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Dumbing down of Williams-Sonoma

Casual Associate (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA (US)

Pros-Hired when the associates were bright, fun, hardworking, and informed about product.
-40% is a good discount but as an associate, there are no benefits and the hourly is not competitive

Cons-Product is getting stale and dated while prices going up too much without increased quality to customer.
-Customer service taking a huge nose-dive due in large part to all of the corporate directives
-Cutting hours, hiring inexperienced staff with no particular interest in kitchen stuff and given no training, useless "secret shopper"
-Slow and still antiquated computer systems
-Sloppy new dress code - what kind of first impression does an associate make who is dressed in sloppy jeans and a motley shirt. Let's go back to a classic look or moniter the dress of your staff better.
-Weekly scheduling is done last minute and hours are sporadic.
-Rarely promote from within at the store level
-Tracking individual sales does not promote team approach to selling
-Hawking for email, zip code, VISA etc.is annoying
-Too much favoritism and small-time power play that goes with many retail businesses

Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to what Chuck thought was important - sell a great product, put your people first, and give great customer service. All else follows.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Just when you think it can't get worse.....

    Sales Associate (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros: Great people--some of the best in this type of retail… Cons: Aggressively clueless upper management. Pressure to perform as a top tier comissioned sales person… Advice to Senior Management: Refocus on core business concepts like service and employee satisfaction. Bad financial deals on the new WS credit card have skewed priorities--$25 is not… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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    16 people found this helpful  

    After a blissful decade, I am now embarrassed to work at Williams-Sonoma.

    General Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros: -Great Discount -Mostly Fun, Energetic, Passionate Co-Workers -Awesome Products Cons: For the first time in a decade of tenure, this week I became embarrassed to work for Williams-Sonoma. I don’t say that lightly-for many… Advice to Senior Management: At this point I don't even know where to start.… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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