Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber
Laura J. Alber
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Pros
  • Great Product Great discount Great contests (in 87 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Do not work for this company if you value a work life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Upper management always want more but don't pay more (in 39 reviews)

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  1. Stock Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Always busy with stuff to do.

    Cons

    They expect a lot for the amount time they give you.


  2. stockk associate

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    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good discounts. very flexible hours

    Cons

    really unorganized, a bit of poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    get involved with the stock associates


  3. Sourcing Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (More than 5 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great product; great discount; deep heritage and beliefs

    Cons

    work-life balance; politics; lack of growth opportunity;bottle necks that stunt decision making


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  5. Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Short Hills, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Short Hills, NJ

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lovely work environment. Amazing store discount.

    Cons

    Never let me work 40 hours per week. Always kept me at 35 hours.


  6. Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    People are nice, i love my coworkers

    Cons

    The customers are really annoying

    Advice to Management

    Stop selling the WS branded items which are overpriced


  7. entreprise humaine

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Ambiance sympa, personnes attachantes et défis fantastiques

    Cons

    beaucoup de travail mais des récompenses

    Advice to Management

    développer plus de business


  8. Helpful (5)

    Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great product and quality, generous discount, fun contests with employee incentives.

    Cons

    Heavy workload ( overall store operations plus painting, floor moves etc.)without any payroll, company culture is no longer- Howard Lester legacy doesn't live on anymore and chuck Williams who is still alive is never mentioned. They have a lot of employees who have been with the company for years but doesn't promote within most of the time. Demanding metrics but doesn't support you with payroll, and product you need to sell to the customer. Most of the day is spent attending conference calls, sending back emails to the District manager, visual updates sent every other day, and cold calling to get in home apts , world class customer service is a thing of the past!

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics, update systems - store support is a joke, inspire and train the associates you have to promote within, listen to your managers in the store for feedback for a change. Stop all the busy work at night by having the managers fill out pages of information to fax over to them when they see all the same numbers in the morning.


  9. Good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Always busy and very fun to work for

    Cons

    Doesnt pay as well as I would like

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to know our needs and be able to meet them better. Be aware of what we want also.


  10. Video Producer

    Former Employee - Video Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Video Producer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great company to work with. Good, smart people with great creative energy. Everyone was gracious with getting a very complex script and training video produced.

    Cons

    A large company with a lot of turn over. It seems that everyone that I worked with moved on to other companies very quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Good job at inspiring smart people.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Not so bad"

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    Former Employee - Lead Quality Assurance Auditor in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Lead Quality Assurance Auditor in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, bonus, benefits. The company offered cross-training in other departments.

    Cons

    The schedule. I never knew when i was getting off. I shared a work are with two other shifts and they were not very organized.



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