Williams-Sonoma

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Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
636 Reviews
2.7
636 Reviews
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Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber
Laura J. Alber
271 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount for to enable everyone to spend their salary in store (in 84 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 37 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Manager

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    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule, Great Discount, Good Health Benifits.

    Cons

    Management Heavy Work Load, Cut Throat Environment, Sketchy Bonus Program, Protective Over Bad Managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great brand but could always be better!

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    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great discount in multiple brands (Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn and West Elm), opportunities for advancement as long as you are very patient, beautiful location of corporate office, amazing product and amazing employees who share a passion for the product. Strong heritage and 99 year old founder still visits the building from time to time. Love the WS mission to "bring people together around food".

    Cons

    CEO micromanages from the top which comes off as lacking trust in associates from top to bottom, improvement to broken processes is slow at best, low base salaries compared to similar companies in the Bay Area and annual raises that can't even keep up with inflation. Work/life balance is often unbalanced especially during the holiday seasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    130% bonuses to execs and 2% raises to low level associates won't allow you to build and MAINTAIN the best possible teams in Retail. Associates (the worker-bees) need more recognition for hard work than a "catch the spirit" plaque and a $100 gift card.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seasonal Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people were wonderful to work with and the products were mostly top of the line

    Cons

    The scheduling was a little unpredictable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate upper management might want to be more friendly and less intimidating to working staff and store managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Fun, busy retail job

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    Current Employee - Associate in Wrentham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Wrentham, MA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great discount, nice people. Decent products.

    Cons

    Low salary for hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase p/t wage

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the products but not a people first environment

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Alpharetta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Alpharetta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Company gives a wonderful discount on products

    Cons

    Not a people first environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good Company to work for with great products at West Elm.

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    Current Employee - Part Time Visuals Associate in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Part Time Visuals Associate in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Management Team is great. Wonderful Team and great discount. Fun place to work.

    Cons

    Street Parking at Palo Alto Store isn't so great. Closing time on weekends is slightly late. (9pm)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tech Lead

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    discount on all brand and good work-life balance

    Cons

    retail mindset upper management still very brick and mortar. No career growth

  9.  

    Sales Associate/ Home Stylist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time

    Pros

    Fairly good pay (11/hr) for a retail store. Good incentives to keep sales associates motivated.

    Cons

    Technology is ancient.. old, slow, dial up internet. Embarrassing when placing an order for a client.

  10.  

    Great company to learn about customer service.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Augusta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Augusta, GA (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company does good job polishing your CS skills. Customer base is ok. Employee discount is good.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is not based on KSA's. Pay was not competitive. Units sold per transaction was always focus so you better learn to add-on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on talent acquisition and stop hiring people just looking for the discount.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Their "People First" philosophy is a joke

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in San Mateo, CA (US)

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great discount
    Stellar product
    Sense of community within district
    Feedback from the field is actually utilized
    Contests really help rally the teams

    Cons

    Out of control work load
    No quality of life
    Hard work goes unnoticed
    Terminated as a result of a chronic disease. All they care about is $$, so heaven forbid you should stand in the way of that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that we are human beings and not hamsters just running the wheel. All the 911's were incredibly stressful and then we were expected to provide "world class service" in addition with little to no coverage. Also, go away from the rigid structure of the secret shops and allow store associates to build relationships in a less robotic way.

    Also, hire HR managers who aren't putting you at risk for a lawsuit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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