Williams-Sonoma

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Williams-Sonoma Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
637 Reviews
2.8
637 Reviews
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Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber
Laura J. Alber
271 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount for to enable everyone to spend their salary in store (in 84 reviews)

  • Best Reason to work here is the employee discount and the Sample Sales (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is often unbalanced especially during the holiday seasons (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management never visits the stores- causing a complete disconnect from stores to corporate (in 37 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Gift Wrap in Leawood, KS
    Current Employee - Gift Wrap in Leawood, KS

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The discount is why most women work there.

    Cons

    Scheduling 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Mostly great people; fantastic discount; recognition from senior management when you perform well; innovative;.

    Cons

    Change can come slowly depending on the department you work in. As large as the company is, it can't be as nimble as it needs to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out in the field more often. Front line workers often have the best perspective - pay attention to what they have to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A wonderful work experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    Very nice co-workers, good work-life balance, fun projects to work on.

    Cons

    There were technical problems that could be streamlined.

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  5.  

    This is a very good retail company to work for, I enjoy working at Williams Sonoma,

    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, you will have good work life balance.

    Cons

    There is not much to learn, not good at using technologies.

  6.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    I haven't worked there long enough to say

  7.  

    Seasonal Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Williams-Sonoma as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is wonderful, the full-time staff are all amazing, helpful, patient, and kind.
    Perks: Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Bark samples galore, and the best Christmas playlist around.

    Cons

    Even with my (fabulous) discount, it's still expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! For instance, there were several corporate employees who worked in the Post Street Flagship store today side by side with seasonal and full-time staff.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very fast paced

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were wonderful

    Cons

    Irregular hours that change or get cut altogether

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Sourcing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sourcing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company for young professionals

    Cons

    Not exactly a family friendly company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was a great company to work for part-time and full-time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits were a great asset to my salary.

    Cons

    I did not experience anything negative working for the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I discovered my passion for retail

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    New projects every day, lots of hours, $10/hour, 40% discount, exciting work environment, fun coworkers

    Cons

    High-pressure to sell and open credit cards but no monetary incentives to do well, management under a lot of stress

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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