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Williams-Sonoma President, CEO and Director Laura J. Alber
Laura J. Alber
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    If you can get a job anywhere else the great discount is not worth the abuse you will certainly suffer.

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Williams-Sonoma

    Pros

    The discount is the only real reason to work for WS, the products are the best offered, the general sales staff strong and reliable. Outward appearances are great to the public.

    Cons

    The company's "People First" mantra in only that. The company does not embrace or empower any part of this idea on any obvious level to the customer or to the stores employees. The only people placed "First" are at corporate level and the stockholders.

    Little or not honesty in the treatment of upper store management. Total disregard for the human factor of management and treatment is wholly unfair and unjust. Upper management of the district/regional business is permitted to operate without consequence or scrutiny. HR supports only the district/regional and corporate areas of work and provides no support to the store level employees. The continual efforts of district/regional management to refuse any pay increases or any promotional advancement is disgraceful.

    The overall treatment of dedicated employees is reprehensible. There is a constant effort of district/regional management company wide to solicit employees to sabotage employees upper management would like to "get rid of". Upper management works to convince exiting management to leave rather than being fired in an effort to not pay unemployment. This practice of "leaving" the company has persisted for decades.

    Hiring practices this year took a new low with our being directed to "not hire anyone over 30 years old". "We need young, highly energetic, fun employees", "that William Sonoma needed to bring youth to the stores and replace the older employees".

    Sadly I sought out this company for it's outward appearance and product. Inside it is one if not the ugliest companies around.

    If you can get a job anywhere else the great discount is not worth the abuse you will certainly suffer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the District/Regional management divisional power. Find a new more effective way to manage the business at store level. It is widely agreed that District/Regional Management is omnipotent and therefore permitted to treat and act without consequence or retribution from Corporate. The store level treatment by District and Regional Management is disgraceful and should be seriously altered.

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