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

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Former Employee - Varied  in  Las Vegas, NV (US)
Former Employee - Varied in Las Vegas, NV (US)

I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time for more than 10 years

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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    I have worked many years in retail, no other company compares.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People First, Customers and Associates. Best Product Available. Senior Management is invested in finding solutions. Best Customers. Big emphasis on internal promotions.

    Cons

    This is minor... at times Senior Management can be reative, rather than proactive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sets a higher standard for retail employment experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stock Associate  in  Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Miami, FL (US)

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are plenty of growth opportunities available, and the company has a great focus on both the customer experience and employee needs.

    Cons

    There are huge opportunities around internals systems, particularly inventory management. On the note of inventory, more attention needs to be directed towards stockroom operations. Without accurate inventory levels, the company will lose out on sales and profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone equally. The stock guy you staffed by himself to load furniture in vehicles deserves just as much recognition as the sales associate that generated the sale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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