Williams-Sonoma

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Great entry level job, but the higher you go the more disillusioned you become

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Varied  in  Las Vegas, NV (US)
Former Employee - Varied in Las Vegas, NV (US)

Pros

*Great people to work with who are passionate about products and people.
*Products are excellent and their quality makes it easy to sell. Ethics in production are high.
*Chuck Williams, the founder, is an absolutely amazing and inspiring man who treats everyone like family.

Cons

*Time off was hard to come by, work/life balance very difficult to achieve
*Too much favoritism shown by some managers
*Mistakes are very hard to overcome, even simple ones. It becomes a roadblock if you ever desire a transfer, promotion, merit increase, etc.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

*Trust individual locations to do the right thing.
*Too many metrics, streamline employee evaluations so that they are more meaningful
*More support of employee decisions would be nice

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    When Howard Lester died so did Williams-Sonoma

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Palm Beach Gardens, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Palm Beach Gardens, FL (US)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, discount, exposure to new products.

    Cons

    Low wages, no training, zero appreciation for service and dedication. Do more and more with no thanks. Make sure you scrape by with 2/2 coverage as long as the stock holders have a dividend we look golden on the outside. We went from a people first company under Howard Lester to the bottom line overnight under Laura Alber. We went from a company with vision to a company with metrics. Burdened by email gathering, zip codes, pushing credit cards, clientelling and that's before the transaction is over. For those who never sold used cars it's a hard sell. It was a lovely place to work now it's just a job and that is why they are failing, employees feel the disingenuous atmosphere . Conversely if you are a snake and brown noser you can advance quickly. Drink the kool-aid or move along.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back and look at the Howard Lester way. Go back to Chuck's vision. It may be 2013 and things are different but their way worked for many years and yours don't seem to be. Mba's are great but you can't run a company based on numbers alone. Your employees are your biggest asset and they aren't happy. How do you think that translates into your ever day sales numbers?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Daily/weekly sales results driven company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Montclair, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Montclair, NJ (US)

    Pros

    High volume location. Not located in mall-free standing.

    Cons

    Hours are inconsistent and cut back quite often

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management team is run well in this location

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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