Williams-Sonoma

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Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
662 Reviews
2.8
662 Reviews
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Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber
Laura J. Alber
286 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount for to enable everyone to spend their salary in store (in 87 reviews)

  • Work life balance - is great as long as you get what you need done (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is often unbalanced especially during the holiday seasons (in 31 reviews)

  • Upper management never visits the stores- causing a complete disconnect from stores to corporate (in 39 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice people...slow growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people, but limited on learning.
    Can be a great career path for some.

    Cons

    Favoritism is played pretty bad here.
    Takes at least 3-4 years to be promoted to senior level (e.g. senior analyst).
    Turn over rate avg is 2-3 years due to slow growth, and raises are based off critical reviews (less than 2% annual raise if generous)
    Benefits are okay...no free/subsidized lunches, only tea bags in the break room.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to learn your employees, and see what their strengths are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of Potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Olive Branch, MS
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Olive Branch, MS

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, PTO, Brand Recognition, Discounts, Potential for growth if you play the game

    Cons

    Peak season is miserable, Poor planning on projects and volume spikes, temporary workforce is the absolute bottom of the barrel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Too much politics with no recognition

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance - is great as long as you get what you need done.
    Discount - not only with discount, but sample sales are nice, sometimes they have special extra discounts during the holidays
    People - the people is what makes it worth coming to work
    Open environment - it's not all cubed up

    Cons

    Too many cooks - you want IT to go run with projects, but yet CEO is too hands on with projects and always want changes.
    Benefits and pay - way too low, with the long commute, only work life makes it worth it. Everyone is super underpaid, especially being in IT.
    Lack of growth - having 360 feedback is all BS because the people who suck up to higher ups will always move up and get promoted, where the people who work hard, have great business relationships get nothing
    Too much red tape - sometimes we'll work on projects and next thing you know, we either stop, or there are major changes
    Indecisive - People can't make up their minds what they want in a project, and often times takes too long to figure it out
    Not IT driven - it's all business driven and whatever IT's input is with projects, it generally gets trumped by business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the people who work on projects, stop focusing on negatives, but the positive, move people up the ladder for growth and pay people better. OR just have even work remotely because the pay is unjustifiable.

    You have this huge 'DREAM' theme, but it doesn't mean anything if executives don't follow it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    sales associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oak Brook, IL

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great staff, fun environment, good customers

    Cons

    no promotion within, favortism, bad bay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote within based on performance, hr do your job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Not for the technologically inclined

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, good chances for movement within the company

    Cons

    They do not value technology at all. Computers that are barely held together with tape are given to new employees. Industrial printers for the design team break on an almost daily basis. They have just enough equipment to go around and no spares if things break which is all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your company. it's hard to attract good talent when they will not get the tools to do their jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great brands and products so the discount is worthwhile. Good associates. Women in upper management and not just young talent.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect between associates and upper management. High turnover.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to hang out.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Architect in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Company discount, low pressure, friendly people, honest and straightforward management, tangible consistent goals and results, family- and community friendly culture

    Cons

    Like most retailers, little budget for great technology investment, except for store operations. Lots of old-times with little innovation, much to risk-averse. Average pay and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continued the consistent growth and results with time-honored brands and marketing. Exploit technology and be innovative to cut costs/extend margins/become more efficient

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The people are great, the pay is ok, the benefits are great. The IT department however is cumbersome to work in.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager III in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager III in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, people, discount, sample sale

    Cons

    IT Department supports production and Projects, and the focus is on production because this is a retail company. The project work is shoddy, and there is not much of a level of satisfaction, as the scope changes rapidly, and projects often do not complete in time due to resource issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very cool workplace, in the heart of the city, great supervisors

    Cons

    Limiting corporate structure, not a lot of fun to be had

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Do everything by yourself and expect nothing new

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    Nice location and good exposure to retail

    Cons

    There were less politics before but as the company is growing we see more politics and less work

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