Williams-Sonoma

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Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.9 576 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber

Laura J. Alber

(234 ratings)

44% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount for to enable everyone to spend their salary in store(in 82 reviews)

  • Best Reason to work here is the employee discount and the Sample Sales(in 50 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance, payroll constantly being cut some DMs had little pets who could do no wrong(in 25 reviews)

  • The current upper management does not appear to care about the employees or their customers(in 33 reviews)

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    Good Company

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Brea, CA

    ProsFun place to work. Good managers. Really enjoyed the Williams Sonoma School, where the company brought in people representing a certain make or brand, for example, Cusinart or All Clad and you would learn all about the products sold in the store. Gave you more confidence and knowledge when talking and making sales with customers.

    ConsJust wear comfortable shoes, because you will have to be on your feet.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlways appreciated when the managers would give commendation of a person's hard work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great employment for a part-time seeker.

    Seasonal Lead (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, great discount. Beautiful merchandise, never gets boring. Nice clientele, generally pleasant.

    ConsAdvancement opportunities only if you're willing to kill yourself--Physically strenuous full-time work. Heavy lifting. Poor pay for management. Be willing to push consumer debt in the form of the branded Visa card. In the three years that I've been there, hours are continually being cut to meet payroll budget. Expect to work hard and do a lot in a short period of time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more competitive with pricing. Suggest a rewards card that is NOT a Visa.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Williams-Sonoma needs to pay more for talent

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat vendors, exciting product, good work life balance, great location.

    ConsPay is low compared to other retailers and not much room for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLack communication to actionable groups, last minute changes disrupt processes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun and interesting place to work

    Associate (Former Employee) Syracuse, NY

    ProsGreat employee discount! You will typically get to sample food while working, and be around coworkers who really enjoy what they do and the products they sell. You get to learn a lot about the wide variety of great products.

    ConsDifficult to get time off or move shifts. Monthly payroll varies from month to month based on sales, which affects the number of shifts available for employees to work. Working hourly at WIlliams-Sonoma could never be your sole source of income as available hours are sporadic - some weeks I would work 1 or 2 shifts, and others I would work daily.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf there could be a way to increase available payroll so that hourly employees could work more regularly, it would provide a more reliable income for them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to Work

    Sales Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsI got to use all my favorite kitchen gadgets and teach people how to use them. Got some nice sales awards in the from of product.

    ConsHoliday hours... I'm not cut out for the commitment of hours durning the Holiday's required by retail.

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    Excellent company to work for

    Acb (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat culture. Management team is friendly and supportive. Good pay and benefits. Work load is manageable. Early Friday release during summer!

    Conssome of their offices physical condition is shameful. For being a fine home furnishing corporation, the condition of their corporate offices is less then desirable. We have had a leak in the ceiling for over a year and no one bothers to fix it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall, a satisfying place to work

    Furniture Service Associate (Current Employee) Las Vegas, NV

    ProsCoworkers are like family and very supportive of each other

    ConsNot enough internal job openings

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop interviewing every single person who applies for an internal position just because they applied. If not all applicants are qualified, do not interview all applicants; it just wastes time and gives false hope.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A friendly, yet demanding work environment. Great employee discount.

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThe crew as of early 2014 are great, and you'll be fine if you don't slack off. Also, there's a 40% employee discount on products (20% on electrical appliances), and discounts at other WS Inc stores.

    ConsThe music is annoying, the backrooms are overcrowded with boxes and product, and the management doesn't seem to train associates (esp on cash reg operations).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Satisfied Seasonal Sales Associate at Williams Sanoma in Marietta, GA

    Seasonal Sales Associate (Former Employee) Marietta, GA

    ProsGreat managers and sales associates. Very helpful associates made learning easy and enjoyable. Customer base very nice and they enjoy shopping in the store. Great associate discount.

    ConsThe pay grade is low, $8.40/hour. As in all retail, late working hours and weekend shifts are required.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow appreciation for great store managers and sales associates. Receiving recognition for a job well done is a great method for keeping great employees happy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Gift Wrap (Current Employee) Leawood, KS

    ProsThe discount is why most women work there.

    ConsScheduling needs to be in advance. It is not fair to ask part time employees to live their life around Williams-Sonoma. There needs to be a cleaning crew that comes in the store and not rely on employees. The store is dirty! Pay attention and fix the problems. Many full time employees have left this particular store!

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't take advantage of housewives that live in your community and just want to help out during the holidays. Be more respectful of their time and your current employees time, by scheduling shifts in advance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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