - Advisor in York, England

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility - choose your hours just make sure the work gets done
    Friendly and supportive
    'All in it together' attitude
    Fair split of commissions

    Cons

    Lack of proper admin support
    A bit disorganised

  2. analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    reasonable work to life balance

    Cons

    lack of support from management

    Advice to Management

    improve networking through the enterprise

  3. Good team and experience!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Brooklyn, NY (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of knowledgeable people within each department who are always willing to help out when they can or when time permits. Great company culture, the focus on products that are sourced locally, that are fair trade, and partnering with companies that have good labor practices is something I felt good to be apart of.

    Cons

    At times, micromanagement can be an issue that interferes with getting work done although that depends on the department and not a reflection on the company as a whole.

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  5. Sales Associate

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

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, really great store manager and assistant store manager.

    Cons

    The hourly wage is pretty low, but the discount is great. I guess you just work to shop!

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to provide the little 15 min break for everyone.

  6. Fast Paced for Seasonal but Fun

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun and fast paced for the most part and my mangers were always willing to teach

    Cons

    No cons at all

  7. Helpful (1)

    Get to work in a fun environment for a great brand that sells high quality product. Focus on teamwork.

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

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love the people I work with. Proud of the brand. Beautiful stores, product, and marketing.

    Cons

    Systems, efficiencies around process, calender, salary.

    Advice to Management

    Make salaries more competitive to attract top talent. Push for more training, development, and promotions.

  8. As a seasonal employee, I quickly learned how to provide great customer service in a high stress environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great discounts on products and experience in using products when making store samples.

    Cons

    Seasonal employees are not well trained, making it hard to effectively sell products.

  9. It's good for a large company

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The discount
    Pretty stress-free
    Amazingly stays pretty current on technology

    Cons

    Slow
    The quality of some of the tech staff is below-average

    Advice to Management

    None, just sell those goods

  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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

  11. It's a great company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and nice perks.

    Cons

    The point system is a big mistake

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the point system

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