Williams-Sonoma

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Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated 26 February 2015
Updated 26 February 2015
169 Reviews
4.0
169 Reviews
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Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber
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169 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.  

    Great place to work, very open framework but a bit disorganised and lacking administrative support.

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    Former Employee - Advisor in York, England
    Former Employee - Advisor in York, England

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    analyst

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    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)

    Pros

    reasonable work to life balance

    Cons

    lack of support from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve networking through the enterprise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

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

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    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pros and Cons

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    • 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.

  8.  

    Assistant Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great staff, supportive and fun GM, amazing product and discounts. A great place to work where one can expand service level capabilities, fulfillment and merchandising strategy and staff development.

    Cons

    Obviously limited upward mobility past the ASM postion in a set market. Holiday hours and truck fulfillment days can be long. A challenge developing change within such a large set organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentive employees more, create more training and advancement opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Co-Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    Wonderful Products, Friendly environment, Knowledgeable Staff and Customers.

    Cons

    Company preoccupied with how store is set up (floor-sets, changing arrangements) instead of taking more time to sell items within store to customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep store clean and presentable. Spend less time on floor-sets and more time selling to customers. Drive the business.

  10.  

    Great seasonal job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    Fast paced environment with customers passionate about the products. Enjoyed introducing unique products to customers that enjoyed cooking and baking. Good employee discounts so we could get first hand knowledge of products to share with customers.

    Cons

    Was told the shifts would be shorter than they really were. Management did not always seem to be interested in the customer; could not walk a customer to another part of the store to sell other items as we had to stay in our specific section.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Control Buyer

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    Former Employee - Control Buyer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Control Buyer in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The experience and discount are amazing. It's a great place to climb the corporate ladder.

    Cons

    The culture has changed since Howard passed away. Finding the right supervisor is the key to advancement. Easy to burn out if you let yourself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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