Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    asst manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time

    Pros

    discount. most customers are friendly and understanding.

    Cons

    depends on the store, but corporate wants visuals changes every week and they expect you to do the same thing another store is don't on the other side of the country witch doesn't make sense.

    Advice to Management

    Stop belittling your employees.


  2. Do your research

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma (More than a year)

    Pros

    Discount was probably the best part and great associates

    Cons

    No ownership of business at WS


  3. Helpful (9)

    Assistant store manager

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    Current Employee - Associate Manager in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in DFW, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good discount at all sister brands 40%

    Cons

    Management work load is unreasonable. Almost all of every day is running sales floor and no side time to do basic manager functions like weekly schedules, to forecasting sales but expected to deliver regardless

    Advice to Management

    Count the hours in a day and realize a manager actually needs a payroll to have a staff to manage.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Sales Associate, Culinary Specialist/Instructor

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Discount, working with customers, somewhat flexible hours, some merchandise.

    Cons

    Employees not valued, low pay and incentives, unstructured, upper management has unrealistic goals based upon reduced hours, training spotty at best, products are of lesser quality

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics of high quality merchandise and fabulous customer service, which can't be well-done with reduced hours.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Not. What it use to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None Not any more at all

    Cons

    Work life balance Terrible vp No

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk


  7. Helpful (3)

    This was a job that I applied for to get back into the job market after being a stay at home mom over 5 years.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is very easy to meet the job requirements.

    Cons

    They believe the customers more than they believe their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Go to bat for your employees and they will be there for you when you need them. Also you really need to pay your employees more!


  8. Helpful (8)

    Would not recommend working here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Merchandise Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Merchandise Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Talented people and reputable brand.

    Cons

    Company culture has really gone down hill. Managers do not treat lower-level employees well. There are many bad stories going around.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improving the work environment. Too many employees are stressed out and not treated well by managers. Williams-Sonoma is an amazing brand, but you're developing a reputation as bad company to work for.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and work life balance

    Cons

    Hate the politics, company has little room for growth in most departments


  10. Helpful (1)

    Be prepared

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great employee discount, upscale clientele, yearly raise when I was employed,beautiful store to work in.

    Cons

    Impossible to move up, no paid time off, had to pay for majority of daily parking fee.

    Advice to Management

    More training in every department of the store


  11. Helpful (3)

    Human Resource Rep

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employee discount. Office is in a wonderful location.

    Cons

    Not much internal support for new associates. The pay compared to comparable companies is significantly lower.



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