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Lackluster management and no growth opportunities

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Former Employee - Operations Manager in City of Industry, CA (US)
Former Employee - Operations Manager in City of Industry, CA (US)

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

Pros

40% associate discount, well-known brand name,

Cons

Promotions not based on performance, bureaucratic org structure, lack of clear direction, poor morale among associates, benefits significantly reduced in 2009, lack of trust in management team members, mid level management not involved in decision making process

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make an effort to recognize team members based on their performance

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    job is fulfilling and fast paced, but struggles in corporate culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    Never a boring day, fast paced, a sense of entitlement, mid-level management is generally great.

    Cons

    I can only speak for the Williams-Sonoma brand (not any of the Pottery Barn brands). There is a serious lack of teamwork and willingness to collaborate across all departments and within their own respective departments. Between planners and merchants who are working on the same product, with the same end goal, it will be painted pretty clear for you that you will not get the support you need from the teams.

    Positivity and can-do attitudes are non-existent from the upper level merchants and management, and you can see that it passed onto all the assistants. What a shame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If this company wants to go global and expand in ways that most retailers have already done, it needs to be open-minded, collaborate, hire the right resources and start working together and not agaisnt eachother. As with any culture of a company, this needs to come from the top.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Pleasant, everybody on staff was friendly and professional.

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in San Marcos, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in San Marcos, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great experience for sales and customer service, and meeting new people.

    Cons

    Seasonal/ part-time jobs. not much room for growth. But with a college degree, who would want to grow in the retail industry anyhow?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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